Iceland and Beyond - Reykjavík to Hamburg via Scotland's Northern Isles

Iceland and Beyond - Reykjavík to Hamburg via Scotland's Northern Isles

Iceland and Beyond - Reykjavík to Hamburg via Scotland's Northern Isles

Iceland and Beyond - Reykjavík to Hamburg via Scotland's Northern Isles

Travel information 15 days MS Spitsbergen
22 September 2025
Price from
6290 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Iceland’s raw natural beauty

In stylish Reykjavík, you'll get a taste of modern Iceland, before setting sail for a half circumnavigation of the land of fire and ice. Discover the country’s starkly beautifulscenery – with active volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls, and encounter iconic wildlife. 

Remote Scottish isles

In the Shetland Islands and Orkney, you’ll experience windswept beauty, rich island culture and deep-rooted history. Visit Iron Age villages, Viking-influenced towns, and islands where birdlife thrives. Your adventure ends in Hamburg, Germany’s great port city. 

Iceland and Beyond - Reykjavík to Hamburg via Scotland's Northern Isles Iceland and Beyond - Reykjavík to Hamburg via Scotland's Northern Isles
  • Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Discover Iceland's modern capital

    Your expedition cruise starts in Reykjavík – a laid-back city of art, culture and history. It’s well worth spending some time getting to know this delightful capital.   

    Take a stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and outdoor shops, gaze in awe at the striking Hallgrímskirkja   

    Church, and drop in on the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum.    

    Your expedition ship awaits you in Reykjavík Harbour. After being welcomed aboard and collecting your complimentary expedition jacket, it's time to settle into your cabin before enjoying your first dinner aboard.    

    If you have the time, we recommend booking a Pre-Programme with us and discovering some of Iceland’s natural highlights before your cruise begins. 

    Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

  • Day 2

    Heimaey's explosive past

    Discover the town that defied a volcano

    Heimaey is the only inhabited island in the Westman Islands, found off the south coast of Iceland. It has a fascinating history, and still bears the scars of a powerful volcanic eruption that nearly destroyed the island.  

    Visit Eldheimar, a museum that features an excavated home frozen in time, and learn more about the eruption and its aftermath. Don’t miss climbing Mount Eldfell – at the volcano’s summit, you’ll have incredible views of the town below. 

    Day 2

    Heimaey's explosive past

  • Day 3

    Charming Grundarfjörður

    Gateway to spectacular Snæfellsnes

    The majestic Kirkjufell mountain, one of the best-known landmarks of Iceland, rises just two miles west of the small harbour of Grundarfjörður, a quaint fishing town in Breiðafjörður bay.  

    Nearby lies Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the striking, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. It’s nicknamed 'Little Iceland' for the array of landscapes. 

    At the national park, you can visit Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach and the Saxhóll crater, or take a guided underground tour along a gigantic lava tube.  

    Day 3

    Charming Grundarfjörður

  • Day 4

    Picturesque Isafjörður

    Explore Westfjords’ beautiful harbourside town

    Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour and an excellent gateway to the Westfjords region. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view some of the oldest houses in Iceland.  

    One of these historic 18th century buildings is home to Westfjords Heritage Museum, where you can learn about the maritime past of this fascinating port. Or if you prefer something more energetic, you could take the steep hike up to Naustahvilft – the Troll’s Throne. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts at the top by the stunning panoramic view. 

    Day 4

    Picturesque Isafjörður

  • Day 5

    Djúpavík's old factory

    Explore a ghostly factory and hike in magical surroundings

    The remote village of Djúpavík, at the edge of the Westfjords, has an eerie charm. A vast abandoned herring factory contrasts with a stunning rural setting. A guided tour of the old herring factory should not be missed. Inside its cavernous interior, huge machines rust away quietly, and the everyday objects of the workers sit on desks untouched.   

    Explore the magical surroundings here on foot and take a short, invigorating hike to the waterfall just above the old factory. Looking down onto the shore, you may spot the old rusting ship from a previous era – this really is a place of contrasts. 

    Day 5

    Djúpavík's old factory

  • Day 6

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

    See dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls

    Gaze at snowcapped peaks as we cruise into Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. Together with neighbouring Skjálfandi bay, it's one of the best places in Europe to spot whales.  

    Iceland’s so-called 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri sits at the fjord head. Here, you can enjoy the oasis of a botanical garden and visit local eateries and museums.  

     A little further afield, witness the picturesque Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. You'll witness geology come to life around Lake Mývatn, an active volcanic area and one of the few places to see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge up close. 

    Day 6

    Akureyri and Goðafoss

  • Day 7

    Húsavík and the Arctic Circle

    Cross the Arctic Circle and go whale watching

    Húsavík is a pleasant small town famous for its whale-watching opportunities, and we’ll be calling here in the morning. The town looks out over Skjálfandi bay, which enjoys visits from humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and occasionally blue whales. If you’re lucky, you might see one or more of these giants at sea, and you can learn more about them at Húsavík’s Whale Museum. 

    Húsavík is also regarded as the gateway to many of the highlights of the north, including Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, the waterfall of Dettiffos, and the horseshoe-shaped valley of Ásbyrgi, which according to Icelandic myth, was made by the eight-legged horse of Odin. Later, we’ll sail along the coast of Grímsey island without landing, passing across the Arctic Circle as we do so, before continuing to our next destination. 

