MS Fram
11 days

Iceland – Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)

Price from $ 7,671
$ 6,904
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
11 days

Iceland – Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)

Price from $ 7,671
$ 6,904
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)
Departures
July 18, 2021
July 28, 2021
  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • See fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • Encounter a paradise for bird and whale watching
  • Completely circumnavigate Iceland

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Itinerary

Extraordinary and full of surprises, Iceland is an amazing natural and cultural destination. On our circumnavigation of the island, you encounter teeming wildlife, rich culture and welcoming people. Only Iceland offers surreal lava fields, bubbling hot springs, amazing Viking heritage and unmatched wildlife. Experience it all on this expedition cruise.
Day 1
Reykjavik - Embarkation
Arriving in Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference center, Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with moss-covered lava rock and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away is Reykjavik, a charming, vibrant and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference center, Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Different eras of architecture in Stykkisholmur, Iceland
Different eras of architecture in Stykkisholmur.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 2
Stykkishólmur - Full Day
Welcome to “Sagaland”
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

The friendly town of Stykkishólmur features beautiful, well-preserved old houses and is surrounded by wonderful scenery.  Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to see such iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Stykkishólmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider center
    Explore the beautiful town of Stykkisholmur, the largest town on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
  • Hiking in the Berserk Lava Fields
    Join 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.
  • Caves, Craters & Coves
    Welcome 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 Snæfellsnes
    This tour visits many of the wonderful highlights on Snæfellsnes peninsula – an area rich in natural beauty, history and culture
Day 3
Patreksfjördur - Full Day
Patreksfjördur
View to the scenic village of Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Scenic Patreksfjordur.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with about 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.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Patreksfjördur - Stroll through the most western village of Europe
    We 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 Combination
    Admire the beauty and culture of the Westfjords with a scenic drive and walking tour featuring the powerful Dynjandi waterfall.
  • Patreksfjordur - Latrabjarg Cliff
    Walk 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.
View to the scenic village of Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Scenic Patreksfjordur.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A church with a view, Patreksfjordur, Iceland
A church with a view in Patreksfjordur, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Beautiful Icelandic landscape with flag
Beautiful Icelandic landscape
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland.
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
Day 4
Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day
Northwest Iceland
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland

Our experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunningly beautiful fjords of northwest Iceland. Conditions will determine the final program and activity for the day. We might visit a small settlement, take you on hikes, or launch our kayaks.

Day 5
Djupavik - Full Day
Remote Ruins and Natural Beauty
MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

In 1917, Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djupavik and built a herring salting factory. Today, you can still see the remains of the factory as well as seven houses and a hotel here. We will explore the landing site, and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.

MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
View of Djupavik
View of Djupavik
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Godafoss, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 6
Akureyri - Full Day
Northern Center
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s renowned natural treasures, like Mývatn lake and Goðafoss waterfall.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Akureyri - Town Walk & Botanical Garden
    You will discover the past and present of Akureyri strolling at a leisurely pace around town.
  • Akureyri - Off the Beaten Track
    Dare 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 Horseback
    Discover and enjoy Iceland’s beautiful nature on horseback.
  • Mývatn Nature Baths
    We 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.
Day 7
Grimsey Island & Husavik - Overnight stay - Full Day
Step Across the Arctic Circle
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. Grimsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts through the island and you can step across. During the afternoon, we sail towards Husavik, arriving in the evening and staying overnight.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Grimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremony
    Just 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.
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Great photo opportunities on the cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Great photo opportunities on the cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer
Husavik, Iceland
Husavik, Iceland
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Humpback whale watching in Husavik
Humpback whale watching in Husavik
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 8
Husavik & Langanes Peninsula
Whales and Birds
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Húsavík is renowned for its whale watching and has several interesting museums, including, of course, a whale museum. In the evening, we will sail past the scenic Laganes Peninsula. 

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Husavik - Whale museum visit
    We take the short walk to the whale museum where we have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating gentle giants of the ocean.
  • Whales & Puffins
    How could the Húsavík Original Whale Watching tour possibly get better? Of course by sailing around Puffin Island, the home of thousands of puffins.
  • Husavik - Diamond Circle
    Explore the fantastic and surreal beauty of Iceland on this tour to The Whispering Cliffs, the canyon of Asbyrgi, and the powerful Dettifoss waterfall on a unforgettable guided tour.
Day 9
Bakkagerdi - Full Day
Land of the Elves
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves.” Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and lovely views.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit
    Shuttle bus between port and Hafnarhólmi puffin colony.
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Seagulls nesting in Bakkagerdi, Iceland
Seagulls nesting in Bakkagerdi, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Eldfell volcano, Iceland
Eldfell volcano, Iceland
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Volcano, Iceland
Exploring volcanic Heimaey.
Photo: Les Kelly
Picturesque view of Heimaey
Picturesque view of Heimaey.
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer
Day 10
Heimaey - Full Day
Iceland`s Pompeii
Volcano, Iceland
Exploring volcanic Heimaey.
Photo: Les Kelly

