Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes – Circumnavigation of Iceland

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From $5,799 USD
May 23 - June 3, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes, 12-day explorer cruise around Iceland on MS Fram. Explore the land of fire and ice, its glaciers, volcanoes, history and sagas.

Overview

Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes - Circumnavigation of Iceland, from Reykjavik, a 12-day cruise on the M/S Fram. Iceland is the perfect destination for explorers interested in the nation´s heritage, dating back to the ancient sagas. Icelandic folk tales are filled with mysticism, elves and trolls. Cruise the Icelandic coast, hike through lava fields, see natural hot springs, explore raw wilderness, encounter rare wildlife, and visit historic settlements.

Operation

May 23 - June 3, 2018

Departure

May 23 - June 12, 2018
June 3 - June 14, 2018

Price

PolarInside
$7,732
PolarOutside
$9,335
ArcticSuperior
$10,283
ExpeditionSuite
$12,912

Rates are in USD, per person in double cabin. Subject to availability.
All prices were accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Hurtigruten.

Included

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage, 12 days
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures
  • and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal items
  • Travel and Cruise protection
  • Gratuities
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Cruise begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland

Tour Options

  • Pre- and post cruise nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ICELAND ARRIVAL ( D)

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, Reykjavik is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2 STYKKISHOLMUR (B, L, D)

Welcome To The "Sagaland"
West Iceland is often referred to as "The Sagaland". Experience Stykkisholmur's diversity of 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. On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time along the scenic lanes.

Day 3 FLATEY - BJARGTANGER - LATRABJARG (B, L, D)

Europe'S Westernmost Point
One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is Westfjords. As we sail around the tip of the Latrabjarg peninsula, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck. Come ashore and walk up the slope to the renowned Latrabjarg cliffs, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

Day 4 ISAFJÖRDUR (B, L, D)

Wonderful Westfjords
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Isafjördur is a nearly perfect natural harbour. Stroll around to see the architecture, the variety of local handicrafts and the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum. With our wide range of optional excursions, you can choose to follow in the footsteps of trolls or enjoy the beautiful scenery from horseback.

Day 5 HORNBJARG CLIFF - REYKJAFJÖRDUR (B, L, D)

Bird Watchers’ Paradise
The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here in our small boats. Reykjafjördur can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area as well.

Day 6 HRISEY - AKUREYRI (B, L, D)

Fjords, Birds And City Life
Hrisey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjördur, a well-known paradise for birdwatchers. The most abundant species at this spot is the ptarmigan, but in all about 40 species of bird nest here. The 200 Islanders live in a trim fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and everyone has a view of the spectacular surrounding mountains. Next stop is Akureyri, a lively and energetic town. In fact, it is the most populous community outside Reykjavik, and serves as the center of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, although the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Godafoss waterfall.

Day 7 GRIMSEY (B, L, D)

Step Across The Arctic Circle
At Grimsey we will use our small 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 8 HUSAVIK (B, L, D)

The Whale Capital Of Iceland
Husavik is recognized as one of the best whale watching locations in the world, due to the island´s thriving bay ecosystem. Melting snow and rivers bring nutrients from mineral-rich mountainsides which, when combined with the boundless summer sun, leads to teeming masses of plankton, the main source of food for baleen whales. Husavik is also the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Husavikurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Husavik has become an increasingly popular tourist center and is home to the Husavik Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we sail past the Langanes peninsula.

Day 9 BAKKAGERDI - SEYDISFJÖRDUR (B, L, D)

The Land Of The Elves
Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjördur. 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. If you prefer more action, join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormsstadur.

The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seydisfjördur 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 the town, join an organised hike or take an optional excursion to Skalanes.

Day 10 DJUPIVOGUR (B, L, D)

Glaciers And Art
The natural world around Djupivogur is highly varied. The Bulandsnes bird sanctuary is renowned among bird lovers throughout the world, because this is a place where you can observe most Icelandic birds nesting in their natural habitat close by. The Vatnajökull glacier is the largest in Europe, and a spectacular sight. Join our optional excursion to Vatnajökull lagoon, or stay and hike in the beautiful surroundings of the town.

Langabud is the oldest house in Djupivogur, originally built in 1790, and has now been renovated to serve as a cultural center. It houses some of the works of sculptor Rikardur Jonsson, a heritage museum and a coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes and a display of local handicrafts. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin i Gledivik, by the world famous Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson, consisting of 34 eggs.

Day 11 HEIMAEY - WESTMAN ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Iceland's Pompeii
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. In 1973, a huge volcanic eruption surprised their residents of Heimaey. It forced the entire population to evacuate and set sail to mainland Iceland. A large number of buildings were buried under lava and ash. Many were completely destroyed, but others were later unearthed and restored. An entire museum, Eldheimar, has been built around the remains of one of the homes.

Day 12 REYKJAVIK (B)

The End Of The Adventure
Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting post programs Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.

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