Uncrowded Iceland

26th Mar 2022 10 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2207
Famed Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland Famed Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland

Exploring Iceland at a time of year with fewer tourists around is a unique and unmissable opportunity to experience one of the world’s most spectacular countries. You’ll find early spring is the perfect time to visit; smaller crowds make it easier to seek-out and marvel at wonders such as those within reach of Reykjavik. The capital is a gateway to many iconic sites, including the ‘big three’ of the glorious Golden Circle – Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall', Geysir Hot Springs and Thingvellir National Park – and the famed geothermal baths of the Blue Lagoon; while there are cultural and architectural highlights aplenty to discover in the city itself too.[ReadMoreMob]

Within the beautiful Westfjords, an exhilarating fjord kayaking tour from Ísafjörður is the best way to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the region’s astonishing waterways; or, to see native puffins up-close, you could opt for a boat tour to picturesque Vigur Island. Finally, a visit to Akureyri is a chance to join a whale watching tour and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure going in search of Humpback and Minke Whales, dolphins and porpoises in their unspoilt, natural habitat. And, as if all that wasn’t enough, with luck on your side you might even get to witness the magic of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights when night falls.

Your Itinerary

  • Take advantage of an unmissable opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring wonder of Iceland, at a time of year with fewer tourists around and smaller crowds.
  • Early spring is the perfect time to seek-out iconic sites such the waterfalls, geysirs and national parks of the Golden Circle, and the famed Blue Lagoon, from Reykjavik.
  • There are chances to experience exhilarating fjord kayaking in the Westfjords; go an unforgettable whale watching tour from Akureyri; and maybe even witness the magical Northern Lights.
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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.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.