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Crater Lake Viti on Krafla Volcano

Circumnavigating Iceland

2021 - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
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Experience the best of Iceland on this expedition around the North Atlantic island nation. An extensive voyage takes you to see a large variety of fascinating nature, wildlife, and settlements. The western region of Iceland features spectacular scenery and home to thrilling Viking sagas. The Westfjords is a spectacular nature reserve where teeming bird cliffs are in abundance. Sail north, scout for whales, as the landscape changes into vast lava fields and volcanic mountains. Grimsey is where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland, and cross the legendary boundary before heading south towards the eastern part of the country. Encounter thick forests, lush farmlands, and colorful fishing villages. Whales and other wildlife might be spotted as we sail south towards the region’s remarkable volcanic islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : Stykkishólmur, Iceland
Day 3 : Patreksfjörður Village, Iceland
Day 4 : Northwest Iceland
Day 5 : Akureyri, Iceland
Day 6 : Grímsey Island, Iceland
Day 7 : Bakkagerdi
Day 8 : Heimaey Island, Iceland
Day 9 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
  • See fascinating landscapes of waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
  • Experience a bird and whale watching paradise
  • Discover the entirety of Iceland´s coast

Ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Crater Lake Viti on Krafla Volcano Arctic puffins Street view of old town Reykjavik Wild Icelandic Horse grazing Whale Watching off the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland The breathtaking scenery of Iceland The blue lagoon in Iceland
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Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | 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 Reykjavík, a charming, vibrant and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums, and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2 Stykkishólmur, Iceland

  • 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 Patreksfjörður Village, Iceland

  • 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 might visit a small settlement, go on hikes, or paddle kayaks.

Day 5 Akureyri, Iceland

  • 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 6 Grímsey Island, 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. You get the chance to step across the boundary between the far north and south.

Day 7 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 8 Heimaey Island, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heimaey, or “Home Island” physically embraces our arrival. The harbor has a very narrow entrance, formed by a famous volcanic eruption in 1973. Most of the island has steep cliffs, is well-vegetated and provides a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Day 9 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The 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.
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

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Per person starting at
$5,271
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Cabin (RS)
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 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 region we sail in  
  • 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
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

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, long hikes (availability pending weather conditions and safety)  
  • Travel protection plan   
  • Luggage handling
NOTE: Prices are in $USD per person. All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All itineraries are
subject to change.
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