Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

  • CAD $2,800

  • June 29, 2020 | 11 days / 10 nights

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.

Itinerary

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rosyth (Edinburgh), United Kingdom

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

Dates & Prices

Start/EndNightsSailing ScheduleStarting From
Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK / Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK10June 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.

Ship Information

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Balmoral

Balmoral is the largest of our ocean-going cruise ships, yet is still small enough to navigate size-restricted waterways such as the Kiel Canal, providing fantastic scenic cruising opportunities, and retains the warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere that the Fred. Olsen fleet is renowned for. Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by our expert chefs.

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