Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

  • June 29, 2020 | 11 days / 10 nights
  • $2,800.00
Circumnavigating Iceland on board Balmoral, taking in extraordinary waterways and destinations along the way, you’re in for an exhilarating adventure packed with opportunities to marvel at the awe-inspiring natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and magical wildlife of one of the world’s most spectacular countries.

Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

$2,800.00

Circumnavigating Iceland on board Balmoral, taking in extraordinary waterways and destinations along the way, you’re in for an exhilarating adventure packed with opportunities to marvel at the awe-inspiring natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and magical wildlife of one of the world’s most spectacular countries.

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Daily Overview

Day Arrive Depart Destination
29/Jun Late PM Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom
30/Jun At sea
01/Jul Late PM Late PM Cruising by Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland
01/Jul Late night Late night Cruising by Elliðaey Island, Iceland
01/Jul Late night Late night Cruising by Elephant Rock, Iceland
02/Jul Early AM Reykjavík, Iceland
03/Jul Late PM Reykjavík, Iceland
04/Jul Early AM Late PM Ísafjörður, iceland
04/Jul Late PM Late night Cruising by Hornstrandir, Iceland
04/Jul Late night Late night Cruising Drangaskörð, Iceland
05/Jul Early AM Late PM Akureyri, Iceland
05/Jul Late PM Late night Cruising Eyjafjörður, Iceland
05/Jul Late night Late night Cruising by Hrisey, Iceland
05/Jul Late night Late night Cruising Eyjafjörður, Iceland
06/Jul Late AM Late PM Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
06/Jul Late PM Late PM Cruising Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
06/Jul Late PM Late PM Cruising by Dalatangi, Akurfell & Toarfjall, Iceland
06/Jul Late PM Late PM Cruising by Nipukollur, Iceland
06/Jul Late night Late night Cruising by Norðfjarðarhorn & Gerpir, Iceland
07-08/Jul At sea
09/Jul Early AM Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom

29/June

Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom

Board the ship in the late afternoon. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. Overnight cruising Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland.

01/July

Cruising Eyjafjallajökull | Elliðaey Island | Elephant Rock, Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull is a soaring, 5,466ft-high active volcano which famously erupted in 2010. 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.

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.

02-03/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.

04/July

Ísafjörður, Iceland | Cruising 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.

One of the most unique natural wonders in Iceland, the remarkable Drangaskörð is a collection of dragon tail-like pinnacles rising from the sea and dominating the skyline of the breathtaking Westfjords.

05/July

Akureyri, Iceland | Cruising Eyjafjörður | Hrisey, 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.

Located on the eponymous fjord, Eskifjörður is a charming town in the middle of Iceland’s Eastern Fjords. Eskifjörður has a long tradition as a fishing port and its culture has been shaped by the sea.

The magnificent Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland. Situated at the edge of the Arctic circle, the fjord lies on the migratory routes of many species of whales and birds so it's the perfect place to observe fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat. 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.

06/July

Seyðisfjörður, Iceland | Cruising by Dalatangi, Akurfell & Toarfjall | Nipukollur | Norðfjarðarhorn & Gerpir, Iceland

Nestled in between the beautiful Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjolfur in the Eastfjords of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður is a unique place, and home to a unique collection of wonderfully preserved wooden structures.

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.

09/July

Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom

Late morning arrival in Rosyth, UK. Disembark and prepare for your onward journey.

Start / End Nights Sailing Schedule Starting From*
Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK / Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK 10 June 29th, 2020 $2,800

*Price per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for sailing schedule and full pricing.

Balmoral

Balmoral

Built Length Decks Cabins Passengers Tonnage (GRT)
1988 (refurbished in 2017) 218.18m 11 710 1,325 43,537 More Details
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens should ensure that their passports must be valid for at least the expected duration of your stay in the U.K. This requirement may also apply when travelling to Northern Ireland from other parts of the United Kingdom, and vice versa.; And at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visa

    Canadian citizens are allowed entry into the United Kingdom without tourist visas for stays of 6 months or less; and stays up to 90 days in the Schengen area.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

We operate a strict ‘no smoking’ policy in all inside areas. Smoking will only be permitted on room balconies (excluding Deck 7 Terrace Balconies on Black Watch and Boudicca), and in designated open deck areas.

Electronic cigarettes that don't emit vapour, may be used in rooms or on room balconies but are not permitted in any non-smoking public areas. They can easily be mistaken for real cigarettes, which may result in an unnecessary confrontation that requires staff intervention. Electronic cigarettes emitting any vapour - even water vapour - may only be smoked in designated external smoking areas.

Please ask a member of staff for the designated smoking areas when you board your ship.

