Circumnavigating Iceland - the Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes

Expedition Voyage from Reykjavik
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland © Andrea Klaussner/Hurtigruten

Experience the best of Iceland on an expedition cruise aboard MS Fram around the island nation. This extensive voyage offers a spellbinding variety of nature, wildlife and settlements.


Cruises departing on 01, 09, 17 June 2022 are 9 days duration on board MS Fridtjof Nansen and have the below itinerary.

Cruises departing on 28 July, 07 August 2022 are 11 days duration on board MS Fram and include stops in Husavik and Djupavik. Please ask us for details of the 11 day itinerary.

Day 1 Reykjavik Embarkation

Today make your own way to the pier to join your vessel MS Fridtjof Nansen. If time allows prior to embarkation perhaps explore the city which has wonderful museums including the National Museum, displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, for an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture. The Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a tenth century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001. You may also like the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Stykkisholmur

The friendly town of Stykkishólmur has beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Explore the town´s interesting museums and architecture on your own, or join a 2 hr guided walking tour which includes a visit to the Icelandic Eider Centre.

Or join optional excursions - (i) scenic drive and walking tour with Dynjandi waterfall (medium level difficulty & 7 hrs duration); (ii) iconic sites of Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur with a 45 minute hike (medium level difficulty & 5.5 hrs duration); (iii) hike in the Bersek Lava fields (medium-high level difficulty & 4hrs duration).

Day 3 Patreksfjordur

Patreksfjordur is a charming settlement on the West coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants, close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Latrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching. Explore the town on your own, or join a 1 hr guided walking tour.

Or join optional excursions - (i) scenic drive and walking tour to Dynjandi waterfall (easy level difficulty & 6 hrs duration); (ii) walk on stunning Látrabjarg Europe's largest bird cliff and the western-most point of Europe (easy level difficulty & 5.5 hrs duration).

Day 4 Northwest Iceland

Your experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunning fjords of northwest Iceland. Conditions will determine the final program and activity for the day. We might visit a small settlement, hike or launch kayaks.

Day 5 Akureyri

Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty buildings. Akureyri is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the North of Iceland. Plus it is close to some of Iceland's most renowned natural treasures, such as Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Waterfall. Explore the town on your own, or join a 2.5 hr guided walking tour.

Or join optional excursions - (i) visit Myvatn Nature Baths (easy level difficulty & 5.5 hrs duration); (ii) horseriding (medium level difficulty & 2hrs duration); (iii) Super Jeep tour and hike with highlights including Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls, Lake Mývatn and the Lúdent crater (medium-high level difficulty & 7.5hrs duration).

Day 6 Grimsey Island

Today we use the ship's tenders to reach this small green and grassy island, best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. You have the chance to step across that line, North to South, in a special ceremony, which includes a visit to the local church.

Day 7 Bakkagerdi

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjordur, in an area is known for its natural beauty and is called `the land of the elves´. Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Join a 4 hr excursion searching for these comical birds.

Day 8 Heimaey Island

Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes us for a visit. The harbour has a very narrow entrance, caused by a volcanic eruption in 1973, and most of the island has steep cliffs and is well-vegetated, providing a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Explore on your own, or join optional excursions being (i) guided coach tour (easy level difficulty & 3hrs duration); (ii) guided walking tour (medium level difficulty & 3.5hrs duration) or (iii) boat tour (easy level difficulty & 3hrs duration).

Day 9 Reykjavik Disembarkation

Arrive back in the Icelandic capital early today and disembark. End of arrangements.

2022 departures (9 day voyage):
01, 09, 17 June

2022 departures (11 day voyage):
28 July, 07 August


Maximum number of passengers MS Fridtjof Nansen: 530

Maximum number of passengers MS Fram: 318

Add a stay in Iceland either before or after - see our Reykjavik Classic Break package

Expedition Highlights include spectacular views; thrilling Viking sagas of ancient times; the Westfjords' stunning nature reserve where teeming bird cliffs are abundant; vast lava fields, volcanic mountains and smooth hillsides; Grimsey Island which marks the place where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland; thick forests, lush farmlands and colourful fishing villages; wildlife including whales which may be spotted as we sail; unforgettable volcanic islands, and much more.

This is an expedition where the elements rule and weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition is unique. All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions. In order to experience some of Iceland's incredible scenery, a number of the shore excursions on this itinerary require overland coach travel away from the coast.

MS Fridtjof Nansen is a revolutionary new hybrid addition to the Hurtigruten fleet utilising electric propulsion, built in 2020. This state-of-the-art technology, coupled with its advanced construction is expected to cut fuel consumption and CO2-emissions by 20%. Hybrid technology will also enable periods of silent cruising, immersing passengers in their surrounds.

MS Fram is purpose built as an expedition vessel and references the heritage of the original Fram polar exploration ship, whilst using the most advanced technology. MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. The spacious outside decks include access to the very front of the ship – a great place to observe marine wildlife. Refurbished in 2020.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Expedition Voyage from Reykjavik
  • Tour Category

    Cruises, Escorted
  • Duration

    9 or 11 days


    May - Aug

Tour Prices

  • Prices vary according to your travel date and cabin choice

    INCLUDES: 8 night Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis (incl. ship beer and standard wine with dinner); tea and coffee; on board wi-fi (limited connection); voyage activity program including onshore exploration with the Expedition Team; English-speaking Expedition Team; complimentary wind and water resistant jacket; loan of boots, trekking poles and equipment needed for all optional and included activities.

    EXCLUDES: luggage handling; welcome package - platter and champagne; premium beverage package; optional activities.

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