The Life & Landscapes of Iceland - 22 July 2024
Visit awe-inspiring Snæfellsjökull National Park from Grundarfjörður
Have the chance to spot puffins in Heimaey, and marine life from Balmoral
Discover volcanic Faroese landscapes from Tórshavn
Connoisseur Exclusive! Free Home Transfers within 30 miles of Rosyth Port!
Our team has crafted this cruise to show you some of the most awe-inspiring nature in Iceland. Grundarfjörður is your gateway to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, with its glacier, black beaches, bird cliffs and craters, while Reykjavik is well-placed for exploring volcanic landscapes and geothermal sites. Chances to encounter wildlife present themselves at every turn, and as well as your cruise being timed to give you a chance to spot puffins, particularly in Heimaey; you will have the opportunity to go whale-watching from Akureyri and spot marine life from your ship with the help of wildlife charity ORCA. From Tórshavn, you can uncover the Faroe’s landscapes formed by volcanic activity over centuries.
DINING & LOUNGES
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
RELAXATION & FITNESS
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
22 July Departing Rosyth Port, Scotland
25 July Heimaey, Iceland
Largest of the islands within the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, Heimaey is home to the oldest structure on the island, Skansinn – a 15th century fort built to protect the islands from theft; and also the lava fields of Eldfell (Fire Mountain). Heimaey is the perfect natural habitat for colonies of Atlantic Puffins, who adorn the cliff edges on the island. Also here is the Beluga Whale Sanctuary, where the first two whales to live here are Little Grey and Little White.
26 July Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly capital city - with its location on the southwest coast of the country, its within easy reach of the iconic Golden Circle trail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir, a keystone of Icelandic history, Gullfoss – the ‘Golden Waterfall’, considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in the country, and the Geysir geothermic area with its spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots.
27 July Grundarfjörður, Iceland
Located in the west of Iceland, Grundarfjörður is overlooked by the photogenic Kirkjufell mountain with its dramatic peaks and steeple-like summit, which inspired its name – translating as ‘Church Mountain’. Close by are Church Mountain Falls – Kirkjufellsfoss – a three-pronged waterfall sitting in the valley below the mountain, and one of Iceland’s most iconic sites. Grundarfjörður itself is sprinkled with vibrantly colourful houses, many of which reflect the town’s love of nature.
28 July Akureyri, Iceland
The compact city of Akureyri is located at the end of the Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s longest fjord, and is the gateway to the breath-taking ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, Godafoss Waterfall. The waters around the fjord and coastline offer one of the best feeding grounds in the world for cetaceans, particularly humpback whales.
29 July Husavik, Iceland
The oldest settlement in Iceland, and said to be the whale capital of the country, Husavik is home to a whale museum where a 22m long Blue Whale skeleton is on display; and is the perfect town from which to spot whales in their natural habitat. The colourful buildings of the waterfront live up to their name of ‘bay of houses’; and its surrounding area was used as a training field for the Apollo astronaut team in 1965.
31 July Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands, which translate to “Sheep Islands” was a name given by the Norse during the Viking Age, and Torshavn is the capital city of these islands. Sheep farmers are well established here and produce wool to be made into clothing using traditional methods. Vestmanna Seacliffs are close to Torshavn, full or narrow gorges, and home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
2 August Return to Rosyth Port, Scotland