Smithsonian Journeys is collaborating with Ponant for a series of co-branded voyages in 2023, according to a press release, including a unique eight-day trip in Iceland.
There will be a total of 21 itineraries, each led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts whose expertise will help deepen travelers’ immersion in a destination.
The Iceland expedition will be led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, geologist and oceanographer Katryn Wiese and Scandinavian languages and literature expert Elisabeth Ward, who will be in charge of leading onboard discussions and adventures such as an exploration of the island’s geothermal wonders, a visit to the Golden Circle and wildlife sightings of humpback whales, wild Icelandic horses, and more.
The trip will start in Reyjkavik aboard Ponant’s Le Bellot. The ship will then continue up the west coast, starting with the bay of Grundarfjördur, where guests can enjoy a whale-watching expedition or explore the Snæfellsjökull Peninsula. After this, the ship will head to the Arctic Circle.
Le Bellot will then stop in Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago, where travelers will have the chance to visit the Beluga Whale Sanctuary or the Eldheimar Museum.
The trip ends in Reykjavík, where guests have the option to travel to the Golden Circle to admire Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area. Another option offers a second opportunity to go whale watching in search of humpback, minke, and sei whales.