Whales, Waterfalls & Geysers of Iceland

13th Sep 2023 13 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2322B
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
The Strokkur Geyser, Iceland The Strokkur Geyser, Iceland
FREEDOM FARE FROM £1,999 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

You’re in for an unforgettable adventure, as you go in search of the wonders, wildlife and unique cultural highlights of Iceland’s beautiful landscapes and waterways. From Reykjavik, gateway to some of the country’s greatest and most famous sites, you could take a tour to explore the Golden Circle and witness the natural power of the Gullfoss Waterfall and gushing Geysir hot springs or head for the Blue Lagoon for a dip in its thermal waters. Within the Westfjords, perhaps take the opportunity to take a boat tour to Vigur Island from Ísafjörður, to watch puffins in their natural habitat.[ReadMore]

When you visit Akureyri, you’ll be ideally placed to head to the Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and tranquil Lake Mývatn. Though for an experience of a lifetime, you could join a boat tour and seek out humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises living freely in the surrounding waters. At scenic Seyðisfjörður, you can savour scenes of towering mountains and colourful houses; or perhaps tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre. Throughout your adventure, you’re also in for unforgettable scenic cruising experiences; see the landscapes of Eyjafjörður, verdant, sparsely populated Hrísey and Borgarfjordur Eystri – home to a large population of elves, according to local folklore.

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 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

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'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

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.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

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.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.