The harbor at Heimaey or “Home Island” has a narrow entrance, formed by a volcanic eruption in 1973.  As the lava flow threatened, the ingenious islanders pumped sea water onto the molten rocks to cool and slow its progress. Nearby cliffs provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Optional Excursions
  • Included
    Heimaey - Fun and lively walk over the lava with a local
    This hiking tour is a great way to get to know the volcanic history of the island and get in touch with the beautiful nature.
  • Heimaey Island Tour
    Join 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.
  • Heimaey - Boat tour of Heimaey
    Sail around Heimaey and its landscape and wildlife from a different angle.
Day 11
Reykjavik
The End of the Adventure
Interesting architecture in Reykjavik
Stay behind and explore the interesting architecture in Reykjavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend staying a few extra days to explore this unique and fascinating Nordic city.

Interesting architecture in Reykjavik
Stay behind and explore the interesting architecture in Reykjavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna,and indoor gyms 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Iceland 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographerhelp with your camera settings before landings 

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights  
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   
  • Optional treatments in the wellness and spa area  

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected 
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Greenland
Photo: Stian Klo

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Optional Excursions

Some expedition cruises 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.

Included
A large lawn in front of a house A large lawn in front of a house

Stykkishólmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider centre

Iceland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-STY1

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Hiking in the Berserk Lava Field

Iceland

Duration

3h

Price per person

From $ 266

Booking Code

G-STY3

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Caves, Craters & Coves

Iceland

Duration

7 hours

Price per person

From $ 299

Booking Code

G-STY7

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Church at Hellnar with Snaefellsjökull in the background Church at Hellnar with Snaefellsjökull in the background

Stykkishólmur - Highlights of Snæfellsnes

Iceland

Duration

5 hours 15 min

Price per person

From $ 233

Booking Code

G-STY5

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Included
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Patreksfjördur - Stroll through town

Iceland

Duration

1 hr

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-PJF1

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The stunning Westfjords, Iceland The stunning Westfjords, Iceland

Patreksfjordur - Splendid Combination

Iceland

Duration

6 hours

Price per person

From $ 274

Booking Code

G-PJF1

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Látrabjarg, Iceland, Europe's largest bird cliff Látrabjarg, Iceland, Europe's largest bird cliff

Patreksfjordur - Latrabjarg Cliff

Iceland

Duration

5 hours 30 mins

Price per person

From $ 274

Booking Code

G-PJF2

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Included
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Akureyri - Town walk & Botanical Garden visit

Iceland

Duration

2h30

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-AKU1

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Magnificent Bárðardalur Valley Magnificent Bárðardalur Valley

Akureyri - Off the beaten tracks

Iceland

Duration

7 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From $ 399

Booking Code

G-AKU4

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A group of sheep standing on top of a lush green field A group of sheep standing on top of a lush green field

Akureyri - Akureyri on Horseback

Iceland

Duration

2 hrs

Price per person

From $ 133

Booking Code

G-AKU7

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Lake Mývatn is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures Lake Mývatn is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures

Myvatn Nature Baths

Iceland

Duration

5h 30min

Price per person

From $ 199

Booking Code

G-AKU3

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Included
A large body of water A large body of water

Grimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremony

Iceland

Duration

2 hrs 30 min

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-GRY1

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Included
A huge whale skeleton laying in a museum A huge whale skeleton laying in a museum

Husavik - Whale museum visit

Iceland

Duration

1-2h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-HSU1

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Schooners and boats in the harbour Schooners and boats in the harbour

Husavik - Whales and puffins

Iceland

Duration

4hours

Price per person

From $ 233

Booking Code

G-HUS1

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Hljodaklettar (The Whispering Cliffs) Hljodaklettar (The Whispering Cliffs)

Husavik - Diamond Circle

Iceland

Duration

6 hours 30 min

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

G-HUS4

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Included
A bird flying in the air A bird flying in the air

Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit

Iceland

Duration

4h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-BKK1

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Included
A body of water with a mountain in the background A body of water with a mountain in the background

Heimaey - Fun and lively walk over the lava with a local

Iceland

Duration

2hrs

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking Code

INCL-HEI1

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View from Helgafell over Heimaey View from Helgafell over Heimaey

Heimaey Island Tour

Iceland

Duration

3h

Price per person

From $ 183

Booking Code

G-HEI1

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Cruising around Heimaey, Iceland Cruising around Heimaey, Iceland

Heimaey - Boat tour

Iceland

Duration

2 hours

Price per person

From $ 116

Booking Code

G-HEI3

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Extend Your Cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-Program before or after your expedition cruise.

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Reykjavik Pre-programme: Golden Circle Tour (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 760

Booking Code

REKPRE

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A man riding a wave on top of a mountain A man riding a wave on top of a mountain

Reykjavik Post-cruise adventure: South Coast (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 760

Booking Code

REKPOST

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A close up of a rock near the ocean A close up of a rock near the ocean

The Icelandic Highlands: Pre-Programme for Nature Lovers (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

4 Days

From

$ 1,865

Booking Code

REKICEPRE

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