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From Hamburg To Iceland - Half Circumnavigation Of The Land Of Ice And Fire

13 Day Hamburg to Reykjavík

Remote nature of Northern Europe
Taking in highlights of Norway, the Shetlands and the Faroes along the way, this expedition cruise sets out from Hamburg to explore Iceland’s natural wonders on an enthralling half-circumnavigation of the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’.

Reach of Norse influence
You'll see one of Norway's most impressive fjords and visit one of Europe's oldest capitals in the Faroe Islands. Experience a taste of life in the Scottish Isles. Explore Iceland's volcanic landscapes and remote fishing villages, and scan for whales, puffins and other seabirds.

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    • 13-day expedition cruise from Hamburg to Iceland, via the Shetland and Faroe Islands, and spectacular Pulpit Rock in Norway.
    • Explore Iceland's sparkling waterfalls, wild scenery and charming communities on this thrilling half-circumnavigation of the Land of Fire and Ice.
    • Discover the famous Rainbow Road of Seyðisfjörður and the Atlantic Puffins of Grímsey Island in the Arctic Circle, ending in wonderful Reykjavik.


    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    May 04, 2024May 16, 20248,012 8,534
    // Rates are listed per person in USD
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    May 04, 2024May 16, 20248,012 8,534


    Day 1  Hamburg, Germany
    Day 2  Sea day
    Day 3  Lysefjord, Norway
    Day 4  Lerwick
    Day 5  Torshavn, Faroe Islands
    Day 6  Seyðisfjörður
    Day 7  Grimsey
    Day 8  Akureyri
    Day 9  Northwest Iceland
    Day 10  Patreksfjördur
    Day 11  Stykkisholmur
    Day 12  Heimaey
    Day 13  Reykjavik

    DAY 1
    Your adventure to Iceland begins
    Your expedition cruise sets sail from Hamburg – a city full of history, art and culture. There's plenty to see and do here, so take some time to explore before boarding your expedition ship.
    You'll discover many of the city's attractions in the old town, Altstadt, including St Nikolai Memorial and the historic street of Deichstraße. Why not discover the interesting history of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Chilehaus and the world's largest warehouse complex.
    Once aboard, you'll collect your complimentary expedition jacket, meet your Expedition Team, explore the onboard comforts of your ship and settle into your cabin as we set sail.

    DAY 2
    Enjoy a leisurely sea day aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
    As your expedition cruise travels from Hamburg towards Norway’s Lysefjord, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the places you'll visit with your expert Expedition Team. Join them for lectures in the Science Center and learn all about the journey ahead.
    A day at sea gives you plenty of time to relax, and your modern expedition ship allows you to do that in style. Why not head to the wellness area, sauna or infinity pool. You’re sure to enjoy our delicious, locally-sourced Nordic and international dishes served in the three restaurants.

    DAY 3
    Remarkable landscapes of Lysefjord
    Today, we'll sail down 25 mile long Lysefjord. Enjoy a day of remarkable landscapes from the observation decks, taking in the sublime scenery of the long and narrow fjord among striking vertical cliffs.
    From the fjord we can take a peek from below at the world-famous Pulpit Rock – Preikestolen –  and look out for the equally renowned Kjæragbolten, a giant boulder that seems precariously wedged into a mountain crevasse.
    If you're feeling adventurous, join our Expedition Team for an optional five-hour guided hike to the Pulpit Rock viewpoint, a dizzying 1,980 ft above Lysefjord.

    DAY 4
    Discover the deep Norse roots of Scotland's Shetland Islands
    We cruise northwest to the Shetland Islands. Lerwick, the capital, is a friendly, Victorian-influenced fishing town set in beautiful scenery.
    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, showcasing Pictish carvings and Shetland lace shawls. Nearby you can see Fort Charlotte and the regal-looking town hall.
    Keep your binoculars handy to scan for grey and common seals along Lerwick's beaches, as well as local birdlife such as Red-throated Divers, redshanks and curlews.

    DAY 5
    A visit to Streymoy in the Faroe Islands
    Tórshavn is located on Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn – Thor’s Harbour – is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals.
    Wander through the cobbled alleyways and delight in the colourful, turf-roofed houses found here. In the local museums, you can learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna and geology of the Faroe Islands.
    About half a mile out of town, the Svartafoss waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for Eider Ducks and the distinctive Faroese Starling with its beige-tipped wings.

