Join a Hurtigruten explorer cruise with MS Fram from Greenland via Iceland and Jan Mayen to Svalbard. Discover Norse heritage, experience an amazing and varied Arctic wildlife and enjoy a summer expedition under the Midnight Sun. Meet isolated Inuit communities, go on adventures among colossal icebergs, mountains and fjords and much more. A unique adventure awaits.
Our tour packages can be modified to include extra hotel nights and additional travel services.
Below you will find a list of add-ons available for this tour.
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|Hotel category 2||EUR 85||EUR 49||EUR 7|
Greenland´s capital city of Nuuk lies just 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle at a confluence of fjords with the twin peaks of Quassussuaq and Ukkusissaq (also called Lille Malene and Store Malene) as a backdrop. The Nuuk Fjord system is the second largest in the world and the Narsap Sermia glacier flows directly into the fjord filling the headwaters with icebergs. Nuuk is a very urban city by Greenlandic standards, but nature is still the predominating factor. You will pass charming wooden houses in the old town down by the harbour and visit the modern award-winning Katuaq Culture Centre. It will be also stop by the city´s cathedral dating back to 1849, the University of Greenland, and the National Museum. This bus tour provides a nice overview of Greenland´s largest city.
Greenland’s capital Nuuk is a city surrounded by awe-inspiring nature. The Greenlanders living here combine old traditions with modern twists and diverse influences. Nuuk is home to gourmet restaurants and fashion boutiques, but also “Brædtet”, where the catch of the day includes seal and whale, and the picturesque Old Harbour where historical traditions remain strong.
Start of the tour with a visit to the city hall. The building itself is not architecturally eminent, but it’s worth going inside to see the impressive 1998 tapestry of Inuit life. Then continue to Katuaq, the cultural venue for all of Greenland. Katuaq is described as full of dreams in daytime and at night, acting like a magnetic field that draws people into the light. The gossamer Midnight Sun, icebergs and play of light on ice and snow inspired the architecture.
Last stop is the Greenland National Museum, located in historic buildings along the old colonial harbour with a fantastic view of the fjord. The exhibitions cover all facets of Greenlandic history dating back 4,500 years – from the first Arctic Stone Age cultures, the Norse settlements, and arrival of the Thule culture, ancestors of the present day, Inuit, to Greenland´s gradual transition into a modern society. Also see the famous mummies and costumes from Qilakitsoq, as well as the world’s oldest and almost intact skin boat, the Pearyland Umiaq, which is estimated to be more than 500 years old. The museum also features a large collection of Inuit transportation means, including full-scale skin boats and dog sledges, traditional clothes, and small time warps that provide a glimpse into the life and history of the recent colonial period.
After a bus trip from the harbour, the hike starts along the north coast of Nuuk where you get great coastal views of the fjord system and the towering mountain of Sermitsiaq. Enjoy coastal views of the fjord system and the towering mountain of Sermitsiaq. From there our tour go inland through “Paradise Valley”, which lies between the mountains of Lille Malene and Store Malene. The open and rugged landscape is scattered with boulders and crossed with streams of clear, drinkable water. Breaking for lunch in these beautiful surroundings and expert guides answer any questions you may have about the local environment or life in Greenland. The trail then bends around the small lake of Qallusuaq Cirkussoen before it ends in the new Nuuk suburb Qinngorput, where taking the bus back to the city.
The biggest natural attraction in Greenland – in several ways The Greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice that covers approximately 80% of Greenland. This enormous ice sheet creates huge glaciers, which under the influence of the force of gravity are forced out towards the coasts. In Southern Greenland, some of these glaciers end in fjords, where they produce icebergs in all kinds of different shapes. The colors of the iceberg ranges from white to green and turquoise. From Qassiarsuk we sail to the underwater moraine at the mouth of the Qooroq Icefjord, where many of the icebergs run aground on the moraine at the mouth of the Qooroq Fjord. The glacier transports about 200,000 tons of ice a day into the fjord. Many icebergs run aground on the moraine, and we sail into the fjord and zigzag between the stranded icebergs. We stop the motor and drift quietly with the current. The absolute silence is disturbed by the sound of the icebergs, as they break free from the glacier and fall rolling and crashing into the fjord.
As we drift around in the fjord we will also gather ice to be used in the cocktail served later on. It’s one thing to drink refreshments with ice from a glacier, but you will also experience mini explosions as thousand-year-old air bubbles escape in the glass. Take your time to enjoy the breathtaking view of thousands of icebergs, sheer cliff faces and the enormous glacier before we return to Qassiarsuk.
