Norway & Iceland – Exploring Iceland and Beyond (Northbound)
Duration: 15 days
Ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen
June 24, 2020
Price from: $ 6,586 per personCheck prices and availability Request a quote
- Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
- Sail north from Hamburg to the magnificent Norwegian fjords
- Experience fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
- Encounter a paradise for bird and whale watching
- Day 1-2 Hamburg, Germany - Embarkation - Overnight
- Day 3 At sea
- Day 4 Kristiansand, Norway
- Day 5 Lysefjorden, Norway
- Day 6 Geiranger, Norway
- Day 7 At sea
- Day 8 Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
- Day 9 Grímsey, Iceland
- Day 10 Akureyri, Iceland
- Day 11 Ísafjörður, Iceland
- Day 12 Patreksfjördur, Iceland
- Day 13 Stykkishólmur, Iceland
- Day 14 Heimaey, Iceland
- Day 15 Reykjavik, Iceland - Disembarkation
Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – featuring large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Enjoy an overnight stay onboard which gives you plenty of time to explore the city and some of its many canals.
Hamburg Harbour Cruise (1 h 45)
A visit to the "Hansestadt" Hamburg is simply incomplete without a tour through the harbour, the second largest seaport in Europe. See the Speicherstadt – the world's largest contiguous warehouse complex and the “Landungsbrücken” (landing stages) floating dock, one of Hamburg’s major tourist attractions. Learn about the wharves with their floating docks, the dry docks and the container harbour from the sea side.
IncludedHamburg Harbour CruiseA visit to the "Hansestadt" Hamburg is simply incomplete without a tour through the harbour, the second largest seaport in Europe
Hamburg – Bremen's Top 10Come with us to Bremen, a fascinating city and UNESCO World Heritage site with 1,000 years of history!
Hamburg – Lübeck’s Ancient Alleyways & a Pub from the PastWelcome to Lübeck, once known as the 'Queen of the Hanseatic League' and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This former ‘Free Imperial’ and Hanseatic city is steeped in history and tradition with proud old patrician houses and red-brick churches.
Hamburg – Cycle Tour Along the Elbe RiverExperience the ‘Free Imperial’ and Hanseatic City of Hamburg from a different perspective. This is one of Hamburg’s finest tours, especially for passengers who love to combine light outdoor activities with a touch of culture.
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards Norway. Take in the panoramic views from one of many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.
Kristiansand's beautiful beaches and archipelago, charming old town, interesting local history and nearby nature make it a popular destination. Visit the fish markets, join our optional excursion or enjoy the great outdoors.
Kristiansand by Foot (2 hrs)
This walking tour reflects the city's 371 years of history. Architecture here ranges from the modern Performing Arts Centre to timber houses from the 1700's, and from the fortress of the 1670´s to the Gothic style cathedral of the late 19th century. You will also have a chance to visit the fish market and the marketplace by the cathedral.
IncludedKristiansand by FootThis walking tour reflects the city's 371 years of history
Kristiansand – The Jewel of the SouthJoin us on board the sightseeing boat M/S Maarten for a leisurely cruise along Norway’s southern coastline from Kristiansand to Lillesand.
Lysefjord is 25 miles long and 1,400 feet deep. The Preikestolen plateau towers an impressive 2,000 ft over the surface of the water. We will sail into the fjord, enjoy the great landscape from deck and hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen from below.
Geirangerfjord features spectacular nature and idyllic villages along its 65 mile stretch. The fjord is world famous for its dramatic landscape and is UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as we sail into this amazing area of stunning beauty.
Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass, ending in ÅlesundExperience stunning Geirangerfjord, the spectacular views of Eagle Road and the famed Trollstigen Pass on this full day adventure that ends in Ålesund
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while we set our course towards Iceland. Our expedition team will present talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience. You will also have the chance to visit our Science Center for interesting topics and discussions.
The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seyðisfjörður is reflected in colorful Nordic-style wooden houses dating from the early 20th century. The handcrafted architecture creates a truly unique identity in the settlement. Explore this quirky town, join an organized hike or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.
A stroll around Seyðisfjörður (2 hrs)
Enjoy a walking tour of Seyðisfjordur’s colourful streets, including visits to the Blue Church and the local culture centre with modern art exhibitions. Step back in time at the Technical Museum, which focuses on historical innovations in mechanics, electricity and communications, and how they changed lifestyles and milieus.
