Iceland Expedition (Northbound)

Explore the spectacular natural world and charming towns of Iceland and Norway. The experience of being on deck as we cruise into the majestic Norwegian fjords is unforgettable. Stroll through quaint Arctic villages, learn Viking history, and scan for abundant wildlife on this remarkable expedition cruise.

  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • From Hamburg, sail north to the magnificent Norwegian fjords
  • Fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • A paradise for bird and whale watching
Early booking offer

On 03 December, we released our new expedition cruise program for 2020/21. If you book this voyage before 31 March 2019, you can save £500 per person.

The price you see online already includes the discount.


The itinerary

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, ice and sea conditions set 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 present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Departure 24 June 2020

Departs from Hamburg, Germany

A Great Northern Expedition

This expedition cruise to Iceland begins Hamburg before heading to the west coast of Norway and onwards towards Iceland.

Famed Natural Beauty

Arriving in Norway, we cruise the unmatched beauty of world-famous Lysefjorden and Geirangerfjord. This stretch of the Norwegian coast offers spectacular scenery with dramatic fjords and idyllic countryside. 

Fire and Ice

Next, MS Fridtjof Nansen crosses the Norwegian Sea to the land of fire and ice: mythical Iceland. This is the home of classic sagas, long Arctic winters and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.

We will call on charming towns and settlements, see iconic natural attractions such as Goðafoss, Waterfall of the Gods, go birdwatching, step across the Arctic Circle and enjoy walks through coastal landscape.

Vikings and Elves

Iceland is a place of living history in addition to unique natural beauty.  Traditions and myths run deep here. For example, if locals want to build a new road, there’s one influential group that must be consulted first from Icelandic mythology: the elves.  

Wild and geologically active Icelandic nature offers the chance to explore stunning landscapes with waterfalls amongst Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring.  Our expedition cruise offers excursions to a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, all accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team. 

Day 1-2: Hamburg, Germany

Canals and Gardens

Embarkation - Overnight

Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – boasting large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves.  Enjoy an overnight stay on board which gives you plenty of time to explore the city and some of its many canals. 

Day 3: At sea

Heading North

Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards Norway.  Take in the panoramic views from one of the many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.

Day 4: Kristiansand

Charming Kristiansand

Half day

Kristiansand´s beautiful beaches and archipelago, charming old town, interesting local history and nearby nature make it a popular destination. Visit the fish markets, join our optional excursion or enjoy the great outdoors.

Day 5: Lysefjorden

Towering Preikestolen

Half day

Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep. The Preikestolen plateau towers an impressive 604 metres over the surface of the water. We will sail into the fjord, enjoy the great landscape from deck and hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen from below.

Day 6: Geiranger


Geirangerfjord features stunning nature and idyllic villages along its 100 km stretch.  The fjord here is world famous for its dramatic landscape and is UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as we sail into this famous area of stunning beauty.

Day 7: At sea

Norwegian Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board lectures while we set course towards Iceland. Our Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience.  You will also have the chance to visit our Science Center for interesting topics and discussions.

Day 8: Seyðisfjörður

Nordic Heritage

Half day

The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seyðisfjörður is reflected in colourful Nordic-style wooden houses dating from the early 20th century. The handcrafted architecture creates a truly unique identity in the settlement. Explore this quirky town, join an organised hike or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.

Day 9: Grímsey

Step Across the Arctic Circle

Full day

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. Pending favourable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

Day 10: Akureyri

Centre in the North

Full day

Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous Icelandic community outside Reykjavík, and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the region. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, such as Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall. 

Day 11: Ísafjörður

Wonderful Westfjords

Full day

Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum.

Day 12: Patreksfjördur


Full day

Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast 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.

Day 13: Stykkishólmur


Full day

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 the iconic sites of Snæfellsnes Penninsula, such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 14: Heimaey

Welcome Home

Full day

Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes us for our visit.  The area features dramatic and steep sea cliffs, which are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming Puffin.

Day 15: Reykjavik
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson Photo

The World's Northernmost Capital


Iceland's capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to the city you will find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavík itself hosts fine restaurants, museums and shops. We arrive in the morning and this is where our voyage ends.

Arrival 08 July 2020

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
What's included


  • Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice


  • rich programme of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team  
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 


  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  •  Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the Expedition Team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatheringsto recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the Expedition Team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A Farewell event  


  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   


  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking and extended hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
Life on board