Join a unique cruise with Hurtigruten's MS Fram to the Lofoten Islands, the exotic Jan Mayen, Iceland and the south and western parts of Greenland - some of which are only accessible by boat. The spectacular scenery, fantastic fjords and the Midnight Sun provide a stunning backdrop to this diverse voyage.
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 79||EUR 45||EUR 12|
|Copenhagen||Price per person/
|Hotel category 1||EUR 110||EUR 75||EUR 12|
|Hotel category 2||EUR 85||EUR 49||EUR 7|
Ilulissat is renowned for its beautiful and breathtaking Ice Fjord – best experienced from a boat. Get close to nature and experience the ice that leaves visitors speechless in wonder.
Join this two-hour boat trip to the northern part of the fjord, where gigantic icebergs are stranded. See the structure of the ice, hear the sound and feel the cold radiating from the floes.
The icebergs reach up to 100 meters above sea level. These large pieces of ice have broken off from Sermeq Kujalleq, the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. This is one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world, producing approximately 20 billion tons of ice every year. From the Ice fjord, the icebergs reach open sea just in front of the city of Ilulissat and start travelling north before turning south and into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ilulissat Ice fjord became a UNESCO Word Heritage Site in 2004. The combination of a huge ice-sheet and the dramatic sounds of a fast-moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.
We recommend dressing warmly for this boat excursion. No matter the weather- the closer you are to the ice; the more you will feel it!
Learn more about Greenlandic culture and history on this walk. Enhance your knowledge of Greenlandic culture and history on a walk through Ilulissat. The town is of prime historical significance to Greenland. Founded as a trading post by the Danes in 1741, Ilulissat today is Greenland´s third-largest city with more than 4,500 inhabitants.
On the walk, a guide will tell you about the history of the city, Greenlandic culture and the nature of modern life some 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. We will visit fishermen at the harbour and hunters at the trading post “Brædtet”. You will also see the house where famous Greenlandic/Danish polar explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen was born.
Hike through spectacular surroundings as we take you to Holms Bakke – a traditional hiking trip for locals. Experience Inuit culture, see incredible icebergs and learn about local flora and fauna. After months of winter darkness, the people of Ilulissat traditionally hike up to “Holms Bakke” on the 13th January to welcome the sun´s return. It is a festive occasion and the community celebrates with good food, drink and merriment.
Holms Bakke provides magnificent views of the Jakobshavn Glacier and Ilulissat Icefjord, where icebergs move at an average speed of 19 metres per day. The glacier produces approximately 10% of all calving ice in Greenland. The hike continues to the abandoned settlement of Sermermiut and old Inuit graves, before stopping for lunch.
After lunch, the hike proceeds along the ice fjord where you learn about local flora & fauna, as well as glaciology.
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 ancient hunting culture of the Inuit’s remains an important livelihoods in Greenland, and is the backbone of Greenland culture. Great Greenland is the only tannery in the country. Most of the furs are exported abroad, but some are sewn into fine fashion creations directly at the tannery. On this tour you will learn about the processes used to treat these beautiful furs. The tour includes a visit to the fashion design studios and the impressive fur storage rooms, with its huge piles of sealskins and polar bear furs. This tour is much more than just seeing the tannery itself: your local guide will talk about seal hunting and the working conditions of today`s hunters. What prices do they get? Who lives from seal hunting? These are some of the many questions that will be answered during this tour.
This scenic hike takes you through the town of Qaqortoq and leads to the great lake, which serve as a recreational area for the inhabitants. The lake is beautifully embedded in the surrounding hills and has an even path leading alongside the lake. Flora is abundant and the mildness of the area is very charming.
A kaffemik is a Greenlandic tradition for special occasions. Family, friends and neighbours visit e.g. on a birthday and the host impresses with a selection of home cooked food. That might vary from homemade bread/ buns to cooked musk ox, lamb, dried whale meat, seal- all depending on the success of the hunt. Enjoy a great experience with a local family! Please note that it is common to take off your shoes before going into a family’s home.
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.
Experience authentic Greenland through the taste of local food.
Taste a variety of Greenlandic food and hear more about the Greenlandic food traditions
Meat from marine mammals, game, birds and fish has been the main ingredient in Greenlandic food for generations. In the old days meat was an extremely important part of the Greenlandic diet because it provided energy and nourishment all year round. This was needed for the physically demanding existence where the harsh Arctic winter could seriously tax one’s reserves of energy. Enjoy the catch of the day. Greenlandic food is a culinary experience, and the ingredients are usually organic, since fish, game and marine animals roam free in their natural environment. The Greenlandic culinary culture is also closely tied to the old hunting community’s strong social solidarity, where vital necessities depended on the catch being shared. Today food and mealtimes remain a central part of Greenlanders’ characteristic hospitality. We go to a local restaurant where a plentiful buffet is served. The tasting will depend on what has been caught, like a variety of fish, maybe muskox, seal and other delicacies.
A combined boat trip and guided walk.
Visit the abandoned settlement of Assaqutaq and learn about the area´s interesting culture and history. If lucky, we may see whales!
Enjoy a boat trip to Assaqutaq and guided walk through the village. We visit the old fishing factory, small church and take time out to relax in the beautiful surroundings.
In the 1960s and 1970s, several Greenlandic settlements were abandoned for economic reasons and the inhabitants moved to larger communities. Assaqutaq, located about 10 km by boat from Sisimiut, and at the foot of Sisimiut’s famous mountain Kællingehætten, is such a settlement. When the fish factory closed down, the townsfolk were forced to move to Sisimut where there were jobs. Today, Assaqutaq is mostly used as a summer camp for local schools, but for a short period in June it becomes a lively place as Sisimiut´s inhabitants come here to catch the annual run of the migratory Capelin fish species.
If you want to comfortably experience all of Sisimiut in a short amount of time, this sightseeing tour by bus is the perfect excursion for you. Meet sledge dogs. Hear about everyday life and the history of the place. A local guide describes everyday life in Sisimiut, as well as the history, buildings and places you pass. The tour includes two short stops.
One of the stops is just outside the town where most of the sledge dogs are kept, and with some luck puppies will be present as well. The second stop is on a hill high above Sisimiut with an incredible view of the sea and mountains.
Palaasip Qaqqa is a 550m high mountain outside Sisimiut. Enjoy the beautiful green mountains, the pristine air and the crystal clear water. Join a beautiful and challenging hike on a lush southfacing slope, where you can enjoy the view of the town and the sea on the whole way. The hike takes you through a surprisingly fertile terrain with a richness of bushes, flowers and mosses. Along the way there are several small waterfalls with the clearest spring water. From the top of the mountain there is an amazing view over the town in the south and the Kangerluarsuk Tulleq Fjord in the north. Recent years, musk oxen have been spotted in this area.
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.