Exploring the Natural Wonders of Iceland
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.
Unforgettable from beginning to end, your very special exploration of this incredible country kicks-off with scenic cruising by Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, which famously erupted in 2010; Elliðaey Island, home of the ‘world’s most isolated house’; and the unusual Elephant Rock en route to the capital. [ReadMoreMob] Reykjavik offers cultural, historical and architectural highlights such as Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Gallery,[ReadMoreDesk] while also serving as a gateway to the wonders of the Golden Circle – including the Geysir hot springs, jaw-dropping Gullfoss Waterfall, and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park – and the beautiful Blue Lagoon. After your overnight stay in Reykjavik, Ísafjörður – situated within the gorgeous Westfjords – awaits. A short stop here offers you the chance to access the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve or take a boat tour to encounter the native puffins of Vigur Island, before Balmoral presents you with views of Hornstrandir’s majestic mountains and the jagged, tooth-like peaks of Drangaskörð.
The following morning brings you the charming town of Akureyri, ideally placed for tours to the glorious Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and tranquil Lake Mývatn, a haven for Iceland’s various seabird species. With another overnight stop here, you’ll be afforded time take in these natural treasures; or even opt to go in search of Humpback and Minke Whales, dolphins and porpoises on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife watching adventure. Departing Akureyri in the early afternoon leaves time in the day to admire scenic Eyjafjörður; the pretty islands of Hrísey and Grímsey; and Skjálfandi Bay – a whale hotspot – from the comfort of your ship as you head for your final port of call. Arriving at Seyðisfjörður, after cruising the Borgarfjörður Eystri and Seyðisfjörður, you can savour scenes of towering mountains and colourful houses; or perhaps tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre. Your Icelandic adventure will come to the perfect end, leaving this amazing setting behind to cruise by the pyramid-esque Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall mountains, Nipukollur and Norðfjarðarhorn as you finally head for home.