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Whales & Volcanic Landscapes of Iceland


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Strokkur geyser, Iceland Strokkur geyser, Iceland

11 Jul 2024


11 nights


Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Along with your visit being timed to see puffins before they migrate, this rewarding journey has been designed by our Journey Planners to show you Iceland’s remarkable scenery, formed by geothermal activity. Akureyri is well-placed for you to embark on humpback whale-watching tours. You can also search for marine life from the comfort of your ship, assisted by conservationists from wildlife charity ORCA. Elsewhere, tours to Vigur Island (reachable from Ísafjörður) and a visit to the hard-to-reach island of Heimaey present the best chances of spotting puffins. Awe-inspiring wonders of nature can be seen throughout your cruise, including the spurting Strokkur Geyser, the powerful Goðafoss Waterfall, and rugged, volcanic scenery; or immerse yourself in Iceland's way of life by enjoying a hike or taking a dip in a warming geothermal spa, and hear tales of folklore from centuries past. 

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Dynjandi foss cascade waterfall, Westfjords, Iceland

Explore the Land of Fire & Ice


We have planned this itinerary to allow you to discover the contrasting volcanoes, fjords, geysers, glaciers and waterfalls which give Iceland it’s famous moniker. From Reykjavík, you can explore the spectacular Golden Circle, visiting Thingveller National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall, while our call into Ísafjörður has you perfectly placed to visit the thundering waters of Dynjandi Falls. You will be joined on board by Geologist Tony Waltham who will speak about the volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls of Iceland ahead of our arrival.


Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Experience the Icelandic Culture

At each port of call on this exciting cruise, you can experience the Icelandic way of life, a blend of ancient traditions and modern influences shaped by the country’s unique history and landscapes. Embrace the wellness culture by relaxing in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon from Reykjavík, enjoy a hike to Valagil Waterfall from Ísafjörður, and ride across the volcanic landscapes on horseback from Akureyri. You can also discover the rich folklore of Iceland, abundant with mythical creatures and epic sagas.

Humpback whale fluking tail

Seek Out Whales, Dolphins & Seabirds

We have timed this cruise to give you the best possible opportunity to spot wildlife such as humpback whales and puffins in their natural habitats, before they head south in August. Puffins are often seen at Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, which also attracts cetaceans such as dolphins and even blue whales. Ocean conservationists ORCA will also be on board, leading wildlife spotting sessions on deck and helping you identify the marine life you may see. 


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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


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.

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.



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.



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.



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.



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. Chris Welch

Dr. Chris Welch is the Principal at Space-ist, the Interdisciplinary Aero Space Consultancy, and a former Astronautics and Space Engineering professor. He will be joining us to talk about the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun and other space-related topics.

Tony Waltham

Dr. Tony Waltham

Geologist Dr. Tony Waltham will be joining us on this cruise to provide an insight into the volcanoes, geothermal energy and geology of Iceland.

Ocean Wildlife


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 22:00 21/02/2024, 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 22:00 21/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,699 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 £3,699 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,799 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 £6,399 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
Freedom Fare

FREE drinks or FREE on board spend   Freedom Fare

What's Included


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

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