MS Fram
11 days

Iceland – Circumnavigating Iceland: The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)

Price from
4489 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fram
11 days

Iceland – Circumnavigating Iceland: The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)

Price from
4489 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (Itinerary 2)
Departures
28 July 2022
7 August 2022
  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • Fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • A paradise for bird and whale watching
  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

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Itinerary

Extraordinary and full of surprises, Iceland is an amazing natural and cultural destination. On this circumnavigation, you will encounter teeming wildlife, rich culture and welcoming people. Only Iceland offers surreal lava fields, bubbling hot springs, amazing Viking heritage and unmatched wildlife. Experience it all on our expedition cruise.
Day 1
Reykjavik
Arriving in Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

Our voyage of discovery starts in Reykjavik. The name of Iceland’s capital means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from its many hot springs. It is well worth booking a Pre-programme to explore the charming and vibrant modern city Reykjavík as well as the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths before boarding MS Fram for your expedition. 

Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland
Harpa concert hall and conference centre, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Different eras of architecture in Stykkisholmur, Iceland
Different eras of architecture in Stykkisholmur.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 2
Stykkishólmur - Full day
Welcome to Sagaland
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland
A beacon on a cliff, Stykkisholmur, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Stykkishólmur has beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre and is surrounded by wonderful scenery.  Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to the iconic sites of Snæfellsnes Penninsula, such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 3
Patreksfjördur - Full day
Patreksfjördur
View to the scenic village of Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Scenic Patreksfjordur.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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

View to the scenic village of Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Scenic Patreksfjordur.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
A church with a view, Patreksfjordur, Iceland
A church with a view in Patreksfjordur, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Beautiful Icelandic landscape with flag
Explore the beautiful Icelandic landscape.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
The famous Latrabjarg bird cliff.
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland
Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland.
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
Day 4
Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day
Northwest Iceland
Latrabjarg bird cliff, Iceland
The famous Latrabjarg bird cliff.

Our 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, take you on hikes or launch our kayaks.

Day 5
Djupavik - Full day
Remote Ruins and Natural Beauty
MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

In 1917 Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djupavik  and built a herring salting factory. Today you can still see the remains of the factory as well as only seven houses and a hotel here. We will explore the landing site, and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.

MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Djupavik, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
View of Djupavik
View of Djupavik.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Iceland
The spectacular Goðafoss waterfall.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Great photo opportunities in nature.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Godafoss, Iceland
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Day 6
Akureyri - Full day
Northern Centre
Great photo opportunities in nature, Iceland
Great photo opportunities in nature.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This 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, such as Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall. 

Day 7
Grimsey Island & Husavik - Full day
Step Across the Arctic Circle
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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 across the island. You can have the chance to step across that line, North to South. During the afternoon we sail towards Husavik, where we will arrive in the evening and stay overnight.

Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Monumental cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Great photo opportunities on the cliffs, Grimsey, Iceland
Great photo opportunities on the cliffs.
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer
Husavik, Iceland
Husavik, Iceland.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Husavik.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Humpback whale watching in Husavik
Humpback whale watching in Husavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Day 8
Husavik & Langanes Peninsula
Whales and Birds
MS Fram in Husavik, Iceland
MS Fram in Husavik.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner

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 Laganes Peninsula. 

Day 9
Bakkagerdi - Full day
The Land of the Elves
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Bakkagerdi 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. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and lovely views.

Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland
Bakkagerði, a coastal hamlet in eastern Iceland.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Seagulls nesting in Bakkagerdi, Iceland
Seagulls nesting in Bakkagerdi, Iceland.
Photo: Andrea Klaussner
Eldfell volcano, Iceland
Eldfell volcano.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Volcano, Iceland
Exploring volcanic Heimaey.
Photo: Les Kelly
Picturesque view of Heimaey
Picturesque view of Heimaey.
Photo: Esther Kokmeijer
Day 10
Heimaey - Full day
Iceland`s Pompeii
Volcano, Iceland
Exploring volcanic Heimaey.
Photo: Les Kelly

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

Day 11
Reykjavik
The End of the Adventure
Interesting architecture in Reykjavik
Stay behind and explore the interesting architecture in Reykjavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend to book our Post-programme or spend some extra days to explore fascinating Reykjavik.

Interesting architecture in Reykjavik
Stay behind and explore the interesting architecture in Reykjavik.
Photo: Karsten Bidstrup
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise 

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gyms 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landingswith 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 help with your camera settings before landings 

Not included in your voyage

  • 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

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected 
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 11 647 T
Length 114 m
Beam 20.2 m
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram brings on the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology to make her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in Polar Regions.

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