Exploring Iceland and Beyond (Northbound)

Explore the spectacular natural world and charming towns of Iceland and Norway. The experience of being on deck as we cruise into the majestic Norwegian fjords is unforgettable. Stroll through quaint Arctic villages, learn Viking history, and watch for abundant wildlife on this remarkable expedition cruise.

  • 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
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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 24, 2020

Departs from Hamburg, Germany
Overview

A Great Northern Expedition

This expedition cruise to Iceland begins in Hamburg before heading to the west coast of Norway and onwards towards Iceland.

Famed Natural Beauty

Arriving in Norway, we cruise the unmatched beauty of world-famous Lysefjorden and Geirangerfjord. This stretch of the Norwegian coast offers spectacular scenery with dramatic fjords and idyllic countryside. 

Fire and Ice

Next, MS Fridtjof Nansen crosses the Norwegian Sea to the land of fire and ice - mythical Iceland. This is the home of classic sagas, long Arctic winters and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.

We visit charming towns and settlements, see iconic natural attractions like Goðafoss, Waterfall of the Gods, step across the Arctic Circle and enjoy walks.

Vikings and Elves

Iceland is a place of living history and unique natural beauty. Traditions and myths run deep. For example, if locals want to build a new road, one influential group from Icelandic mythology is first consulted - the elves. 

Wild and geologically active Icelandic nature offers opportunities to explore stunning landscapes with Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring waterfalls.  Our expedition cruise offers excursions to a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, all accompanied by our knowledgeable expedition team. 

Day 1-2: Hamburg, Germany

Canals and Gardens

Embarkation - Overnight

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. 

Day 3: At sea

Heading North

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.

Day 4: Kristiansand

Charming Kristiansand

Half Day

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.

Day 5: Lysefjorden

Towering Preikestolen

Half Day

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.

Day 6: Geiranger

UNESCO Beauty

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.

Day 7: At sea

Norwegian Sea

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.

Day 8: Seyðisfjörður

Nordic Heritage

Half Day

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.

Day 9: Grímsey

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. Pending favorable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that iconic line, north to south.

Day 10: Akureyri

Center in the North

Full Day

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

Day 11: Ísafjörður

Wonderful Westfjords

Full Day

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.

Day 12: Patreksfjördur

Patreksfjörður

Full Day

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.

Day 13: Stykkishólmur

Sagaland

Full Day

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.

Day 14: Heimaey

Welcome Home

Full Day

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.

Day 15: Reykjavik
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson Photo

The World's Northernmost Capital

Disembarkation

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.

Arrival July 08, 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 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
Life on board