Exploring the Natural Wonders of Iceland

Balmoral

Exploring the Natural Wonders of Iceland Overview

Departs: 30 June 2019

11 Nights Full Board

Sailing from Rosyth

What's Included

Price Includes:

  • All meals
  • A varied and professional entertainment programme
  • Cruise 
  • Baggage Allowance
  • Exclusive Offer

Ports of call

Rosyth • Cruisng by Eyjafjallajokull • Cruisng by Ellidaey Island • Cruising by Elephant Rock • Reykjavik, Iceland (overnight) • Isafjordur, Iceland • Cruising by Hornstrandir • Cruising Drangaskord • Akureyri, Iceland • Cruising Eyjafjordur • Cruising by Hrisey • Cruising Eyjafjordur • Crossing the Arctic Circle • Cruising Grimsey • Cruising Skjalfandi Bay • Cruising Borgarfjordur Eystri • Cruising Seydisfjordur • Seydisfjordur, Iceland • Cruising by Dalatangi, Skurfell & Toarfjall • Cruising Nipukollur • Cruising by Nordfjardarhorn & Gerpir • Rosyth

 

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• Free Afternoon Tea On-Board

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Day 1

Rosyth (PM)

Day 2

At Sea

 

 

Day 3

Cruising by Eyjafjallajokull / Cruising by Ellidaey Island / Cruising by Elephant Rock

Cruising by Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull is a soaring, 5,466ft-high active volcano which famously erupted in 2010. Spewing dense volcanic ash clouds into the sky, which were subsequently blown across Europe, the Eyjafjallajökull eruption disrupted air travel for several weeks.

Cruising by Elliðaey Island

Elliðaey Island is part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, a collection of picturesque islands situated off the south coast of Iceland. What sets Elliðaey Island apart from the other islands in the archipelago – aside from its obvious natural beauty – is an intriguing white cottage, which stands alone on a grassy pasture. Rumours have long suggested that the house belongs to a shy billionaire, or even Bjork – the famous Icelandic singer. These rumours, while adding to the island’s intrigue, are said to be false. A unique, beautiful island, Elliðaey is always a sight to behold and a scenic cruise with Fred. is the perfect way to take advantage of this unmissable photo opportunity.

Cruising by Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock is an incredible natural rock formation which is said to have formed following the eruption of Heimaey Island’s Eldfell Volcano in the 1970’s. It is named Elephant Rock as its appearance is akin to a giant elephant dipping its trunk into the Atlantic Ocean which surrounds the island.

Days 4 - 5

Reykjavik, iceland (overnight)

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.

Day 6

Isafjordur, iceland / Cruising by Hornstrandir / Cruising Drangaskord

 

Isafjordur

The pretty, ancient church site of Ísafjörður, perched on the peninsular of the Westfjords, has been one of Iceland’s busiest and most important fishing and trading centres for over 250 years. With its fine natural harbour, Ísafjörður is set against a backdrop of steep mountains and an arcing spit that extends out into the deep Skutulsfjörður.

The town centre’s preserved timber and tin-clad buildings are a joy to explore. Easily navigable streets offer warm cafes, bakeries and welcoming family-run restaurants that serve the finest locally caught seafood all year round. The Westfjords Heritage Museum has exhibits on the town’s maritime history, while the Old Hospital contains archives and photography. The occasional music festival in town provides the chance to experience modern Icelandic culture.

Cruising by Hornstrandir

Hornstrandir – the King and Queen of Cliffs – is home to huge numbers of migrating birds every year, with fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills often seen perched on the rugged rocky ledges.

Soaring 500 metres into the sky, this incredible structure dominates that landscape at the tip of Iceland's mystical, remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. You’ll have unrivalled views as you glide by on board your smaller, more intimate cruise ship. 

Cruising Drangaskord

One of the most unique natural wonders in Iceland, the remarkable Drangaskörð is a collection of dragon tail-like pinnacles rising from the sea and dominating the skyline of the breathtaking Westfjords. 

An awe-inspiring sight, Drangaskörð is among Iceland's most prominent landmarks and is best seen from the water. Aboard your smaller cruise ship, you'll be presented with unspolit views of this spectacular attraction and simply unmissable photo opportunities.

 

Days 7 - 8

Akureyri, iceland (overnight)

 

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.

Day 8

Cruising Eyjafjordur / Cruising by Hrisey / Cruising Eyjafjordur / Crossing the Arctic Circle / Cruising Grimsey / Cruising Skjalfandi Bay

Cruising Eyjafjordur

The magnificent Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland. Situated at the edge of the Arctic circle, the fjord lies on the migratory routes of many species of whales and birds so it's the perfect place to observe fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat.