A little over a thousand years ago (985 AD), a group of Norsemen left Iceland to settle in Greenland. Their leader was Erik the Red, a Norwegian that had been exiled from Norway, and later on Iceland as well. The red hair and beard gave him the nickname Erik the Red, but some also say that his ill temper might have been another reason for this name. Three years earlier Erik the red sailed west and had discovered a wonderful land with lush, green valleys and deep fjords. He returned with 14 ships and settled in the bay where Qassiarsuk is situated today. Erik named his chieftain’s seat Brattahlíð, meaning “steep hill” in Old Norse. And soon after the Norsemen had established a flourishing community in the fjord.
A meeting place between Norse culture and modern day Greenland.
Farming is still the main occupation in Qassiarsuk and the sheep farmers in the area cultivate the same fields, and let their animals graze in the same hillsides that the Norsemen used more than a thousand years ago. First there will be a guided walk through the village, before we walk over to the open-air museum. Reconstructions of Erik the Red’s farm and his wife Tjodhilde’s Church were made in 2000. Museum guides in Norse dresses will show you around and tell you about Vikings and their daily life.
A bit of history, but mostly a hike in stunning nature.
Qassiarsuk used to be the stronghold of the Norsemen, and it was from this location that their culture of farming spread to the rest of South Greenland. The ruins of the settlement are still visible and the reconstruction of Erik the Red’s settlement and Tjohildes Church let you experience these historical buildings in a unique way.
We start in front of Qassiarsuk church where you will hear more about the life of the farmers who live here today – but also some of the history of Erik the Red. The statue of his son, Leif Erikson, has been erected on a prominent vantage point in Qassiarsuk keeping watch over both the past and the present. He is known as the very first man to sail towards the west arriving in North America at a place he called, Vinland. A feat of that magnitude is not left unnoticed in South Greenland.
We start heading up the hill and along the gravel road. Although the actual growth of trees is limited to certain protected fjords, the landscape of South Greenland in many ways resembles the fjords of western Norway. At the end of the gravel roads you find sheep farms that give new meaning to the word “remote”. After a good hour of climbing we reach the pass from where we can spot the scenic Tasiusaq Fjord that is very often covered in ice. Sheep and the occasional eagle can be seen, but this hike is mainly about the beauty of the landscape.
Iceland’s unique landscape has been shaped by great geothermal and volcanic activity. This tour takes to some of the country’s geological wonders and includes a visit to a museum dedicated to the nation’s Viking history.
The journey commences with a pleasant drive through the lively port town of Hafnarfjörður, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow. We’ll leave the main road and continue on a road less travelled along the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. There we will stretch our legs, snap a few photographs and enjoy the rugged but scenic landscape.
Continuing along the road, we’ll eventually reach Krýsuvík where the striking landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions and violent movements of the earth. In the geothermal field powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and the multi-coloured pools of boiling mud bubble and pop continuously.
We’ll head on across the impressive volcanic plateau of Reykjanes before driving through the bustling fishing village of Grindavík. As we make our way over the lava-covered peninsula we’ll reach Njarðvík and the Viking Museum. The museum has five independent exhibitions about the Viking Age and the settlement of Iceland, including a Smithsonian exhibition about the Vikings of the North Atlantic. The museum’s main attraction is the Viking ship Íslendingur (the Icelander), an exact seaworthy replica of a Viking vessel that was discovered in Norway in 1182 and excavated almost completely intact. To commemorate the 1,000-year anniversary of the Viking discovery of America, the shipbuilder Gunnar Eggertsson and his crew sailed the Icelander to America in the year 2000.
Homeward bound we drive through the Reykjanes lava fields and through Reykjavik city before arriving at the pier.
This exhilarating glacial adventure takes you on an unforgettable journey to the second largest ice cap in Iceland. It is an adventure to a brand-new attraction – the man-made glacier cave, “Ice Cave Iceland”, located high on Europe’s second largest glacier. The adventure of a lifetime starts.
This full day journey begins with a drive to Deildartunguhver hot spring where we’ll stop and admire the steam that rises from the earth into the air. Next we continue to the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss – two picturesque waterfalls that provide an ideal photo opportunity. From the waterfalls we’ll drive to Húsafell – a green oasis near the edge of the glacier. After lunch there we will board a glacier truck and head to the highlight of our day – Langjökull Glacier.
Langjökull Glacier is the second largest ice cap in Iceland. Our expert driver will take drive across this wilderness of ice and snow. We’ll stop on the glacier to visit a man-made ice cave which will take us closer to the ‘heart of the glacier’. Here we will walk through halls of blue ice and experience the colours and density of the glacier.
From the glacier bus drive through the dramatic Kaldidalur (‘Cold Valley’). This mountain road is one of the highest mountain roads in Iceland and is only open for a limited time during the year. Eventually we’ll reach our final destination, Þingvellir National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that ranks at the top of Iceland’s attractions.
Þingvellir is situated in a rift valley that offers incredible views of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Not only is the area of tremendous geological interest, it is also where the legislative parliament, the Alþing, was founded in the year 930.
This tour encompasses some of the highlights of Iceland’s quaint capital city, Reykjavík, with an added viewing-visit to the incomparable Blue Lagoon.
