Crystal Endeavor in Patreksfjörđur
Crystal Expedition Cruises’ new luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor just completed her maiden voyage and first circumnavigation of Iceland. Yesterday she set off from Reykjavík for her second voyage as part of her inaugural Luxury Iceland Expeditions series.
Leading guests on intrepid land and sea adventures were Expedition Leaders and Polar Expedition experts Boris Wise and Eva Molin Westerholm together with a roster of specialists and expert guides including marine biologist Lisa LaPoint, ornithologist Joe Cockram, glaciologist and geologist Bob Gilmore, historian Capt. Ken Burton, artist-in-residence Bruce Pearson and professional photographers Bruno Cazarini and Roger Pimenta.
Cazarini and Pimenta shared a series of photo dispatches from their first 10 days aboard Crystal Endeavor’s maiden voyage sailing round-trip from Reykjavík in the “Land of Fire and Ice”. We are excited to share these striking Icelandic landscapes and expedition experiences with you!
Guests hike up a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula 45 minutes outside of Reykjavík, to gain a better view of Geldingadalur Volcano. The eruption began earlier this year on March 19, with a spectacular display of molten lava shooting up and flowing out in rivers across the landscape. In the distance you can see the volcanic moonscape created by the eruption.
This amazing view of the smoldering caldera of Geldingadalur Volcano shows the details and patterns created by the lava flow, the first eruption in the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark in at least 800 years. The lava from this volcano comes from a deep magma chamber which is usually only found at the bottom of ocean rifts.
During a call in Isafjörđur guests joined a complimentary excursion to hike to Dynjandi Waterfall. The hike offered spectacular landscapes and beautiful views of the surrounding fjords draped in clouds and the reward of witnessing the majesty of Dynjandi.
A clifftop nature walk in Grímsey Island located on the Arctic Circle, offers guests views for miles as well as sightings of soaring sea birds and puffins who nest in the cliffs and call the island home. At the top of the photo, you can see Crystal Endeavor waiting in the distance ready for the next adventure.
Crystal Endeavor cruises into the glacier-carved fjord of Vopnafjörđur settled by the Vikings in the late 9th Century. During the last Ice Age, a large glacier carved the landscape into the different mountains and rock formations that characterize the peninsula today.
Crystal Endeavor in Hafnarhólmi. The island is home to a colony of summering puffins and one can be seen flying just above the red-roofed barn in the photo. On the island, a staircase and viewing platforms allow visitors their own perch for a closer look at these striking birds.
An Atlantic puffin comes in for a landing with its latest meal. The birds are known for their noisy chatter and antics as well as their photogenic nature and bright red feet. Guests aboard Crystal Endeavor encountered puffins at several different locations along the voyage from Hafnarhólmi, to Grímsey Island to the famed Látrabjarg Cliffs.
Expedition guests enjoy a Zodiac cruise through the fjords in Seyđisfjörđur, gateway to Skalanes Nature Preserve and a diverse array of wildlife. The fjords are dotted by cascading waterfalls and offer beautiful postcard views. Crystal Endeavor carries a fleet of 18 Zodiacs onboard allowing the expedition team to follow the adventures wherever they lead.
A gorgeous day for sea kayaking in Seyđisfjörđur with bright blue skies and cascading waterfalls in the distance. The protected waters of the fjord offer calm seas for exploring. Crystal Endeavor carries 14 sea kayaks allowing guests to take to the water directly from the ship with an expert guide.
A humpback whale sighting off the coast of Iceland offers a fitting end to our photo dispatch from Crystal Endeavor’s maiden voyage. Keep an eye out for more updates and photos from Crystal Endeavor’s inaugural season!
Explore with Crystal Endeavor on her Inaugural Season and follow the expedition adventure where your wanderlust leads you….