MS Fridtjof Nansen
9 days

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

Price from
£ 3127
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
9 days

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

Price from
£ 3127
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 1)
Departures
31 May 2021
8 June 2021
16 June 2021
  • 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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  • Flight included

    Book your expedition cruise in 2021-2022 early and your flights from London will be included!
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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.
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.

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 field
    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.
  • Stykkishólmur: Caves, craters and 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 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.

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
Explore the beautiful Icelandic landscape.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
The famous Latrabjarg bird cliff.
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland.
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
Day 4
Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day
Northwest Iceland
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
The famous Latrabjarg bird cliff.

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.

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 2,500 meters.
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.
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer
Ceremony crossing the Polar Circle
Ceremony while crossing the Polar Circle. Grimsey marks the place where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland, and we will make sure we cross the legendary line before we head south towards the East region of Iceland.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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
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.

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 when we visit Eldheimar Museum.
  • Heimaey - Boat tour of Heimaey
    Sail around Heimaey and its landscape and wildlife from a different angle.
Day 9
Reykjavik - 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 you stay a few extra days to explore fascinating Reykjavik.

The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik
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 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

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Ship yard 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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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
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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

3 hrs

Price per person

From £ 164

Booking code

G-STY3

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Caves, craters and coves

Iceland

Duration

7 hrs

Price per person

From £ 185

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 £ 144

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 £ 170

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 £ 170

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

Approx. 7 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 247

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 £ 82

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

Approx. 5 hours 30 minutes

Price per person

From £ 123

Booking code

G-AKU3

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Included
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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
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Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit

Iceland

Duration

4h

Price per person

Free – please reserve

Booking code

INCL-BKK1

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Included
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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

3 hours

Price per person

From £ 113

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 £ 72

Booking code

G-HEI3

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Extend your cruise

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

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

Iceland

Duration

4 Days

From

£ 1154

Booking code

REKICEPRE

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

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 470

Booking code

REKPOST

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

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

£ 470

Booking code

REKPRE

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