IncludedSeydisfjôrdur - A stroll around SeyðisfjörðurEnjoy a walking tour of Seyðisfjordur’s colourful streets, including visits to the Blue Church and the local culture centre with modern art exhibitions
Skálanes Nature ReserveVisit a remote spot that is off the beaten track, even for most Icelanders.
Vök BathsPlunge into Iceland´s purest hot springs water in the bathing pools at Lake Urridavatn.
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. Pending favorable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that iconic line, north to south.
Arctic circle crossing ceremony (2 hrs 30)
The Arctic Circle crosses Iceland at the northernmost point on Grimsey island. As we cross the Arctic Circle, enjoy a fun ceremony with the staff, then take a walk towards the Orbis et Globus (Circle and Sphere) artwork that symbolises the Circle. On the way you will have amazing photo opportunities of magnificent scenery, and wildlife like puffins, arctic terns, golden plovers and many more spectacular birds, as many of them are nesting on the cliffs or right next to your footpath.
IncludedGrimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremonyJust off the north coast of Iceland is the island of Grimsey – Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island. Covering an area of only 5,3 km², the island is small enough to easily be explored on foot.
Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous Icelandic community outside Reykjavík, and is the center of trade, culture and services for the region. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, like Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.
Town walk & Botanical Garden visit (2 - 3 hrs)
Discover the past and present of Akureyri on a leisurely stroll around town. See the town centre before making your way up to a viewpoint. The walk also goes to to the Botanical Gardens (Lystigarðurinn) where you can see some 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers that bloom outdoors due to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.
IncludedAkureyri - Town Walk & Botanical GardenYou will discover the past and present of Akureyri strolling at a leisurely pace around town.
Akureyri - Off the Beaten TrackDare to venture off the beaten track! This tour offers sights not seen by the usual tours. Our 4x4 Super Jeeps offer the chance for fun and excitement as we discover some of the best of the island.
Akureyri on HorsebackDiscover and enjoy Iceland’s beautiful nature on horseback.
Mývatn Nature BathsWe visit the spectacular Godafoss falls before we take you to Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can enjoy a completely natural experience. Enjoy a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam and a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 8,200 feet.
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbor. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum.
Beach clean-up (1 - 3 hrs)
The most important daily task of our crews (and our guests) is to stop waste before it enters the oceans. But we also need to help clean up existing pollution. On every landing at every destination, our Expedition Teams and guests are encouraged to help collect waste, and we arrange larger beach cleanups at carefully selected spots. (Subject to permission of local land owners).
IncludedIsafjördur - Beach clean-upThe most important daily task of our crews (and our guests) is to stop waste before it enters the oceans
Dynjandi Waterfall & Local VillageExplore the wonders of Iceland´s mystical West Fjords region! Experience breathtaking scenery, rugged landscapes, lofty ridgetops and beautiful, deep fjords where the inhabitants of small villages and local farmers huddle together on narrow strips of land. We also visit Dynjandi waterfall and the remote fishing village of Suðureyri.
Savor the flavor of SuðureyriTaste local produce and learn the basics of building an eco-conscious fishing village in the North Atlantic. We visit the environmentally progressive fishing village of Suðureyri, where you get an in-depth guided tour from the locals.
Vigur – Paradise IslandMeet and greet puffins and send a postcard from the smallest post office in Europe, when you join this guided tour to Vigur Island, aka Paradise Island. We first travel by boat on the Djupifjorður before setting foot into remarkably beautiful surroundings. No wonder it is called Paradise Island! Before heading back, we enjoy refreshments at a local farm run by the island's 10 inhabitants.
Hornstrandir HikeHike through the unique and pristine environment of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve - untouched by cars, electricity or domestic animals.
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall, Dynjandi, and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.
Stroll through town (1 hr)
Stroll along the lively harbour of Patreksfjörður and learn about the importance of fisheries to the village and the various types of fish. We visit the local church and walk to the snow avalanche protection wall where you get the best views of the fjord. The village has a rich history as a base for English and French sailors, merchants and navy mariners.
IncludedPatreksfjördur - Stroll through the most western village of EuropeWe will start by a stroll through the lively harbour of the fishing village Patreksfjörður, learn about the importance of the fisheries for the village and get to know some different kinds of fish.
