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A Taste of Iceland

18th Jun 2018 9 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1812
FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person

Set sail from Liverpool and experience an incredible exploration of Iceland, taking in three sides of this spectacular country on a shorter, simply unforgettable adventure packed with highlights from beginning to end.

First you’ll call into Reykjavik after spending just two relaxing days at sea. Not only is the stunning Icelandic capital home to an abundance of interesting museums, galleries and delightful cafés, it’s also a gateway to the wonders of the Golden Circle. Not to be missed are the ‘Big Three’: the Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall', the Geysir Hot Springs and Thingvellir National Park. The mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa are within easy reach too. Up next is Ísafjörður, where you can embark on an exhilarating kayaking tour and immerse yourself in untouched fjord scenery; or perhaps take a boat trip to Vigur Island, home of thousands of sea birds. From here it’s also possible to tour to the unspoilt Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, which boasts beautiful landscapes and huge colonies of various bird species. [ReadMore]

The following day will begin in Akureyri, ideally located for taking tours to 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 Black Watch 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. Finally you’ll visit the town of Seyðisfjörður after cruising the Borgarfjörður Eystri and Seyðisfjörður. Savour the magnificent scenery and admire the colourful houses here; or perhaps tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre. Your time in Iceland will come to the perfect end with scenic cruising by the soaring mountains and rugged cliffs of a string of breathtaking waterways. 

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new The Poolside restaurant. What's more, new TVs, mini-bars and safes enhance the accommodation on board, while the on board cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet. 

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.