MS Fram
11 days

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

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$ 7,263
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
11 days

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

Price from
$ 7,263
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)
Departures
July 28, 2022
August 7, 2022
  • 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

Our voyage of discovery starts in Reykjavik. The name of Iceland’s capital means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from its many hot springs. It is well worth booking a Pre-programme to explore the charming and vibrant modern city Reykjavík as well as the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before boarding MS Fram for your expedition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. f you have the time, we recommend to book our Post-programme or spend some extra days to explore 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 Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

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 Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

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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