Tour begins with a pleasant drive through the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula. The Blue Lagoon is located in the middle of a beautiful lava field, seemingly in the middle of nowhere in an otherworldly landscape. The Lagoon’s aquamarine colored water, the steam and the lava landscape surrounding it succeed in creating a unique and memorable atmosphere. Here we will relax in the Blue Lagoon and enjoy this memorable bathing experience, time spent in the lagoon is about 2 hours.
We’ll then return to Reykjavík for a short city sightseeing tour starting with a drive through the Breiðholt residential area. On a clear day, it offers extensive views over the city, the bay and the mountains beyond. We will pass Árbær open-air museum where many historical buildings have been relocated and restored. Journey continues to Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area. As we drive Reykjavík’s coastline we’ll pass Höfði house, where the summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986.
Continuing on to one of the city’s landmark buildings, Perlan (“The Pearl”). The building’s dome consists of reflecting glass panels on a hollow steel frame surrounded by a viewing platform which extends full circle, offering splendid views over the city.
Before returning back to the ship, bus drive into the older part of the city, dominated by the imposing Hallgrímskirkja Church whose high tower is one of Reykjavík most recognized landmarks. Moving closer to the center of the city we’ll drive past City Hall and Lækjartorg square.
This tour offers a chance to see many of the wonderful highlights of Snæfellsnes peninsula – an area rich in natural beauty, history and culture.
Upon leaving Stykkishólmur, our journey takes us through the several small fishing villages that hug the dramatic coast line as we head towards the famous glacier Snæfellsjökull. The glacier was made popular by the French writer, Jules Verne in his classic novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. It is one of the country’s many interesting geological features but other prominent mountains and volcanoes also grave the area.
We make our first stop at Djúpalónssandur beach, where we’ll take a short refreshing walk on the pebbled beach by the Atlantic Ocean. Strange rock formations are found on the shore and here guests can test their strength on four great rocks, weighing from 23 kg to 154 kg. The rocks were used to determine the manliness of the fishermen rowing from here in the past. Many stories are connected to this area, adding to its aura of mystery.
After a short drive pas the cliffs Lóndrangar, we’ll drive to Hellnar. Hellnar used to be a major port and can probably trace its function as such back to the Middle Ages. There we will visit the Visitor Centre and enjoy some of its beautiful surroundings. After Hellnar we will make a short stop at Arnarstapi village, its idyllic setting boasts many interesting lava formations and an abundance of birdlife during the summer months.
Next we will head for Búðir, famed for its beautiful surroundings of black lava and one of a few yellow sanded beaches in Iceland. We’ll enjoy the area and pay a visit to the church Búðakirkja before we head back to Stykkishólmur.
Join a guided hike through some of the most fascinating landscapes on Iceland. We visit the enormous Berserk Lava Field, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption about three to four thousand years ago.
Iceland is a geological feast for the eyes. Over the past 20 million years, volcanic eruptions have created a rugged landscape with diverse features, including moss-covered lava fields, enormous craters, bizarre geological formations, ice caves and lava tubes. These are all monuments to the island’s unique location along the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.
The central western peninsula, Snaefellsnes, is steeped in mythical Icelandic sagas. The rugged Berserk Lava Field covers vast swathes of the region, stretching between the mountains and the sea. Its sources are four prominent, but different-sized scoria craters that lie in an east to west row and probably erupted at short intervals approximately 3,600-4,000 years ago, almost damming Lava Bay in the east, where the old main road crosses.
The lava flows created two lakes on the southern side that were obstacles to settlers. People once walked or rode horses along the southern edge of the lava or travelled past it by boat. Today three roads cross the lava field. We hike along one of the old walking paths through the lava and back.
Enjoy Iceland’s natural wonders, see thousands of birds and taste fresh scallops straight from the sea. This is a real adventure as we take you on a guided boat tour through the beautiful scenery!
During this bird and nature watching boat tour you will experience a number of stunning and exciting things. This is a unique up close experience of the islands and a rare chance to bird watch in close proximity. You will experience pure nature and stunning scenery and the highlight of the Viking Sushi experience is a sushi meal straight from the sea!
Bird watchers rejoice. We sail from the harbour in Stykkishólmur to explore several small rock islands and bird cliffs teeming with bird life where we go as close as possible to get a good view. We will also see basal fantastic rock formations and the strongest current on Iceland.
A raw sushi experience. Then comes the gastronomic highlight, a net plough is lowered into the ocean and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish and much more. Some of these are possible to eat fresh from the sea, such as scallops and sea urchins. These are offered with soya sauce, wasabi, ginger and lemon. Your guide will tell you more about the catch and then we continue the trip looking for the majestic white-tailed eagles and other seabirds before returning to the harbour. The Viking Sushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature that no one traveling to Iceland should miss.