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Circumnavigating Iceland: The Land of Elves, Sagas, and Volcanoes

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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Board the MS Fram to discover the coastal highlights of Iceland, the land of elves, sagas, and volcanoes, on this 11-day circumnavigation cruise. Depart from the vibrant city of Reykjavik, a modern city with fascinating natural and cultural histories. Each stop will provide a unique experience of Iceland: admire basalt cliffs and black sand beaches near Stykkishólmur, and enjoy scenic hiking trails to waterfalls and birdwatching sites near Patreksfjördur. Get a glimpse into the past with a visit to remote ruins near Djupavik, and marvel at the famous Goðafoss waterfall. Step across the Arctic Circle on Grimsey island, and keep your eyes peeled for whales and seabirds around Husavik. Everywhere you go, admire the volcano- and glacier-formed landscape, and discover the history and legends of Iceland. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik | Embark
Day 2 : Stykkishólmur
Day 3 : Patreksfjördur
Day 4 : Northwest Iceland
Day 5 : Djupavik
Day 6 : Akureyri
Day 7 : Grimsey Island
Day 8 : Húsavík
Day 9 : Bakkagerdi
Day 10 : Heimaey
Day 11 : Reykjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • See the highlights of Iceland while circumnavigating the island
  • Enjoy hikes through stunning landscapes to see waterfalls
  • Watch for whales near Husavik
  • Step across the Arctic Circle on Grimsey island

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The amazing Godafoss Waterfall Whale Watching off the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland Historic town of Husavik on the North Coast Arctic puffins Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik
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Day 1 Reykjavik | Embark

Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with moss-covered lava rock and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away is Reykjavik, a charming, vibrant and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums, and quaint narrow streets. Explore the city before boarding your ship and setting off on your journey.

Day 2 Stykkishólmur

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

Day 3 Patreksfjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with about 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 4 Northwest Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunningly beautiful fjords of northwest Iceland. Conditions will determine the final program and activity for the day. You may visit a small settlement, take hikes, or launch kayaks.

Day 5 Djupavik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In 1917, Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djupavik and built a herring salting factory. Today, you can still see the remains of the factory as well as seven houses and a hotel here. Explore the landing site and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.

Day 6 Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s renowned natural treasures, like Mývatn lake and Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 7 Grimsey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Use tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. Grimsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts through the island and which you can step across. In the afternoon, sail towards Husavik, arriving in the evening and staying overnight.

Day 8 Húsavík

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Húsavík is renowned for its whale watching and has several interesting museums, including, of course, a whale museum. In the evening, sail past the scenic Laganes Peninsula. 

Day 9 Bakkagerdi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves.” Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and lovely views.

Day 10 Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The harbor at Heimaey or “Home Island” has a narrow entrance, formed by a volcanic eruption in 1973. As the lava flow threatened, the ingenious islanders pumped sea water onto the molten rocks to cool and slow its progress. Nearby cliffs provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Day 11 Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, stay a few extra days to explore this unique and fascinating Nordic city. Otherwise, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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Cabin I MS Fram
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Polar Inside I
113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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Polar Outside FJ
172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
A comfortable twin cabin on the MS Fram
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Polar Outside N
113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin U MS Fram
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Arctic Superior U
118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin F MS Fram
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Arctic Superior F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin M MS Fram
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Expedition Suite M
172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
Cabin MG MS Fram
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Expedition Suite MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

Included

Expedition Cruise  
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking expedition team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore 
  • Range of included excursions 
Onboard Activities 
  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gyms 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
Landing Activities 
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Iceland 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings 
Excluded
  • 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 wellness and spa area  
Notes
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected 
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