Uncovering the Natural Wonders of Iceland

1st Sep 2020 11 nights Sails from Liverpool, United Kingdom Black Watch W2025
Dinosaur rock, Iceland Dinosaur rock, Iceland

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.

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’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.