From Hamburg to Iceland – Half Circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire

From Hamburg to Iceland – Half Circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire

From Hamburg to Iceland – Half Circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire

From Hamburg to Iceland – Half Circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire

Travel information 13 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
Departures
May 1, 2023
May 4, 2024
Price from $ 8,074
$ 6,574
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

13-Day Expedition Cruise from Germany to Iceland - Half-Circumnavigation

Remote nature of Northern Europe

Taking in highlights of Norway, the Shetlands and Faroe Islands along the way, this expedition cruise sets out from Hamburg to explore Iceland’s natural wonders on an enthralling half-circumnavigation of the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’. 

Norse influence

You'll see one of Norway's most impressive fjords and visit one of Europe's oldest capitals in the Faroe Islands. Experience a taste of life in the Scottish Isles. Explore Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and remote fishing villages and scan for whales, puffins, and other seabirds.

From Hamburg to Iceland – Half Circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire From Hamburg to Iceland – Half Circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire
  • Day 1
    Hamburg, Germany

    Your adventure to Iceland begins

    Your expedition cruise sets sail from Hamburg, a city full of history, art, and culture. There's plenty to see and do here, so take some time to explore before boarding your expedition ship.

    You’ll discover many of the city's attractions in the old town, Altstadt, including St Nikolai Memorial and the historic street of Deichstraße. Be sure to check out the interesting history of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chilehaus and the world’s largest warehouse complex.

    Once aboard, you'll collect your complimentary expedition jacket, meet your Expedition Team, explore the onboard comforts of your ship, and settle into your cabin as we set sail.

    Day 1
    Hamburg, Germany

    Your adventure to Iceland begins

  • Day 2
    Sea day

    Enjoy a leisurely day at sea aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.

    As your expedition cruise travels from Hamburg towards Norway’s Lysefjord, you'll have the chance to learn more about the places you'll visit with your expert Expedition Team. Join them for lectures in the Science Center and learn all about the journey ahead.

    A day at sea gives you plenty of time to relax, and your modern expedition ship allows you to do that in style. Head to the wellness area, sauna, or infinity pool. You’re sure to enjoy our delicious, locally sourced Nordic and international dishes served in the three restaurants.

    Day 2
    Sea day

    Enjoy a leisurely day at sea aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen.

  • Day 3
    Lysefjord, Norway

    Remarkable landscapes of Lysefjord

    Today, we’ll sail down Lysefjord, which is 25 miles long. Enjoy a day of remarkable landscapes from the observation decks, taking in the sublime scenery of the long and narrow fjord among striking vertical cliffs.

    From the fjord, we can peek from below at the world-famous Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) and look out for the renowned Kjæragbolten, a giant boulder that seems precariously wedged into a mountain crevasse. 

    If you're feeling adventurous, join our Expedition Team for an optional five-hour guided hike to the Pulpit Rock viewpoint, a dizzying 1,980 ft above Lysefjord.

    Day 3
    Lysefjord, Norway

    Remarkable landscapes of Lysefjord

  • Day 4
    Lerwick

    Discover the deep Norse roots of Scotland's Shetland Islands.

    We cruise northwest to the Shetland Islands. Lerwick, the capital, is a friendly, Victorian-influenced fishing town set in beautiful scenery.

    Navigate the narrow lanes on foot to discover little shops selling local whiskies, woolen sweaters, and fudge. By the old waterfront, you’ll find the Shetland Museum, showcasing Pictish carvings and Shetland lace shawls. Nearby, see Fort Charlotte and the regal-looking town hall.

    Keep your binoculars handy to scan for gray and common seals along Lerwick's beaches, as well as local birdlife such as red-throated divers, redshanks and curlews.

    Day 4
    Lerwick

    Discover the deep Norse roots of Scotland's Shetland Islands.

  • Day 5
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands 

    Visit Streymoy in the Faroe Islands

    Tórshavn is located on Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn (Thor’s Harbor) is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals.

    Wander through the cobblestone alleyways and delight in the coloful, turf-roofed houses. In the local museums, learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna, and geology of the Faroe Islands.

    About half a mile out of town, the Svartafoss waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for eider ducks and the distinctive beige-tipped wings of the Faroese starling.

    • Included Explore Torshavn (Walking Tour)
    Day 5
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands 

    Visit Streymoy in the Faroe Islands

  • Day 6
    Seyðisfjörður

    Waterfalls and wildlife in special Seyðisfjörður

    At the end of a deep fjord with picturesque mountains and waterfalls lies the quirky village of Seyðisfjörður. Colorful wooden houses line the streets, while the aptly named Rainbow Road offers a vibrant photo opportunity.

