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Exploring Iceland in Eight Nights

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Whale breaching out of the water, Iceland Whale breaching out of the water, Iceland
14 May 2025
Newcastle
8 nights
Borealis

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has crafted this Borealis cruise to Iceland to showcase the country's remarkable volcanic landscapes, geothermal activity, and fascinating culture, while also timing your visit to offer the best chance of seeing some incredible wildlife. Spurting geysers, thundering waterfalls, and seabirds are yours to admire from Reykjavík, while Akureyri is well-placed for visiting the mighty Goðafoss Waterfall or whale-watching. Venturing to Ísafjörður presents an opportunity to discover the way of life in one of Iceland’s most remote regions, where locals will tell you stories of rich folklore.  Meanwhile on board Borealis, you can search for marine life with the help of wildlife charity ORCA, particularly while cruising Eyjafjörður, a haven for cetaceans and birds.

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Highlights

Geysirs, Iceland

Explore the land of Fire & Ice

Exploring Iceland in May offers you the perfect opportunity to experience majestically powerful waterfalls thundering down steep cliff faces as the snow continues to melt. With spectacular sunrises and sunsets and long sunlight hours, the countryside will be at its most verdant and lush, and spring flowers will be in full bloom. The raw power of geysirs such as Strokkur will thrill you with their explosive displays of steam and water, and glaciers like Langjokull will shimmer in the sunlight, adding to the otherworldly allure of this captivating island. The magnificent waterfalls of Godafoss, Dynjandi, and Gullfoss cascade in mesmerising torrents, and from Reykjavik, explore the Golden Circle, with visits to Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and the Geysir Geothermal Area.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Discover Iceland's unique identity

Geographical, historical, and cultural elements all play a significant role in shaping Iceland's identity. Time spent in nature is highly valued and encouraged by participating in outdoor pursuits like hiking, fishing, or unwinding in one of the many pools where geothermal activity produces natural hot springs, often located in settings surrounded by remarkable landscapes, such as the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon, visited from Reykjavik. You will also have the opportunity to go horseback riding through the beautiful Icelandic countryside or spend time with friendly locals who will tell you tales of mythical trolls and elves and their significance in national folklore. 

Humpback whale tail

Seek out whales, dolphins & Seabirds

Your cruise to Iceland aboard Borealis has been timed to give you the very best opportunities to witness majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat in Akureyri and in sheltered Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Here, the blend of warm and cold currents attracts zooplankton and krill, making it possible for you to also see minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, or harbour porpoises from the decks of Borealis. You will be accompanied on this Iceland cruise by representatives from wildlife charity ORCA, who will be on hand to help you spot marine life and soaring seabirds and who will share their fascinating knowledge on how to witness these wonderful creatures.

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Cruise Itinerary

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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.

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

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Relaxing at the Blue Lagoon

Seize the opportunity to relax in the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon. The water is warm, mineral-rich and known to soothe and rejuvenate the skin and its aquamarine colour, steam and surrounding  lava landscape create a unique and memorable atmosphere.

££££

Reykjavík

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

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

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland

Waterfall Tour of the North

Witness some of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls and landscapes on this scenic tour including Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss Waterfall and Goðafoss Waterfall.

££££

Akureyri

Horseback Riding in Akureyri

Begin your tour with a scenic drive into the countryside to a local stable home to Icelandic horses. Upon arrival, you will receive a safety briefing and demonstration before embarking on a scenic ride horseback through the countryside near Akureyri.

££££

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.

Isaac Kenyon
Earth Science

Isaac Kenyon

Geoscientist, Isaac Kenyon, is passionate about adventure travel and the great outdoors. As we explore the Iceland, Isaac will be joining us to deliver a series of talks on the geology and wilderness of 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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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 13:00 22/07/2024, 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 13:00 22/07/2024, 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 £2,799 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 £2,799 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,899 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,699 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 £3,699 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 £4,999 pp
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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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