Cruising by Hrisey

Pretty Hrisey Island is known as the ‘Pearl of the Eyjafjordur’. It is Iceland’s second largest island, yet only around 200 people live here in one tiny fishing village. Those who do 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 Eyjafjordur, Hrisey is a delight to see as you glide along the longest fjord in Iceland.

Cruising Eyjafjordur

Crossing the Arctic Circle

Cruising Grimsey

Surrounded by the glorious Arctic Ocean and located on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Grimsey Island - Iceland's northernmost inhabited territory - is home to over a hundred people and over a million seabirds of varying species that perch themselves on the island's stunning cliff faces.

During a scenic cruise around the shores of this tranquil, unmolested bird watchers paradise you'll spot puffins, razorbills, guillemots and many more thriving in their natural habitat - an unforgettable sight.

Cruising Skjalfandi Bay

With its imposing, snow-topped Víknafjöll and Kinnarfjöll Mountains, glacier and freshwater rivers and crisp, un-polluted air, Skjálfandi Bay would be magical even without its incredible wildlife. But, as you glide through the calm, cold waters of the bay on your once-in-a-lifetime, ‘bucket list’ journey and spot your first puffin colony, dolphin or whale, you will soon understand just how special this spectacular part of the world is – one of Mother Nature’s gifts to the globe.

Day 9

Cruising Borgarfjordur Eystri / Cruising Seydisfjordur / Seydisfjordur, Iceland / Cruising by Dalatangi, Akurfell & Toarfjall / Cruising by Nipukollur / Cruising Nordfjardarhorn & Gerpir

 

Cruising Borgarfjordur Eystri

The beautiful Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord in Eastern Iceland is among Europe’s most stunning destinations.

Regarded as a hiker’s paradise, Borgarfjörður Eystri – a European Destination of Excellence – is renowned for its craggy shores, steep cliffs and  the 1136-metre-high Dyrfjöll Mountains, which create an incredible backdrop of spectacular sights to captivate you as your ship sails the fjord's sumptuous blue waters.

Cruising Seydisfjordur

Bask in the remoteness of Seyðisfjörður as your ship negotiates the twists and turns of the fjord en route to the picturesque town of the same name.

Sailing 17 kilometres along the calm blue waters, 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.

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

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.

Cruising by Dalatangi, Akurfell & Toarfjall

Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall are three incredible, snow-flecked, pyramid-shaped mountains situated on the stunning east coast of Iceland. Take your place on the deck as the ship drifts slowly by to enjoy unspoilt views of the mountains and immerse yourself in the astonishing peace, tranquillity and natural beauty of this breathtaking part of the world.

Cruising by Nipukollur

Eastern Iceland is home to a multitude of breathtaking natural wonders, and Nipukollur – a mighty 1,958ft-high peak close to the beautiful town of Neskaupstadur – is one you should look out for as you cruise along the coast. Popular with climbers due its sheer size and challenging craggy rock faces, Nipukollur is a sight to behold.

Cruising Nordfjardarhorn & Gerpir

Enjoy a unique cruise experience as you sail along  beautiful  east coast of Iceland, taking in views of the majestic Norðfjarðarhorn and  Gerpir , the country’s easternmost point.  Gerpir  boasts towering cliffs – some of which are said to be 12 million years old – and dramatic rugged landscapes. As you glide by, you’ll soon understand why this beautiful part of Iceland is particularly popular with thrill-seeking climbers.

 

Days 10 - 11

At Sea

Day 12

Arrive Rosyth (AM)

 

Welcome aboard Fred. Olsen Balmoral

At a glance....

  • 3 restaurants
  • 2 Cafes
  • 2 lounges
  • 3 Bars
  • Fitness Centre
  • 2 swimming pools
  • 2 Jacuzzis

Balmoral is Fred. Olsen's largest and newest cruise ship, named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. Still smaller than most cruise ships today, there are 710 cabins and suites and generous public space for the 1,300 guests on board.

