Wander on the Wild Side - Save up to $1,500USD with Hurtigruten Expeditions
Price: $5,765USD Per Person
(Offer applies to the cruise portion of the package only, and displayed ‘from’ prices are per person based on double occupancy, cabin category I2.)
Offer: Save Up to $1,500USD
Departure Date: May 8, 2023
Return Date: May 18, 2023
Photo: Reykjavík, Iceland, Photo Credit-Espen Mills
Discover Iceland's raw natural beauty on an 11-day expedition cruise.
Iceland past and present
In Reykjavík, you'll get a taste of modern Iceland, with its stylish restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and museums detailing Icelandic history and culture through the ages. On tiny islands and in coastal fishing villages, you'll hear tales of elves and epic Viking sagas.
Volcanic landscapes, whales and puffins
Discover Iceland's starkly beautiful, volcanic scenery – with active volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls. Iceland offers among the best whale watching in Europe at this time of year, from humpbacks to belugas. And among the Arctic birdlife you'll see are colonies of colorful Atlantic Puffins.
- A stay in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water) in Restaurant Aune
- À la carte dining in Restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard (Please note that we sail in remote areas with limited Wi-Fi connection. Streaming is not supported.)
- Complimentary reusable water bottle
- English-speaking Expedition Team leading activities on board and ashore
- Range of included excursions
- In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
- Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment
- Citizen Science program where you can assist with live scientific research
- Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
- Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
- Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings
- Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Iceland
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
- Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers on hand to assist you
- All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you meet all visa entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities expected
What's not included
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the wellness and spa area
Photo: Map of the Circumnavigating Iceland itinerary
Day 1: Relax in Reykjavík - Iceland's modern capital
Your Iceland expedition cruise starts in Reykjavík, a city full of art, culture and history. Visit Laugavegur, the main shopping street, head towards the striking Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Or explore the galleries and museums dotted around the city. Once on board MS Fram – a smaller ship built for intimate exploration – it's time to settle in, visit the Science Center, meet your Expedition Team, and enjoy a relaxed welcome dinner.
Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes
It's like time stood still at Stykkishólmur in Breiðafjörður Bay, where colorful houses stand out in contrast to distant mountains. You'll explore this small fishing town on an included discovery walk. Join an optional excursion to Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, nicknamed 'Little Iceland' for its array of volcanic landscapes – and discover some of Iceland's most iconic sights, like Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach. We'll stop at the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs, where huge rock stacks jut out of the sea. You can also visit the base of Snæfellsjökull Glacier or go on a coastal hike and explore caves under the glacier.
Day 3: Beautiful Patreksfjörður - A stunning beach, waterfalls and superb birdwatching
Patreksfjörður is unforgettably beautiful. On today's included walk, you'll learn about the fishing traditions in Europe's most westerly village, and enjoy a dip in the town's outdoor pool, with wonderful fjord views. You'll have the chance to explore the surrounding area on optional hikes through the fjords or to Rauðasandur beach and see seals. You can also tour Dynjandi waterfalls – six waterfalls combined make the largest and most spectacular in the Westfjords. Birdwatchers might prefer to visit Látrabjarg, where puffins, Northern Gannets, guillemots and Razorbills cling to Europe’s largest bird cliff.
Photo: Puffin, Iceland, Photo Credit-Camille Seaman
Day 4: The Northwestern Region - Explore Northwest Iceland, expedition-style
One of the best things about expedition cruising is the feeling that anything can happen. We plan to spend the day in Iceland’s Northwestern Region, but as conditions can vary, we won't know exactly what's in store until the day itself. We can guarantee that your Captain and Expedition Team will find the best opportunities for adventure. Enjoy onboard lectures, visit the Science Center, get tips from our professional photographer, or jump in the hot tub. You might go ashore in our small expedition boats for hikes, a swim or a beach clean-up. Or explore a pretty cove by kayak. Be ready for anything!
