Icelandic Taster Cruise
10 days from £1,299 per person
Savour the breathtaking landscapes, captivating wildlife and mighty waterfalls of Iceland. Reykjavik, with its pretty, natural harbour and preserved timber houses, is a joy to explore; but it’s also the gateway to natural wonders like the mighty Gullfoss (‘Golden Waterfall’) and the powerful Geysir hot springs. Sailing around to the north coast, there are plenty of opportunities to spot seabirds, whales, dolphins and porpoises in their natural habitat. You also have the chance to taste rural Icelandic life in traditional fishing villages.
- 9 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 26 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 9 dinners (days 1-9)
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 2 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Newcastle. Embark Balmoral (3.5-star) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Days 2-3 - At sea
As we sail towards Iceland, you’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your days off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoon learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
Day 4 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland’s stunning capital is small, yet bursting with colourful houses, interesting museums and a striking landmark - the Halgrimskirkja. Choose to visit the Blue Lagoon, or Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach, where hot geothermal waters meet cold sea. Alternatively, take an excursion into the protected Thingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic Parliament assembled for the first time, and the Eurasian and the American tectonic plates meet to create spectacular scenes. Or visit Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss, two of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls.
Day 5 - Ísafjörður
Early this morning we arrive in Ísafjörður. Set against a backdrop of steep mountains and perched on a sand-spit that juts into one of the deepest fjords in northwest Iceland, it’s not just one of Iceland’s most important towns, but one of its prettiest too. The town centre’s preserved timber and tin-clad buildings are a joy to explore. Easily navigable streets offer warm cafés, bakeries and family-run restaurants that serve the finest locally caught seafood all year round. The Westfjords Heritage Museum is crammed with the town’s historical maritime exhibits, while the Old Hospital is a museum to past medical practices that might make you wince. The beautiful landscape of Vigur, a paradise island that’s home to thousands of puffins, arctic terns, eider ducks, black guillemots and more, is only a 30-minute boat trip away.
Day 6 - Akureyri
On our journey to Akureyri, we sail through the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjordur, with the chance of spotting native species such as humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises. They’re often seen in the waters surrounding Akureyri, so you might not want to stray far from the coast. If you do though, you can visit other incredible natural wonders, such as the Godafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’) and Lake Myvatn. Or head into a museum or gallery. You’ll find the best ones in ‘Arts Alley’ - the main street that runs directly through the town.
Day 7 - Cruising Reyðarfjörður - Eskifjörður
Relax on deck as we cruise along Reyðarfjörður. Sheer cliffs and spectacular mountain peaks will keep your camera clicking. We reach Eskifjörður late this morning. A stroll around this peaceful town reveals traditions, historic buildings and piers. Eskifjörður faces magnificent Mount Holmatindur, and from its summit there are superb views across some of the tallest mountains in Iceland. Travel a short way east along the coast and Iceland’s famous spar mines can be found, which has some of the world's largest spar crystals. Or visit the Maritime Museum for further insight to the town’s culture.
Days 8-9 - At sea
As we sail home you may want to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy, there‘s lots to fill your time - from quizzes, games and music recitals to walks on deck and dance classes. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the tasty food options.
Day 10 Newcastle
We disembark after breakfast and your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.