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The Wonders of Iceland

12th Aug 2018 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1824
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,599 per person
Many of Iceland’s most amazing wonders await your discovery on this sensational circumnavigation of the island aboard Balmoral, which includes magical scenic cruising; calls into a string of spectacular destinations; and host of astonishing sights and experiences.
 

The time you spend in this incredible country will be simply unforgettable from beginning to end. First you sail by the active Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, which famously erupted in 2010; Elliðaey Island, home of the ‘world’s most isolated house’; and the unusual Elephant Rock en route to Reykjavik. Stopping overnight in the world’s northernmost capital is sure to be rewarding, with chances to tour to the wonders of the Golden Circle – the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Thingvellir National Park – or the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa. Or perhaps you’d prefer to take in the city’s highlights, including Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Gallery before sailing to Ísafjörður. From here you can journey to the unspoilt Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and marvel at the craggy, mountainous habitat of thousands of sea birds. Your day in Ísafjörður is followed by another evening of memorable scenic cruising, sailing by the Hornstrandir cliffs and tooth-like peaks of Drangaskörð. [ReadMore]

The next morning Balmoral will arrive in Akureyri for an overnight stay, affording time to take in the galleries, museums and trendy cafés of Iceland’s stylish second city; or discover a wealth of wonders nearby. Perhaps opt to tour to the Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and beautiful Lake Mývatn, or join a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching trip. After departing from Akureyri in the early afternoon, you’ll spend the rest of the day admiring the beauty of Eyjafjörður, the pretty islands of Hrísey and Grímsey and Skjálfandi Bay – a whale hotspot – from the comfort of the ship. The town of Seyðisfjörður is your final port of call, arriving here 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 Icelandic adventure will come to the perfect end, with scenic cruising by the soaring mountains and rugged cliffs of a string of breathtaking waterways.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

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.