Nature and fantasy collide in breathtaking Iceland.
Most travellers visit Iceland in hopes of viewing the elusive northern lights, though this fascinating country is packed with other natural wonders. Dramatic landscapes dotted with volcanoes, geysers, geothermal baths and waterfalls will leave you in awe. In Iceland, moss blankets lava fields in the most spectacular way and massive glaciers are national parks where adventurers go to explore ice caves and glacial lakes. The scenery only becomes more striking as you head north and west, though unforgiving geography can make it difficult to access. Fjords slice through some of Iceland’s most remote locations, making a cruise a fantastic way to see this Nordic island at its wildest.
Our cruises in Iceland
Highlights of Iceland
Discover Reykjavik’s quirky style
Iceland’s colourful capital boasts plenty of cool cafes and trendy bars as well as an internationally recognised music scene. With bold street art and modern architecture, Reykjavik is a visual feast. Visit the Hallgrimskirkja church, built to resemble basalt rock columns found throughout Iceland, for a fantastic view of the city.
Search for whales and the northern lights in Akureyri
Often called the ‘capital of the north’, Akureyri is brimming with northern delights. The town itself is a charming mix of cafes, galleries and pastel-hued wooden houses, but venture to the outskirts for the real treasure. Here you’ll find humpback and mink whales, some of the country’s best skiing, and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the famous northern lights.
Wander the wild Westfjords
Dramatic, unspoiled and extreme – the Westfjords dazzle all who venture to this remote peninsula in Iceland’s northwest. Hidden gems tucked between mountains and fjords include tiny fishing villages, the red sand Raudasandur Beach, and one of the best bird cliffs in the world, Latrabjarg.
Excursions and experiences
- See some of Iceland’s most famous natural attractions on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (aka ‘Iceland in Miniature’), including the glacier-capped volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
- A birdwatcher’s dream awaits in Latrabjarg. The lack of foxes along these bluffs yield hordes of puffins, razorbills and other seabirds.
- Visit the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjordur for a truly Icelandic experience – watch salting demonstrations and sample local herring and schnapps as performers sing and dance to accordion music.
With so many stunning waterfalls in Iceland it’s hard to know which one to visit, but the Hraunfossar Falls – a series of cascades that flow from a moss-covered lava field – is bound to impress.
Meet our fleet
This three-masted, state-of-the-art Motor Sailer is your comfortable home at sea. Renovated in 2014, the Panorama features 24 well-appointed cabins and plenty of large windows to take in the sights. Curl up with a book from the library in the spacious indoor lounge or enjoy a drink with fellow traveller at the outdoor bar. The 54-metre (177-ft) long Panorama also features an indoor dining room and furnished sundeck.
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