Sailing from Rosyth
Rosyth • Cruising by Eyjafjallajokull • Cruising 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crossing the Arctic Circle
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a glance....
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.
|Passengers||1350 Standard Occupancy|
|Beam (width)||28.2 m|