Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes of Iceland
Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes of Iceland 12 Days aboard MS Fram
Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with glaciers and volcanoes side by side. The unspoiled nature offers stunning landscapes, geysers and impressive waterfalls. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, always accompanied by your knowledgeable Expedition Team.
Swim in natural hot springs, hike through lava fields, spot native birds, and maybe even whales, on this exploration voyage of a lifetime.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Explore the fascinating and diverse nature of Iceland
- Visit Reykjavik, Reykjafjörður, Siglufjörður, Seyðisfjörður, the Vestmannaeyjar and more
- Spot native birds and maybe even whales
- Swim in natural hot springs hike through lava fields
- See glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls
- Learn about Iceland's heritage, ancient sagas and folk tales filled with mysticism, elves and trolls
- Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
- Wind and water-resistant jacket
- Landings and activities on board and ashore
- Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
- Free tea and coffee
- Loan of rubber boots
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- 1 | Reykjavik
- 2 | Stykkishólmur
- 3 | Flatey and Bjargtanger / Latrabjarg Promontory
- 4 | Ísafjörður
- 5 | Hornbjerg cliff and Reykjafjörður
- 6 | Siglufjörður and Grímsey
- 7 | Akureyri
- 8 | Húsavík
- 9 | Bakkargerdi and Seyðisfjörður
- 10 | Höfn
- 11 | Surtsey and Heimaey (Westman Islands)
- 12 | Reykjavik
45 minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, located among lava rocks, moss and mountains, you find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with lots of restaurants, museums and shops on narrow streets.
West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland”. Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs. Participate in one of our exciting optional activities, such as kayaking, hiking and horseback riding.
Flatey and Bjargtanger / Latrabjarg Promontory
On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time among the 19th century buildings. Látrabjarg is a promontory and the westernmost point in Iceland, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.
Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major centre of commerce and trade, centred around its thriving fishing industry. Experience the town's architecture or join our wide range of optional excursions.
Hornbjerg cliff and Reykjafjörður
The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here in our polarcirkel boats. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area.
Siglufjörður and Grímsey
Siglufjörður offers both recreation and sightseeing. A few hours in the rugged landscape gives you the chance to savour the peace and enjoy tranquillity.
Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland, and we will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach this island.
Akureyri is a lively and energetic town. It is the most populated community outside the Reykjavík area and the centre of trade and culture for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural beauty spots, and the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.
Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular in Iceland as a whale watching centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we will sail past the Langanes peninsula in the evening.
Bakkargerdi and Seyðisfjörður
Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves”. There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for bird watching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and impressive views. If you prefer to be more active, you can join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormstadur. Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colourful Norwegian-style wooden houses date from the early 20th century and make this village unique. Explore the town, join a hike or take an optional excursion out to Skálanes.
Large mountains, wide rivers and the ever-present Vatnajökull glacier dominate the area around the charming fishing village of Höfn. From the harbour, you can experience a scenic view of the famous glacier, the largest in Europe and a spectacular sight. On the east coast you will find pine forests, lush farmlands and a variety of colourful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities.
Surtsey and Heimaey (Westman Islands)
Surtsey is a volcanic island, formed by an eruption that started 425 feet below sea level and reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland's south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales.
Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting post-programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon excursions.
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
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The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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