Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 1)

Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 1)

Travel information 9 days MS Fridtjof Nansen
Departures
31 May 2021
8 June 2021
16 June 2021
Price from
$ 5686
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • Fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • A paradise for bird and whale watching
  • Circumnavigation - see the entirety of Iceland´s coast

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.

Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 1)
  • Day 1
    Reykjavik - Embarkation

    Arriving in Iceland

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

    Day 1
    Reykjavik - Embarkation

    Arriving in Iceland

  • Day 2
    Stykkishólmur - Full day

    Welcome to Sagaland

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

    • Included Stykkishólmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider center
    Day 2
    Stykkishólmur - Full day

    Welcome to Sagaland

  • Day 3
    Patreksfjördur - Full day

    Patreksfjördur

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

    • Included Patreksfjördur - Stroll through the most western village of Europe
    Day 3
    Patreksfjördur - Full day

    Patreksfjördur

  • Day 4
    Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day

    Northwest Iceland

    Our experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunning 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 4
    Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day

    Northwest Iceland

  • Day 5
    Akureyri - Full day

    Northern Centre

    Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. it is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, such as lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.

    • Included Akureyri - Town Walk & Botanical Garden
    Day 5
    Akureyri - Full day

    Northern Centre

  • Day 6
    Grimsey Island - Full day

    Step Across the Arctic Circle

    We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. You can have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

    • Included Grimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremony
    Day 6
    Grimsey Island - Full day

    Step Across the Arctic Circle

  • Day 7
    Bakkagerdi - Full day

    The Land of the Elves

    Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and is `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.

    • Included Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit
    Day 7
    Bakkagerdi - Full day

    The Land of the Elves

  • Day 8
    Heimaey - Full day

    Iceland`s Pompeii

    Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes us for our visit.  The harbour has a very narrow entrance, caused by a volcanic eruption in 1973. Most of the island has steep cliffs, is well-vegetated and provides a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

    • Included Heimaey - Fun and lively walk over the lava with a local
    Day 8
    Heimaey - Full day

    Iceland`s Pompeii

  • Day 9
    Reykjavik - Full day

    The End of the Adventure

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

    Day 9
    Reykjavik - Full day

    The End of the Adventure

Departures

  • 2021
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  • Dec
31 May 2021
8 June 2021
16 June 2021

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What's included

Included in your voyage

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 and Fredheim 
  • 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 organise and accompany activities on board 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’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track 
  • 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 Photographers help with your camera settings before landings 

Not included in your voyage

  • 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 
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

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MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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