Iceland—Land in motion

Freezing glacial forces combined with Earth’s molten heat to form the striking landscapes of Iceland. The constant seismic activity below this country makes it a living, breathing world filled with volcanoes, geysers, waterfalls and fjords.

Cruising Iceland with Hurtigruten

Choose to circumnavigate the Land of Fire and Ice with a front-row seat to enjoy the most dramatic tectonic show on earth.​ Small ships for small harbors. Our fleet of small expedition ships guarantees that the charm and sustainability of the small Icelandic communities is preserved.  Our expedition ships also enable access to the seldom visited Wester Fjords—the most isolated and hard to reach corner of Iceland, with small harbors and pristine communities.


Geysir, Iceland

Why Iceland

Raw nature at its best! Nothing beats Iceland in terms untamed volcanic features, dramatic colourful landscapes, massive calderas, huge lava fields, steaming geysers, boiling mud pots and gigantic active faults.​ With 80% of the country uninhabited, Iceland is a vast wilderness waiting to be explored.

Geysir, Iceland
A close up of a rock in the middle of a field
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Activities in Iceland

Iceland is a world of adventure. Our expedition cruises immerse you in its jaw-dropping scenery through a variety of stimulating activities. Explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, step on the Eurasian and North America Plates, and get a first-hand experience on how plate tectonics works.Learn about the old Norse traditions, history and culture, and see for yourself how the enduring traditions of the first settlers survive in the modern Icelandic society.​ Plus see the elements for your self through kayaking, hiking, and small-boat (RIB) cruising.

A close up of a rock in the middle of a field
Photo: Leslie A. Kelly/Theme Media
A bird flying in the air
Experience the abundant wildlife, represented here by the puffin. In the midst of this vast and inspiring wilderness, you’ll find colorful fishing villages, seaside towns, and vibrant urban centers.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Wildlife in Iceland

Iceland’s incredible scenery steals all the headlines, and rightly so—but it wouldn’t be the same without the sights and sounds of the wildlife that call it home. Enjoy the long daylight of the North Atlantic and take advantage of the best conditions to spot harbour and grey seals, several species of whales, and hundreds of resident, nesting, and visiting birds including the famous puffin.

A bird flying in the air
Experience the abundant wildlife, represented here by the puffin. In the midst of this vast and inspiring wilderness, you’ll find colorful fishing villages, seaside towns, and vibrant urban centers.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Hybrid powered on the side of MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera

Sustainability

Hurtigruten was the first major travel company to remove single-use plastic from all of our ships, restaurants and hotels, and to launch hybrid electric-powered expedition ships. We are constantly improving how we reduce, recycle and handle our waste—and are sharing everything we learn along the way. Our crews and guests collect metric tons of waste from beaches every year and are educated and trained in conservation. Hurtigruten spreads awareness about pollution in every way we can, engages in strategic partnerships, works with relevant organizations, and conducts research and real-time monitoring of the oceans.

Hybrid powered on the side of MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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Snafellsnes Iceland
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