A Taste of Iceland
With Liverpool ideally located for cruises to Iceland, you can uncover the wonders and wildlife of one of the world’s most spectacular countries in less time. On this incredible, nine-night cruise, Black Watch will guide you on an epic journey taking in stunning destinations and waterways on three sides of Iceland, ensuring your short, yet highly rewarding adventure is one to remember.
Your Icelandic adventure begins just two days after departure from the UK, with your smaller-sized ship calling at Reykjavik. The capital is the perfect base from which to discover some of the country’s greatest attractions, including the ‘Big Three’ of the glorious Golden Circle: The Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall', the Geysir Hot Springs and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park.[ReadMoreDesk] Also within reach of Reykjavik are the geothermal baths of the beautiful Blue Lagoon; while within the city itself you’ll find plenty of fascinating museums, galleries and architectural delights. Then there’s Ísafjörður, situated within the picturesque Westfjords. This charming town is a joy to explore, with its splendid natural harbour and collection of wonderfully well-preserved timber houses. From here, you have the option to embark on an exhilarating fjord kayak tour to immerse yourself in the tranquillity and natural beauty of breathtaking waterways; or take a boat tour to see the native puffins of Vigur Island up-close. After Ísafjörður your evening of scenic cruising is sure to delight, passing by the majestic mountains and cliffs of Hornstrandir and the jagged, tooth-like peaks of Drangaskörð.
The following morning Black Watch will divert in from the north coast and sail the length of Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord – to Akureyri. If you wake early enough, you may catch a glimpse of various seabird species resting amongst the rugged landscapes of Eyjafjörður’s mountains and islands. Stopping at Akureyri offers you the chance to go in search of natural treasures such as the glorious Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Mývatn; or even join on once-in-a-lifetime whale watching tours for chances to see Humpback and Minke Whales, dolphins and porpoises in their unspoilt, natural habitat. Akureyri’s charming church, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens are worth discovering too. Finally, on the east coast of Iceland, the sublime Seyðisfjörður is your scenic route to the town of Seyðisfjörður. Take your time to savour the magnificent surrounding scenery and admire the colourful houses here; or perhaps tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre.