Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in readiness for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
A relaxing day at sea, giving you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the extensive facilities on board Balmoral.
Day 3 - Cruising by Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland - cruising by Elliðaey Island - cruising by Elephant Rock
This afternoon, the awe-inspiring Eyjafjallajökull comes into sight, a soaring, 1651m-high active volcano which last erupted in 2010. You’ll enjoy unspoilt views of the volcano as we cruise by. We will also pass the stark and intriguing Elliðaey Island, with its solitary white cottage and Elephant Rock, a curious basalt rock formation resembling a giant elephant dipping its trunk in the sea.
Day 4 - Reykjavik (overnight)
This morning we arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city, where we will dock overnight. Although small, there is so much to see and do in this attractive city. Visit the National Museum, which chronicles Iceland’s history from the days of its first Viking inhabitants and the monumental church, the Halgrimskirkja. Outside the city, you can immerse yourself in the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or explore Thingvellir National Park, site of Iceland’s first parliament and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 5 - Reykjavik
There will be more time to explore the Icelandic capital at your own pace today before we leave this evening.
Day 6 - Ísafjörður - cruising by Hornstrandir - cruising Drangaskörð
Our port of call today is the fishing town of Ísafjörður. The town centre has some of the best preserved timber buildings in the country and a number of welcoming family-run restaurants serving the finest locally caught seafood. While here, you might like to take the short boat trip to Vigur island, home to thousands of birds including puffins, arctic terns, eider ducks and black guillemots. Later we cruise around the northernmost tip of Iceland, the dramatic Hornstrandir peninsula and glide by the remarkable Drangaskörð ‘dragon tail’ pinnacles rising from the sea.
Day 7 - Akureyri (overnight)
Balmoral docks in Akureyri where we will be staying overnight. Look out for humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises in the surrounding waters, while in town you can’t miss the landmark Art Deco church, built in 1940. You could also take a sightseeing tour to Godafoss, ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and the volcanic landscapes around Lake Myvatn.
Day 8 - Akureyri - cruising Eyjafjörður - cruising by Hrisey - cruising Grímsey - crossing the Arctic Circle - cruising Skjálfandi Bay
More time to enjoy the sights of Akureyri before we set sail again this afternoon, passing pretty Hrisey Island, where around 200 people live alongside some 40 bird species, including ptarmigans and Arctic terns, and Grimsey, home to more than a million seabirds, before crossing the Arctic Circle and cruising Skjálfandi Bay, regarded as one of the world’s best whale watching and bird spotting destinations.
Day 9 - Cruising Borgarfjörður Eystri - cruising by Norðfjarðarhorn & Gerpir - cruising Seyðisfjörður - cruising by Dalatangi, Akurfell & Toarfjall - cruising by Nipukollur
Today we sail the breathtakingly beautiful Borgarfjörður Eystri fjord, whose steep cliffs provide habitation for numerous birds such as puffins and kittiwakes, continuing to take in views of the majestic Norðfjarðarhorn and Gerpir, Iceland’s easternmost point. Later this morning we call into Seyðisfjörður, regarded as one of the prettiest towns in the country, with a fine collection of historic wooden buildings and a picturesque blue church. Leaving town, Balmoral cruises past the impressive natural landmarks of the Dalatangi, Akurfell and Tóarfjall mountains and the 600m-high peak of Nipukollur.
Days 10-11 - At sea
Time to relax on your final two days aboard Balmoral. Perhaps take a dip in the pool, catch up with friends in the lounge and enjoy the live music and cabaret shows.
Day 12 Newcastle
Sail back into Newcastle early this morning, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.