    Walk to an unusual sound sculpture, Tvisongur, or take a longer hike in the hills above the town. You can also visit Skalanes, a private nature reserve home to reindeer, Arctic fox, and mink. Here, scan the skies for black-tailed godwits, golden-plovers, and gyrfalcons, Europe’s largest falcon.

    • Included Seyðisfjörður Discovery Walk
    Day 6
    Seyðisfjörður

    Waterfalls and wildlife in special Seyðisfjörður

  • Day 7
    Grimsey

    Cross the Arctic Circle and see Atlantic puffins.

    If you’ve always wanted to visit the Atlantic Puffin colonies of Grímsey, here’s your chance. A remote, windswept and breathtakingly beautiful island, it’s home to a wealth of wildlife and is steeped in myth and legend.

    Grímsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which actually cuts across the island—the only part of Iceland to do so. You’ll have the opportunity to step across that line, hopping over to the Arctic and back.

    By 2050, Grímsey will lie outside the Arctic, as the Arctic Circle creeps northwards at a rate of about 48 feet per year.

    • Included Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony
    Day 7
    Grimsey

    Cross the Arctic Circle and see Atlantic puffins.

  • Day 8
    Akureyri

    Dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls

    Gaze at snow-capped peaks as we sail Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. It's one of the best places in Europe to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. Look out for orcas, blue whales, and fin whales, too.

    Iceland’s 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the base of the fjord. Enjoy the peaceful oasis of the botanical gardens and enjoy a selection of top-notch eateries and museums.

    Further inland, visit the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. You can also seek out eider ducks and Harlequin ducks at Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland’s most active volcanic areas.

    • Included Akureyri City Walk
    Day 8
    Akureyri

    Dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls

  • Day 9
    Northwest Iceland

    Exploring Northwest Iceland, expedition-style

    One of the best things about expedition cruising is the feeling of freedom. We plan to spend the day in Iceland’s Northwestern Region, but as conditions can vary, there's no pre-set plan. Rest assured, your Captain and expedition team will find the best opportunities for adventure on that given day.

    We may go cruising in our small boats (RIBs) or take you ashore for a hike, swim, or beach clean-up. Or maybe we’ll launch our kayaks. If we spot a pod of whales as we’re sailing, we may stop to enjoy the sight. Be ready for anything!

    Don’t forget, you can also join onboard lectures, visit the Science Center, get tips from our professional photographer, or take a sauna.

    Day 9
    Northwest Iceland

    Exploring Northwest Iceland, expedition-style

  • Day 10
    Patreksfjörður

    A stunning beach, waterfalls, and superb birdwatching

    Patreksfjörður is unforgettably beautiful. Learn about the fishing traditions in Europe’s westernmost village.

    Explore the surrounding area on a hike through the fjords or visit Rauðasandur beach and see seals. You can also join a tour to Dynjandi waterfalls. These are six combined falls that, together, comprise the largest and most spectacular in the Westfjords. Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to Látrabjarg, where puffins, northern gannets, guillemots, and razorbills cling to Europe’s largest bird cliff.

    • Included Stroll through Europe’s westernmost village
    Day 10
    Patreksfjörður

    A stunning beach, waterfalls, and superb birdwatching

  • Day 11
    Stykkisholmur

    Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Time has stood still at Stykkishólmur, the small fishing town in Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, the colorful houses stand in contrast to the distant mountains.

    Nearby, you’ll find Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. It’s nicknamed 'Little Iceland', for its wide variety of volcanic landscapes.

    At the national park, visit Djúpalónssandur's black-sand beach and the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs. Ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier, or take a guided coastal hike with a glacial cave tour.

    • Included Stykkishólmur Discovery Walk
    Day 11
    Stykkisholmur

    Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Day 12
    Heimaey

    Discover the town that defied a volcano.

    Heimaey is the only inhabited island in the Westman Islands, off the 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 8 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.

    • Included Heimaey - Lava and History Walk
    Day 12
    Heimaey

    Discover the town that defied a volcano.

  • Day 13
    Reykjavík

    Enjoy Reykjavk at your leisure.

    As your Iceland expedition cruise reaches its conclusion, you still have one last terrific destination to explore: art, culture, and history in the capital, Reykjavík.

    Stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and galleries, admire the striking Hallgrímskirkja Church and peruse the Reykjavík Art Museum. Consider visiting the Blue Lagoon, one of the true natural wonders of the world. Experience the blend of silica, algae, and minerals in its famous geothermal waters.

    You can also join our Post-Program and explore Iceland's beautiful south coast, with waterfalls, black-sand beaches, geothermal pools and majestic mountains.

    Day 13
    Reykjavík

    Enjoy Reykjavk at your leisure.

Departures

2023

  • January
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  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
May:
1.

2024

  • January
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  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
May:
4.

What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

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, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional 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 equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • 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 528 (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, just 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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