Discover Iceland’s captivating landscapes and exceptional wildlife and visit Reykjavik with the popular weather presenter

Iceland has much to offer for lovers of the natural world, with geothermal springs, towering mountains, and magnificent fjords where humpback whales breach in icy waters.

There's no better way to experience the dramatic landscapes and wildlife of Iceland than on an adventure cruise, and our luxury two-week trip in September 2023 will take you to many highlights of this magical country.

Making the trip extra special is the chance to meet popular weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who'll join you on an excursion and give an insightful talk and Q&A in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.

You'll sail in style on the elegant ship Balmoral, specially designed to allow you to get up close to Iceland's natural wonders. While on board, you'll enjoy a range of fabulous facilities, including the Atlantis Spa, two heated swimming pools, and a range of dining venues.

The itinerary has been carefully crafted to include several of Iceland's greatest natural attractions. You'll have opportunities to see the dramatic Seyðisfjörður fjord, the bursting Strokkur geyser, and the powerful waterfalls of Gullfoss and Godafoss.

You'll cruise along Iceland's longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, and along the Borgarfjörður Eystri, home to a large population of elves - according to Icelandic folklore, at least. If you're sceptical about spotting an elf, one creature you'll hopefully see on Borgarfjörður Eystri is the puffin - this is one of the best places in Iceland to spot these lovely little birds.

There's a trip to Akureyri on your itinerary too, a brilliant location for spotting humpback whales in their natural habitat. The whales feed here in the cobalt waters, occasionally jumping out of the water to put on a show.

The stylish ship Balmoral will be your home for the week. You'll spend five days at sea in total, so you'll have the chance to forget the stresses of everyday life and truly unwind, with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfasts and lunch buffets included.

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Carol Kirkwood
Weather presenter

Scottish weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who trained with the Met Office, has been presenting the weather for more than 20 years and famously danced with Pasha Kovalev in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Price includes

  • Drinks and gratuities package on board
  • Excursion, talk and Q&A with Carol Kirkwood
  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24 hours at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of onboard leisure facilities, including swimming pools, jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging onboard activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Sep 13, 2023
To
Tue, Tue, Sep 26, 2023
Duration
14 Days
Price per person
£2,399*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing an inside cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement TBC. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Depart from Southampton
    Southampton, United Kingdom

    Today, you'll board Balmoral in Southampton. If you arrive early in Southampton, you can spend time exploring this port city. There are plenty of attractions to discover that showcase its fascinating history and local culture. Perhaps see the timber-framed treasures of the Old Town, including the Tudor House and Gardens, or explore nature trails and wetlands near the city before joining the ship.

  2. Days
    2-4
    At sea
    At Sea (Iceland), Iceland

    You'll spend three days at sea on Balmoral as you sail to Iceland. This voyage is an opportunity to truly kick back and disconnect from the stresses of everyday life. Perhaps you'll spend time in the soothing surroundings of the Atlantis Spa or take a dip in one of the two heated saltwater pools and bubbling Jacuzzis.

    There are various events and activities available as you sail, so you can get to know your fellow guests or enjoy time with friends and family. You can hone your artistic skills at the Olsen Studio, attend lectures about the region's flora and fauna, join the onboard book club, or play in deck-game tournaments like skittles and shuffleboard.

    And when the lights go down on board Balmoral, you'll be treated to a selection of live shows ranging from music and cabaret to quick-fire stand-up comedy.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    5
    Seyðisfjörður and Borgarfjörður Eystri
    Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

    Today you'll sail into Seyðisfjörður. Located in the Eastfjords of Iceland, Seyðisfjörður is considered one of Iceland's most picturesque towns, surrounded by valleys where 25 waterfalls cascade down into the lagoon at the head of the fjord.

    Skalanes Nature Reserve is situated on the south side of the town and many seabirds, such as puffins or the black-tailed godwit, and cetaceans, including seals and porpoises, can be found here.

    Sailing along the calm blue waters of the Seyðisfjörður fjord, you'll take in views of huge mountains, hills, and cliffs before the sound of thundering waterfalls captures your attention. This incredible display of nature is formed by the river Fjarðará as it cascades down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord.