    Explore the history and heritage of the Faroe Islands’ capital.

    DAY 6
    Waterfalls and wildlife in special Seyðisfjörður
    At the end of a deep fjord with picturesque mountains and waterfalls lies the quirky village of Seyðisfjörður. Colourful wooden houses line the streets, while the aptly-named Rainbow Road offers a vibrant photo opportunity.
    Walk to an unusual sound sculpture, Tvisongur, or take a longer hike in the hills above the town. You can also visit Skalanes, a private nature reserve home to reindeer, Arctic fox and mink. Here, scan the skies for Black-tailed Godwits, Golden-Plovers and Gyrfalcons, Europe’s largest falcon.

    Explore this picturesque town at your own pace as you visit its many creative gems.

    DAY 7
    Cross the Arctic Circle and see Atlantic Puffins
    If you’ve always wanted to visit the Atlantic Puffin colonies of Grímsey, here’s your chance. A remote, windswept and breathtakingly beautiful island, it’s home to a wealth of wildlife and is steeped in myth and legend.
    Grímsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island – the only part of Iceland where it does so. You’ll have the opportunity to step across that line, hopping over to the Arctic and back!
    By 2050, Grímsey will lie outside the Arctic as the Arctic Circle creeps northwards at a rate of about 48 ft. a year.

    Cross the Arctic Circle in a special ceremony on Grimsey Island.

    DAY 8
    See dramatic moonscapes and waterfalls
    Gaze at snow-capped peaks as we sail Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord. It's one of the best places in Europe to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Also look out for orcas, blue and fin whales.
    Iceland’s 'Northern Capital’, Akureyri, sits at the fjord base. Enjoy the peaceful oasis of the botanical gardens, and enjoy a selection of top-notch eateries and museums.
    Farther afield you can visit iconic Goðafoss waterfall, where turquoise waters pound against black rocks. You can also seek out Eider and Harlequin Ducks at Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's more active volcanic areas.

    Explore Iceland’s beautiful city of Akureyri and discover why it’s known as the ‘Capital of the North’.

    DAY 9
    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. Rest assured, your Captain and Expedition Team will find the best opportunities for adventure on the day.
    We may go cruising in our small expedition boats or take you ashore for a hike, swim, or 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 take a sauna.

    DAY 10
    A stunning beach, waterfalls and superb birdwatching
    Patreksfjörður is unforgettably beautiful. Here, you’ll learn all about the fishing traditions in Europe's most westerly village.
    Explore the surrounding area on a hike through the fjords or visit Rauðasandur beach and see seals. You can also join a tour to Dynjandi waterfalls – six falls combined that together make the largest and most spectacular in the Westfjords. Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss a visit to Látrabjarg, where puffins, Northern Gannets, guillemots and razorbills cling to Europe’s largest bird cliff.

    On a guided walk, you’ll learn about Patreksfjörður’s fisheries and visit a bustling factory.

    DAY 11
    Snæfellsnes peninsula
    It’s as though time has stood still at Stykkishólmur, the small fishing town in Breiðafjörður bay, where colourful houses stand out in contrast to distant mountains.
    Nearby, you’ll find Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park, with the striking,ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano at the peninsula’s western tip. It’s nicknamed 'Little Iceland' for its array of volcanic landscapes.
    At the national park you can visit Djúpalónssandur's black sand beach and the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs. Or why not ride a snowcat to the top of the Snæfellsjökull glacier or take a guided coastal hike with a glacial cave tour.

    Explore the beautiful town of Stykkishólmur, set in spectacular nature on the Northern Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    DAY 12
    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 see 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.

    Visit a fort, old buildings, the local folk museum, and learn about the volcanic eruption in 1973.

    DAY 13
    Enjoy Reykjavík at your leisure
    As your Iceland expedition cruise reaches its conclusion, you still have one last terrific destination to explore – Iceland's art, culture and history-packed capital – Reykjavík.
    Stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and galleries, admire the striking Hallgrímskirkja church and peruse  Reykjavík Art Museum. Consider visiting the Blue Lagoon – one the true natural wonders of the world – and experience the blend of silica, algae and minerals in its famous geothermal waters.
    You can also join our Post-Programme and explore Iceland's beautiful south coast, with waterfalls, black sand beaches, geothermal pools and majestic mountains.

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    • 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, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment
    • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
    • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape 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
    Not Included
    • International flights
    • 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


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