Best of Iceland
The land of Fire and Ice is one of the most fascinating places on planet Earth. The awe-inspiring landscapes, the pristine forces of nature, the infinite and always-surprising combinations of fire, water, earth and air are everywhere to be found. Nature lovers are mesmerized by Iceland’s spell. There are just not many places on our planet where you can admire black sand beaches, erupting volcanoes, lumbering glaciers and thunderous waterfalls while at the same time swimming in hot springs, betting on when geysers will erupt, and hiking across barren rocky deserts. It’s no wonder the country’s nature has been the inspiration for countless Icelandic sagas and songs.
Did you know, that from time to time you can see tiny houses all over Iceland that are meant to be homes for elves, even in many private gardens? Furthermore, it is not allowed to build houses on some hills on the island, as elves might live under them, and they should not be disturbed. In case it happens, the mostly invisible creatures might play dirty tricks on you.
Most towns and villages are located on the coast and easily accessible by boat. Our Iceland Circumnavigation introduces you to many facets of the island, a journey that showcases the country and its people, wildlife as varied as wild horses and whales, culture and cuisine, stories and legends. The cruises include numerous shore excursions that give you other opportunities to explore the interior of the country. For example, you can go on a whale watching tour from Húsavik.
The Ocean Diamond has only 113 cabins with all outside cabins. Maximum capacity is 210 passengers
Thanks to two stabilizers that significantly reduce roll and an ice-strengthened hull, the OCEAN DIAMOND is the ideal ship for exploring the waters around Iceland and Greenland. Due to its compact size, the OCEAN DIAMOND can enter fjords and bays too shallow for larger vessels. The ship features a range of modern onboard amenities and is staffed with outstanding officers and crew, as well as bilingual expedition leaders and guides. The ship’s Zodiacs are available for shore excursions. After a busy day of exploration, passengers can savor a health or beauty treatment in the onboard Spa, or enjoy views of the spectacular Arctic scenery from the Panorama Salon.
Experienced Iceland and Greenland specialists will give you interesting insights into history, flora, fauna and geology. All Iceland ProCruises team members speak English and German and will assist you both on board and ashore. The following bios describe some of our team members. Due to organizational reasons expedition staff may vary during the season.
Sturlaugur Dadason is a native Icelander. After his chemistry studies in Germany, he moved back to Iceland to work in the local fish industry. During his travels and journeys around Iceland and the highlands, Sturlaugur discovered that he wants to share this amazing experience and impressions with other people. Since the beginning of his pension, he works as a guide specialized in the highlands and the nature of the Icelandic coast.
Former handball-professional Hermann recently finished his studies in tourism management at the University of Iceland and worked as a guide at Árbæjarsafn open-air museum in Reykjavik. The native Icelander spent two years of his childhood in Germany and speaks the language fluently. Herrmann feels most comfortable outside in nature and looks forward to assisting our guests onboard the OCEAN DIAMOND.
Jens Ruminy was born and brought up in Munich, Germany but has been living in Reykjavik, Iceland since 2000. He is married to an Icelander, they have 2 children. He has diplomas in political sciences (corresponding to M.A.) and is a registered translator (IS–DE). Jens has been working in tourism in Iceland since 1998 and is a certified tour guide in German, English and French. He has a wide range of interests: history, geology, society, energy. On the OCEAN DIAMOND he has served as a tour guide and zodiac driver.