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Discover Iceland’s awesome landscapes on a thrilling half-circumnavigation of the ‘land of ice of fire' via the beautiful Outer Hebrides

Few destinations fascinate more than Iceland, where ancient dramatic backdrop of mountains and ports and fishing villages lie surrounded by spectacular scenery and thrilling wildlife.

This unforgettable eight-night cruise begins in the historic port city of Liverpool, which boasts more museums and art galleries than any UK city outside of London. Your hybrid-powered ship MS Fridtjof Nansen will then sail to the former Viking settlement of Stornoway, the largest town in Scotland's Western Isles. Here you can explore the castle and the mysterious Carloway Broch -a fort which dates back more than 2,000 years.

The colourful east coast town of Seyðisfjörður will be your first stop in Iceland. Set against a waterfalls, its famous Rainbow Road and vibrantly coloured buildings give it a charming identity. Next you can enjoy birdwatching on the tiny Icelandic island of Grimsey, high up above the Arctic Circle. The puffins invariably steal the show. Your next destination, Akureyri, is Iceland's second city. En route, you'll sail along the Eyjafjörður fjord, viewing snow-capped peaks and a chance to spot whales.

A change of pace comes at the next stop - the peaceful village of Patreksfjördur. Finally, the voyage will end in style in Reykjavik, just hours away from the island's geysers, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls.

Astonishing wildlife

Iceland is renowned for both its stunning scenery and eye-catching marine wildlife. There's so much to look out for during your trip, from humpback whales and white- beaked dolphins, to harbour porpoises and the two resident seals who frequently visit Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.

You will also have the chance to see - and photograph - a dazzling variety of seabirds, including black-tailed godwits, golden plover, puffins, razorbills and, if you're really lucky, the gyrfalcon, Europe's largest falcon.

Sail in style

Named after a famous Norwegian explorer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten's fleet of custom-built ships. The stunning scenery that will surround you during your voyage is reflected in the ship's rich and comfortable interior design, where natural materials create relaxed and stylish cabins, all of which enjoy sea views. After a day of activities and exploring new places, you can relax and refresh yourself in the elegant Explorer Lounge, make use of the large gym, wellness centre and spa, or enjoy the scenery and sunset on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks, which include a heated infinity pool and hot tubs.

Delicious cuisine

The ship's three excellent restaurants give you an enviable choice of dining options, with menus drawn from Hurtigruten's rich Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and locally inspired dishes. Whether enjoying a meal at Aune Main Dining, the more informal Fredheim meeting place, or the speciality restaurant Lindstrøm, you will savour delicious cuisine in low-key yet refined surroundings.

Your expert guides

Highly experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and English-speaking, the ship's Expedition Team will be your expert guides and guardians, organising and leading you on fascinating onshore activities. You can learn more about the natural wonders and wildlife you will see on your trip during complimentary talks in the onboard science centre, which cover everything from geology to local Icelandic culture and history.
MS Fridtjof Nansen also offers a wide variety of custom-built expedition equipment, including a fleet of underwater drone cameras, kayaks, and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.

Photography tips

You also have the chance to master the art of landscape and wildlife photography with help and advice from the ship's onboard professional photographer, who will be on hand to offer expert tips.

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Price includes

  • Overnight hotel stay in Reykjavik at the end of your cruise
  • Return flight to London (regional flights at a supplement)
  • Embark on an eight-night cruise on board MS Fridtjof Nansen in a cabin of your choice
  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune, plus complimentary tea and coffee
  • Use of the ship's wellness centre and spa, indoor gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
  • 100 euros per person credit to spend on board
  • Join a superb range of included excursions, plus an English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities
  • Get tips and tricks from a professional onboard photographer on the art of wildlife and landscape photography
  • Loan of boots, water-resistant jackets, trekking poles and other equipment.

Availability

From
Tue, Tue, May 24, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Jun 2, 2022
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£3,374*

* Please note, price is per person, based on two sharing. Single supplement applies. Deposit: 20%, payable upon booking. Tour is operated by Hurtigruten, with TS Tours acting as agent. This promotion is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst UK brands.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Embark from Liverpool
    Liverpool, United Kingdom

    At Liverpool's port, MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits you. After you collect your complimentary expedition jacket and check-in, you'll have time to settle in your cabin and explore the ship. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with a toast by the Captain and meet the Expedition Team and key crew members.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    At sea
    Lewis and Harris, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Enjoy a day at sea as we sail towards our first call, the Outer Hebrides. Sea days can be as active or relaxing as you choose: you could spend time getting to know the crew and your fellow explorers or explore the ship's facilities. The Science Center is a great place to start; it has scientific equipment and an extensive library to deepen your knowledge of the places you'll visit. You won't want to miss the fascinating lectures given by members of the Expedition team as they share their knowledge of the region with you and prepare you for the adventures ahead. Lecture topics vary from local history and storytelling to biology and geology.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides
    Lewis and Harris, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Stornoway is rightly known as the gateway to the Hebrides, a stunning archipelago of hundreds of islands off Scotland's northwest coast. Considered Scotland's crown jewel, this is a region of jagged mountain landscapes, superb sandy beaches and rugged coastlines. The bustling harbour is the life and soul of this town. It has a beautiful waterfront with museums, art galleries, charming shops and even a pair of resident seals.

    The harbour is overlooked by the handsome Lews Castle which we invite you to explore with us. The castle grounds themselves are immense. Covering more than 200 hectares, a network of trails offers plenty of exploration, taking in historical buildings and fantastic harbour views.

    Further afield are mills and cottages where hard-wearing Harris Tweed is woven. There are tiny folk museums, the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones, and the mysterious Carloway Broch - the best-preserved fort in Scotland dating back more than 2,000 years.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    At sea
    At Sea (Iceland), Iceland

    Days at sea are an opportunity to wind down. Recline in the panoramic Explorer Lounge, drink in hand and take in the view. Watch the waves for whales and dolphins and keep an eye on the sky for seabirds. For even deeper relaxation, soak in a hot tub on deck and prepare to be pampered in the wellness and spa area. If you like to keep active, there are well-equipped gyms on board, both indoor and outdoor and each with great views. Swimmers aren't left out either and the ship has a heated infinity pool for you to enjoy.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Seyðisfjörður in Iceland
    Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

    Our destination today sits at the end of a 17-kilometre fjord lined with picturesque mountains and waterfalls. Seyðisfjörður - pronounced 'say-this-further,' is a progressive and characterful village of about 700 people and certainly one of the most eclectic towns you'll visit in Iceland. Seyðisfjörður is famous for its characteristic colourful wooden houses, built by Norwegian settlers in the early 20th century. A short uphill trail from the town leads to an unusual sound sculpture, Tvisongur - a cluster of concrete domes with incredible acoustics. The hills above the town offer longer hikes. Waterfall Lane, is an enjoyable 6-10km hike that, true to its name, winds its way to several stunning waterfalls.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Cross the Arctic Circle
    Grimsey, Iceland

    When people imagine a windswept, remote Icelandic isle, they're probably thinking about Grimsey. We will use our tender boats to reach this small, green and grassy island. With roughly 60 people, the only settlements are located on the southern and western parts - mostly around the little harbour. Grimsey is serene, beautiful, and steeped in folklore and legend.

    Grimsey's sheer cliffs are home to vast colonies of sea birds - outnumbering humans 17,000 to 1 - and in summer, the intrepid islanders will abseil down them to collect the eggs that are considered a local delicacy. The chance to see Atlantic Puffins, the iconic seabird species of Grimsey, is a major attraction for bird lovers. Grimsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island - the only part of Iceland to do so. You'll have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Akureyi, Iceland’s second city
    Akureyri, Iceland

    Akureyri is located near the base of the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður. As we cruise along the fjord, you'll have incredible views of snow-capped peaks and a lush coastline. The fertile waters here make it one of the best places in the country to spot whales. Species including humpback, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises are regular visitors, although orcas, blue and fin whales have been seen here too.

