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15 Days - Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage to Iceland and Norway | MS Fridtjof Nansen
This expedition cruise to Iceland begins in Hamburg before heading to the west coast of Norway and onwards towards Iceland. Arriving in Norway, you cruise the unmatched beauty of world-famous Lysefjorden and Geirangerfjord. This stretch of the Norwegian coast offers spectacular scenery with dramatic fjords and idyllic countryside. Next, MS Fridtjof Nansen crosses the Norwegian Sea to the land of fire and ice: mythical Iceland. This is the home of classic sagas, long Arctic winters and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.
You will call on charming towns and settlements, see iconic natural attractions such as Goðafoss, Waterfall of the Gods, go birdwatching, step across the Arctic Circle and enjoy walks through coastal landscape. Iceland is a place of living history in addition to unique natural beauty. Traditions and myths run deep here. For example, if locals want to build a new road, there’s one influential group that must be consulted first from Icelandic mythology: the elves.
Wild and geologically active Icelandic nature offers the chance to explore stunning landscapes with waterfalls amongst Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring. The expedition cruise offers excursions to a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites.
- See two famous Norwegian fjords - Lysefjord with Pulpit Rock and UNESCO Heritage listed Geiranger
- Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
- Step across the Arctic Circle
- Explore lively Akureyri
- Stop at small Icelandic towns on your way to Reykjavik
- Magnificent nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
- Days 1 - 2
- Hamburg - canals and gardens, embarkation
- Day 3
- At Sea, heading north
- Day 4
- Charming Kristiansand
- Day 5
- Lysefjorden, towering Preikestolen
- Day 6
- Geiranger - UNESCO World Heritage site
- Day 7
- At Sea, Norwegian sea
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Grímsey - Step Across the Arctic Circle
- Day 10
- Akureyri, Centre in the North
- Day 11
- Ísafjörður - Westfjords
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Stykkishólmur - Land of Sagas
- Day 14
- Day 15
- Tour ends in Reykjavik
- Start Place
- End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland tours
- Destinations Visited
- Norway tours
- Iceland tours
- 15 Days
Your ship on this expedition: MS Fridtjof Nansen
MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and featuring Hurtigruten’s revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, is the next generation expedition ship. The core of the onboard experience is the Nansen Science Center, an edutainment venue to guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas you explore. Nansen Science Center will also be the on board HQ for the Expedition Team.
MS Fridtjof Nansen’s three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from the rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration. You can relax in the Explorer Lounge, a large gym and Wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.
All cabins are outside, 50 % will have private balconies, aft suites will feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool will be used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas. MS Fridtjof Nansen will feature a variety of custom built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.
MS Fridtjof Nansen will be ready in 2020.
- Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in cabin grade of your choice
- A programme of activities on all voyages, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
- Introduction photo lecture, camera adjustment and tips & tricks, photo and film footage from the voyage shared in an Expedition Logbook
- All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
- Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group adventures with our Expedition Team such as kayaking and extended hiking (availability pending weather conditions and safety)
- Travel insurance
- Luggage handling
Days 1 - 2 - Hamburg - canals and gardens, embarkation
Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – boasting large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Enjoy an overnight stay on board which gives you plenty of time to explore the city and some of its many canals.
Day 3 - At Sea, heading north
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as you head towards Norway. Take in the panoramic views from one of the many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.
Day 4 - Charming Kristiansand
Kristiansand´s beautiful beaches and archipelago, charming old town, interesting local history and nearby nature make it a popular destination. Visit the fish markets, join an optional excursion or enjoy the great outdoors.
Day 5 - Lysefjorden, towering Preikestolen
Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep. The Preikestolen plateau towers an impressive 604 metres over the surface of the water. You will sail into the fjord, enjoy the great landscape from deck and hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen from below.
Day 6 - Geiranger - UNESCO World Heritage site
Geirangerfjord features stunning nature and idyllic villages along its 100 km stretch. The fjord here is world famous for its dramatic landscape and is UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as you sail into this famous area of stunning beauty.
Day 7 - At Sea, Norwegian sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board lectures while you set course towards Iceland. The Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience. You will also have the chance to visit the Science Center for interesting topics and discussions.
Day 8 - Seyðisfjörður
The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seyðisfjörður is reflected in colourful Nordic-style wooden houses dating from the early 20th century. The handcrafted architecture creates a truly unique identity in the settlement. Explore this quirky town, join an organised hike or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.
Day 9 - Grímsey - Step Across the Arctic Circle
You will use tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. Pending favourable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that line, North to South.
Day 10 - Akureyri, Centre in the North
Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous Icelandic community outside Reykjavík, and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the region. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, such as Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.
Day 11 - Ísafjörður - Westfjords
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts and view the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum.
Day 12 - Patreksfjörður
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast 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.
Day 13 - Stykkishólmur - Land of Sagas
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 14 - Heimaey
Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes you for a visit. The area features dramatic and steep sea cliffs, which are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming Puffin.
Day 15 - Tour ends in Reykjavik
Iceland's capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to the city you will find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavík itself hosts fine restaurants, museums and shops. You arrive in the morning and this is where your voyage ends.
All prices are per person (from prices). Ask us for prices for Arctic Superior cabins and Expedition Suites.
8 Jul 2020