Ultimate Circumnavigation of Iceland

Ocean CruiseIceland

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From $6,602 USD
July 25 - August 4, 2020
11 Days / 10 Nights

Ultimate Circumnavigation of Iceland on the MS Fram, enjoy fascinating nature, waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers, a paradise for bird and whale watching.

Overview

The Ultimate Circumnavigation of Iceland on the MS Fram, well suited for expedition voyages. Extraordinary and full of surprises, Iceland is an amazing natural and cultural destination. On our circumnavigation of the island, you encounter teeming wildlife, rich culture and welcoming people. Only Iceland offers surreal lava fields, bubbling hot springs, glaciers, amazing Viking heritage and unmatched wildlife. Enjoy all on this expedition cruise.

Operation

July 25 - August 4, 2020

Departure

July 25 - August 4
August 4 - August 14

Price

August 4 departure
Polar Inside - from$6,602 per person in double cabin
Polar Outside - from$8,054 per person in double cabin
Arctic Superior - from $8,846 per person in double cabin
Expedition Suite - from $11,223 per person in double cabin

Rates are in USD, per person in double cabin
Hurtigruten has a flexible pricing system and all prices are capacity controlled and subject to availability.
Prices may change at any time before departure date. The applicable price will be quoted at the time of booking.

Included

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise, 11 days
  • Cabin category of your choice
  • Full board (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Complimentary Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that accompanies landings and activities
  • Landings with small boats
  • Activities on board and ashore
  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Destination-focused onboard library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • Welcome event | Farewell event  
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests
  • No gratuities expected

Not Included

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking,
    long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Personal items
  • Travel and Cruise protection

Please note

  • Cruise begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

Tour Options

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

Day 1 ICELAND ARRIVAL ( D)

Arriving in Iceland
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" - Full Day
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.

The friendly town of Stykkisholmur features beautiful, well-preserved old houses and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town's interesting museums or join optional excursions to see such iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula as the Londrangar basalt cliffs or black sand beaches of Djupalonssandur.

Included activity: Walking tour & visit to the Eider Centre (2 hrs)

During this pleasant walk around town, enjoy thought-provoking talks on the area's religion, social issues and the Icelandic health system. Naturally, there will be interesting information on the history and culture of this welcoming community as well. We also visit the Icelandic Eider Centre at Stykkisholmur, with the adjacent Breidafjördur being the largest active eider duck nesting area in the world.

Optional Excursions
Stykkisholmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider center, Included
Explore the beautiful town of Stykkisholmur, the largest town on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Caves, Craters & 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.

Stykkisholmur - Highlights of Snæfellsnes
This tour visits many of the wonderful highlights on Snæfellsnes Peninsula – an area rich in natural beauty, history and culture

Hiking in the Berserk Lava Fields
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.

Day 3 PATREKSFJÖRDUR (B, L, D)

Patreksfjördur - Full Day
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with about 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Latrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Included activity: Stroll through the most western village of Europe (1 hr)
Stroll along the lively harbour of Patreksfjördur and learn about the importance of fisheries to the village and the various types of fish. We visit the local church and walk to the snow avalanche protection wall where you get the best views of the fjord. The village has a rich history as a base for English and French sailors, merchants and navy mariners.

Optional Excursions
Patreksfjördur - Stroll through the most western village of Europe, Included
We will start by a stroll through the lively harbour of the fishing village Patreksfjördur, learn about the importance of the fisheries for the village and get to know some different kinds of fish.

Patreksfjördur - Splendid Combination
Admire the beauty and culture of the Westfjords with a scenic drive and walking tour featuring the powerful Dynjandi waterfall.

Patreksfjördur - Latrabjarg Cliff
Walk on Europe's largest bird cliff, the stunning Latrabjarg, 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.

Day 4 NORTHWEST ICELAND (B, L, D)

Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day
Our experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunningly beautiful 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 DJUPAVIK (B, L, D)

Remote Ruins and Natural Beauty - Full Day
In 1917, Elias Stefansson settled down in Djupavik and built a herring salting factory. Today, you can still see the remains of the factory as well as seven houses and a hotel here. We will explore the landing site, and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.

Included activity: Herring Factory visit & Leisurely Hike (2 - 3 hrs)

Join in an exciting hike up a mountain ridge for an amazing view of the entire coast, then learn a bit of local history with an exciting guided tour through a former herring factory. The fish facility is also part of contemporary movie history, as scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster, Justice League, were filmed here. Afterward, savour some local pastries served by the owner of a small guesthouse near the pier.

Optional Excursions
Djupavik - Herring Factory visit & Leisurely Hike, Included
Join in an exciting hike up a mountain ridge for an amazing view of the entire coast, then learn a bit of local history with an exciting guided tour through a former herring factory.

Day 6 AKUREYRI (B, L, D)

Northern Center - Full Day
Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside Reykjavik, and the center of trade, culture and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s renowned natural treasures, like Myvatn lake and Godafoss waterfall.

Included activity: Town walk & Botanical Garden visit (2 - 3 hrs)
Discover the past and present of Akureyri on a leisurely stroll around town. See the town centre before making your way up to a viewpoint. The walk also goes to to the Botanical Gardens (Lystigardurinn) where you can see some 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers that bloom outdoors due to Akureyri's warm microclimate.

Optional Excursions
Akureyri - Town Walk & Botanical Garden, Included
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.

Myvatn Nature Baths
We visit the spectacular Godafoss falls before we take you to Myvatn 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 8,200 feet.

Day 7 GRIMSEY ISLAND - HUSAVIK (B, L, D)

Step Across The Arctic Circle - Overnight stay - Full Day
We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. Grimsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts through the island and you can step across. During the afternoon, we sail towards Husavik, arriving in the evening and staying overnight.

Included activity: Arctic circle crossing ceremony (2 hrs 30)

The Arctic Circle crosses Iceland at the northernmost point on Grimsey island. As we cross the Arctic Circle, enjoy a fun ceremony with the staff, then take a walk towards the Orbis et Globus (Circle and Sphere) artwork that symbolizes the Circle. On the way you will have amazing photo opportunities of magnificent scenery, and wildlife like puffins, arctic terns, golden plovers and many more spectacular birds, as many of them are nesting on the cliffs or right next to your footpath.

Optional Excursions
Grimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremony, Included
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 8 HUSAVIK - LANGANES PENINSULA (B, L, D)

The Whale Capital - Birds
Husavik is renowned for its whale watching and has several interesting museums, including, of course, a Whale Museum. In the evening, we will sail past the scenic Laganes Peninsula.

Included activity: Whale museum visit (1 - 2 hrs)

Husavik is not considered the whale watching capital of Europe for nothing. Join us on a visit to Husavik's excellent whale museum if you want to learn more about these giants of the sea. The museum offers you everything there is to know about whales, and even has an actual blue whale skeleton - a spectacle you shouldn't miss.

Optional Excursions
Husavik - Whale museum visit, Included
We take the short walk to the whale museum where we have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating gentle giants of the ocean.

Husavik - Diamond Circle
Explore the fantastic and surreal beauty of Iceland on this tour to The Whispering Cliffs, the canyon of Asbyrgi, and the powerful Dettifoss waterfall on a unforgettable guided tour.

Whales & Puffins
How could the Husavik Original Whale Watching tour possibly get better? Of course by sailing around Puffin Island, the home of thousands of puffins.

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

Land of the Elves - Full Day
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. 

Included activity: Puffin Colony visit (1 - 3 hrs)

Climb aboard one of our small boats that take you to a small pier next to a large puffin colony. Here you climb stairs to the top of a small hill for a spectacular view over the colony. Afterward, a five-minute shuttle bus ride takes you to the small village of Bakkagerdi, where the Icelandic queen of the elves holds court. You also find a charming, traditional peat house in the village.

Optional Excursions
Bakkagerdi - Puffin Colony visit, Included
Shuttle bus between port and Hafnarholmi puffin colony.

Day 10 HEIMAEY (B, L, D)

Iceland's Pompeii - Full Day
The harbor at Heimaey or "Home Island" has a narrow entrance, formed by a volcanic eruption in 1973. As the lava flow threatened, the ingenious islanders pumped sea water onto the molten rocks to cool and slow its progress. Nearby cliffs provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Optional Excursions
Heimaey - Fun and lively walk over the lava with a local, Included
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 at the Eldheimar Museum.

Westman Island Hiking tour
See the fascinating Helgafell volcano and learn about the volcanic eruption that began on Jan 23rd 1973. Explore the area and see how the island's inhabitants have built up their houses. We also visit the Eldheimar Museum.

Heimaey - Boat tour of Heimaey
Sail around Heimaey and its landscape and wildlife from a different angle.

Day 11 REYKJAVIK (B)

The End of the Adventure
Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend staying a few extra days to explore this unique and fascinating Nordic city.

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