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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 hoseback 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.

Go Stargazing

Go Stargazing

Join our expert team of both professional and amateur astronomers from Go Stargazing, who will be on board Bolette to share their incredible knowledge and passion for astronomy with our guests. Discover constellations and planets, and learn more about subjects such as astronomical distances or the sizes of stars. Wrap up warm and experience impressive night-time views under starry skies, with minimum light pollution, with a vast expanse of stars glittering brightly in the darkness. 


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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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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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. On your cruise, expect to find them out on the top deck in the evenings conducting stargazing sessions.

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 01:00 27/02/2024, 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 01:00 27/02/2024, 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)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,099 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 £3,099 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £3,199 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 £4,199 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 £4,199 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 £5,499 pp
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Cruise Offers

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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