The Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes of Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik

Join us on the original circumnavigation of Iceland, exploring the wilderness, wildlife, history and settlements. Get to know the mystic island - swim in natural hot springs and hike through lava fields on the perfect expedition cruise.

  • Explore the fascinating and diverse nature of Iceland
  • Take part in tailor-made excursions designed exclusively for Hurtigruten travellers
  • See glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls
  • Spot native birds in prime birdwatching season and maybe even whales


Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with glaciers and volcanoes side by side. The unspoiled nature offers stunning landscapes, geysers and impressive waterfalls. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, always accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team.

Discovering the wilderness, wildlife, history and settlements

During this 12-day expedition cruise around Iceland, you will enjoy hikes through lava fields, breathe the fresh Icelandic air, swim in natural hot springs, visit one of the many museums or simply explore on your own and chat with the friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the Icelandic experience with one of our many fantastic excursions.

The land of the saga

Iceland’s heritage dates back to the ancient sagas, and its folk tales are ripe with mysticism, elves and trolls, inspired by the island's diverse nature. In the midst of this vast and inspiring nature you will find colourful fishing villages, seaside communities and vibrant urban spaces. Icelanders keep their heritage alive even today – if they want to build a new a road, house or dam, there’s one influential group they have to confer with first: the elves.

Your holiday price includes

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities


  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change 
  • Rubber boot rental service on board free of charge

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

21 May, 1 & 12 June 2017

Departure port Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 1

Capital of Iceland

Location: Reykjavik

45 minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, located among lava rocks, moss and mountains, you find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with lots of restaurants, museums and shops on narrow streets. 

Day 2
Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

The Sagaland

Location: Stykkishólmur

West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland”. Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs. Participate in one of our exciting activities, such as kayaking, hiking and horseback riding.

Day 3

Millions of birds

Location: Flatey and Bjargtanger / Latrabjarg Promontory

On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time among the 19th century buildings. Látrabjarg is a promontory and the westernmost point in Iceland, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.  

Day 4
Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

The largest town in the Westfjords

Location: Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major centre of commerce and trade, centred around its thriving fishing industry. Experience the town's architecture or join our wide range of optional excursions. 

Day 5
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Seabirds galore

Location: Reykjarfjörður

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here in our polarcirkel boats. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area.

Day 6
Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

Where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland

Location: Siglufjörður and Grímsey

Siglufjörður offers both recreation and sightseeing. A few hours in the rugged landscape gives you the chance to savour the peace and enjoy tranquillity.

Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland, and we will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach this island.

Day 7
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Centre of trade and culture

Location: Akureyri

Akureyri is a lively and energetic town. It is the most populated community outside the Reykjavík area and the centre of trade and culture for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural beauty spots, and the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 8

The oldest settlement

Location: Húsavík

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular in Iceland as a whale watching centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we will sail past the Langanes peninsula in the evening.  

Day 9
Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

The land of the elves

Location: Bakkargerdi and Seyðisfjörður

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves”. There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for bird watching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and impressive views. If you prefer to be more active, you can join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormstadur. Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colourful Norwegian-style wooden houses date from the early 20th century and make this village unique. Explore the town, join a hike or take an optional excursion out to Skálanes.

Day 10
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Charming village of Höfn

Location: Höfn

Large mountains, wide rivers and the ever-present Vatnajökull glacier dominate the area around the charming fishing village of Höfn. From the harbour, you can experience a scenic view of the famous glacier, the largest in Europe and a spectacular sight. On the east coast you will find pine forests, lush farmlands and a variety of colourful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities. 

Day 11
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Volcanic Westman Islands

Location: Surtey and Heimaey (Westman Islands)

Surtsey is a volcanic island, formed by an eruption that started 425 feet below sea level and reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland's south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales. 

Day 12
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Back to the capital

Location: Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting post-programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon excursions.

1 June, 12 & 23 June 2017

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
Your ship Things to see and do


Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything that Iceland has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions.


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