Iconic Iceland - The Maritime Ring Route

Iconic Iceland - The Maritime Ring Route

Iconic Iceland - The Maritime Ring Route

Iconic Iceland - The Maritime Ring Route

Travel information 10 days MS Maud
19 July 2025
28 July 2025
6 August 2025
Price from
4790 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Raw natural beauty

If there’s a destination where all major highlights are natural wonders, then it’s Iceland. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge shapes the rugged, volcanic landscape, while the sub-Arctic climate and high latitude set the environment. In the land of ice and fire, whales, seals and puffins play leading roles in one of the greatest nature shows in the North Atlantic.  

Nature-oriented expedition

A full range of expedition and nature-related activities awaits you on this in-depth adventure. Hike with the Expedition Team, go kayaking in the fjords and join small-boat cruising excursions. Keep a lookout for whales and nesting bird colonies, as you learn about Iceland’s unique and fascinating geology.  

Iconic Iceland - The Maritime Ring Route Iconic Iceland - The Maritime Ring Route
  • Day 1

    Cosmopolitan Reykjavík

    Discover Iceland's modern capital

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

    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. Or why not take a hike to seek out puffins at Stórhöfði, where around eight million nest every summer. 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

    Fjordside Djúpivogur

    See ice-capped volcanoes and awe-inspiring fjords

    If weather conditions allow, we’ll start the day cruising along the coast to marvel at Öræfajökull, the largest active volcano and highest peak in Iceland. Completely covered by ice, the mountain is part of the Vatnajökull ice cap, one of the biggest in the world outside of the polar regions.  

    In the afternoon, we’ll call at the village of Djúpivogur on the Búlandsnes peninsula at the entrance to the breathtaking fjord of Hamarsfjörður. Djúpivogur has been an important trading centre in Iceland for over four centuries. Learn more about the town’s commercial history at the Heritage Museum, housed in an 18th-century warehouse.  

    Day 3

    Fjordside Djúpivogur

  • Day 4
    East Fjords

    East Fjords

    Expedition day in Iceland’s far east

    With quaint villages, dramatic coastlines, roaring waterfalls, towering mountains, and narrow fjords carved in some of the oldest rocks in the country, east Iceland is simply stunning.  

    There are several ways to explore and experience this remarkable area, including hiking, small boat cruising and kayaking. Be ready for adventure as your Captain and Expedition Team decide on the best landing sites and activities based on the day’s conditions.    

    Perhaps we’ll land at a nature reserve, call at a remote village, or search for puffins at a nesting colony. Whatever we do, it’s sure to be a thrilling experience. 

    Day 4
    East Fjords

    East Fjords

  • Day 5

    Whale watching in Húsavík

    Discover geology and mythology side-by-side

    Today you’ll discover Húsavík, a pleasant small town famous for its whale-watching opportunities. The town looks out over Skjálfandi bay, which enjoys visits from humpback and minke whales, as well as white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and occasionally blue whales. 

    Geology and mythology come together at nearby Ásbyrgi canyon, a horseshoe-shaped canyon which, according to Norse mythology, was created when Odin’s horse Sleipnir accidentally put one of his eight legs down on the ground. Also not far away is Dettifoss waterfall – probably the largest in Europe.  

    Day 5

    Whale watching in Húsavík

  • 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
    North Iceland

    The Northwestern Region 

    Exploring northwest Iceland, expedition-style

    One of the best things about expedition cruising is the feeling of freedom. We plan to spend the day in Iceland’s Northwestern Region, but as conditions can vary, there's no preset plan.  

    We may go ashore in our small expedition boats for a hike or a beach clean-up. Or perhaps we’ll launch our kayaks. If we spot a pod of whales as we sail, we may stop to enjoy the sight. Be ready for anything!  

    Don’t forget, you can also join onboard lectures, visit the Science Center, get tips from our professional photographer, or soak in a hot tub. 

    Day 7
    North Iceland

    The Northwestern Region 

  • Day 8


    Birdwatching, waterfalls and hiking

    Westfjords is a wild region with deep fjords and barren plateaus created by molten rock and shaped by ice. In a country where active volcanoes are found almost everywhere, the tectonic forces are surprisingly at peace here. Be prepared for ancient rock formations, majestic landscapes, and thriving birdlife as you explore the most remote corner of Iceland.  

    We’ll call at Patreksfjörður, a small fishing port in a beautiful setting. Here, you’ll learn all about the fishing traditions in Europe's most westerly village. You can also explore the surrounding area on a hike in the mountains, and birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to Látrabjarg cliffs, where in season, birds nest in their thousands.  

    Day 8


  • Day 9

    Breathtaking Breiðafjörður

    Explore a bay of islands and birdlife

    Breiðafjörður is one of the two large bays in western Iceland. Bordered by the Westfjords in the north and Snæfellsnes peninsula in the south, this spectacular bay has thousands of islands, coastal cliffs where birds nest in abundance, beautiful inner fjords, and well-known landmarks such as the Kirkjufell mountain and the snowcapped Snæfellsjökull volcano.   

    Our Captain and Expedition Leader will decide on the best landing sites based on the day’s conditions. Perhaps we’ll head to Hvammsfjörður, a picturesque inner fjord at the southeastern corner of Breiðafjörður, or one of the many remote islands in the bay. We may even call at the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

    Day 9

    Breathtaking Breiðafjörður

  • Day 10

    Reykjavík and beyond

    Enjoy Reykjavík at your leisure

    Your Iceland expedition cruise concludes back in Reykjavík. This is a great opportunity to see the places you missed when you first arrived.  

    Relaxing with friends in a heittur pottur, or geothermal pool – literally a “hot pot” –is part of Icelandic culture. Before you leave, why not visit Iceland’s most famous place for doing just that – the Blue Lagoon – one of the true natural wonders of the world – and experience the blend of silica, algae and minerals in its geothermal waters.  

    If you want to discover more of Iceland, you can also join our Post-Programme before you head home. 

    Day 10

    Reykjavík and beyond



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • 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, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • 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 
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area 
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 570 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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