Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife
Visits to four incredible Icelandic destinations are sure to thrill as Boudicca guides you on an unparalleled adventure taking in three sides of this spectacular country. Astonishing landscapes, awe-inspiring natural wonders and an amazing mix of wildlife, from whales and dolphins to seals and sea birds, awaits, leaving you spellbound every step of the way.
On the east coast of Iceland, your ship will divert into Reyðarfjörður – the longest and widest of the beautiful Eastern Fjords [ReadMoreMob] – and stop at the enchanting fishing town Eskifjörður. Here you’ll be presented with the stunning sight of Mount Hólmatindur, regarded as one of the most impressive scenic delights in the region. Continuing north, Boudicca will head for Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður. Scenic cruising of this narrow, picturesque waterway en route to Akureyri will be an experience to remember; rugged cliffs, mountains and islands such as Hrisey – home to over 40 species of seabirds [ReadMoreDesk]– come into view here. Once docked in Akureyri, an overnight stay will allow you time to go in search of natural treasures such as the glorious Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Mývatn; or even embark on once-in-a-lifetime whale watching tours for chances to see Humpback and Minke Whales, dolphins and porpoises in their unspoilt, natural habitat. Akureyri’s charming church, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens are worth discovering too.
Within the scenic Westfjords, Ísafjörður – situated on the banks of one of Iceland’s deepest fjords – is a delight to explore. Here you can enjoy a relaxing day admiring the splendid natural harbour and uncovering the beautifully preserved timber houses and friendly cafés of the charming town centre. Alternatively, perhaps you’ll opt to marvel at magnificent untouched scenery on an exhilarating fjord kayak tour; or take a boat trip to see the puffins of Vigur Island. Ísafjörður is also your gateway to the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Enjoying an overnight stay in Reykjavik is the perfect way to end your Icelandic adventure. The world-famous wonders of the Golden Circle – the gushing Geysir hot springs, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park – are within your reach here, though you could choose to visit the Blue Lagoon and bathe in its warm geothermal waters. Two days in capital affords time visit interesting museums, galleries and delightful cafés too. As you finally head for home, you’ll call at Kirkwall en route back to Dover, for a chance to delve into the rich history and rugged scenery of the Orkneys.
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