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Iceland's Whales, Waterfalls & Way of Life

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Godafoss waterfall in Iceland Godafoss waterfall in Iceland

29 Aug 2024

Newcastle

9 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Remarkable landscapes, intriguing folklore and fascinating wildlife await your discovery on this journey to Iceland. Reykjavik is well-placed for discovering geothermal areas, volcanic vistas and thundering waterfalls, while Ísafjörður is ideal for delving into the local way of life in one of the country’s most remote areas. You can join a whale-watching tour in Akureyri, while also having the chance to spot cetaceans from Balmoral with the help of representatives from wildlife charity ORCA; or join astronomers from Go Stargazing out on deck to look out planets and constellations in the night sky. There will be plenty of Scenic Discoveries too, including cruising past the Hornbjarg cliffs in the remote Westfjörds region – timed to coincide with sunset – and the Borgarfjörður Eystri, home to elves, according to local legend.

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Highlights

Dynjandi foss cascade waterfall, Westfjords, Iceland

Discover Rugged Landscapes

Our journey planners have crafted this cruise to enable you to experience the beauty of the contrasting landscapes of Iceland, such as volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls and fjords. From Reykjavik, explore the Golden Circle, with visits to Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geothermal Area. As Balmoral docks in Ísafjörður, join us on a tour to see the magnificent Dynjandi Falls, known as the 'Jewel of the Westfjords'. You'll be joined on this cruise by Environmental Science expert Stuart Kirk, who will speak about the beginnings of Iceland through its rugged landscapes.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Embracing Icelandic Life


As Balmoral sails to the remarkable landscapes of Iceland, you'll discover more about how the country's unique blend of nature and culture has shaped life here. Embrace a connection with nature by enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking or fishing, or relax in the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon, from Reykjavik. Learn stories of trolls and elves, and sample local foods including Skyr, or Hakarl - Iceland's national dish. Reykjavik local, Sólveig Dagmar Þórisdóttir, will join you on board to speak about the way of life in Iceland.

Whale breaching out of the water

Seeking out marine life with ORCA

We have timed this cruise to Iceland for you to have the best possible opportunity to identify various species of marine life from the decks of Balmoral, accompanied by expert conservationists from ORCA. From Reykjavik, join us as we go in search of the Atlantic puffin on the islands of Akurey or Lundey; or enjoy whale watching in Akureryi with a marine biologist, who will help you to spot humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoise.

Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing

An experienced team of professional and amateur astronomers and experts from Go Stargazing will join you on board this Balmoral cruise to Iceland, where they'll share their passion and knowledge for the universe with you. Join them on deck and learn how to identify planets and constellations with a laser-guided tour of the night skies, and discover amazing facts about our Milky Way galaxy. 

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Golden Circle

Witness Iceland’s spectacular natural wonders. Drive over the moorlands of Mosfellsheiði en route to Þingvellir National Park. Visit Goðafoss Waterfall and watch the water from the Hvítá River thunder before visiting the Geysir geothermal area.

££££

Reykjavík

Deep Sea Fishing

Sea Angling

This sea angling adventure offers the fantastic experience of catching wild fish straight from the ocean in the beautiful surroundings of Faxaflói Bay. The most commonly caught fish in these waters are cod, haddock, pollock and catfish. Your Captain will share their extensive knowledge of the area, spot the best place to fish, and answer any questions you may have.

££££

Reykjavík

Dynjandi Waterfall, Iceland

Dynjandi Falls

Visit the magnificent Dynjandi Waterfall. Located in the beautiful Arnarfjörður, this magnificent 100m tall waterfall cascades down the mountainside, spreading out like a bridal veil. You will have plenty of time here to explore, take pictures and enjoy the spectacular views.

££££

Ísafjörður

Charming village of Flateyri, Iceland

Secluded Valley Life

Explore rural life in the Westfjords with a visit to Holt Farm in Onundarfjordur. Meet local farmers, discover the historic farm church, and savor Icelandic treats at Holt Inn. Learn about farming practices and meet the sheep. Hear tales of the legendary cow Sæun before returning to your ship.

££££

Ísafjörður

Beautiful Icelandic Summer landscape with Fjord

A Taste of Ísafjörður's Fishing Life

Embark on a walking tour led by Kári, the friendly fish store owner in Ísafjörður. Explore the store's back area, learning about local fish species and enjoying a sushi tasting. Visit Dokkan microbrewery for beer sampling, then savor seafood soup at Tjöruhúsið, housed in one of Ísafjörður's oldest buildings.

££££

Ísafjörður

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

This adventure through Eyjafjörður will give you spectacular 360-degree views of the stunning mountain ranges as you sail the tranquil waters in search of the gentle and curious giants who live here.

££££

Akureyri

Whale watching tour excursion

Whale Watching with a Marine Biologist

Embark on a picturesque drive along Eyjafjörður to Húsavík, then board a boat for a voyage with a Marine Biologist across Skjálfandi Bay. Keep watch for humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and porpoises. After returning, savor a delightful meal and explore the Whale Museum.

££££

Akureyri

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland

Waterfall Tour of the North

Witness some of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls and landscapes on this scenic tour. Visit Lake Mývatn, the fourth-largest lake in Iceland and Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The highlight of this tour is a visit to the magnificent Goðafoss Waterfall, also known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods.’

££££

Akureyri

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Dr Fred Stevenson, Guest speaker
Astronomy

Dr. Fred Stevenson - Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing is formed of a group of astronomers, all of whom are keen to encourage public interest in astronomy to as wide an audience as possible. On your cruise, expect to find Dr. Fred Stevenson out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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ORCA
Ocean Wildlife

Orca

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

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Stuart Kirk
Environmental Science

Stuart Kirk

Environmental Scientist, Stuart Kirk with over 30 years of experience of the natural environment and sustainability will be speaking about the making of Iceland, it's use of geothermal power and unique landscapes.

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Reykjavik Local

Sólveig Dagmar Þórisdóttir

Painter, photographer, and Reykjavík local, Sólveig Dagmar Þórisdóttir, will be joining us on board to speak about Iceland’s culture and way of life from a local’s perspective.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 06:00 13/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 06:00 13/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,099 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £3,299 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,299 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,699 pp
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Cruise Offers

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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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