Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga from Reykjavík

Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga from Reykjavík

Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga from Reykjavík

Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga from Reykjavík

Travel information 8 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
May 10, 2025
May 17, 2025
May 24, 2025
Price from
$ 4,681
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

A saga of old and new

In Reykjavík, you’ll get a taste of modern Iceland, with its stylish restaurants, boutiques and galleries, as well as its museums detailing Icelandic history and culture through the ages. As you cruise around the world’s youngest country, you’ll see how geology has shaped the lives of those who live here.

Raw natural beauty

Discover Iceland’s stark scenery, with active volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls. The country offers some of the best whale watching in Europe at this time of year. Among the Arctic birdlife, keep an eye out for colonies of Atlantic puffins.

Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga from Reykjavík Elemental Iceland – Circular Saga from Reykjavík
  • Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Discover Iceland’s modern capital.

    Your expedition cruise starts in Reykjavík – a laid-back city of art, culture and history. It is well worth spending some time exploring this delightful city.

    Take a stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and outdoor shops, or gaze in awe at the striking Hallgrímskirkja

    Church, and drop by the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum.

    Your expedition ship awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. After being welcomed aboard and collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it’s time to settle into your cabin before enjoying your first dinner on board.

    If you have the time, we recommend booking a Pre-Program with us and discovering some of Iceland’s natural highlights before your cruise begins.

    Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2

    Charming Grundarfjörður

    Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes

    The majestic Kirkjufell mountain, one of the best-known landmarks of Iceland, rises just two miles west of the small harbor of Grundarfjörður, a quaint fishing town in Breiðafjörður bay.

    Nearby lies Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the striking, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. Its wide array of landscapes has earned it the nickname ‘Little Iceland’.

    At the national park, you can visit Djúpalónssandur’s black sand beach and the Saxhóll crater. Or why not ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or take a guided underground tour along a gigantic lava tube?

    Day 2

    Charming Grundarfjörður

  • Day 3

    Picturesque Isafjörður

    Explore Westfjords’ beautiful harborside town

    Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbor and an excellent gateway to the Westfjords region. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for local handicrafts, and see some of the oldest houses in Iceland.

    One of these historic 18th-century buildings is home to Westfjords Heritage Museum, where you can learn about the maritime past of this fascinating port. Or if you prefer something more energetic, you could take the steep hike up to Naustahvilft – the Troll’s Throne. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a stunning panoramic view at the top.

    Day 3

    Picturesque Isafjörður

  • Day 4
    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    See dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls

    Gaze at snowcapped peaks as we cruise into Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Together with neighboring Skjálfandi bay, it’s one of the best places in Europe to spot whales.

    Iceland’s so-called ‘Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the base of the fjord. Here, you can enjoy a botanical garden oasis and visit local eateries and museums.

    A little further on, witness the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. You’ll witness geology come to life around Lake Mývatn, an active volcanic area and one of the few places to see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge up close.

    Day 4
    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

  • Day 5

    Húsavík and the Arctic Circle

    Cross the Arctic Circle and go whale watching

    Húsavík is a pleasant small town famous for its whale-watching opportunities, and we’ll be stopping here in the morning. The town looks out over Skjálfandi bay, which enjoys visits from humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and occasionally blue whales. If you’re lucky, you might see one or more of these giants at sea, and you can learn more about them at the Húsavík Whale Museum.

    Húsavík is also regarded as the gateway to many of the highlights of the north, including Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, the waterfall of Dettifoss and the horseshoe-shaped valley of Ásbyrgi, which according to the Icelandic myths, was made by the eight-legged horse of Odin. Later, we will sail along the coast of Grímsey island without landing, cross the Arctic Circle, and continue on to our next destination.

    Day 5

    Húsavík and the Arctic Circle

  • Day 6

    Puffins up close

    Explore a place beloved by puffins and elves

    Your Iceland cruise continues to the tiny, remote settlement of Bakkagerði. According to folklore, Bakkagerði is inhabited by a large population of local land spirits or elves, known as huldufólk, meaning ‘hidden people’. Walk around town to explore this magical place.

    This popular hiking area features lush valleys and gorgeous scenery among colorful rhyolite rocks. In season, the coastal cliffs are home to fulmars, kittiwakes, eiders and puffins. We may also visit the Atlantic puffin colony on Hafnarhólmi, a true gem for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.

    Day 6

    Puffins up close

  • Day 7

    Heimaey’s explosive past

    Discover the town that defied a volcano

    Heimaey is the only inhabited island in the Westman Islands, off Iceland’s southern coast. It has a fascinating history and still bears the scars of the powerful volcanic eruption that nearly destroyed the island.

    Visit Eldheimar, a museum that features an excavated home frozen in time, and learn more about the eruption and its aftermath. You could also take a hike to find puffins at Stórhöfði, where nearly eight million of them nest every summer. Don’t pass up the chance to climb Mount Eldfell to the volcano’s summit, where you’ll have incredible views of the town below.

    Day 7

    Heimaey’s explosive past

  • Day 8

    Reykjavík and beyond

    Enjoy Reykjavík at your own pace

    Your Iceland expedition cruise concludes back in Reykjavík. This is a great chance to see the places you missed when you arrived.

    Relaxing with friends in a heittur pottur, or geothermal pool – literally a ‘hot pot’ – is part of Icelandic culture. Before you leave, visit Iceland’s most famous place to do so: the Blue Lagoon. This is one of the true natural wonders of the world. Experience the blend of silica, algae, and minerals in its geothermal waters.

    If you want to discover more of Iceland, you can also join our Post-Program before you head home.

    Day 8

    Reykjavík and beyond



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune and Fredheim restaurants
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team.
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment.
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our professional onboard photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and a running track.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all the equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions.
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change.
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements.
  • No gratuities are expected
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight stay might be needed (not included)

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Additional overnight stay(s) may be required due to international flight schedules
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20,889 T
Length 459 ft
Beam 77.4 ft
Speed 15 knots

MS Fridtjof Nansen is a next-generation expedition ship, the latest in Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships. She explores some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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