Iceland: Great North, Westfjords & Aurora Borealis

October 3 - 13, 2018

There are two key things to know about the aurora borealis: It’s a phenomenon everyone should experience once in their lives. And once you’ve seen those spectacular multi-hued lights shimmering across the northern sky, you’ll definitely want to see them again.

To these basic truths we can add two more: One of the best places on Earth to experience the aurora is Iceland. And there’s no better way to do it than staying in a remote hotel or lodge, stepping out of your comfortable room and i ...Show more

Highlights

  • Explore some of Iceland’s most outstanding, seldom visited areas of natural beauty
  • Superb local guide throughout your journey
  • Get the chance to experience the beauty of the aurora with this extended program
  • NO NIGHTTIME AURORA BUS TRIPS – a full 8-nights of relaxed aurora viewing just steps from your countryside accommodation
  • Optional post-tour add-on to the famed Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon

Your Itinerary

Here’s a peak at what’s to come (but be prepared for delicious, unexpected surprises):

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French Polynesia is a spectacular collection of more than 1,800 volcanic atolls strewn across the South Pacific. The largest of the islands is Tahiti, known as “The Queen of the Pacific” – and you’ll soon see why that royal title is well deserved. Blending majestic beauty with a fascinating history, it’s the kind of tropical locale that likely appears in your mind’s eye when you hear the phrase “island paradise.” Landing at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport (code: PPT), you can take a taxi directly to the cruise terminal pier and our waiting ship, the M/S Paul Gauguin. Embarkation begins at 15:00 (3:00 pm), and we sail at 22:00 (10:00 pm).

DATE(S): Wednesday, August 2, 2018

ACCOMMODATION: accommodation2

French Polynesia is a spectacular collection of more than 1,800 volcanic atolls strewn across the South Pacific. The largest of the islands is Tahiti, known as “The Queen of the Pacific” – and you’ll soon see why that royal title is well deserved. Blending majestic beauty with a fascinating history, it’s the kind of tropical locale that likely appears in your mind’s eye when you hear the phrase “island paradise.” Landing at Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport (code: PPT), you can take a taxi directly to the cruise terminal pier and our waiting ship, the M/S Paul Gauguin. Embarkation begins at 15:00 (3:00 pm), and we sail at 22:00 (10:00 pm). edit

DATE(S): Wednesday, August 1, 2018

MEALS: Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: accommodation1

Optional Add-ons

Most stand with their backs to the sea, gazing with hollow unblinking eyes across the windswept landscape. Some have been here for centuries; others were only restored recently after being toppled during the clash of cultures that followed the arrival of the first Europeans. In all, hundreds of these impassive figures – ranging in height from 5 to 33 feet (1.5 to 10 m) – were hewn from volcanic tuff and somehow transported many miles to stone platforms so they could watch over generations to come.


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TRIP LEVEL

Choosing Your Ideal Trip

Level 2 – Easy/moderate: short to medium walks on your own over sometimes wet, uneven, hilly terrain, with easy conditions, including carrying your own baggage. edit

 

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French Polynesia is a spectacular collection of more than 1,800 volcanic atolls strewn across the South Pacific. The largest of the islands is Tahiti, known as “The Queen of the Pacific” – and you’ll soon see why that royal title is well deserved. Blending majestic beauty with a fascinating history, it’s the kind of tropical locale that likely appears in your mind’s eye when you hear the phrase “island paradise.” edit

M/S Gauguin

Welcome aboard!

M/S Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow bays of Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and blending naturally into the stunning beauty of the islands. Life onboard celebrates the warm, informal spirit of Polynesian culture while delivering five-star service, comfort and luxury. Spacious suites and staterooms, an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and a relaxing spa are among the vessel’s many amenities. And then there are Les Gauguines, a troupe of Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers, adding a unique dimension to every cruise.

  • Paul Gauguin Cruises was voted “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” by readers in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.
  • Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Paul Gauguin Cruises on its “Top Small Ships” list for 15 years in a row.
  • The M/S Paul Gauguin has the longest continuous sailing record of any luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific.