Summary : Set sail from Hamburg, Germany to the magnificent Norwegian fjords, then explore mystical Iceland. Discover the spectacular natural world of the Arctic, encounter a paradise for bird and whale watching, stroll through quaint villages, learn about Viking history, and watch for abundant wildlife.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
$6,008 to $10,472
Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – featuring large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Enjoy an overnight stay onboard which gives you plenty of time to explore the city and some of its many canals.
Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as the ship heads towards Norway. Take in the panoramic views from one of many viewpoints, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.
Kristiansand's beautiful beaches and archipelago, charming old town, interesting local history, and nearby nature make it a popular destination. Visit the fish markets, join an optional excursion, or enjoy the great outdoors.
Lysefjord is 25-miles long and 1,400-feet deep. The Preikestolen plateau towers an impressive 2,000 feet over the surface of the water. Sail into the fjord, enjoy the great landscape from deck, and hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen from below.
Geirangerfjord features spectacular nature and idyllic villages along its 65-mile stretch. The fjord is world famous for its dramatic landscape and is UNESCO-listed as a World Heritage site. Enjoy taking in the scenery as you sail into this amazing area of stunning beauty.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while en route toward Iceland. Your expedition team will present talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience. You will also have the chance to visit the Science Center for interesting topics and discussions.
The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seyðisfjörður is reflected in colorful Nordic-style wooden houses dating from the early 20th century. The handcrafted architecture creates a truly unique identity in the settlement. Explore this quirky town, join an organized hike, or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.
Embark a tender boat to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. Pending favorable conditions, you will have the chance to step across that iconic line, north to south.
Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This is the most populous Icelandic community outside of Reykjavík, and is the center of trade, culture, and services for the region. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, like Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.
Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Ísafjörður is a nearly perfect natural harbor. Stroll around to see the architecture, shop for a variety of local handicrafts, and view the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum.
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall, Dynjandi, and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.
Stykkishólmur has old, beautiful and well-preserved houses in the town center and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town's interesting museums or join optional excursions to iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula, like the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.
Heimaey, or “Home Island,” welcomes you. The area features dramatic and steep sea cliffs, which are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless seabirds, including the charming puffin.
Iceland's capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to the city, you'll find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Reykjavík itself hosts fine restaurants, museums, and shops. Your adventure ends upon arrival here in the morning.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
NOTE: This ship is NEW for the 2020 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.
Reverse Itinerary (Reykjavik, Iceland to Hamburg, Germany): 9/6/2020
This shipping company recommends that all passengers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment from unexpected events such as cancellations, delays, and medical emergencies. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for this trip which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage, and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Medical Declaration Form:
All travelers must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. Boarding may be denied if this form is not presented at the time of embarkation.
Multilingual Departures: English//German (All Departures)
Explorer Science Program: Included
Participate in lectures and activities to cultivate greater knowledge about the regions explored; conduct experiments or examine specimens in the Science Center with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists; or choose to assist with current research.
Young Explorers Program: Included
A dedicated staff member will lead age-appropriate lectures and field research with your Young Explorer on topics ranging from science, polar history, photography, and navigation. The focus is on education, fun, and participation. Designed for ages 7–13 (although all ages can join in!).
From shore excursions with local partners to small-group adventures such as extended hiking, there are several supplemented activities to choose from. Some are pre-bookable. Most are booked once on board. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and rates.
Shipboard accommodations; Young Explorers program for children; introductory photography lecture; onboard science center and Explorer Science program; expedition logbook; Wi-Fi (limited access; streaming not supported); complimentary wind- and water-resistant parka; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities); most meals onboard the ship; early riser and afternoon treats; house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all restaurants; complimentary tea and coffee. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Expedition Suites include a separate check-in; welcome package on embarkation day; suite breakfast and a la carte meals in restaurant Lindstrøm; mini bar replenishment; fleece blanket/throw; espresso maker; turn-down service; and laundry service. Subject to change without notice.
International flights; transfers to/from the ship; passport and visa fees; travel protection plan; luggage handling; a la carte menu selections not detailed in the inclusions; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment (except for suites); optional excursions and small-group adventures; items of a personal nature such as laundry and spa/wellness treatments; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Patricia Thiede (Kristiansand), © Mark Woszczalski (Lysefjord), © Dmitrly Belyaev (Lysefjord - Pulpit Rock), © Agurtxane Concellon (Geirangerfjord), © Hurtigruten