Patreksfjordur - Splendid CombinationAdmire the beauty and culture of the Westfjords with a scenic drive and walking tour featuring the powerful Dynjandi waterfall.
Patreksfjordur - Latrabjarg CliffWalk on Europe’s largest bird cliff, the stunning Látrabjarg, the western-most point of Europe. Enjoy the amazing world of bird life and incredible nature as well as a stop at a fascinating Folk Museum.
Stykkishólmur has old, beautiful and well-preserved houses in the town center and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town's interesting museums or join optional excursions to iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula, like the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.
Walking tour & visit to the Eider centre (2 hrs)
During this pleasant walk around town, enjoy thought-provoking talks on the area´s religion, social issues and the Icelandic health system. Naturally, there will be interesting information on the history and culture of this welcoming community as well. We also visit the Icelandic Eider Centre at Stykkishólmur, with the adjacent Breidafjordur being the largest active eider duck nesting area in the world.
IncludedStykkishólmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider centerExplore the beautiful town of Stykkisholmur, the largest town on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Caves, Craters & CovesWelcome to an adventurous tour to some of the area’s best loved coastal hiking trails, together with approximately 45 minutes of cave exploration - all under the watchful eye of the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier.
Stykkishólmur - Highlights of SnæfellsnesThis tour visits many of the wonderful highlights on Snæfellsnes peninsula – an area rich in natural beauty, history and culture
Hiking in the Berserk Lava FieldsJoin a guided hike through some of the most fascinating landscapes on Iceland. We visit the enormous Berserk Lava Field, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption about three to four thousand years ago.
Heimaey, or “Home Island,” welcomes us on our visit. The area features dramatic and steep sea cliffs, which are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless seabirds, including the charming puffin.
Heimaey Island TourJoin a 3-hour scenic drive to the main attractions of Heimaey. Visit several stunning natural sites and learn about the volcanic eruption that took place here in 1973 at the Eldheimar Museum.
Westman island hiking tourSee the fascinating Helgafell volcano and learn about the volcanic eruption that began on Jan 23rd 1973. Explore the area and see how the island’s inhabitants have built up their houses. We also visit the Eldheimar Museum.
Heimaey - Boat tour of HeimaeySail around Heimaey and its landscape and wildlife from a different angle.
Iceland's capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to the city, you find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavík itself hosts fine restaurants, museums and shops. We arrive in the morning and this is where our expedition cruise ends.
Included in Your Expedition
- Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A rich program of included activities on all cruises designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and 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 through
- 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
- A 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
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
- Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- 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 and extended hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
MS Fridtjof Nansen
|Shipyard||Kleven Yards, Norway|
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
|Length||140 m / 459 ft|
|Beam||23.6 m / 77 ft|
MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.
Some expedition cruises may include excursions that can be reserved for no additional charge. These included excursions can often be combined with other excursions available in port.
Please note excursions are subject to change and are not yet available for booking for departures after March 2021.
Hamburg - Hamburg Harbour Cruise
Hamburg – Bremen's Top 10
Hamburg – Lübeck’s Ancient Alleyways & a Pub from the Past
Hamburg – Cycle Tour Along the Elbe River
Kristiansand - Kristiansand by Foot
Kristiansand – The Jewel of the South
Geiranger: Geiranger with Trollstigen Pass, ending in Ålesund
Seydisfjôrdur - A stroll around Seyðisfjörður
Nature Tour in Skalanes
Seyðisfjörður - Vök Baths
Grimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremony
Akureyri - Town walk & Botanical Garden visit
Akureyri - Off the beaten tracks
Akureyri - Akureyri on Horseback
Myvatn Nature Baths
Isafjördur - Beach clean-up
Ísafjörður - Dynjandi Waterfall & Local Village
Savour the Flavor of Suðureyri
Vigur Paradise Island
Ísafjörður - Hornstrandir Hike
Patreksfjördur - Stroll through town
Patreksfjordur - Splendid Combination
Patreksfjordur - Latrabjarg Cliff
Stykkishólmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider centre
Caves, Craters & Coves
Stykkishólmur - Highlights of Snæfellsnes
Hiking in the Berserk Lava Field
Heimaey Island Tour
Westman Island Walking Tour and Eldheimar Museum
Heimaey - Boat tour
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