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.
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.
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
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
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
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
trips and tricks throughout your trip.