Both aboard and ashore, you’ll uncover the sheer, unspoilt natural beauty of Iceland as you circumnavigate this dramatic, simply spectacular island. On board Balmoral, you’ll enjoy hours of memorable scenic cruising and calls at stunning destinations that present extraordinary wonders, landscapes and wildlife, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
- 11 nights staying in an interior room aboard Balmoral – upgrades available at an additional supplement
- Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
- Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
- Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
- On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*
Sunday 30 June: Depart Rosyth – Late PM
Monday 01 July: At Sea
Tuesday 02 July: Cruising by Eyjafjallajökull, Elliðaey Island & Elephant Rock, Iceland
Eyjafjallajökull is a soaring, 5,466ft-high active volcano which famously erupted in 2010. Spewing dense volcanic ash clouds into the sky, which were subsequently blown across Europe, the Eyjafjallajökull eruption disrupted air travel for several weeks.
Situated on the beautiful south coast of Iceland, this notorious, ice-capped natural wonder is a simply breathtaking sight. Cruising slowly by, you’ll enjoy unspoilt views of the volcano; so be sure to have your camera close-by to capture incredible photos of one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks.
Elliðaey Island is part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, a collection of picturesque islands situated off the south coast of Iceland. What sets Elliðaey Island apart from the other islands in the archipelago – aside from its obvious natural beauty – is an intriguing white cottage, which stands alone on a grassy pasture. Rumours have long suggested that the house belongs to a shy billionaire, or even Bjork – the famous Icelandic singer. These rumours, while adding to the island’s intrigue, are said to be false. A unique, beautiful island, Elliðaey is always a sight to behold and a scenic cruise with Fred. is the perfect way to take advantage of this unmissable photo opportunity.
Elephant Rock is an incredible natural rock formation which is said to have formed following the eruption of Heimaey Island’s Eldfell Volcano in the 1970’s. It is named Elephant Rock as its appearance is akin to a giant elephant dipping its trunk into the Atlantic Ocean which surrounds the island.
A remarkable example of Mother Nature at work, Elephant Rock is best seen from the sea; and there no better way to admire this wonderful natural wonder than from the decks of your Fred. Olsen cruise ship.
Wednesday 03 – Thursday 04 July: Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik – Iceland’s stunning coastal capital and cultural centre – is the world’s most northerly capital. The city combines colourful buildings, impulsive, creative people, extraordinary design, and some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.
The cosmopolitan city with big heart is home to the Althing – the world’s oldest parliament, and the National and Saga Museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history. The impressive Hallgrímskirkja Church bell tower and the rotating Perlan glass dome offer panoramic views off island. Reykjavik’s galleries and exhibitions, including the outstanding Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, feature radical Icelandic design, and there are many public art installations.
The capital has benefited from a recent surge in high-quality restaurant openings, offering a broad mix of creative cuisine. Daytime cafés switch to restaurants and bars at night – tapas, concept-dining and burger joints all sit comfortably together. And then there’s the wonderful nightlife.
Located in southwest Iceland – characterised by vast peninsulas, coves, straits and islands – Reykjavik is in easy reach of several must-see geological attractions. The iconic Golden Circle Trail includes the Blue Lagoon Spa, the Thingvellir National Park, the renowned Gullfoss Waterfall, and the incredible Geysir hot springs.
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – Reykjavik’s little bit of paradise – is also unmissable. The popular sandy beach and geothermal lagoon, where cold sea and hot geothermal waters meet to produce higher temperatures, offers hot-tubs, steam baths and various water sports to try.
Friday 05 July: Ísafjörður, Cruising by Hornstrandir & Drangaskörð,
The pretty, ancient church site of Ísafjörður, perched on the peninsular of the Westfjords, has been one of Iceland’s busiest and most important fishing and trading centres for over 250 years. With its fine natural harbour, Ísafjörður is set against a backdrop of steep mountains and an arcing spit that extends out into the deep Skutulsfjörður.
Hornstrandir – the King and Queen of Cliffs – is home to huge numbers of migrating birds every year, with fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills often seen perched on the rugged rocky ledges.
Soaring 500 metres into the sky, this incredible structure dominates that landscape at the tip of Iceland’s mystical, remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. You’ll have unrivalled views as you glide by on board your smaller, more intimate cruise ship.
An awe-inspiring sight, Drangaskörð is among Iceland’s most prominent landmarks and is best seen from the water. Aboard your smaller cruise ship, you’ll be presented with unspolit views of this spectacular attraction and simply unmissable photo opportunities.
