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Example 15 Day Cruise aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
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This 15-day sailing adventure takes you to the coastal towns and spectacular natural formations of Iceland, before crossing to Norway to witness the majesty of the world-renowned fjords. Throughout the journey, you will be amazed by the rich birdlife and natural treasures of the homelands of the Vikings.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : Heimaey
Day 3 : Stykkishólmur, Iceland
Day 4 : Patreksfjördur, Iceland
Day 5 : Ísafjörður, Iceland
Day 6 : Akureyri, Iceland
Day 7 : Grímsey, Iceland
Day 8 : Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Day 9 : At sea
Day 10 : Geiranger, Norway
Day 11 : Lysefjorden, Norway
Day 12 : Kristiansand
Day 13 : At sea
Day 14 : Hamburg
Day 15 : Hamburg, Germany | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • Sail the magnificent Norwegian fjords in fall foliage
  • Discover fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • Experience a paradise for bird and whale watching

Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Street view of old town Reykjavik Beautiful arctic landscape The night lights of Akureyri Icelandic horses The amazing Godafoss Waterfall
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Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city, surrounded by fantastic natural beauty including geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths. This is a city well worth exploring before embarking on your expedition ship, MS Fridtjof Nansen. 

Day 2 Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heimaey, or “Home Island,” welcome our visit.  A zone of volcanic activity, the surrounding area is mostly comprised of steep ocean cliffs that are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless seabirds, including the charming puffin.

Included Excursion
Heimaey - Fun and lively walk over the lava with a local

This hiking tour is a great way to get to know the volcanic history of the island and get in touch with the beautiful nature.

Optional Excursions
  • Heimaey Island Tour
    Join a 3-hour scenic drive to the main attractions of Heimaey. Visit several stunning natural sites and learn about the volcanic eruption that took place here in 1973 at the Eldheimar Museum.
  • Westman Island hiking tour
    See the fascinating Helgafell volcano and learn about the volcanic eruption that began on Jan 23rd, 1973. Explore the area and see how the island’s inhabitants have built up their houses. We also visit the Eldheimar Museum.
  • Heimaey - Boat tour of Heimaey
    Sail around Heimaey and its landscape and wildlife from a different angle.

Day 3 Stykkishólmur, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stykkishólmur has well-preserved old houses in the town center and is surrounded by wonderful scenery.  Enjoy exploring the town's interesting museums or join optional excursions to iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula, such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Included
Stykkishólmur - Walking tour & visit to the Eider center

Explore the beautiful town of Stykkisholmur, the largest town on the northern side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Optional Excursions
  • Caves, Craters & Coves
    Welcome to an adventurous tour to some of the area’s best-loved coastal hiking trails, together with approximately 45 minutes of cave exploration - all under the watchful eye of the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier.
  • Stykkishólmur - Highlights of Snæfellsnes
    This tour visits many of the wonderful highlights on Snæfellsnes peninsula – an area rich in natural beauty, history and culture
  • Hiking in the Berserk Lava Fields
    Join a guided hike through some of the most fascinating landscapes in Iceland. We visit the enormous Berserk Lava Field, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption about three to four thousand years ago.

Day 4 Patreksfjördur, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Included
Patreksfjördur - Stroll through the most western village of Europe

Start by a stroll through the lively harbor of the fishing village Patreksfjörður, learn about the importance of the fisheries for the village and get to know some different kinds of fish.

Optional Excursions
  • Patreksfjordur - Splendid Combination
    Admire the beauty and culture of the Westfjords with a scenic drive and walking tour featuring the powerful Dynjandi waterfall.
  • Patreksfjordur - Latrabjarg Cliff
    Walk on Europe’s largest bird cliff, the stunning Látrabjarg, the western-most point of Europe. Enjoy the amazing world of birdlife and incredible nature as well as a stop at a fascinating Folk Museum.

Day 5 Ísafjörður, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbor. 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.

Included
Isafjördur - Beach clean-up

The most important daily task of our crews (and our guests) is to stop waste before it enters the oceans

Optional Excursions
  • Dynjandi Waterfall & Local Village
    Explore the wonders of Iceland´s mystical West Fjords region! Experience breathtaking scenery, rugged landscapes, lofty ridgetops and beautiful, deep fjords where the inhabitants of small villages and local farmers huddle together on narrow strips of land. We also visit Dynjandi waterfall and the remote fishing village of Suðureyri.
  • Savor the flavor of Suðureyri
    Taste local produce and learn the basics of building an eco-conscious fishing village in the North Atlantic. We visit the environmentally progressive fishing village of Suðureyri, where you get an in-depth guided tour from the locals.
  • Vigur – Paradise Island
    Meet and greet puffins and send a postcard from the smallest post office in Europe, when you join this guided tour to Vigur Island, aka Paradise Island. We first travel by boat on the Djupifjorður before setting foot into remarkably beautiful surroundings. No wonder it is called Paradise Island! Before heading back, we enjoy refreshments at a local farm run by the island's 10 inhabitants.
  • Hornstrandir Hike
    Hike through the unique and pristine environment of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve - untouched by cars, electricity or domestic animals.

Day 6 Akureyri, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture, and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, likes Lake Mývatn and Goodafoss waterfall.

