The northernmost coast of  Iceland.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

Our Photo of the Week for this last week of October showcases the rugged and unique landscape of northern Iceland.
Taken shortly after leaving Akureyri, Iceland – a mere 100 kilometers from the Arctic Circle – the landscape of Iceland is deeply scored with ridges and a tree line that barely reaches one hundred feet in height.  
Even in August, there were still two large ice floes drifting nearby, but these underscore the relatively warm Icelandic climate.  In fact, Akureyri has been habitable year-round for hundreds of years thanks to a harbor that remains ice-free.
The incredible scenery that graces northern Iceland.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

As a cruise destination, Iceland is booming.  Calls to both Akureyri and Reykjavik have increased steadily over the past decade, to the point where both receive visits from cruise ships between May and September – an impressive statistic for an island that was once bypassed altogether.
Interested in cruising to Iceland?  Look for Northern Europe and Baltic itineraries operating in the summer months – some of the longer itineraries may include Iceland as a port of call.  Westbound Transatlantic crossings in August and September generally call on Icelandic ports as well, and may include more than one stop.  These itineraries usually sail from England to the United States or Canada.

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