Circumnavigating Iceland

Join us on an fascinating journey around the land of fire and ice. Discover Iceland’s ruggedly wild and singular beauty, and encounter its diverse wildlife, rich culture and welcoming people. Our expedition cruise completely circumnavigates the mystical North Atlantic island, so you totally experience one of the most unique places on Earth.

  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • See fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • Experience a bird and whale watching paradise
  • Discover the entirety of Iceland´s coast
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Save up to 25% on this itinerary! 

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Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.

Departure June 15 - June 23 - July 1 - July 9 & July 17, 2020

Departs from Reykjavik, Iceland
Overview

Wilderness and Viking History

Experience the best of Iceland on our expedition cruise around the North Atlantic island nation. Our extensive voyage takes you to see a large variety of fascinating nature, wildlife and settlements.

The Sagaland 

The westen region of Iceland features spectacular scenery and is home to thrilling Viking sagas, a key part of Icelandic mythology. A highlight in the west is the Westfjords, a spectacular nature reserve where teeming bird cliffs are in abundance.

Lava and Whales

As sail north, scout for whales, as the landscape changes into vast lava fields and volcanic mountains. Grimsey is where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland, and we make sure to cross the legendary boundary before heading south towards the eastern part of the country. 

Eastern Magic

Along the east coast, the nature changes again.  Now we encounter thick forests, lush farmlands and colorful fishing villages. Whales and other wildlife might be spotted as we sail south towards the region’s remakable volcanic islands, while our expedtion team entertains you with the rich stories and sagas of the Vestmannaeyr.   

Join us on this voyage of discovery and adventure and stay a few extra days to discover the many attractions in Reykjavik!  

Day 1: Reykjavik
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson Photo

Arriving in Iceland

Embarkation

Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with moss-covered lava rock and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away is Reykjavík, a charming, vibrant and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2: Stykkishólmur

Welcome to Sagaland

Full Day

The friendly town of Stykkishólmur features beautiful, well-preserved old houses and is surrounded by wonderful scenery.  Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to see such iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 3: Patreksfjördur

Patreksfjördur

Full Day

Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with about 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 4: Northwest Iceland

Northwest Iceland

Exploration Day

Our experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunningly beautiful fjords of northwest Iceland.

Conditions will determine the final program and activity for the day. We might visit a small settlement, take you on hikes, or launch our kayaks.

Day 5: Akureyri

Northern Center

Full Day

Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s renowned natural treasures, like Mývatn lake and Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 6: Grimsey Island

Step Across the Arctic Circle

Full Day

We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. You get the chance to step across the boundary between the far north and south.

Day 7: Bakkagerdi

Land of the Elves

Full Day

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves.” Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and lovely views.

Day 8: Heimaey

Iceland`s Pompeii

Full Day

Heimaey, or “Home Island” physically embraces our arrival. The harbor has a very narrow entrance, formed by a famous volcanic eruption in 1973. Most of the island has steep cliffs, is well-vegetated and provides a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Day 9: Reykjavik

The End of the Adventure

Full Day

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend you stay a few extra days to explore this unique and fascinating Nordic city.

Arrival June 23 - July 1 - July 9 - July 17 & July 25, 2020

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
What's included

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice  

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international, handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket   
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities  

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:

  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners   
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel protection plan   
  • Luggage handling

NOTES:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
Life On Board

Your ship: MS Fram

MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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