Included
Akureyri - Town Walk & Botanical Garden

You will discover the past and present of Akureyri strolling at a leisurely pace around town.

Optional Excursions
  • Akureyri - Off the Beaten Track
    Dare to venture off the beaten track! This tour offers sights not seen by the usual tours. Our 4x4 Super Jeeps offer the chance for fun and excitement as you discover some of the best of the island.
  • Akureyri on Horseback
    Discover and enjoy Iceland’s beautiful nature on horseback.
  • Mývatn Nature Baths
    We visit the spectacular Godafoss falls before we take you to Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can enjoy a completely natural experience. Enjoy a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam and a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 8,200 feet.

Day 7 Grímsey, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Use the 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. With favorable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that iconic line, north to south.

Included
Grimsey Island - Arctic circle crossing ceremony

Just off the north coast of Iceland is the island of Grimsey – Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island. Covering an area of only 5,3 km², the island is small enough to easily be explored on foot.

Day 8 Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seyðisfjörður is reflected in colorful 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 organized hike or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.

Included
Seydisfjôrdur - A stroll around Seyðisfjörður

Enjoy a walking tour of Seyðisfjordur’s colorful streets, including visits to the Blue Church and the local culture center with modern art exhibitions

Optional Excursions
  • Skálanes Nature Reserve
    Visit a remote spot that is off the beaten track, even for most Icelanders.
  • Vök Baths
    Plunge into Iceland´s purest hot springs water in the bathing pools at Lake Urridavatn.

Day 9 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures as we head towards Norway. The expedition team will present talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience.  You will also have the chance to visit our science center to learn more. 

Day 10 Geiranger, Norway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Geiranger features stunning and idyllic villages along its 65-mile stretch. The fjord here is world-famous for its beauty and UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as we sail into this famous fjord, hopefully with fall colors on the hillsides.

Day 11 Lysefjorden, Norway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lysefjord is 25 miles long and 1,400 feet deep. The Preikestolen plateau towers an impressive 2,000 ft over the Lysefjord. We will sail into the fjord to enjoy the amazing landscapes from on deck, and hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen from below.

Day 12 Kristiansand

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kristiansand is one of the most popular summer destinations for Norwegians thanks to its beautiful beaches, charming old town, interesting local history and great nature experiences within easy reach. Visit the fish market on the dock or join our optional excursion to see more of the region.

Included
Hamburg Harbour Cruise
A visit to the "Hansestadt" Hamburg is simply incomplete without a tour through the harbor, the second largest seaport in Europe

Optional Excursions
  • Kristiansand – The Jewel of the South
    Join us onboard the sightseeing boat M/S Maarten for a leisurely cruise along Norway’s southern coastline from Kristiansand to Lillesand.
  • Kristiansand - River Rafting in Setesdal Valley
    This white-water rafting adventure truly is wet and wild! You paddle, you surf, you laugh and you shriek with delight.

Day 13 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards Hamburg.  Take in the panoramic views from one of many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of our onboard lectures. 

Day 14 Hamburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The second-largest city in Germany, Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – featuring 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.

Included
Hamburg Harbour Cruise
A visit to the "Hansestadt" Hamburg is simply incomplete without a tour through the harbor, the second largest seaport in Europe

Optional Excursions
  • Hamburg – Bremen's Top 10
    Come with us to Bremen, a fascinating city and UNESCO World Heritage site with 1,000 years of history!
  • Hamburg – Lübeck’s Ancient Alleyways & a Pub from the Past
    Welcome to Lübeck, once known as the 'Queen of the Hanseatic League' and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This former ‘Free Imperial’ and Hanseatic city is steeped in history and tradition with proud old patrician houses and red-brick churches.
  • Hamburg – Cycle Tour Along the Elbe River
    Experience the ‘Free Imperial’ and Hanseatic City of Hamburg from a different perspective. This is one of Hamburg’s finest tours, especially for passengers who love to combine light outdoor activities with a touch of culture.

Day 15 Hamburg, Germany | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast.
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183 sq ft, Cabins on middle decks with queen bed
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (RR)
205–248 sq ft, Larger cabins on middle decks with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed. Most are 215 sq ft.
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TY)(TT)
258–291 sq ft, Large cabins without balcony. On middle decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XT)(XTD)(XY)
161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee
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Corner Suite (MF)
237 sq ft, Corner suite with large windows, without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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Suite with Balcony (ME)
215–301 sq ft, Suites with a private balcony on high decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker
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Large Suite with Balcony (MD)
377 sq ft, Large corner suite with a private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Corner Suite with Balcony (MC)
215–323 sq ft, Aft corner suites with a private balcony and hot tub, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite (MB)
474 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites without a balcony. Aft corner suites with sofa bed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite with Balcony (MA)
495–517 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites with a private balcony. The ship’s most spacious cabins, with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Notes

Included in Your Expedition
  • Expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
  • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including small boat cruising and onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts in various academic fields with profound knowledge of the regions we sail through  
  • 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 program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • A Farewell event  
  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship 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, outdoor hot tubs, and sauna with windows
  • 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.

Not Included In Your Expedition
  • 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 protection plan
  • Luggage handling
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