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Whales, Waterfalls & Geysers of Iceland


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Godafoss waterfall in Iceland Godafoss waterfall in Iceland
12 Sep 2024
9 nights

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Hand-crafted highlights

In just nine nights, Bolette will present you with Iceland’s incredible scenery, including volcanic landscapes and geothermal areas, as well as plenty of wildlife and culture. You can learn about Iceland’s belief in elves and their part in national folklore, especially as you cruise by Borgarfjörður Eystri, thought to be home to these mythical creatures. Wildlife charity ORCA will be on board to help you search for marine life from your ship; and experts from Go Stargazing will also be on hand to provide informal - and informative - sessions out on deck to look for planets in the night sky. There’s also the chance to take a whale-watching tour from Akureyri. Wonders of nature await at every turn, from the Strokkur Geysir and Goðafoss Waterfall to Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord, and the sheer cliff of Hornbjarg – seen during sunset. 

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Geysirs, Iceland

Iceland's Volcanic Vistas

Your cruise to Iceland has been crafted by our planners to showcase the contrasting volcanic landscapes of geysers, waterfalls, glaciers and fjords. One of the main attractions on the Golden Circle tour is the highly active Strokkur Geyser, which erupts maginifcently every few moments. As Balmoral docks in Reykjavik, join us on a tour to the mighty Godafoss Waterfall, known as the "Waterfall of the Gods"; and from Ísafjörður visit the spectacular Dynjandi Falls and witness it cascading down the mountainside. Balmoral will also sail into the serene waters of Seydisfjordur, Isafjordur and Eyjafjordur. Geologist Glynda Easterbrook will be on board with you, speaking about Iceland's geysers, volcanoes and waterfalls.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Discover Icelandic Traditions

Embrace Icelandic traditions as you sail around the spectacular volcanic landscapes aboard Bolette and enjoy the wellness activity of relaxing in the mineral-rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon, from Reykjavik; or from Ísafjörður, sample freshly made sushi at the town's fish store. Encounter the friendly people of Iceland who will tell you stories of trolls and elves and their significance in national folklore; or connect with nature by hiking or going horseback riding.

Humpback whale fluking tail

Whales, Dolphins & Seabirds

This cruise has been timed for you to visit Iceland when whales are in the country's northern waters. The waters around the fjord and coastline of Akureyri offer one of the best feeding grounds in the world for cetaceans, particularly humpback whales, so do join us on a tour with your own guide who will talk you through the species you may see. Wildlife charity ORCA will also accompany you on this cruise, to assist you with spotting ocean wildlife from the decks of Bolette.


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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

Bolette in Olden, Norway
Bolette at sunrise


Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts 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.

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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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

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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Graham Darke - Go Stargazing

Graham Darke - 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. Join Graham Darke on your cruise for stargazing sessions conducted on the top deck in the evenings.

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 18:00 13/06/2024, 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 18:00 13/06/2024, 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)

Bolette's 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)

Bolette's 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 deck 6, Bolette's Balcony Suites have a private balcony

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

Bolette’s Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Freedom Fare From £3,799 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,799 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

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

Freedom Fare From £5,099 pp
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What's 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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