All About Iceland

All About Iceland

from $4,611 per person

Swim in natural hot springs and hike through lava fields on this perfect explorer voyage.

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  • Explore the fascinating and diverse nature of Iceland
  • Visit Reykjavik, Grundarfjörður, Siglufjörður, Seyðisfjörður and the Vestmannaeyjar
  • See glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls
  • Spot rich birdlife and maybe even whales

Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with glaciers and volcanoes side-by-side. The unspoiled nature offers stunning landscapes, geysers, and impressive waterfalls. You will see a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views, and interesting sites, always accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team.

DISCOVERING THE WILDERNESS, WILDLIFE, HISTORY, AND SETTLEMENTS

During this 11-day expedition voyage where you circumnavigate Iceland, you will enjoy hiking through lava fields, breathing the fresh Icelandic air, swimming in natural hot springs, visiting one of the many museums, or simply walking around on your own and chatting with the locals. To enhance the experience, you can participate in our wide range of excursions – taking you even closer to all that Iceland has to offer.

ICELAND IS THE LAND OF THE ANCIENT AND HEROIC SAGES

Iceland’s heritage dates back to its ancient sagas, and their folktales are ripe with mysticism, elves, and trolls. It is only natural that the diverse nature found here has inspired so many thrilling tales. In the midst of this vast and inspiring nature you find colorful fishing villages, seaside communities, and vibrant urban communities. The Icelandic people still keep their heritage alive to this day – if they want to lay a road, build a house, or construct a dam, there’s one influential group they have to confer with first – the elves.

Voyage Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

Day 1:Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and home to 172,000 people. In the relatively close surroundings of Reykjavik you may find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavik also has a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops in the narrow, small-town-like streets. We will depart from the pier in the evening hours, and strongly recommend that you acquaint yourself with this charming and vibrant town before departure. 

Day 2:Circumnavigation Iceland

The West region of Iceland is often called ‘The Sagaland’. Here you can enjoy Stykkishólmur and Grundarfjörður's diversity with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Snæfellsnes shelters tiny fishing harbors with dark cliffs of columnar basalt protecting them. All the colors of the northern summer seem to be caught between the ocean and the pristine slopes of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Our wide range of excursions will surely enhance the experience of being here.

Day 3:Circumnavigation Iceland

One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is the Westfjords. Ísafjörður is the largest town, with a centuries-old history as a major center of commerce and trading, all based on fish. We invite you to take explore the town to see its architecture or join one of our optional excursions. 

Day 4:Circumnavigation Iceland

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seafowl habitats, and we will take a closer look, and hopefully make a landing.

Day 5:Circumnavigation Iceland

Siglufjörður offers facilities for both recreation and sightseeing. A few hours in the rugged landscape give you the chance to savor the peace and tranquillity found here. Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland, and we will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach this island.

Day 6:Circumnavigation Iceland

Akureyri is a lively and energetic town. It is the most populated community outside the Reykjavík area and the center of trade, culture, and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural beauty spots and the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 7:Circumnavigation Iceland

Today we visit Husavik, and sail by the Langanes Peninsula in the evening.

Day 8:Circumnavigation Iceland

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and is ‘the land of the elves’. There are a lot of puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet, and nice views. If you prefer more action, you can join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormstadur. Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colorful Norwegian-style wooden houses date from the early 20th century and make this village unique in Iceland. Explore the town, join a hike, or take an optional excursion out to Skálanes.

Day 9:Circumnavigation Iceland

On the east coast you will find pine forests, lush farmlands, and a variety of colorful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities. The Vatnajökull Glacier is the largest glacier of Europe and a spectacular sight. From Djúpivogur you can join our optional excursion to the Vatnajökull lagoon, or stay and hike in the beautiful surroundings of town.

Day 10:Circumnavigation Iceland

Surtsey is a volcanic island located in the  Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago, also known as the Westman Islands, off the southern coast of Iceland. It was formed by an eruption over 425 feet below sea level that reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, and are dominated by magnificent bird cliffs. Most of the islands here have steep sea cliffs and are a habitat for an extremely large number of birds, including puffin. It is also a great place for spotting whales. 

Day 11:Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting post program to the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon.