The Icelandic Loop (Le Champlain)

The Icelandic Loop (Le Champlain)

From AUD $7,080


We take you on a voyage of discovery in Iceland and the Arctic Circle for a truly exotic cruise on the trail of the Vikings.

For 8 days, Le Champlain will take you to extreme lands and breathtaking scenery. Glaciers, lava fields, geysers and steam baths – this is undoubtedly the place of all the superlatives.

You will embark in Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world. Houses with colourful roofs line its streets and this, coupled with the many ducks in its lake, produces a picture postcard setting. It boasts real cultural riches, particularly in contemporary art, notably with the Reykjavik Art Museum.

During the cruise, Le Champlain will cross the Arctic Circle, and sail towards the ice floe. You will then reach the small and remote island of Grímsey. This is the kingdom of birds such as guillemots and puffins.

Its volcanic rock forms splendid basaltic columns in certain areas.

You will also call at Seydisfjördur, one of the most picturesque ports in the country and the gateway to a 1250-hectare nature reserve that is home to a multitude of birds.

To conclude you will discover Heimaey. The only inhabited island in the Westmann Islands, fishing is the main source of income in this exceptional site. You can admire its volcanoes and its almost-desert like landscapes.

Trip Name
The Icelandic Loop (Le Champlain)
Vessel Type: Luxury Length: 127 metres Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. As the first ship in a new series, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Champlain will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Champlain has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.


Day 1 - Day 1 - REYKJAVIK
This attractive harbour city is located just a few kilometres from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik Arriving by sea, youメll see fishing boats moored in Hafnarfjörðurメs baysᅠ and volcanic rocks; ᅠHafnarfjörður is built on an ancient field of lava flow. In the town centre, basalt rocks point you in the direction of the historic houses of Sivertsen and Siggubær : their interiors and period furniture bring old Iceland back to life before your very eyes. Not far from here is a spectacular coastal walk and warm geothermal pools.
Your ship will take you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region we find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, which nestles at the back of its fjord, between imposing mountains, is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the Western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port.On board your ship, cross the mythical line of the Arctic Circle. This famous parallel runs at around 66° 33’ latitude north. Often considered the gateway to the Arctic, it is simply the latitude from which it is possible to observe the midnight sun at least once in the year. Once over the Circle, during the summer months, you will therefore be able to sail in permanent daylight and the low light that is so particular to the polar regions. A unique moment, which will doubtless remain one of the highlights of your cruise.
Grímsey is a small island located 40 km North of mainland Iceland. It was formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend has it that it is named after the colonial sailor Grìmur, who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. This site is home to fabulous wildlife, with many bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs, such as the ‘‘clowns of the sea’’ known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travellers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the midnight sun.Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.
Day 4 - Day 4 - AKUREYRI
The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads you up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. You’ll be amazed by the very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate.
At the end of your journey through the heart of a very beautiful 17-km-long fjord, discover Seyðisfjörður, on the north-east coast of Iceland. Its typically Scandinavian, colourful houses and small blue church stand in the middle of an enchanting setting, between rivers and waterfalls. The village, surrounded on all sides by mountains with snow-topped peaks, has around 700 inhabitants. This small fishing port with a very picturesque charm is not far from Skálanes, a nature reserve of more than 1,000 hectares that is home to about fifty bird species. This port of call combines nature and culture, with wonderment guaranteed.
Day 6 - Day 6 - HEIMAEY
This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.
Day 7 - Days 7 & 8 - REYKJAVIK
Day 8 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $7,080Deluxe Stateroom
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 5
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $17,360Prestige Suite Deck 5
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $18,260Prestige Suite Deck 6
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $19,200Privilege Suite Deck 6
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $19,200Privilege Suite Deck 5
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $21,170Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $8,000Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $21,170Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $22,250Owner's Suite
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $8,420Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $8,870Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 3
08-08-201915-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 6
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $7,080Deluxe Stateroom
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $8,000Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $8,420Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $8,870Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 6
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 3
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 5
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $17,360Prestige Suite Deck 5
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $18,260Prestige Suite Deck 6
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $19,200Privilege Suite Deck 6
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $19,200Privilege Suite Deck 5
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $21,170Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $21,170Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
15-08-201922-08-2019AUD $22,250Owner's Suite
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $7,080Deluxe Stateroom
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $8,000Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $8,420Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $8,870Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 6
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 3
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $12,620Deluxe Suite Deck 5
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $17,360Prestige Suite Deck 5
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $18,260Prestige Suite Deck 6
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $19,200Privilege Suite Deck 6
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $19,200Privilege Suite Deck 5
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $21,170Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $21,170Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
22-08-201929-08-2019AUD $22,250Owner's Suite


    • Discovery of Reykjavik, capital of Iceland.
    • Optional Golden Circle excursion: the 3 most emblematic sites in Iceland.
    • Sailing towards the ice floe and crossing the Arctic circle.
    • Landscapes: vast glaciers, breathtaking fjords, volcanic rock, basalt pillars, jagged cliffs and geysers.
    • Wildlife: puffins, blue-eyed cormorants, Arctic foxes, whales, gannets, Arctic terns.
    • A passionate lecturer on board.