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Balmoral
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Balmoral, Natural Wonders of Iceland ex Rosyth Return
Ship: Balmoral
Selected Sailing Date: 30 Jun 2019
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Cruise Description

11 Night Cruise sailing from Rosyth roundtrip aboard Balmoral.

Both aboard and ashore, you’ll uncover the sheer, unspoilt natural beauty of Iceland as you circumnavigate this dramatic, simply spectacular island. On board Balmoral, you’ll enjoy hours of memorable scenic cruising and calls at stunning destinations that present extraordinary wonders, landscapes and wildlife, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Unforgettable from beginning to end, your very special exploration of this incredible country kicks-off with scenic cruising by Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, which famously erupted in 2010; Elliðaey Island, home of the ‘world’s most isolated house’; and the unusual Elephant Rock en route to the capital. Reykjavik offers cultural, historical and architectural highlights such as Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Gallery, while also serving as a gateway to the wonders of the Golden Circle – including the Geysir hot springs, jaw-dropping Gullfoss Waterfall, and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park – and the beautiful Blue Lagoon. After your overnight stay in Reykjavik, Ísafjörður – situated within the gorgeous Westfjords – awaits. A short stop here offers you the chance to access the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve or take a boat tour to encounter the native puffins of Vigur Island, before Balmoral presents you with views of Hornstrandir’s majestic mountains and the jagged, tooth-like peaks of Drangaskörð.

The following morning brings you the charming town of Akureyri, ideally placed for tours to the glorious Godafoss ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and tranquil Lake Mývatn, a haven for Iceland’s various seabird species. With another overnight stop here, you’ll be afforded time take in these natural treasures; or even opt to go in search of Humpback and Minke Whales, dolphins and porpoises on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife watching adventure. Departing Akureyri in the early afternoon leaves time in the day to admire scenic Eyjafjörður; the pretty islands of Hrísey and Grímsey; and Skjálfandi Bay – a whale hotspot – from the comfort of your ship as you head for your final port of call. Arriving at Seyðisfjörður, after cruising the Borgarfjörður Eystri and Seyðisfjörður, you can savour scenes of towering mountains and colourful houses; or perhaps tour to the enchanting Skálanes Nature and Heritage Centre. Your Icelandic adventure will come to the perfect end, leaving this amazing setting behind to cruise by the pyramid-esque Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall mountains, Nipukollur and Norðfjarðarhorn as you finally head for home.

Highlights of this cruise:

Reykjavík, Iceland
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.

Akureyri, Iceland
Located in Northern Iceland, Akureyri is a beautiful town best known for its spectacular landscapes, lush vegetation and its diverse wildlife. 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.

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.

Seydisfjordur
Nestled in between the beautiful Mount Strandartindur and Mount Bjolfur in the Eastfjords of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður is a unique place, and home to a unique collection of wonderfully preserved wooden structures.

Regarded as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, Seyðisfjörður’s remoteness makes a visit here even more special. The valley above the town echoes to the sound of the 25 thundering waterfalls formed by the river Fjaroara as it cascades down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord. Gufufoss is one of its very photogenic waterfalls.

With its small population of some 800 people, Seyðisfjörður is a relaxing place to explore. The Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art makes for a quaint cultural visit and has a pleasant bistro. Fishing, cycling, golf and kayaking are all on hand in this welcoming town.

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