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Exploring the Natural Wonders of Iceland

30th Jun 2019 11 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L1914
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FROM ONLY £1,799 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,799 per person *
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or 3 cruises for the price of 2*

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. Reykjavik offers cultural, historical and architectural highlights such as Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Gallery, 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. [ReadMore]

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.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.