Exploring Iceland and Beyond (Southbound)

This sailing takes you to the coastal towns and spectacular natural formations of Iceland, before crossing to Norway to witness the majesty of the world-renowned fjords. Throughout the journey, you will be amazed by the rich birdlife and natural treasures of the homelands of the Vikings.

  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • Sail the magnificent Norwegian fjords in fall foliage
  • Discover fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • Experience 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 September 06, 2020

Departs from Reykjavík, Iceland
Overview

Fire, Ice and Trolls

Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, classic sagas, and summers illuminated by the Midnight Sun. Iceland’s heritage is chronicled in the ancient sagas, and its folktales are rife with mysticism, elves and trolls. Icelanders keep their heritage alive to this day. For example, if locals want to build a new road, there’s one influential group that must be consulted first - the elves.  

Stunning Nature

Wild and geologically active Icelandic nature offers stunning landscapes and some of Europe's most awe-inspiring waterfalls. Erupting volcanoes and geysers dot the landscape. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, accompanied by our knowledgeable expedition team.  

The Norwegian Fjords

We cross the Norwegian Sea to the west coast of Norway, where we will cruise the beautiful fjords of Lysefjorden and Geiranger and enjoy the charming city of Kristiansand, before our expedition cruise comes to an end in the northern German city of Hamburg.

Day 1: 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

Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city, surrounded by fantastic natural beauty including geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths. This is a city well worth exploring before embarking on your expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen.

Day 2: Heimaey

Welcome Home

Full Day

Heimaey, or “Home Island,” welcomes our visit.  A zone of volcanic activity, the surrounding area is mostly comprised of steep ocean cliffs that are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless seabirds, including the charming puffin.

Day 3: Stykkishólmur

Sagaland

Full Day

Stykkishólmur has well-preserved old 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, such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 4: 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 of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 5: 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 6: Akureyri

Northern Center

Full Day

Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, likes Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall

Day 7: 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. With favorable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that iconic line, north to south.

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: At sea

Towards Norway

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as we head towards Norway. 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 to learn more. 

Day 10: Geiranger

The Famed Fjords of Norway

Geirangerfjord features stunning and idyllic villages along its 65 mile stretch. The fjord here is world famous for its beauty and UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as we sail into this famous fjord, hopefully with fall colors on the hillsides.

Day 11: Lysefjorden

Towering Preikestolen

Lysefjord is 25 miles long and 1,400 feet deep. The Preikestolen plateau towers an impressive 2,000 ft over the Lysefjord. We will sail into the fjord to enjoy the amazing landcapes from on deck, and hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen from below.

Day 12: Kristiansand

Charming Kristiansand

Full Day

Kristiansand is one of the most popular summer destinations for Norwegians thanks to its beautiful beaches, charming old town, interesting local history and great nature experiences within easy reach. Visit the fish market on the dock or join our optional excursion to see more of the region.

Day 13: At sea

Relaxing Day

Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards Hamburg.  Take in the panoramic views from one of many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of our onboard lectures. 

Day 14-15: Hamburg, Germany

Disembarkation

Overnight & Disembarkation

The second-largest city in Germany, Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – faeturing 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.

Arrival September 20, 2020

Location Hamburg, Germany
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 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 regions 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