Day 5: Djupavik's old factory - The history of the herring entrepreneurs
The remote village of Djupavik at the edge of the Westfjords has an eerie charm. A vast abandoned herring factory sits awkwardly in a stunning rural setting. You'll learn about its history on an included tour of the factory, which now features artworks and installations. The tour includes a hike to a towering waterfall just above the factory. Here, among clear blue water, crisp air, and verdant hills, you'll see seabirds swoop in and out of darkened factory windows as white water tumbles from the craggy mountains. From the shore, seals and small whales can often be spotted.
Photo: Waterfall, Iceland, Photo Credit-Andrea Klaussner
Day 6: Eyjafjörður to Akureyri - Explore Akureyri and see volcanic moonscapes
We cruise along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, to Akureyri, Iceland's northern capital. It's a prime spot to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. You'll learn about the history of the city on an included discovery walk. You'll pass charming and colorful houses, and stop at the Arctic Botanical Gardens. Check out the Akureyri Museum and Nordurslod Museum of National History. Join optional excursions to visit the impressive Goðafoss Waterfall where turquoise water pounds against black rocks. Or spot Eider and Harlequin Ducks at Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's more active volcanic areas.
Day 7: Grímsey Island's puffins - Cross the Arctic Circle and see Atlantic Puffins
Grímsey is steeped in folklore, including tales of the island’s first settler, Grímur. This remote and windswept island, home to just 60 people, is famous for two things: its Atlantic Puffin colonies and the fact that the Arctic Circle cuts right across the island. We'll reach Grímsey in small expedition boats. There, you'll enjoy a special Arctic Circle crossing ceremony. You can join an optional hike to the artwork ‘Orbis et Globus’, a huge concrete sphere, repositioned each year to fit the northward moving Arctic Circle. After, we'll head to Húsavík where we'll spend the night.
Photo: Explorer Boat Landing, Iceland, Photo Credit-Karsten Bidstrup
Day 8: Whale watching in Húsavík - Iceland's best whale watching spot
Discover Húsavík on today's included walking tour – a fascinating small town that's one of the best places in the world to see whales. We'll head to Skjálfandi Bay to look out for humpback, minke, white-beaked dolphin, harbor porpoise and, maybe even the elusive blue whale. Learn more about them at Húsavík’s Whale Museum. There's even a space exploration museum here; NASA thought Húsavík's geology resembled lunar rocks and sent astronauts from their Apollo space missions here to train. You can also enjoy the geothermal waters at GeoSea overlooking Skjálfandi Bay, and then refresh with a beer at the local microbrewery.
Day 9: Hike in Bakkagerði - Look for elves in staggering natural beauty
Your Iceland cruise continues to Bakkagerði, a tiny settlement off the beaten track. Your included excursion takes you on a living walk around town to learn about the area from local people. According to folklore, Bakkagerði is inhabited by a large population of elves. It's also a popular hiking spot. You can hike through lush green valleys and pristine wilderness among colorful rhyolite rocks. The coastal cliffs are home to fulmars, Kittiwakes, Eiders and puffins. We may also visit the Atlantic Puffin colony on Hafnarhólmi – a true gem for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.
Photo: Town Walk, Iceland, Photo Credit-Espen Mills
Day 10: Heimaey's explosive past - Whales, puffins and a dramatic volcanic eruption
The last stop on our Iceland expedition cruise is Heimaey. It's the only inhabited island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, off the south coast of Iceland. Heimaey has a fascinating history, and still bears the scars of a powerful volcanic eruption in 1973 that nearly destroyed the island. Learn more on an included guided walk. You can also visit the Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, and also hike to see puffins at Stórhöfði, where around 8 million nest every summer. Be sure to check out the volcano, Mount Eldfell. It's well worth the effort to climb to its summit, offering incredible views of the town below.
Day 11: Rekyjavík and beyond - Explore Reykjavík at your leisure
Your Iceland expedition cruise concludes back in fascinating Reykjavík. Now is a great chance to see the places you missed when you first arrived. Relaxing with friends in heittur pottur, public hot tubs, is part of Icelandic culture. Before you leave, visit Iceland’s most famous heitur pottur, the Blue Lagoon – one of National Geographic’s 25 wonders of the world – and experience the blend of silica, algae and minerals in its geothermal waters.