Sail from the UK to lesser-known North Iceland on our exclusive cruise

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Photo credit: Paolo Carnassale - Getty Images
Photo credit: Paolo Carnassale - Getty Images

Few destinations are more fascinating than Iceland, where ancient ports and fishing villages are surrounded by spectacular scenery and wildlife.

North Iceland is where you'll find fewer tourists and less-travelled destinations - and next May, you can see them for yourself during Country Living's exclusive eight-night cruise.


The cruise departs from the UK, starting in Liverpool, where Hurtigruten's hybrid-powered ship MS Fridtjof Nansen will sail to the former Viking settlement of Stornoway, the largest town in Scotland’s Western Isles.

Arriving in Iceland, the colourful town of Seyðisfjörður will be your first stop. Set against mountains and waterfalls, its famous rainbow road and vibrant buildings offer a charming place to start your adventure.

Next, you can enjoy bird-watching on the tiny Icelandic island of Grímsey, high above the Arctic Circle, where puffins steal the show. Your next destination, Akureyri, is Iceland’s second city. En route, you’ll sail the Eyjafjörður fjord, viewing snow-capped peaks and looking out for whales.


A change of pace comes at the next stop - the peaceful village of Patreksfjörður. Finally, your voyage ends in Reykjavík to give you a taste of Iceland's south coast.

Photo credit: Andrea Klaussner /
Photo credit: Andrea Klaussner /

From here, you can explore geysers, glaciers and waterfalls, or simply head for the Blue Lagoon to end your journey with a relaxing spa-like experience. You might wish to extend your trip to see more of Iceland at your own pace by land or fly home to the UK.

Highlights of this unmissable Iceland cruise

See awe-inspiring wildlife

From humpback whales to white-beaked dolphins, there’s so much to look out for. You will also have the chance to spot seabirds, including black-tailed godwits, puffins, razorbills and, if you’re lucky, gyrfalcons, Europe’s largest falcon.

Photo credit: Jeff Wendorff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Wendorff - Getty Images

Sail in style

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the new addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet. Its stylish cabins enjoy sea views and its three restaurants give you an enviable choice of dining options.

Photo credit: Hurtigruten
Photo credit: Hurtigruten

Be impressed by expert guides

Hurtigruten's expedition team organises fascinating activities for you during the North Iceland cruise. You can learn about natural wonders and wildlife during talks on the ship's science centre or master landscape photography with help from the photographer.

What's included?

  • An eight-night cruise on board MS Fridtjof Nansen in a cabin of your choice

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, including drinks (house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water) in restaurant Aune, plus tea and coffee

  • Use of the ship’s wellness centre, spa, gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna

  • A range of included excursions

  • Tips from a professional on-board photographer on the art of wildlife and landscape photography

  • The chance to add return flights to London for £249pp (regional flights on request)

  • Loan of boots, water-resistant jackets, trekking poles and other equipment

  • An English-speaking expedition team

Want to join Country Living on our amazing North Iceland cruise? Visit our holiday website to discover more about our exclusive May 2022 departure.


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