MS Fridtjof Nansen
9 days

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

Price from
$ 5535
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
9 days

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

Price from
$ 5535
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 1)
Departures
1 June 2022
9 June 2022
17 June 2022
  • 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

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Itinerary

Welcome to the wild, rugged and unique beauty of Iceland. In the land of fire and ice, wildlife is teeming, the culture is rich, and the people are welcoming. Our expedition cruise makes a full circumnavigation of Iceland, so you get a complete experience of some of the most unique terrain on Earth.
Day 1
Reykjavik - Embarkation
Arriving in Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

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.

Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, 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, Iceland
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 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.

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 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.

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 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 5
Akureyri - Full day
Northern Centre
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, 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 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.

The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
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
Ceremony crossing the Polar Circle
Ceremony crossing the Polar Circle
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 6
Grimsey Island - Full day
Step Across the Arctic Circle
Great photo opportunities on the cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Great photo opportunities on the cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer

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.

Day 7
Bakkagerdi - Full day
The 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. 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.

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
A visit to Heimaey stave church, Iceland
A visit to Heimaey stave church, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Arriving Heimaey Island with Hurtigruten
Arriving Heimaey Island in Hurtigruten's complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Picturesque view of Heimaey
Picturesque view of Heimaey
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer
Day 8
Heimaey - Full day
Iceland`s Pompeii
Arriving Heimaey Island with Hurtigruten
Arriving Heimaey Island in Hurtigruten's complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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.

Day 9
Reykjavik - Disembarkation - Full day
The End of the Adventure
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend to book our Post-programme or spend some extra days to explore fascinating Reykjavik.

The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik
Interesting architecture in Reykjavik
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 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 
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Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

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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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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