Dining on Balmoral

  • Ballindalloch Restaurant: The stylish Ballindalloch restaurant is the main restaurant on board your cruise ship Balmoral, where your taste buds will be tempted by the delicious dishes on offer. Including the lavish affair that is the Gala Dinner, the Ballindalloch Restaurant represents quality dining on board Fred. Olsen cruises.
  • Spey Restaurant: The Spey Restaurant, and her sister restaurant the Avon, offers the quality dining you would expect on board your cruise holiday on Balmoral. Both restaurants provide the same a la carte menu as the main Ballindalloch restaurant on deck 6, but their intimate design and panoramic views combine to give a unique dining atmosphere on your cruise ship.
  • Avon Restaurant: This tastefully designed restaurant provides a beautiful setting to enjoy a delicious meal on board your cruise ship. Situated on Deck 10, the Avon Restaurant – and her sister restaurant the Spey - offers the fine dining you would expect on a cruise on board Balmoral.
  • Palms Cafe: The Palms Cafe on board Balmoral is slightly less formal and ideal for if you prefer not to stick to set dining times. The Palms Cafe offers the perfect alternative for those times when you prefer not to stick to the set dinner times on board your cruise holiday. Of course you will still be offered a fine choice of dishes, prepared to the same high standard you expect with Fred. Olsen Cruises, in a relaxed buffet style of service.
  • Marquee Bar: Enjoy a more casual lunch al-fresco on board your cruise ship Balmoral, at the Marquee Bar (weather permitting).

Entertainment on Balmoral

  • Neptune Lounge: Take your seat in the Neptune Lounge on board your cruise ship as the sun goes down and experience the music, dancing, lights and costumes. Shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret are guaranteed to have you shouting “encore”. Music and entertainment is on offer throughout Balmoral during the evening on board your cruise holiday, but the Neptune Lounge has ample room for passengers whichever dinner sitting you are on, so you can find a seat to enjoy the glitz and glamour of the evening shows.
  • Gaming Tables: See if lady luck is smiling on you when on board your cruise holiday. Your cruise ship Balmoral includes a gaming area where you may try your hand on the Black Jack table or Roulette wheel. Try and beat our experienced croupiers, and there is even the opportunity to learn how to play better, with daytime sessions teaching you how to win big.
  • Lido Bar: The Lido Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a hard days sightseeing or to simply relax during your cruise holiday. The Lido Bar looks out over the aft pool and the stern of your cruise ship and is the ideal spot to appreciate the talents of our on board pianist or musical duo. Our friendly and attentive bar staff are always on hand to serve you your favourite drink - often remembering what that may be.
  • Marquee Bar: The Marquee Bar on board your cruise ship offers plenty of refreshment options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Situated on Deck 11 of your cruise ship, the Marquee Bar is the perfect way to settle down with a drink, or just to enjoy some cool shade for a while, on a hot, sunny day. The floor-to-ceiling windows let the light flood in, letting you take in the panoramic views, which are a key feature of so many Fred. Olsen cruise holidays.
  • Morning Light Pub: Like your own local, the pub on board your cruise ship is the ideal place for socialising with friends old and new. The Morning Light Pub on board your cruise ship, Balmoral, is decorated in a traditional style, depicting the century and a half of Fred. Olsen history. Daytime or evening you can be entertained by occasional live music or stand-up comedians.
  • Observatory Lounge: The Observatory Lounge allows you panoramic views of your cruise holiday. The large picture windows in the Observatory Lounge offer fantastic views which are enhanced with plenty of binoculars spaced around the lounge. A grand piano provides the perfect background music as you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on your cruise holiday, or you can dance into the small hours upon the glass dance-floor.