    Nicknamed 'Iceland's Northern Capital', Akureyri is a lively university town with some top-notch eateries and museums. Check out the Akureyri Museum, which gives you an insight into how Icelanders used to live here, and the Arctic Botanical Gardens, an oasis of lush green in the most unlikely of settings. Or join an optional excursion to Goðafoss waterfall, nicknamed 'waterfall of the gods,' you'll have the chance to see translucent turquoise water pounding against immense black rocks.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Historic fishing village of Patreksfjordur
    Patreksfjordur, Iceland

    Discover the peace and silence of a tranquil fishing village. You can also choose to take a dip in the outdoor pool, a new addition to the town with wonderful views over the fjord. Nearby is Latrabjarg, Europe's largest bird cliff and most western point. It's home to millions of birds including Puffins, Northern Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills. The bird watching here is spectacular. Safe from arctic foxes, the birds bravely cling to the high cliffs, and offer excellent photo opportunities.

    The Dynjandi series of waterfalls are also one of the big draws of this area, and it's easy to see why. Six different waterfalls combine to make the largest waterfall in the Westfjords with a cumulative height of 100m. In a country famed for its waterfalls, this is one of the most impressive.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Disembark in Reykjavik
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Bid farewell to MS Fridtjof Nansen as you disembark in Reykjavik for your full-day tour of Iceland´s South Coast.

    Driving along the coast, with magnificent mountains, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, lava and beautiful farmland on one side and the mesmerising Atlantic Ocean on the other side, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride while making a few stops along the way. We will drive towards the quaint town of Hveragerði, passing over Hellisheiði heath that offers a great view of the wide plains formed by glacial rivers, now a fertile farmland on the south coast. See some of the fantastic greenhouses that, to their advantage, were built in a fertile area with plenty of geothermal energy for agriculture and horticulture.

    On the way, you will be able to see magnificent mountains, including snow-shrouded Hekla, the country's most active volcano, as well as catching a glimpse of the ice-capped volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Icelanders pride themselves on the Icelandic Sagas and this region is famous as the setting for the Njáls Saga.

    Stop at the spectacular waterfall Seljalandsfoss to experience walking behind the cascade. Continuing your journey, you will reach Skógafoss waterfall, considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Returning to Reykjavík, visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, a photographer's dream, with its black pebble sands, the majestic cave of basalt columns and the impressive but ferocious waves. Lunch will be served on the way.

    Tonight you'll stay in a hotel in Reykjavik.

    Meals - Breakfast
  10. Day
    10
    Return home
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten's fleet of custom built ships - and the next generation expedition ship. Featuring Hurtigruten's revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen combines state-of-the-art technology with Hurtigruten's 125 years of experience exploring unparalleled destinations.

Style & Character

The stunning scenery is reflected in a rich and comfortable interior design. Scandinavian materials from nature, such as granite, oak, birch and wool are used to create relaxed and stylish cabins and public areas.

Facilities & Services

Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym and wellness center, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.
Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable specialists, who instruct on safety, sustainability and science.
In the Nansen Science Center, guests and crew meet to create a deeper understanding of the areas you explore together. The ship also has a variety of custom-built expedition equipment, including kayaks, a fleet of Blueye underwater drones and Expedition Boats for safe landings in remote areas.

Cabins

All cabins are outside, half have private balconies, and aft suites feature private outdoor hot tubs with spectacular views.
Expedition Suite: large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows. Most have balconies. Some have private outdoor hot tub. Flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable sofas, sitting areas and TV. Can accomodate up to four people. Exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations.
Arctic Superior: comfortable, roomy accommodation with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV. Most have balconies.
Polar Outside: primarily on the middle decks with windows. Most are spacious and have flexible sleeping arrangements and TVs. Can accommodate two to four passengers.

Food & Drink

MS Fridtjof Nansen's three restaurants host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from the rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

Whether enjoying your meal at Aune Main Dining, the informal Fredheim, or the specialty restaurant Lindstrøm, you will indulge in low key yet refined, modern Norwegian Nordic cooking.

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Availability

From
Tue, Tue, May 24, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Jun 2, 2022
Duration
10 Days
Price per person
£3,374*

* Please note, price is per person, based on two sharing. Single supplement applies. Deposit: 20%, payable upon booking. Tour is operated by Hurtigruten, with TS Tours acting as agent. This promotion is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst UK brands.

Call now to book 02039934304
Quote ref: HEARST ICELAND HURTI