EXPEDITION CRUISE

Circumnavigating Iceland – The Land of Elves, Sagas, and Volcanoes (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Reykjavík, Iceland to Reykjavík, Iceland
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DAY 1
Reykjavík, Iceland

Many visitors find landing at Keflavík 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, Reykjavík is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums, and quaint narrow streets.

DAY 2
Stykkishólmur, Iceland
Flateyri, Iceland

West Iceland is often referred to as "The Sagaland". Experience Stykkishólmur'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
Látrabjarg, Iceland

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

DAY 4
Isafjördur, Iceland

Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður 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, Iceland
Reykjafjörður, Iceland

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here in our small boats. Reykjafjörður 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
Hrísey, Iceland
Akureyri, Iceland

Hrísey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjörður, 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 Reykjavík, and serves as the centre 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 Goðafoss waterfall.

DAY 7
Grimsey, Iceland

At Grímsey 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
Húsavík, Iceland

Húsavík is recognised 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. Húsavík is also the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town's most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become an increasingly popular tourist centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we sail past the Langanes peninsula.

DAY 9
Bakkagerði, Iceland
Seydisfjördur, Iceland

Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. 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. Bakkagerði 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 Hallormsstaður. 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 the town, join an organised hike, or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.

DAY 10
Djúpivogur, Iceland

The natural world around Djúpivogur is highly varied. The Búlandsnes 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. Langabúð is the oldest house in Djúpivogur, originally built in 1790, and has now been renovated to serve as a cultural centre. It houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum, and a coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes and a display of local handicrafts. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, by the world famous Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, consisting of 34 eggs.

DAY 11
Heimaey, Iceland

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
Reykjavík, Iceland

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavík. If you have the time, join our exciting post programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.

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About the Ship

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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the island in the Svalbard archipelago, known as the Arctic crown of Norway. Joining the fleet in 2016, her maneuverability and optimal size make her especially suitable for exploring the coast of Norway and beyond, bringing Hurtigruten guests even closer to nature.

What's Included

Included

  • Expedition jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Use of Muck® Boot rubber boots

  • Meals and Select Beverages

Not Included

  • Flights to/from the US

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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