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Icelandic Wonders & Wildlife

22nd Jul 2018 13 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1818
FROM ONLY £1,799 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,799 per person
A seemingly endless collection of stunning natural wonders and an abundance of fascinating wildlife are yours to discover on this incredible exploration of Iceland aboard Braemar. Each port of call will be as breathtaking as the last; and the awe-inspiring sights and experiences will create memories which will last a lifetime.

Stopping overnight in Reykjavik is the perfect start to your Icelandic adventure. The stunning capital is your gateway to the wonders of the Golden Circle, and you’ll have plenty of time to take in the ‘Big Three’: The Gullfoss ‘Golden' Waterfall, the Geysir Hot Springs and Thingvellir National Park. Or perhaps you would prefer to visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters; or take a boat tour along the coast on the lookout for Atlantic Puffins. The choice is yours before cruising on to Ísafjörður. Vigur Island is just a short boat ride away from Ísafjörður  the Westfjords largest town  and well worth a visit to encounter thousands of sea birds. Also close by is the unspoilt Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, where magnificent mountains and craggy cliffs are home to hundreds of birds of various species. [ReadMore]

The following day will begin in Akureyri, ideally situated for discovering the awe-inspiring Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Mývatn. The beauty of these natural wonders has to be seen to be believed. Alternatively you’ll have the chance join once-in-a-lifetime whale watching excursions, going in search of Minke and Humpback Whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises. Once back on board Braemar you will enjoy an evening of memorable scenic cruising, with the outstanding beauty of Eyjafjörður, Hrisey Island and Skjálfandi Bay to take in from the ship’s decks. The final stop of your epic Icelandic exploration is the town of Seyðisfjörður, stopping here after immersing yourself in the mysteries of the Borgarfjörður Eystri and cruising the twisting Seyðisfjörður. You could savour the magnificent scenery and admire the colourful houses here; though a tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre, home to Eider Ducks and much more, is highly recommended. Before returning to the UK, Braemar will also divert to the Faroe Islands and call into the charming capital, Tórshavn.

Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.