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Hurtigruten Expeditions Windswept Isles of the North from Hamburg to Reykjavik

Hurtigruten Expeditions – Windswept Isles of the North from Hamburg to Reykjavik

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  • Join the expedition setting sail from Hamburg to Iceland via Norway, The Shetland and Faroe Islands
  • Experience a rich variety of epic scenery including stunning fjords and soaring cliffs, to remote islands and breath-taking landscapes
  • Sailing from Hamburg to Reykjavik, see rugged coastlines and quaint fishing villages.

7-day itinerary

Day 1: Germany’s second city

Your expedition cruise sets sail from Hamburg – Germany’s Hanseatic treasure.

There’s so much to see and do in one of Europe’s greenest urban areas. Visit the Aldstadt district which includes attractions such as the St Nikolai memorial and the historic street of Deichstrasse.

If you have enough time, there are also plenty of UNESCO recognised Heritage Sites while in Hamburg. Be sure to visit Chilehaus, the world’s largest historic warehouse complex in Speicherstadt, along with Kunsthalle, the nation’s prominent art museum.

Once aboard, collect your expedition jacket, familiarise yourself with the ship’s layout and facilities, and meet your onboard Expedition Team.

Day 2: Day at Sea

As your expedition cruise departs Hamburg and travels towards Norway’s Lysefjord, take some time to acclimatise yourself onboard the MS Fridtjof Nansen. Join the Expedition Team during one of their lectures as they offer fascinating insights into the places you will be visiting on your trip, with guests having the opportunity to take part in Citizen Science programmes should they wish.

There’s plenty of time to relax before the big adventure ahead. Why not head to the spa and wellness area and indulge in one of the treatments available, or join your fellow travellers in the explorer lounge and bar for a refreshing drink.

Day 3: Sailing Lysefjord

On day three, the MS Fridtjof Nansen will be sailing down the 25-mile-long Lysefjord. Immerse yourself in the sublime scenery of the long, narrow fjord among stark vertical cliffs whilst on the ship’s observation deck, capturing the natural beauty of this unique setting.

From the fjord you will be able to see the world famous pulpit rock, Preikestolen, whilst also keeping an eye out for the renowned Kjæragbolten, which is a giant boulder wedged into a mountain crevasse. Feeling even more adventurous? If so, be sure to join the Expedition Team as they take you on small kayaking and boat cruising expeditions, allowing travellers to view the fjord from a completely different perspective.

Day 4: The Shetland Islands

On this day you’ll be docking alongside Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands. Set against a backdrop of eye-catching scenery, spend the day exploring this endearing, Victorian-influenced town.

Near the old-waterfront, you will be able to immerse yourself in area’s rich history at the Shetland Museum. Discover local shops selling whiskies, fudge, and woollen sweaters, whilst taking in the view of the nearby Fort Charlotte and the Town Hall.

Learn about the lives of local crofters as you traverse the wider island – home to the historic Iron Age villages and the Shetland Croft house Museum.

Day 5: Historic Torshavn

Located on Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands and founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Torshavn is one of Europe’s oldest capitals. Also referred to as ‘Thor’s Harbour’, or simply ‘Havn’, Torshavn is a vibrant and colourful city with plenty to see and do during your visit on the fifth day of the expedition.

Take a scenic walk through the cobbled alleyways whilst admiring the colourful, turf-roofed houses that can be found here. Gain insights into the city’s flora, fauna and geological history in one of the local museums, and why not visit the Svartafoss waterfall – located around a half mile outside of town.

Scan for the abundance of seabirds and marine life while taking a stroll down the seafront, including eider ducks and the highly distinguishable Faroese Starling which is native to the region.

Day 6: Second day at sea

As the MS Fridtjof Nansen sails back towards Iceland, saviour the peace and serenity of being at sea. Explore the ship’s facilities including the onboard gym and panoramic sauna, or simply immerse yourself with the sublime views while on deck.

As ever, the Expedition Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your experience so far, whilst offering intriguing insight into the types of landscapes and settings you are about to see.

Day 7: Cosmopolitan Reykjavik

Located in southwestern Iceland, Reykjavik will be the final destination on your captivating expedition cruise.  A city which boasts a rich variety of cultural, historical, and artistic context, Reykjavik is a place worth immersing yourself in.

Take a scenic walk along Laugavegur with its charming boutiques and outdoor shops, or drop in at the fascinating Reykjavik Art Museum.

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wine, beer and spirits available at meals and throughout the day and evening (subject to licensing laws, excludes premium drinks)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • Meals and take-away available throughout the day during Fredheim restaurant opening hours
  • Fine dining in restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A polar expedition jacket, a backpack, or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of sauna, hot tubs, pool, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Centre
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area



Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

Useful Info


Board Basis

All inclusive


7 days

Holiday Type

Cruise expedition holiday

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