12 days / 11 nights
|2||Stykkishólmur & Flatey||Discover volcanoes and glaciers in the Sagaland
Choose from several exciting activities
|3||Bjargtangar||See the puffins and birds of Látrabjarg|
|4||Ísafjörður||Explore the trade town of Ísafjörður
Choose from a variety of optional excursions
|Take a Polarcirkel boat to Hornbjarg
Visit the scenic natural area of Reykjafjörður
|See the most abundant bird species, ptarmigan
See the Goðafoss waterfall or enjoy a hike
|7||Grimsey||The Arctic Circle cuts across this green and grassy island|
|8||Húsavík||Visit Húsavík, including its famous church
Scenic cruising past the Langanes peninsula
|9||Bakkagerði Seyðisfjörður||Discover Bakkagerði’s natural beauty and birds
Optional excursion to Hallormsstaður forest
|10||Djúpivogur||See Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe|
|11||Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey||Explore the magnificent Westman Islands
Spot seabirds and maybe even whales
REYKJAVIK / EMBARKATION
Forty-five minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, surrounded by lava rocks, moss, and mountains, find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with plenty of restaurants, museums, and shops along narrow streets.
STYKKISHÓLMUR & FLATEY
West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland.” Experience Stykkishólmur’s natural diversity, including lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanoes, 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.
One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is Westfjords. As we sail around the tip of the Látrabjarg peninsula, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck. Come ashore and walk up the slope to the renowned Látrabjarg cliffs, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.
Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major centre of commerce and trade, which was built around a thriving fishing industry. Experience the town’s architecture or join our wide range of optional excursions.
HORNBJARG CLIFF & REYKJAFJÖRDUR
The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland. Here, we will try to land in Polarcirkel boats. You’ll explore Reykjafjörður, a stunning natural area which can only be reached on foot or by boat.
HRÍSEY & AKUREYRI
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.
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.
Húsavík is the oldest settlement in all of Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular as a whale watching centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, sail past the Langanes peninsula in the evening.
BAKKAGERDI & SEYDISFJÖRDUR
Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and has been called the “land of the elves.” There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, and as a result, it’s a popular place for bird watching. Bakkagerði is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet, and impressive views. If you prefer something more active, join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormsstaður.
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 center. 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.
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 the 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.
REYKJAVIK / DISEMBARKATION
Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join an exciting post-programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon excursions.
Dates & Prices
|Start/End||Nights||Sailing Schedule||Starting From|
|Reykjavík / Reykjavík||11||May & June 2019||$8,470|
* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing
Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice
Wind- and water-resistant jacket
Landings and activities onboard and ashore
Professional English-speaking Expedition Team
Complimentary Muck Boot rubber boots
Complimentary tea and coffee
MS Spitsbergen is named after the Arctic crown of Norway – the archipelago of Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to this destination, starting back in 1896 with the Sports Route.