    You'll also sail into the beautiful Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord. A hiker's paradise, Borgarfjörður Eystri is renowned for its craggy shores, steep cliffs and the 1136-metre-high Dyrfjöll Mountains, which create an incredible backdrop as you as your ship sails the fjord's strikingly blue waters.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    6
    Akureyri, Cruising Eyjafjörður and Hrisey
    Akureyri, Iceland

    Today, you'll arrive in the city of Akureyri after sailing through Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord.

    Eyjafjörður is narrow, so as you sail along, you'll get closer to the surrounding natural landscapes, creating incredible photo opportunities.

    The small city of Akureyri is the gateway to the breathtaking 'Waterfall of the Gods', Godafoss Waterfall. The waters around the fjord and coastline are a rich feeding ground for whales, particularly humpback whales.

    Also on today's agenda is a visit to pretty Hrisey Island, known as the Pearl of the Eyjafjörður. Hrisey is Iceland's second largest island, yet only around 200 people live here in one tiny fishing village. Those who live on Hrisey share the flat green lands with about 40 bird species, including ptarmigans and Arctic terns. Framed by incredible mountainous landscapes and surrounded by the still waters of the Eyjafjörður, Hrisey is a delight to see as you sail.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    7
    Ísafjörður
    Ísafjörður , Iceland

    Today's stop is at Ísafjörður, on the peninsular of the Westfjords. With a backdrop of steep mountains, Ísafjörður has been one of Iceland's most important fishing and trading centres for over two centuries. You'll find a quaint old town of traditional wooden houses and reminders of Ísafjörður's rich maritime history.

    From Ísafjörður, you'll set out to visit the spectacular Dynjandi waterfall, which cascades down the mountainside from a height of 100 metres. The area surrounding Ísafjörður is the most remote in Iceland, with many secluded valleys dotted with historic and isolated farms.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Days
    8-9
    Reykjavik
    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood will join the ship as you arrive in Reykjavik. The world's most northerly capital city, Reykjavik is said to be the whale watching capital of Europe.

    The city is within easy reach of the iconic Golden Circle trail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir, a keystone of Icelandic history. You'll also be close to Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall', considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in the country. You could also opt to visit Geysir, geothermal hot springs, where you can see spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots.

    Carol will give an insightful talk on her career and experiences as a weather presenter, and will be available to answer any of your questions.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    10
    At sea
    At Sea (Iceland), Iceland

    Time to spend a lovely day relaxing on-board, as you sail towards Tórshavn.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    11
    Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
    Tórshavn, Denmark

    The Faroe Islands, which translates to 'Sheep Islands' , were named by the Norse during the Viking Age. Today you'll visit Torshavn, the capital of these islands, where the nearby Vestmanna Sea Cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.

    Sheep farming is a big part of life on the Faroe Islands. The Faroese sheep are a distinct breed that live outdoors on the hills and clifftops year-round. Established sheep farmers produce wool to be made into clothing using traditional methods - you might be tempted to buy a snug Faroese-wool jumper as a souvenir of your time on these mysterious isles.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Days
    12-13
    At sea
    At Sea (Iceland), Iceland

    You'll have another two days at sea to relax after a busy few days of adventure. You may choose to again make use of the excellent wellness facilities, or perhaps you'll attend some more of the informative lectures or group activities available on board throughout the day.

    Spend time socialising in the ship's elegant drinks and dining venues. The Observatory boasts the most spectacular panoramic views, and the stylish Ballindalloch Balmoral's main restaurant offers a fantastic selection of expertly prepared delicious dishes.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    14
    Southampton
    Southampton, United Kingdom

    Today you'll arrive back in Southampton as your adventure comes to an end.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Balmoral

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Fred Olsen’s Balmoral carries up to 1,350 guests, and is small enough to navigate narrow waterways and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Sep 13, 2023
To
Tue, Tue, Sep 26, 2023
Duration
14 Days
Price per person
£2,399*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing an inside cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement TBC. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded).

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