Iceland Expedition (Southbound)

This sailing takes you to the coastal towns and spectacular natural formations of Iceland, before crossing to Norway to witness the majesty of the world-renowned fjords. Throughout the journey, you will be amazed by the rich birdlife and natural treasures of the homelands of the Vikings.

  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • Sail the magnificent Norwegian fjords in fall foliage
  • 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 06 September 2020

Departs from Reykjavik, Iceland

Fire, Ice and Trolls

Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, of classic sagas with summers lit by the Midnight Sun. Iceland’s heritage is chronicled in the ancient sagas, and its folk tales are rife with mysticism, elves and trolls. Icelanders keep their heritage alive to this day. For example, if locals want to build a new road, there’s one influential group that must be consulted first: the elves.  

 Stunning Nature

Wild and geologically active Icelandic nature offers stunning landscapes with waterfalls amongst Europe's most awe-inspiring. Erupting volcanoes and geysers dot the landscape. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team.  

The Norwegian Fjords

We cross the Norwegian Sea to the south west coast of Norway, where we will cruise the beautiful fjords of Lysefjorden and Geirangerfjord and enjoy the charming city of Kristiansand, before our expedition cruise comes to an end in the German city of Hamburg.

Day 1: 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


Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city, with surroundings that offer fantastic natural beauty like geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths. This is a city well worth exploring before embarking on your expedition ship.

Day 2: Heimaey

Welcome Home

Full day

Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes us for our visit.  A zone of volcanic activity, the surrounding area is made up mostly of steep sea cliffs, which are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming Puffin. 

Day 3: Stykkishólmur


Full day

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

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 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: At sea

Towards Norway

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board lectures as we head towards Norway. Our Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience.  You will also have the chance to visit our Science centre to learn more. 

Day 10: Geiranger

The Famed Fjords of Norway

Geirangerfjord features stunning and idyllic villages along its 100 km stretch. The fjord here is world famous for its beauty and is UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as we sail into this famous fjord, hopefully with fall colours on the hillsides.

Day 11: Lysefjorden

Towering Preikestolen

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 12: Kristiansand

Charming Kristiansand

Full 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 13: At sea

Relaxing Day

Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards Hamburg.  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. 

Day 14-15: Hamburg, Germany


Overnight & disembarkation

The second-largest city in Germany, 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.

Arrival 20 September 2020

Location Hamburg, Germany
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