Exploring Iceland by Land and Sea

Sun Voyager steel boat sculpture in Reykjavik

Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts–Where dark winter night are offset by a sleepless summer sun—where fire and ice co-exist; and where a dramatic landscape and insular existence supports folklore and informs a vibrant culture. Iceland has so much to offer from its nordic culture, stunning landscapes, food, natural beauty and more….

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place if you enjoy strange and desolate landscapes. The amount of daylight varies dramatically by season. The sun sets briefly each night in June, but the sky doesn’t get fully dark before the next sunrise. In the March and September equinoxes, days and nights are of about equal length, as elsewhere in the world. 

Despite its name, Iceland has surprisingly mild winters for a country at that latitude owing to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream. The country enjoys a maritime temperate climate

We set out exploring Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond, the small cruise ship of ProCruises Iceland. Captain Herve Parage and Expedition Leader, Dorothee Hippel guided us through its history and the waters that were being stirred by remnants of Hurricane Dorian.

After three days of sailing from Iceland’s Southwest to its Northeast, we disembarked and loaded up in a van with eight journalists from Germany and met our guide Asi Heimisson, who drove us across the land in search of trolls, elves, mud puds and thermal baths.

As our show ends we will share the reflections of one of our German journalist companions, Mathias Begalke, who beautifully sums up the impression of Iceland.

Join us as we circumnavigate Iceland in search of folklore, beautiful landscape and thermal baths …on World Footprints with Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick.

Cover photo (c) Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq.

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2 thoughts on “Exploring Iceland by Land and Sea”

  1. I would like to send an email to Captain Herve Parage – just to make contact during this strange time to find out how it is for him and his family. I was on the “Ocean Diamond” for the wonderful cruise around Iceland from 20th May until the 29th May 2019. I looked through my photos today – which brought back lovely memories of all the places we visited on that trip.
    Fay Briggs
    Sydney, Australia

    • Hello Fay,

      We will be happy to share your email and note with Herve. (I removed your email from this message in order to protect your privacy.)

      We loved the Ocean Diamond too and Iceland is one of our favorite places. Hopefully we’ll be able to return there soon.


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