Iceland & Northern Lights Cruise – 9 Astonishing experiences to consider

Taking inspiration from a glorious itinerary, here are some incredible experiences found across Iceland, the Northern Isles and Faroes.

We start closer to home with one of Shetland’s most stunning spots.

1. Eshaness Cliffs

Eshaness Cliffs

With flashes of greenery clinging where it can, the cliffs found at Eshaness are simply astounding.

Battered by strong currents, this jagged shoreline looks out deep into the Atlantic Ocean.

Following the coastline on a walk is popular past-time here and can range in levels of difficulty.

Here you will find scenery aplenty, with landmarks including the man-made beacon, Eshaness Lighthouse.

The full power of the ocean is on full display here. Over countless decades, the sea has taken advantage of weaknesses in the rock, carving out sections that have left a number of rock formations in its wake.

Take care here as the terrain can be dangerous. The nearest land point beyond here is the scenic Faroe Islands.

Local and wandering birds have taken full advantage of the terrain, often perched dangerously on the cliff edge.

Further North, visitors, even those with an untrained eye, will come across evidence of volcanic activity as the rocks take on even more unusual shapes.

2. Mousa


A small island lying just off the Shetland mainland, Mousa has been uninhabited for over 200 years and is home to the Broch of Mousa.

Dating back to the Iron Age, this tower is over 2000 years and has somehow stood the test despite the harsh winter’s best efforts over the years.

However, it is believed that the tower once stood much taller than it stands today with the violent winds taken their toll.

This Scottish landmark still has a degree of mystery surrounding it, only adding to its charm and increasing the level of intrigue.

3. Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall

Forming part of the famous Golden Circle Tour, a true showcase of some of the world’s most spectacular sights, Gullfoss Waterfall, often referred to as the ‘Golden Waterfall’ can be found in towards the south of Iceland.

When the weather conditions are just right, when just the right amount of sun reaches the fall, you can often spot rainbows forming over the fall.

Water sent down from glaciers flows into Hvita river before being sent down over 30 metres off the edge of Gullfoss.

This is one of Iceland’s most popular natural attractions and rightly so. A fine addition to our list!

4. Strokkur Geyser

Strokkue Geyser

Geothermal wonder Strokkur Geyser, almost like clockwork, erupts every few minutes.

During an eruption, water is sent several metres up into the Icelandic sky.

Iceland’s most active geyser, Strokkur is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

This is a spectacle not to be missed!

5. Thingvellir National Park


Thingvellir National Park found to the east of capital Reykjavik, is also found within the great Golden Circle.

UNESCO-listed, the Park offers a great natural landscape you can explore.

Famously, the Park contains a site where two vast tectonic plates meet with great results.

Almost border-like, a huge split separates the two plates that rise high out of the ground.

These plates actually mark both the North American and European continents, allowing visitors to literally walk between continents!

Take time to explore the area and journey up (or down) the narrow path that leads you between the two plates.

Also within the boundaries of the Park, you will find Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn lake.

Continuously shaped by volcanic activity, Thingvallavatn lake is rich in mineral and colour.

Here, the water actually rests in a valley created by the endlessly shifting tectonic plates previously mentioned.

At points, the lake reaches staggering depths of over 100 metres.

Thanks to this, visitors and locals alike travel to the lake for a spot of Scuba diving, letting them explore the underwater landscape hidden beneath the surface.

6. Saksun


The Faroe Islands boast some of the best scenery in Europe. This group of islands are home to a number of villages and towns that rest amongst some truly spectacular surroundings.

Saksun on Streymoy offers some of the best sights on the entire Faroe Islands.

As you can see from the above image, the village sits in the shadows of huge towering hills that skirt a huge, water-filled gorge.

Very remote, as well as views, Saksun offers a pleasant and almost tranquil-like atmosphere.

A refreshing sight for those of us that live in a busy city or town, this sparse and distinct destination certainly is memorable.

7. Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

Vestmanna Sea Cliffs

Another Faroese highlight, the sea cliffs found at Vestmanna are a must for holidaymakers looking to encounter some local and visiting wildlife.

At certain points, the cliffs rise several hundred metres, offer near-sheer rock faces for birds to rest on.

Huge cliff-faces offer a great selection of real estate for different species of bird to compete over.

Birds relax and go about their business here in huge numbers.

Be on the lookout for the iconic Atlantic Puffin. They can be found both in Vestmanna and at other popular bird-watching spots around the Faroe Islands like Mykines.

The area around the Vestmanna Sea Cliffs is home to some of the most dramatic sights found throughout the Faroes.

8. Klaksvik


The second port of call at the Faroe Islands provides the opportunity to experience the tremendous beauty around the town of Klaksvik.

Surrounded by mountains and fjords, there is much to see and admire.

The town has actually grown across two sides of a fjord, giving you the perfect excuse to take in the mountains from multiple different angles.

If you have time, be sure to take the opportunity to learn about the area’s rich Viking history.

9. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Aurora Borealis

One of the most famous natural sights in the world, the magical Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights can often be witnessed whilst out exploring Iceland at just the right time.

The country’s sparsely populated and varied terrain ensures that conditions are almost perfect for spotting the Northern Lights spectacle.

Expert guides know where the spots with the best chances of witnessing the phenomenon are.

As you are led out into the countryside, do not forget to take in your surroundings.

Iceland’s natural landscape is truly astonishing.

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