Circumnavigating Iceland – The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes aboard the Fram

Operator: Hurtigruten Expeditions
Destination: Iceland
Price From: £3206.00


Experience Iceland on this 9-day highlights cruise Explore mystical Iceland the Land of Ice and Fire Fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side

A paradise for bird- and whale-watching 9-Day Circular Expedition Cruise around Iceland from Reykjavk Iceland old and new In Reykjavk, you’ll get a taste of modern Iceland, with its stylish restaurants, boutiques and galleries, and museums detailing Icelandic history and culture through the ages. On tiny islands and in coastal fishing villages, you’ll hear tales of elves and epic Viking sagas.

Raw natural beauty Discover Iceland’s starkly beautiful, volcanic scenery with active volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, mountains and waterfalls. Iceland offers among the best whale watching in Europe at this time of year, from humpbacks to belugas. And among the Arctic birdlife you’ll keep an eye out for colonies of Atlantic Puffins.


Cruise Itinerary: Experience Iceland on this 9-day highlights cruise

Day 1: Cosmopolitan Reykjavk

Begin your Iceland adventure in Reykjavk, a vibrant city blending modernity with rich history and culture. Explore the city’s compact streets, visit art galleries, and marvel at the iconic Hallgrmskirkja church. Board the ship, meet your Expedition Team, and enjoy a welcome dinner as you set sail for Stykkishlmur.

Day 2: Snfellsnes Peninsula

Experience the timeless beauty of Stykkishlmur, where colorful houses stand against a backdrop of distant mountains. Discover Snfellsnes Peninsula National Park, renowned for its volcanic landscapes and the majestic Snfellsjkull volcano. Visit Djpalnssandur beach and the Lndrangar basalt cliffs, or embark on a snowcat ride or coastal hike with a glacial cave tour.

Day 3: Beautiful Patreksfjrur

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Patreksfjrur, where you’ll learn about traditional fishing practices and can enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool. Explore the fjords on a hike, visit Rauasandur beach, or witness the awe-inspiring Dynjandi waterfalls. Birdwatchers can’t miss the chance to visit Ltrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff.

Day 4: The Northwestern Region

Experience the freedom of expedition cruising as you explore Iceland’s Northwestern Region. With no preset plan, your Captain and Expedition Team will seek out the best adventures, from beach clean-ups to kayaking. Attend onboard lectures, visit the Science Center, or simply relax in the hot tub.

Day 5: Akureyri and Goafoss

Cruise along Eyjafjrur, spotting humpback whales and dolphins, before reaching Akureyri, Iceland’s ‘Northern Capital’. Explore botanical gardens and visit the picturesque Goafoss waterfall. Keep an eye out for unique bird species at Lake Mvatn.

Day 6: Grmseys Puffins

Cross the Arctic Circle on Grmsey Island, known for its Atlantic Puffin colonies and rich folklore. Hike to the Orbis et Globus landmark and experience the unique sensation of stepping into the Arctic Circle.

Day 7: Hike in Bakkageri

Explore the magical settlement of Bakkageri, steeped in local folklore and surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Embark on a hike through lush valleys and colorful rhyolite rocks, and visit the Atlantic Puffin colony on Hafnarhlmi.

Day 8: Heimaey’s Explosive Past

Discover Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the Westman Islands, and learn about its volcanic history at Eldheimar museum. Hike to Strhfi for puffin sightings and climb Mount Eldfell for panoramic views.

Day 9: Reykjavk and Beyond

Return to Reykjavk and explore the city at your leisure. Relax in a geothermal pool or visit the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating experience. Consider joining a Post-Programme to explore Iceland’s south coast further.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage on this 9-day highlights cruise.



What’s Included:

Expedition Cruise:

  • Accommodation in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including beverages in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Access to la carte restaurant Lindstrm for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team organizing and accompanying activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities:

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of the Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • Citizen Science Programme participation for ongoing scientific research
  • Photography tips and techniques from the onboard professional photographer
  • Use of ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track
  • Informal crew gatherings 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 available for assistance



  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Ensure compliance with entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected


What’s Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with the Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area