Uncovering the Natural Wonders of Iceland

1st Sep 2020 11 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2025
FROM ONLY £1,699 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,699 per person

With opportunities to take in the scenic wonders and amazing wildlife for which Iceland is rightly renowned, you’re in for an 11-night voyage of epic proportions. From gazing at thundering waterfalls and feeling the heat from geothermal pools to watching whales in their breathtaking natural habitat, there are experiences that enrich, enlighten and exhilarate throughout.

Visiting Reykjavik puts some of Iceland’s greatest and most famous attractions within your reach; the capital is the perfect starting point for a trip of a lifetime along the ‘Golden Circle’. [ReadMoreMob]On this fabled route, you can marvel at the might of the Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall’, witness the power of gushing geyser hot springs and immerse yourself in the unspoilt beauty of Thingvellir National Park. Alternatively, the pure relaxation on offer at the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is sure to tempt. A memorable Sunday of scenic cruising will also provide views of awe-inspiring wonders. Delight in the sight of the beautiful Westfjords’ Hornstrandir ‘King and Queen of Cliffs’ and the jagged, dragon tail-like peaks of Drangaskörð from the comfort of your ship. Passing by Hvítserkur too, you’ll soon realise why this remarkable, 15-metre-high sea stack is affectionately known as ‘Dinosaur Rock’. [ReadMoreDesk]

Nestled serenely amongst the towering mountains and rugged islands of Eyjafjörður, Akureyri is a gateway to some of north-eastern Iceland’s greatest attractions, including the incredible Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and postcard-perfect Lake Mývatn, a tranquil haven for various species of birds and other wildlife. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, opt for an unforgettable whale watching tour to seek-out humpback and minke whales living freely in their unspoilt natural habitat. Be sure to look and listen out for the rush of mist as these magical creatures come up for air. On the east coast, Seyðisfjörður and Eskifjörður will leave you enchanted as your Icelandic adventure comes to end. You’ll take in the dramatic, glacier-carved landscapes of Seyðisfjörður as you sail to the fjord’s charming harbour town, which echoes to the sounds of tumbling waterfalls; before enjoying a taste of rural Icelandic life in Eskifjörður, a traditional fishing villages overlooked by stunning Mount Hólmatindur.

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.

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 Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the 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.