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Exploring the Land of Fire & Ice in Nine Nights

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Spectacular views of the Godafoss waterfall, Iceland Spectacular views of the Godafoss waterfall, Iceland

05 May 2026

Newcastle

9 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Embark on a journey through the ‘Land of Fire and Ice,’ a name bestowed upon Iceland for its contrasting geological marvels. You can observe the power and beauty of waterfalls like Dynjandi, Goðafoss and Gullfoss, witness the erupting Strokkur Geyser, and explore the remarkable Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel. Balmoral will also cruise past the unusually shaped peaks of Hornbjarg. Engage in Icelandic culture through horse riding, hiking, folklore, and bathing in geothermal hot springs. There’s also the chance to go whale watching from Akureyri, an area renowned for humpback sightings. Delve into Iceland’s commitment to renewable energy, understanding how they harness power from their natural landscapes.

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Highlights

Erupting Geysir in Geysir Geothermal Area, Iceland

Explore the Land of Fire & Ice

Iceland is known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ thanks to its remarkable geological contrasts. Located on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the country experiences frequent volcanic activity, with active volcanoes, lava fields, geysers and hot springs dotted across the landscape. The juxtaposition of this fiery activity with icy glaciers, towering ice caps and ice caves creates a striking contrast. Our journey planners have planned this itinerary to allow you to explore the geological marvel that is Iceland. From Reykjavík, you can explore sites such as the iconic Golden Circle, comprised of Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, or explore Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel. Meanwhile, Akureyri and Ísafjörður are your gateways to the Godafoss and Dynjanid waterfalls respectively.

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Discover Icelandic Identity

The Icelandic way of life is characterised by a deep-rooted connection to nature and a strong sense of community. Icelanders cherish their stunning natural landscapes and frequently engage in outdoor activities, such as hiking and horseback riding, to connect to the environment. They also take pride in their rich cultural heritage, which is reflected in literature, music and art inspired by Norse mythology and sagas. We have planned calls into ports of call which will allow you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Icelandic way of life. In Akureyri, you can enjoy a scenic horseback ride while our call into Reykjavík will find you perfectly placed to relax in the calming waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

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Whale Watching in Iceland

Enjoy Whale Watching

The waters surrounding northern Iceland are rich in marine life, making them ideal habitats for various species of whale. A volcanic fissure on the ocean floor allows heat to filter up from the deep, attracting zooplankton and krill – the primary food sources for whales. On board, we will be joined by Ocean Conservationist ORCA who will be leading whale watching sessions out on deck and helping you to identify any marine life you may see, while our call into Akureyri affords the opportunity to join a whale watching tour with a local Marine Biologist.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 £3,199 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 £3,499 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 £4,099 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 £4,599 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £5,599 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are 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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