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Whales & Volcanic Landscapes of Iceland

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Dynjandi waterfall, Westfjords of Iceland Dynjandi waterfall, Westfjords of Iceland

14 May 2024

Southampton

11 nights

Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this cruise to show you some of Iceland’s remarkable wonders of nature created by geothermal activity, such as spurting geysers, continental plates and thundering waterfalls. As well as being a great time for whale-watching, we’ve planned your visit to give you a chance to see puffins, and representatives from wildlife charity ORCA will be on board to help you spot birds and cetaceans from your ship. Borealis will cruise Iceland’s longest fjord, past its northernmost inhabited land, and by Borgarfjörður Eystri, home to elves, according to local folklore. You can also uncover the way of life in the remote Westfjörds; witness the powerful Goðafoss Waterfall, and enjoy a visit to the Faroe Islands.

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Highlights

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland

Volcanic Vistas

Iceland boasts over 100 spectacular waterfalls, which have been created by a combination of mountain glaciers and the country’s position across the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Each waterfall is unique and on this Borealis cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to join us on a tour to see the beautiful Goðafoss Waterfall, one of the biggest in Iceland and known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’. No visit to Iceland is complete without embarking upon the Golden Circle Tour, taking in the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park – where you can witness the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates as they meet, and the spouting hot geysirs at Strokkur. Geologist Glynda Easterbrook will join you on board and will deliver talks on the volcanoes of Iceland as well as its infamous geysirs and glaciers.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Icelandic Identity

Sólveig Dagmar Þórisdóttir, Reykjavik local, will be joining you on board this cruise to speak about the way of life in Iceland. Outdoor activities are particularly revered here, with a focus on spending time in nature, such as hiking, horse-riding and fishing. The country also offers a unique wellness experience with its abundance of geothermal spas and hot springs set amongst remarkable natural landscapes. Join a tour to the Blue Lagoon and relax in the warm mineral-rich waters as the steam and lava landscape create a memorable atmosphere.  

Guests on deck in Iceland, whale spotting with ORCA

Whale watching

The waters of northern Iceland are prime feeding grounds for cetaceans, as a volcanic fissure in the ocean ground allows heat to filter up from the deep, attracting zooplankton and krill, which flourish in the mix of warm and cold currents of sheltered Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. It may be possible for you to spot minke and humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins or harbour porpoises from Borealis’ decks, with the assistance of wildlife charity, ORCA; or join a tour to go whale watching with a Marine Biologist, who will share their knowledge of years of tracking these enigmatic creatures, providing you with a fascinating insight into their lives.

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Life On Board

Introducing Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

Borealis at sea at sunset
Borealis at sea at sunset

Borealis

Sister-ship to Bolette, Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

702 cabins
1,360 guests
662 crew
61,849 GT
25kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

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.

Thingvellir National Park

Ring of Fire - Geothermal Landscapes of Reykjavík

Explore the geothermal area surrounding Mount Hengill, an active volcano that last erupted 2,000 years ago. Visit Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, Hveragerði, a town located on top of an old magma chamber, and Þingvellir National Park.

££££

Reykjavík

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

Vigur Island

Vigur Island

Visit the island of Vigur, famous for its enormous colony of birdlife. Species here include puffins, eider ducks, arctic terns, black guillemots and razorbills.

££££

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

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.

Glynda Easterbrook
Geology

Glynda Easterbrook

A Fellow of the Geological Society and an Earth Scientist, Glynda will be on board speaking on a range of topics which relate to the natural world in the destinations we will be visiting.

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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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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 23:00 26/02/2024, 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 23:00 26/02/2024, 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)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Borealis' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Freedom Fare From £3,199 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £3,299 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £4,699 pp

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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Freedom Fare From £4,699 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £5,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

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