Last month, we wrote about Le Boreal, the newest cruise ship from French line Compagnie du Ponant.  This month, we highlight one of the many unique itineraries offered by the line aboard their European-styled, yacht-like cruise ships.

A week-long cruise around Iceland aboard Le Boreal.
Illustration courtesy of Compagnie du Ponant.
Departing July 22, 2010 and sailing roundtrip from beautiful Reykjavik, Le Boreal cruises to five different Icelandic ports: Grundarfjordur, Grimsey Island, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Heimaey, and Hafnarjordur before overnighting back in Reykjavik.

 Reykjavik Harbor.
Photo © Aaron Saunders
Couldn’t pronounce half of those cities?  Don’t worry – it may take a bit of time to get the pronunciation down, but it won’t take any time at all to fall in love with Iceland: the combination of rugged terrain, spectacular waterfalls, geysers, and small towns nestled in the midst of giant mountain ranges will hold you spellbound.  Many places in Iceland harness the unique natural power of their country: most homes and businesses are heated geothermally.

 The beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland.
Photo © Aaron Saunders
In Akureyri, a spectacular botanical garden flourishes – without the need for a greenhouse.  No small feat considering how close the town lies to the Arctic Circle.
An overnight in Reykjavik is the perfect end to this unique cruise – the city boasts so many nearby attractions, including the world-famous Blue Lagoon, that passengers will be hard-pressed to do everything in two days. 
Intrigued?  Visit the Compagnie du Ponant website for more details on this and other spectacular sailings.  At present, details on 2011 itineraries weren’t available, but chances are good that other Icelandic itineraries will be on offer next summer as well. 

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