Relax and Fitness on Balmoral

  • Atlantis Spa & Salon: Disappear into the Atlantis Spa and find true relaxation. Hydrating, purifying, renewing and nourishing facials. Full body or hot stone massages, waxing and body shaping treatments are just some of the ways you can embrace the pleasures and indulgence of your cruise holiday! Or enjoy all the glamour of formal nights with a new salon style, holiday highlights or a nourishing conditioning treatment. Just sit back, and enjoy the pampering. The Atlantis Spa is open from 8am till 8pm whilst at sea and in port. On occasional evenings the spa will remain open until 10pm. These services tend to be in high demand, so please do make sure you book your treatment early. Remember when you’re on board to check your cruise ship’s Daily Times – there may be a special offer to take advantage of.
  • Fitness Centre: After all that relaxing, get your blood pumping in the Fitness Centre. There are friendly fitness instructors available to give you help and guidance. Burn off the calories and stay in shape with treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes and free weights -  it’ll give you an excuse for extra dessert at dinner! Situated at the front of the ship on Deck 10, it offers perfect views as you exercise at your own pace. Take a yoga, aerobics, stretch and tone or pilates class while you cruise. Or make the most of the beautiful views and join the ‘walk a mile’, with a revitalising stroll, or more energetic walk round your cruise ship deck in the mornings
  • Swimming pool & Jacuzzis: Enjoy a dip in one of the two pools situated on Balmoral’s Lounge and Marquee decks. Both the swimming pools on board your cruise ship are heated to a comfortable temperature. The pool on the Lounge deck of Balmoral is located at the aft of the ship, adjacent to Palms café. The aft pool also incorporates a pair of whirlpool jacuzzi’s meaning that this area is perfect to relax your days away. Situated on the Marquee deck this beautifully tiled pool is the perfect area to relax in the sun on your cruise holiday. Burn off some of the five-course meals with a few lengths of the pool, or relax on one of the comfortable sun loungers and bathe in the sun instead. There are also two whirlpools adjacent to the pool, the ultimate indulgence.
  • Sun Deck and golfing: The large deck area on board Balmoral is the ideal sun trap where you can relax on one of the many sun loungers. The Marquee Pool Bar staff are always on hand with a long cool drink, so sip a cocktail and immerse yourself in a good book. For those keen golfers, take in sweeping sea views as you hone your perfect swing. Take some time to yourself in our practice golf nets. You could come home with a new technique up your sleeve!
  • Library: Balmoral’s well stocked library is a popular area of the ship. With an array of novels, historical, geographical, autobiographical and many other books, the library on board your cruise ship Balmoral is a true haven of peace and tranquillity. The majority of our books are in English; however we do offer a few titles in French, German and Dutch.
  • Card room: Find card tables and competition in our card room. Bridge is always a popular pursuit on board, so you’re sure to find players for a hand or two and more – whether casual or competitive is up to you! There’s always time to settle into a classic card or board game, whilst on board your cruise ship. Perfect for when you feel like a break from the elements.
  • Arts and crafts room: The Arts & Crafts Room on board your cruise ship Balmoral is situated on deck 3 and is the perfect space to explore your ideas and designs with our arts and crafts lecturers and on our Vistas themed cruises. So, for the creative amongst you, there will be plenty to keep you entertained throughout your cruise holiday, and perhaps leave you with your own self-crafted souvenir to take home.
  • Art gallery: You’ll be inspired and intrigued by some of the works on show. Paintings from the Olsen family’s private art collection hang on the walls around your cruise ship. A number of pieces form a mini-gallery on the way into the Ballindalloch Restaurant.
  • Braemar Lounge: The light and airy Braemar Lounge is perfect for watching the world go by, or for meeting up with new found friends. Along one side, large windows offer you uninterrupted views and the lounge is graced with comfortable sofas and armchairs in a tasteful and cheerful yellow and red colour scheme.  Intimate live music often adds to the relaxed atmosphere on board your cruise holiday.
  • Promenade: One of the pleasures on board a Fred. Olsen cruise ship is the extensive deck space. On board your cruise ship Balmoral, the Promenade runs all the way round the Lounge Deck where you can take a traditional stroll in the fresh air before dinner, or for the more energetic, perhaps take a jog in the morning. Or simply join friends and fellow passengers for an invigorating game of shuffleboard or deck quoits.
  • Stern: The stern of Balmoral is the perfect place to relax in the sunshine on board your cruise holiday. Why not enjoy breakfast, lunch or a cocktail or two out on deck?  With the Avon and Spey restaurants close by, you don't have far to go to enjoy the culinary delights on board your cruise ship Balmoral. During days at sea, the stern offers the perfect area to relax, take in a book, or just soak up the sun.

Other Facilities

  • Internet Centre: The internet has become part of daily life for many and especially during one of our longer cruise holidays the internet is vital to keep in touch with friends and family, or simply to make everyone back home envious with all your stories from your trip. In our well-equipped internet room it is possible to stay in touch with those back home and keep up to date with news and sporting events.
  • Launderette: One of the treats of being on board your cruise ship is to leave behind the routine chores. And of course, there is a comprehensive on board laundry service which your cabin staff will be pleased to arrange for you. Full details and prices for this service can be found in your Welcome Pack waiting in your cabin. However, occasionally there may be items you wish to deal with yourself, and the self-service launderette is very well equipped with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities. A particularly useful facility for those guests enjoying a longer cruise holiday.
  • Medical Centre: Rest assured that on each of Fred. Olsen cruise ships, have a doctor and/or nurse on call. The Medical Centre offers primary care, whenever you might need it.
  • Reception: Once on board Balmoral, you will find that the Reception Desk is at the heart of your cruise ship. 24 hours a day, our Reception staff on board your cruise ship, are on hand to advise and answer your queries. With their breadth of knowledge, they are sure to be able to help make your cruise holiday as pleasurable as possible.

Vital Statistics

Cabins 710
Passengers 1350 Standard Occupancy
Crew 510
Refitted 2008
Fully Stabilised Yes
Tonnage 43,537 grt
Length 218.18 m
Beam (width) 28.2 m
Speed 18.5 knots