    Day 7

    Húsavík and the Arctic Circle

  • Day 8

    Tiny Bakkagerði

    Explore a place beloved of puffins and elves

    Your Iceland expedition cruise continues to Bakkagerði, a tiny, remote settlement. According to folklore, Bakkagerði is inhabited by a large population of local land spirits or elves, known as huldufólk, meaning 'hidden people'. Walk around town to explore this magical place.  

    A popular hiking area, here you can walk through lush, green valleys and gorgeous scenery among colourful rhyolite rocks. In season, the coastal cliffs are home to fulmars, kittiwakes, eiders and puffins.  

    Day 8

    Tiny Bakkagerði

  • Day 9

    Vatnajökull cruising

    See the second-largest ice cap in Europe

    Leaving the land of ice and fire and heading towards the British Isles, if conditions allow, we hope to cruise by and admire Vatnajökull, the second-largest ice cap in Europe. 

    Set in Vatnajökull National Park, the ice cap is the largest in Europe by volume and area. Given its unique natural characteristics, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. 

    As you explore, your Expedition Team will help you understand more about how climate change impacts glaciers in Iceland and beyond. 

    Day 9

    Vatnajökull cruising

  • At sea

    At sea

    Relax and recharge with a day at sea

    Relax and enjoy a day at sea as we sail towards Lerwick in the Shetlands Islands.  

    Socialise with your fellow travellers in the Explorer Lounge & Bar, and swap stories of your adventures so far. Keep your eyes peeled while on deck formarine life and seabirds – you can even chill out in the hot tub as you do so.  

    Or why not listen to some lectures from the Expedition Team and find out more about what lies ahead in the British Isles.   

    At sea

    At sea

  • Day 11

    Lerwick’s past and present

    Discover Scotland's most northerly inhabited isles

    Today we'll dock alongside Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands. Set in stunning scenery, we’ll spend the day exploring this friendly, Victorian-influenced fishing town. 

    Navigate the narrow lanes on foot to discover little shops selling local whiskies, woollen sweaters and fudge. By the old waterfront, you’ll find the Shetland Museum, charting the area's rich history. Nearby you can see Fort Charlotte and the regal Town Hall. 

    The wider island is home to remarkable Iron Age villages and the Shetland Crofthouse Museum, where you'll learn about the hard life of the local crofters.  

    Day 11

    Lerwick’s past and present

  • Day 12
    Fair Isle

    Far-flung Fair Isle

    A scenic stop for bird lovers

    Your cruise continues to the remote Fair Isle, known for its birds and knitwear. 

    A magnet for birders and wildlife photographers, the island is home to 27 bird species. It's a vital stop for migrating seabirds, drawn to the red sandstone cliffs, green fields and moors. 

    We’ll attempt to land so you can join a clifftop hike to a spectacularly sited lighthouse with the Expedition Team. Gain fascinating insights into the life and history of the 65-strong island community at the local museum. You can support Fair Islanders by buying genuine Fair Isle knitwear direct from local makers. 

    If landing isn’t possible, the scenic cruising is just as spectacular. 

    Day 12
    Fair Isle

    Far-flung Fair Isle

  • Day 13

    Highlights of Orkney

    Learn about Kirkwall's Norse heritage

    Today we cruise to the Orkney Islands' largest town. You'll explore Kirkwall, the vibrant, Viking-influenced capital of the Orkneys that's still compact enough to cover on foot. 

    Visit the regal St Magnus Cathedral, made from distinctive local red sandstone, and the adjacent Earl’s Palace to see the stone ruins of this once-grand Renaissance building. The Neolithic settlement of Scara Brae is also only a bus ride away.  

    Whisky aficionados will enjoy Kirkwall's Highland Park and Scapa distilleries for their sublime single malts. If you fancy something different, Orkney Distillery produces gin made from local Orcadian botanicals.  

    Day 13

    Highlights of Orkney

  • Day 14
    At sea

    A final day at sea

    Reflect as you head towards Germany

    Enjoy a final day at sea as you cruise from Scotland to Germany.  

    If you haven’t already, today is a great day to make the most of the ship’s facilities. Relax and enjoy the panoramic sauna or on-deck hot tubs. Work out in the fitness room or drink in the views from the observation decks. You can also enjoy the company of fellow explorers over drinks in the Explorer Lounge & Bar and reflect on the wonderful voyage you’ve had.  

    Day 14
    At sea

    A final day at sea

  • Day 15

    Germany’s Hanseatic treasure

    End your cruise in Germany’s second city

    Your expedition cruise comes to an end as we arrive in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany and one of the greenest urban areas in Europe. 

    There’s much to see and do in Hamburg. If you have time, you'll find many attractions in the Altstadt district, including the St Nikolai Memorial and the historic street of Deichstraße.   

    Hamburg is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chilehaus, and the world's largest historic warehouse complex in Speicherstadt. Art lovers should head to Kunsthalle, the nation’s foremost art museum.   

    Day 15

    Germany’s Hanseatic treasure



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • 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 make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected  
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included) 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
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Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
Photo: Genna Roland
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Photo: Stefan Dall / Hurtigruten
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 220
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´.

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