I'm certain that the lucky Europeans have a boat that will get them from there to Iceland. Is there a way for tourists to get from the US or Canada to Iceland?

  • What kind of a boat are you looking for? Like a cruise or just a cheap ride there? Commented Jun 28, 2011 at 22:31
  • Why wouldn't you fly there? Surely if you have a couple weeks to hang in Iceland you don't want to spend the majority of it on a boat in the middle of the ocean, right?
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    Commented Jun 29, 2011 at 12:22
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    Because it would be cool to re-do Bjarni Herjólfsson's and Eric the Red's trips. And depending on the boat, travel by boat can be more pleasant than flying. Commented Jun 29, 2011 at 12:57
  • I added the adventure tag based on your reason for not wanting to fly. Commented Jun 29, 2011 at 13:57

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This one leaves from Boston and makes a couple of stops in Iceland, one of which is at Heimaey where they famously fought a volcano and won. It also stops in Greenland and Scotland. This cruise also visits Iceland.

Both of those cruises only let you off the boat to explore for 8 hours at a time (there are no overnight on-land stays), which I have to say means you will not really see much of Iceland. An alternative is to fly direct to Iceland from Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York JFK, Orlando Sanford, Seattle or Washington D.C with Icelandair


As far as I can tell, there are no commercial passenger services, however you may be able to hitch a ride on a cargo vessel, as this traveller seems to have done.

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    Hi, I know it's a long time ago that you posted the answer, but unfortunately the link is dead. Would you be able to update your answer with a correct link (maybe via an archiving or webcaching service)? Thank you! Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 11:45

Get in touch with Adventure Canada. They have trips by boat that leave from Canada, and trips that involve Iceland, and it's possible they have trips that do both.


There is a Princess Cruise in the fall that will take you FROM Iceland and Greenland to New York, North America.

But it starts in Europe (Copenhagen). So you have at least one leg of the trip to your satisfaction.

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