Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring Route

Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring Route

Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring Route

Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring Route

Travel information 10 days MS Maud
July 19, 2025
July 28, 2025
August 6, 2025
Price from
$ 5,351
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Raw natural beauty

If there’s a destination where all the major highlights are natural wonders, then it’s Iceland. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge shapes the rugged, volcanic landscape, while the sub-Arctic climate and high latitude create the environment. In the land of fire and ice, whales, seals and puffins play leading roles in one of the greatest nature shows in the North Atlantic.

Nature-oriented expedition

A full range of expedition and nature-related activities awaits you on this in-depth adventure. Hike with the Expedition Team, go kayaking in the fjords and join excursions to experience small boat cruising. Keep a lookout for whales and nesting bird colonies as you learn about Iceland’s unique and fascinating geology.

Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring Route Iconic Iceland – The Maritime Ring Route
  • 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

    Heimaey’s explosive past

    Discover the town that defied a volcano

    Heimaey is the only inhabited island in the Westman Islands, found off the south coast of Iceland. 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 2

    Heimaey’s explosive past

  • Day 3

    Fjord-side Djúpivogur

    See ice-capped volcanoes and awe-inspiring fjords

    If weather conditions allow, we’ll start the day cruising along the coast to marvel at Öræfajökull, the largest active volcano and highest peak in Iceland. Completely covered by ice, the mountain is part of the Vatnajökull ice cap, one of the biggest in the world outside of the polar regions.

    In the afternoon, we’ll stop at the village of Djúpivogur on the Búlandsnes peninsula at the entrance to the breathtaking fjord of Hamarsfjörður. Djúpivogur has been an important trading center in Iceland for over four centuries. Learn more about the town’s commercial history at the Heritage Museum, housed in an 18th-century warehouse.

    Day 3

    Fjord-side Djúpivogur

  • Day 4
    East Fjords

    East Fjords

    Expedition day in the far east of Iceland

    With quaint villages, dramatic coastlines, roaring waterfalls, towering mountains and narrow fjords carved into some of the oldest rocks in the country, east Iceland is simply stunning.

    There are several ways to explore and experience this remarkable area, including hiking, small boat cruising and kayaking. Be ready for adventure as your Captain and Expedition Team decide on the best landing sites and activities based on the day’s conditions.

    Perhaps we’ll land at a nature reserve, stop at a remote village or search for puffins at a nesting colony. Whatever we do, it’s sure to be a thrilling experience.

    Day 4
    East Fjords

    East Fjords

  • Day 5

    Whale watching in Húsavík

    Discover geology and mythology side by side

    Today, you’ll discover Húsavík, a pleasant small town famous for its whale-watching opportunities. The town looks out over Skjálfandi bay, which enjoys visits from humpback and minke whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and occasionally blue whales.

    Geology and mythology come together at nearby Ásbyrgi canyon, a horseshoe-shaped canyon that, according to Norse mythology, was created when Odin’s horse Sleipnir accidentally put one of his eight legs down on the ground. Also not far away is Dettifoss waterfall – probably the largest in Europe.

    Day 5

    Whale watching in Húsavík

  • Day 6

    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 6

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

  • Day 7
    North Iceland

    The Northwestern Region

    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 schedule.

    We may go ashore in our small boats (RIBs) for a hike or a 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 soak in a hot tub.

    Day 7
    North Iceland

    The Northwestern Region

  • Day 8


    Birdwatching, waterfalls and hiking

    Westfjords is a wild region with deep fjords and barren plateaus created by molten rock and shaped by ice. In a country where active volcanoes are found almost everywhere, the tectonic forces are surprisingly at peace here. Be prepared for ancient rock formations, majestic landscapes, and thriving birdlife as you explore the most remote corner of Iceland.

    We’ll stop at Patreksfjörður, a small fishing port in a beautiful setting. Learn about the fishing traditions in Europe’s westernmost village. You can also explore the surrounding area on a hike in the mountains, and birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to Látrabjarg cliffs, where birds nest by the thousands in season.

    Day 8


  • Day 9

    Breathtaking Breiðafjörður

    Explore a bay of islands and birdlife

    Breiðafjörður is one of two large bays in western Iceland. Bordered by the Westfjords in the north and Snæfellsnes peninsula in the south, this spectacular bay has thousands of islands, coastal cliffs where birds nest in abundance, beautiful inner fjords and well-known landmarks such as Kirkjufell mountain and the snowcapped Snæfellsjökull volcano.

    Our Captain and Expedition Leader will decide on the best landing sites based on the day’s conditions. Perhaps we’ll head to Hvammsfjörður, a picturesque inner fjord at the southeastern corner of Breiðafjörður, or one of the many remote islands in the bay. We may even stop at the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Day 9

    Breathtaking Breiðafjörður

  • Day 10

    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 the most famous place in Iceland to do just that: the Blue Lagoon – 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 10

    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
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 570 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 445 ft
Beam 70.5 ft
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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