Trading Hoosier summer for Iceland snow aboard the Ocean Diamond

2. Pre cruiseHoosier summers are hot and humid. That’s the norm. So what I am doing pulling out sweatshirts, snuggly vests, warm black socks and fleece-lined shoes?

I’m getting ready for a 10-day cruise around Iceland on the Ocean Diamond. Woo hoo!

I have never been to Iceland but a well-travelled friend who went there last year told me it is now his new favorite place.  The ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, he said, is so beautiful it looks like another world.

I will be circumnavigating Iceland with Iceland ProCruises on the 224-passenger, 105-crew super yacht Ocean Diamond. The first Icelandic-owned expedition cruise line set sail in June 2015.

Ocean Diamond
Ocean Diamond

Although a new company, Iceland ProCruises is a subsidiary of Iceland ProTravel, a leading DMC in Iceland.   Owners Gudmundur Kjartansson and Anne-Cathrin Brocker are seasoned veterans in Icelandic travel and tourism bringing their expertise to each cruise.

Our itinerary looks fascinating, setting off from the capital city of Reykjavik and stopping every day in a different place until we return round circle to Reykjavik.

About the size of Kentucky, Iceland is a country like no other: 15 active volcanoes, 10,000 thundering waterfalls, 800 hot springs, immense lava fields, glaciers covering 11.5 percent of the country. Then there are the whales, puffins, fuzzy Icelandic horses (don’t dare call them ponies), erupting geysers, postcard-pretty fjords, Northern Lights and Midnight Sun. Just from reading about it, I am so ready for this unusual country.

I’ve already seen photos of my cabin. It looks large and comfy with both a shower and a bathtub, plus flat screen TV, storage galore and a long picture window. All of the cabins have exterior views, very important in such a superlative-laced country. Dining, I’m told, is a delicious experience.3. Pre cruise

The ship carries its own Zodiacs for shore excursions. Due to the size of the Ocean Diamond, the vessel is able to navigate through smaller areas of Iceland giving passengers a closer experience than larger cruise ships are able to offer.

The ship also has a specialized Icelandic expedition team to lead tours and present programs about what we will be seeing and doing. This is a great bonus because I imagine I will have many questions concerning intriguing Iceland. Hope you’ll come along for the journey. Hard telling with treasures we will discover.

 Photos courtesy of Iceland ProCruises

 

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