Circumnavigating Iceland – The Land of Elves, Sagas, and Volcanoes (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Ship: MS Fram  |  4 Reviews
Reykjavík, Iceland to Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland

Many visitors find landing at Keflavík airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with moss-covered lava rock and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away is Reykjavík, a charming, vibrant, and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums, and quaint narrow streets.

Stykkishólmur, Iceland

The friendly town of Stykkishólmur 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 Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or black-sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Patreksfjörður, Iceland

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

Scenic Cruising

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.

Djúpavík, Iceland, Iceland

In 1917, Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djúpavík 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.

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture, and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland's renowned natural treasures, like Mývatn lake and Goðafoss waterfall.

Grimsey, Iceland
Húsavík, Iceland

We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. Grímsey 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 Húsavík, arriving in the evening and staying overnight.

Húsavík, Iceland
Langanes Peninsula, Iceland

Húsavík 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 Langanes Peninsula.

Bakkagerði, Iceland

Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty and as "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.

DAY 10
Heimaey, Iceland

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 seawater onto the molten rocks to cool and slow its progress. Nearby cliffs provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

DAY 11
Reykjavík, Iceland

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

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About the Ship

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MS Fram

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

What's Included


  • Daily Meals & Select Beverages

  • Wind/water-resistant jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team

  • Complimentary use of Muck Boot rubber boots

Not Included

  • International Flights

  • 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.

Insider Tip

Choose from a variety of cabin options ranging from Interior, Ocean View and Suite categories on any one of our 15 ships offering modern facilities carefully blended with true character.

Health & Safety


Sustainability is uniquely integrated into Hurtigruten’s heritage as a Norway-based company. The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for all business decisions we make at Hurtigruten; and we have successfully achieved the following: Introduced the world’s first-ever hybrid vessels, the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen. In 2018, we removed all single-use plastics from our entire fleet. On our voyages we educate our guests on the culture, history, wildlife, and ecosystems of each destination we visit. We are dedicated to enhancing the local communities we visit through cooperation and trade. On board, we source our food from certified, local suppliers who grow their products in a sustainable production platform. The Hurtigruten Foundation has been established to ensure that our guests of tomorrow can enjoy the same meaningful travel experiences as our guests do today.

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