Introduction to Iceland

6th May 2020 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L2007
ORCA sailing
FROM ONLY £1,399 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,399 per person

Seeking out endlessly enriching experiences, you’re in for an authentic snapshot of Iceland, a country bursting with natural treasures. Exploring three sides of this spectacular wonderland, and taking in four diverse destinations, you can savour breathtaking landscapes, inspirational wildlife, mighty waterfalls and much more. From start to finish, this nine-night cruise will be an invigorating journey of discovery.[ReadMoreMob]

Visiting Reykjavik, gateway to the fabled Golden Circle, ensures you’ll experience a memorable start to your Icelandic adventure. You’re sure to be awestruck by the sight of the mighty Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall’ and the sheer natural power of gushing Geyser hot springs discovered close to the capital. For something slower-paced, the famous Blue Lagoon offers pure relaxation in its warm, geothermal baths. Heading into the picturesque Westfjords, Ísafjörður awaits you next. [ReadMoreDesk] While this charming town, with its pretty, natural harbour and preserved timber houses is a joy to explore; a chance to experience the tranquillity and beauty of the surrounding waters by kayak is sure to tempt.

Sailing along the north coast, Balmoral will divert into, and sail the length of, Eyjafjörður to Akureyri. Various species of sea birds are often seen resting amongst the rugged landscapes of Eyjafjörður’s mountains and islands. Once ashore in Akureyri, you could head to the glorious Godafoss, to see and hear the crashing white waters of the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, or perhaps Lake Mývatn, a tranquil bird haven. Alternatively, opt for an experience of a lifetime by joining a whale watching tour, in search of humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises. Look out for the rush of mist has the amazing creatures, swimming and living freely in their natural habitat, come up for air. Finally, within Reyðarfjörður, the longest and widest of the beautiful Eastern Fjords, exquisite Eskifjörður will leave you enchanted. This traditional fishing village offers a taste of rural Icelandic life, while also presenting views of stunning Mount Hólmatindur, one of the most impressive scenic gems in the region. 

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

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.