Just like airports, the facilities between the UK cruise departure ports does differ.

However, the majority of them offer comfortable seating areas, refreshments and Wi-Fi, enabling you to relax and start to enjoy your cruise holiday from the moment you arrive at the cruise terminal.

We kindly request you arrive at your departure port during the time period indicated on your final cruise ticket; this is to ensure we are able to operate a smooth and timely embarkation process.

The currency you need during your cruise will depend on the destinations on your itinerary. The on board currency for cash payments is Sterling.

Typically, gratuities are charged at £5.00 per person, per day for guests aged 12 and over. This amount is split equally between your stewardess and restaurant waiter, and will be automatically added to your on board account. While very much appreciated, these gratuities are voluntary, and therefore can be adjusted or removed completely at Guest Services on board the ship if you wish.

For your convenience, you can also pay gratuities before your cruise. We'll check with you at the time of booking if you’d like to pay prior to your cruise.

Each of our cruise ships has at least one fully equipped Laundry Room, complete with self service washing machines complete with detergent, tumble driers, irons and ironing boards. Just collect a token from Guest Services (there is a small fee for this service) and pop it in the machine.

We also offer a paid laundry service on all of our cruises. A laundry bag will be supplied to you in your cabin welcome pack for your use, if you wish to return home with a case full of clean clothes. Details of prices can be found in your cabin welcome pack.

Please note: travel irons are not permitted on any of our cruise ships.

Shore Tours are bookable online from approximately twelve weeks prior to departure. You will receive an email, if you have registered an email address with us, from the Destination Experience team, advising you when they are available to view and book online through My Cruises.

You will also receive a detailed tours brochure in the post to assist in your choice.

Once you've booked your tours you will receive an e-mail confirmation and your tickets will be printed for you and placed in your cabin for your arrival.

Each of our ships feature a selection of stylish dining venues, all serving a range of indulgent, expertly-prepared dishes. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll always find delicious treats which will tempt your taste buds. And, as all food is included on your cruise, you can indulge as much or as little as you like.

Start the day with eggs made to order; a hearty full English, or a lighter breakfast from the buffet if you prefer. Lunchtime offers a select á la carte menu alongside a tempting buffet for you to indulge in up to three courses.

Experience evening dining just how it should be in the spacious restaurants on board, serving up a sumptuous five-course á la carte menu each evening. You can request a table size at the time you make your booking, although this cannot be guaranteed. Alternatively you can opt to dine in our self-service restaurant on each vessel, for a more relaxed experience.

As each evening winds down, our buffet restaurants open for late-night snacks if you’re still feeling peckish.

For an extra special dining experience, you can pay a small supplement and enjoy made-to-order á la carte dishes including perfectly cooked steak and seafood at The Grill; or book a table at The Poolside, offering themed menus based on your cruise destination.

The language spoken on board is primarily English. In general, there is a multilingual environment and you will have a chance to mix with a variety of nationalities. Excursions and public announcements are always in English.

For your peace of mind, all of our cruise ships have a Medical Centre offering primary and emergency care, with a doctor and/or nurse on call at all times. All our cruise ships also have two qualified nurses on board.

Staying connected with family and friends at home while on a Fred. Olsen cruise has never been easier.

Choosing a pay-as-you-go or day WiFi package will allow you to connect to the internet via your smartphone, tablet, laptop and other devices to send email, keep up-to-date with the latest news and share your holiday experiences on social media as you cruise.

Simply connect to our WiFi once aboard, select your package and you're set up. WiFi is available throughout our ships, so you can connect to the internet in your room or whilst relaxing in any of the public areas.

Any charges will be billed directly to your on board account. Charges for our WiFi service* are as follows:

- 60 minutes ‘pay as you go’ - £26
- 120 minutes ‘pay as you go’ - £41
- 5 days unlimited - £50
- 7 days unlimited - £63
- 8 days+ unlimited - £6 per day

To make the most of your WiFi package, we recommend writing any emails you wish to send before you log on. This will help you save internet minutes for browsing, checking social media and other tasks.

Please note: this internet service is operated via a maritime satellite connection, and speeds are often slower than you experience at home. The availability of the service is subject to environmental factors outside of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines control.

There are no vaccinations required to travel to the U.K. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

As always, we recommend being in good health prior to any long distance travel.

Once on board, we kindly request that all guests attend a safety procedure demonstration (also known as a muster drill). This simply requires guests to gather in their allocated meeting point which will be detailed on your guest cabin card. Once at your meeting point, you are required to log your name with the member of staff, and listen to the demonstration and safety instructions.

More information on this from the Canadian government can be obtained at:

U.K. - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-kingdom

Iceland - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iceland

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