Saturday 06 July: Akureyri, Iceland
Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a beautiful town best known for its spectacular landscapes, lush vegetation and its diverse wildlife. On your journey to Akureyri you’ll sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjordur, a wonderful prelude to your time on shore.
The perfect destination for nature lovers, the waters surrounding the town are teaming with rare, native species such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises to go in search of. Within reach on tours are incredible natural wonders too, such as the Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Myvatn.
In the town centre, there are many museums, galleries and exhibitions to discover and enjoy, offering an insight into the diverse culture of Akureyri and Iceland as a whole. ‘Arts Alley’ – the main street that runs directly through the town – is Akureyri’s cultural hub. Here you will find the very best galleries, exhibitions and restaurants that the town has to offer.
Sunday 07 July: Akureyri, Cruising Eyjafjörður, Hrisey, Crossing the Arctic Circle, Cruising Grimsey & Skjalfandi Bay, Iceland
The Eyjafjörður is narrow, so during a scenic cruise through the fjord, you’ll get closer to the stunning natural landscapes, creating incredible photo opportunities.
Pretty Hrisey Island is known as the ‘Pearl of the Eyjafjordur’. It is Iceland’s second largest island, yet only around 200 people live here in one tiny fishing village. Those who do live on Hrisey share the flat green lands with about 40 bird species, including ptarmigans and Arctic terns. Framed by incredible mountainous landscapes and surrounded by the still waters of the Eyjafjordur, Hrisey is a delight to see as you glide along the longest fjord in Iceland.
Surrounded by the glorious Arctic Ocean and located on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Grimsey Island – Iceland’s northernmost inhabited territory – is home to over a hundred people and over a million seabirds of varying species that perch themselves on the island’s stunning cliff faces.
During a scenic cruise around the shores of this tranquil, unmolested bird watchers paradise you’ll spot puffins, razorbills, guillemots and many more thriving in their natural habitat – an unforgettable sight.
With its imposing, snow-topped Víknafjöll and Kinnarfjöll Mountains, glacier and freshwater rivers and crisp, un-polluted air, Skjálfandi Bay would be magical even without its incredible wildlife. But, as you glide through the calm, cold waters of the bay on your once-in-a-lifetime, ‘bucket list’ journey and spot your first puffin colony, dolphin or whale, you will soon understand just how special this spectacular part of the world is – one of Mother Nature’s gifts to the globe.
Monday 08 July: Cruising Borgarfjörður Eystri, Seyðisfjörður, Dalatangi, Akurfell & Toarfjall, Nipukollur and Norðfjarðarhorn & Gerpir, Iceland
The beautiful Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord in Eastern Iceland is among Europe’s most stunning destinations.
Regarded as a hiker’s paradise, Borgarfjörður Eystri – a European Destination of Excellence – is renowned for its craggy shores, steep cliffs and the 1136-metre-high Dyrfjöll Mountains, which create an incredible backdrop of spectacular sights to captivate you as your ship sails the fjord’s sumptuous blue waters.
Be sure to keep an eye on the shores to see the traditional fishing villages and spot native birds, including Puffins, Fulmar, Kittiwake and Eider Duck perched on the marshy ledges.
Bask in the remoteness of Seyðisfjörður as your ship negotiates the twists and turns of the fjord en route to the picturesque town of the same name.
Sailing 17 kilometres along the calm blue waters, you’ll take in views of huge mountains, hills and cliffs before the sound of thundering waterfalls captures your attention. This incredible display of nature is formed by the river Fjarðará as it cascades down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord.
Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall are three incredible, snow-flecked, pyramid-shaped mountains situated on the stunning east coast of Iceland. Take your place on the deck as the ship drifts slowly by to enjoy unspoilt views of the mountains and immerse yourself in the astonishing peace, tranquillity and natural beauty of this breathtaking part of the world.
Eastern Iceland is home to a multitude of breathtaking natural wonders, and Nipukollur – a mighty 1,958ft-high peak close to the beautiful town of Neskaupstadur – is one you should look out for as you cruise along the coast. Popular with climbers due its sheer size and challenging craggy rock faces, Nipukollur is a sight to behold.
Enjoy a unique cruise experience as you sail along beautiful east coast of Iceland, taking in views of the majestic Norðfjarðarhorn and Gerpir , the country’s easternmost point. Gerpir boasts towering cliffs – some of which are said to be 12 million years old – and dramatic rugged landscapes. As you glide by, you’ll soon understand why this beautiful part of Iceland is particularly popular with thrill-seeking climbers.
Tuesday 09 – Wednesday 10 July: At Sea
Thursday 11 July: Disembark at Rosyth – Early AM