Balmoral, Icelandic Taster Cruise ex Newcastle Return
- Departs Newcastle, England
- 6th May 2020
- 9 nights
9 Night Cruise sailing from Newcastle roundtrip aboard Balmoral.
Seeking out endlessly enriching experiences, you’re in for an authentic snapshot of Iceland, a country bursting with natural treasures. Exploring three sides of this spectacular wonderland, and taking in four diverse destinations, you can savour breathtaking landscapes, inspirational wildlife, mighty waterfalls and much more. From start to finish, this nine-night cruise will be an invigorating journey of discovery.
Visiting Reykjavik, gateway to the fabled Golden Circle, ensures you’ll experience a memorable start to your Icelandic adventure. You’re sure to be awestruck by the sight of the mighty Gullfoss ‘Golden Waterfall’ and the sheer natural power of gushing Geyser hot springs discovered close to the capital. For something slower-paced, the famous Blue Lagoon offers pure relaxation in its warm, geothermal baths. Heading into the picturesque Westfjords, Ísafjörður awaits you next. While this charming town, with its pretty, natural harbour and preserved timber houses is a joy to explore; a chance to experience the tranquillity and beauty of the surrounding waters by kayak is sure to tempt.
Sailing along the north coast, Black Watch will divert into, and sail the length of, Eyjafjörður to Akureyri. Various species of sea birds are often seen resting amongst the rugged landscapes of Eyjafjörður’s mountains and islands. Once ashore in Akureyri, you could head to the glorious Godafoss, to see and hear the crashing white waters of the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, or perhaps Lake Mývatn, a tranquil bird haven. Alternatively, opt for an experience of a lifetime by joining a whale watching tour, in search of humpback and minke whales, dolphins and porpoises. Look out for the rush of mist has the amazing creatures, swimming and living freely in their natural habitat, come up for air. Finally, within Reyðarfjörður, the longest and widest of the beautiful Eastern Fjords, exquisite Eskifjörður will leave you enchanted. This traditional fishing village offers a taste of rural Icelandic life, while also presenting views of stunning Mount Hólmatindur, one of the most impressive scenic gems in the region.
Highlights of this cruise:
Not only is Newcastle one of Britain’s greatest and most vibrant cities, it is also a fantastic starting point for a Fred. Olsen cruise. With its excellent road and rail connections to the rest of northern England, Scotland and beyond, and its large, comfortable passenger lounge, the Port of Tyne is the perfect place to set sail on your relaxing holiday.
Reykjavik – Iceland’s stunning coastal capital and cultural centre – is the world’s most northerly capital. The city combines colourful buildings, impulsive, creative people, extraordinary design, and some of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders.
The cosmopolitan city with big heart is home to the Althing – the world’s oldest parliament, and the National and Saga Museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history. The impressive Hallgrímskirkja Church bell tower and the rotating Perlan glass dome offer panoramic views off island. Reykjavik’s galleries and exhibitions, including the outstanding Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, feature radical Icelandic design, and there are many public art installations.
The capital has benefited from a recent surge in high-quality restaurant openings, offering a broad mix of creative cuisine. Daytime cafés switch to restaurants and bars at night – tapas, concept-dining and burger joints all sit comfortably together. And then there’s the wonderful nightlife.
Located in southwest Iceland – characterised by vast peninsulas, coves, straits and islands – Reykjavik is in easy reach of several must-see geological attractions. The iconic Golden Circle Trail includes the Blue Lagoon Spa, the Thingvellir National Park, the renowned Gullfoss Waterfall, and the incredible Geysir hot springs.
Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach – Reykjavik’s little bit of paradise – is also unmissable. The popular sandy beach and geothermal lagoon, where cold sea and hot geothermal waters meet to produce higher temperatures, offers hot-tubs, steam baths and various water sports to try.
Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a beautiful town best known for its spectacular landscapes, lush vegetation and its diverse wildlife. On your journey to Akureyri you’ll sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjordur, a wonderful prelude to your time on shore.
The perfect destination for nature lovers, the waters surrounding the town are teaming with rare, native species such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises to go in search of. Within reach on tours are incredible natural wonders too, such as the Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and Lake Myvatn.
In the town centre, there are many museums, galleries and exhibitions to discover and enjoy, offering an insight into the diverse culture of Akureyri and Iceland as a whole. ‘Arts Alley’ – the main street that runs directly through the town – is Akureyri’s cultural hub. Here you will find the very best galleries, exhibitions and restaurants that the town has to offer.
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise line's discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.