Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

29th Jun 2020 10 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2014
Adventure
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person

Circumnavigating Iceland on board Balmoral, taking in extraordinary waterways and destinations along the way, you’re in for an exhilarating adventure packed with opportunities to marvel at the awe-inspiring natural wonders, dramatic landscapes and magical wildlife of one of the world’s most spectacular countries.[ReadMoreMob]

Your incredible Icelandic exploration kicks-off with views of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, the notorious ‘Big E’ which famously erupted in 2010; Elliðaey Island, home of the ‘world’s most isolated house’; and the unusual Elephant Rock, all en route to the capital. Reykjavik is the gateway to the Golden Circle’s world-famous wonders; you could marvel at the thundering Gullfoss Waterfall and feel the heat from powerful geysers. Or perhaps you’ll opt to visit the Blue Lagoon during your overnight stay, to bathe and relax in warm geothermal waters. Within the gorgeous Westfjords, a short visit to Ísafjörður affords an opportunity to head to Vigur Boat by boat to observe charming puffins in their breathtaking natural habitat; before Balmoral shows you Hornstrandir’s majestic mountains and the jagged, tooth-like peaks of Drangaskörð in all their remarkable glory. [ReadMoreDesk]

The following morning brings you the charming town of Akureyri, ideally placed for tours to the glorious Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and tranquil Lake Mývatn. For an experience of a lifetime, you can embark on a magical whale watching tour from Akureyri to seek out and see Humpback and Minke whales, dolphins and porpoises swimming and living freely in Iceland’s cold, azure waters. After Akureyri, a relaxing evening of scenic cruising takes in scenic Eyjafjörður and pretty Hrísey as you head for your final port of call. Arriving at Seyðisfjörður, you can savour scenes of towering mountains and colourful houses; or perhaps tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre. Your Icelandic adventure will come to the perfect end, leaving this amazing setting behind to cruise by the pyramid-esque Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall mountains, Nipukollur and Norðfjarðarhorn as you finally head for home.

 

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.