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ESV001 - Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes of Iceland with Hurtigruten

Swim in natural hot springs and hike through lava fields on an exploration voyage of a lifetime.

This voyage takes you on a circumnativation of the saga island, Iceland. Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with glaciers and volcans side by side. The unspoiled nature offers stunning landscapes, geysers and impressive waterfalls. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, always accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team.

Feel the mist on your face as you stand by some of the most powerful waterfalls on Iceland. Join MS Spitsbergen in Iceland and enjoy nature, history and daily life on the Island of Sagas.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS VOYAGE:

  • Circumnavigate Iceland
  • Visit Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world
  • Explore the diverse landscape of the peninsula Snaefellsness
  • Marvel at glaciers and volcans
  • Experience history and culture, and a wild romantic coast.

Highlights

  • Circumnavigate Iceland
  • Visit Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world
  • Explore the diverse landscape of the peninsula Snaefellsness
  • Marvel at glaciers and volcans
  • Experience history and culture, and a wild romantic coast.

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage (11 nights for 2019 - 8 nights for 2020) in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals and a welcome gift.
  • Free rubber boot rental service on board
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $4,504
Start Location
Reykjavik, Iceland
End Location
Reykjavik, Iceland
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
318
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 May 201929 May 2019Limited availabilityAUD $8,640
29 May 201909 Jun 2019Limited availabilityAUD $6,873
06 Jun 201917 Jun 2019Limited availabilityAUD $6,496
20 Jun 201901 Jul 2019Limited availabilityAUD $9,238
15 Jun 202023 Jun 2020Limited availabilityAUD $4,504
23 Jun 202001 Jul 2020Limited availabilityAUD $4,504
01 Jul 202009 Jun 2020Limited availabilityAUD $6,337
09 Jul 202018 Jul 2020Limited availabilityAUD $6,337
25 Jul 202004 Aug 2020Limited availabilityAUD $7,429
04 Aug 202014 Aug 2020Limited availabilityAUD $8,157
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik

45 minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, located among lava rocks, moss and mountains, you find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with lots of restaurants, museums and shops on narrow streets.

Day 2 - Welcome to the "Sagaland"

West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland”. Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs.

Explore the town of Stykkishólmur on your own or join an optional excursions to explore more of the Snæfellsnes peninsula which is said to be a miniature version of Iceland. In addition to its characteristic Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters.

On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time along the scenic lanes.

Day 3 - Bildudalur

One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is the scenic beauty of the Westfjords area. In the morning, we sail around the tip of the Látrabjarg peninsula. If conditions are right, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck.

Please note: Due to a human error, an earlier version of the online version of this itinerary wrongfully stated that we would take guests ashore on Látrabjarg cliffs. As Hurtigruten operates on strict environmental and operational guidelines, taking guests on shore in areas where access has been restricted due to vulnerability of nature and wildlife is of course not part of our program.

Day 4 - Ísafjörður

Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbour. Stroll around to see the architecture, the variety of local handicrafts and the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum. With our wide range of optional excursions, you can choose to follow in the footsteps of trolls or enjoy the beautiful scenery from horseback.

Day 5 - Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland. From deck, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the wildlife. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area as well.

Please note: In an earlier version, the text in this online version of the itinerary could wrongfully be interpreted as we would do landings on Hornbjarg Cliff. As Hurtigruten operates on strict environmental and operational guidelines, taking guests on shore in areas where access has been restricted due to vulnerability of nature and wildlife is of course not part of our program.

Day 6 - Siglufjörður & Grímsey

Hrísey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjörður, a well-known paradise for birdwatchers. The most abundant species at this spot is the ptarmigan, but in all about 40 species of bird nest here. The 200 Islanders live in a trim fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and everyone has a view of the spectacular surrounding mountains. Next stop is Akureyri, a lively and energetic town. In fact, it is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, although the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall or Myvatn nature baths.

Day 7 - Step across the Arctic Circle

At Grímsey we will use our small 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 can have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

Day 8 - Húsavík

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular in Iceland as a whale watching centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we will sail past the Langanes peninsula in the evening.

Day 9 - Borgarfjörður - this area is known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves”

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and is “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. If you prefer more action, join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormsstaður. 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 the town, join an organised hike or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.

Day 10 - Glaciers and Art

The natural world around Djupivogur is highly varied. The Búlandsnes bird sanctuary is renowned among bird lovers throughout the world, because this is a place where you can observe most Icelandic birds nesting in their natural habitat close by. The Vatnajökull glacier is the largest in Europe, and a spectacular sight. Join our optional excursion to Vatnajökull lagoon, or stay and hike in the beautiful surroundings of the town. Langabúð is the oldest house in Djúpivogur, originally built in 1790, and has now been renovated to serve as a cultural centre. It houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum and a coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes and a display of local handicrafts. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, by the world famous Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, consisting of 34 eggs.

Day 11 - Whale spotting around Surtsey, a volcanic island, formed by an eruption that started 425 feet below sea level and reached the surface in 1963

Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland's south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales. In 1973, a huge volcanic eruption surprised their residents of Heimaey. It forced the entire population to evacuate and set sail to mainland Iceland. A large number of buildings were buried under lava and ash. Many were completely destroyed, but others were later unearthed and restored. An entire museum, Eldheimar, has been built around the remains of one of the homes.

Day 12 - Return to Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting post-programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon optional excursions.