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Discover a northern paradise where ice meets mountains and nature abounds.

Cruise to Iceland, where you can visit the enchanting cities of Reykjavik and Akureyri and marvel at the country's rough and unusual natural wonders. With a population of only 123,300 people, Iceland's capital and largest city, Reykjavik, is home to colourful houses, a bustling arts scene and centuries of history. For a glimpse into the northern past, check out the Settlement Exhibition, a combination of an archaeological ruin and museum based around a 10th-century house. Then, commune with nature at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa built on a lava field and heated with geothermal energy. Pamper yourself with mud masks and massages while wading in the soothing waters. Even though Akureyri has only 18,000 residents, it's called the Capital of the North for a reason. Head there to warm up in the steaming thermal pool at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, Eyjafjordur.

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ADMIRE THE ARCTIC

In Iceland, you'll see rare and stunning nature, from dramatic black rocks to cascading waterfalls and glittering glaciers. Whether you bathe in the natural hot springs of Blue Lagoon or sample the delicious and surprising specialtiies of Reykjavik, you'll be enamored by Icelandic culture.

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BECOME A LAMB STEWARD

Most Icelandic cuisine is based on fish, lamb, dairy and root vegetables. Stop by Icelandic Fish and Chips in Reykjavik to find the best Icelandic meat stew, made with lamb, potatoes, carrots and herbs. If you're brave enough, try hakarl (fermented shark) – but be sure to wash it down with a local craft beer from Lady Brewery.

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FEEL THE FLORA

Because the terrain tends to be barren and rocky, Iceland isn't particularly known for its plants and trees. At Akureyri's Lystigardurinn, the northernmost botanical garden in the world, however, you'll be able to spot 430 native species of colourful, wild arctic flowers in one spot.

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VOLCANIC VIEWS

Hop on a free shuttle in Reykjavik to make your way from Harpa Music Hall to Perlan Dome. At this world-class museum, watch volcanoes, glaciers and geothermal marvels come alive through cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking science. You'll be able to experience Iceland's many natural wonders and attractions all at once at this rotating glass museum.

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GET TO KNOW THE NORTH

While you might come to Iceland to glimpse the gorgeous natural wonders the country offers, you'll also find that the cultural highlights are unforgettable as well. Explore the country's past in one of the museums, or check out the works of contemporary designers, who prove Iceland is the definition of cool.

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DESIGNING ICELAND

If you're searching for the best shopping spots in Iceland, head to Laugavegur, also known as 'The Wash Road'. Reykjavik's hippest shopping street offers designer clothes, artisanal wools and design-driven home goods. You can also go to the excellent Kolaportio Flea Market in Akureyri, where you'll find many shops with trendy local designer brands, fun souvenirs and high-fashion labels.

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ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS

Located just southeast of Reykjavik's city center, the Expressionist-style church known as Hallgrimskirkja looms over the streets, mirroring the mountains and glaciers beyond. Enjoy panoramic views from the 75-metre-high spire. Or head to Akureyri's basalt church, Akureyrarkirkja, which also dominates the skyline with its striking futuristic facade. You'll marvel at the ship that hangs from the ceiling, reflecting the Nordic tradition of giving offerings to protect loved ones at sea.

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HOBBIT HIDEAWAYS

When in Akureyri, make sure you visit the nearby village of Laufas, where you'll find beautiful, picturesque turf-roofed farmhouses built in the 1860s. They're a window into how Icelanders once lived and may remind you of the hobbit houses in 'The Lord of the Rings'.

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THIS LAND OF ICE WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

Step aboard a cruise to Iceland and discover the enchanting cities of Reykjavik and Akureyri with their colourful houses and relaxing thermal pools. Climb glacial mountains, watch the Northern Lights, or dine on fermented shark. You'll be swept away in Iceland.

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ATLANTIC ARRIVAL

Arrive in Iceland via a transatlantic getaway , but don't forget to make some tropical stops as well. Try local delicacies, go snorkelling or see the natural marvels of the great European cities and Caribbean ports . Iceland is just one magnificent stop along this gorgeous route.

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CITY CRUISIN'

Cruise straight to Iceland and watch the cities of Akureyri and Reykjavik come alive. Stroll around the city streets, or go hiking in the surrounding mountains. Sample the regional cuisine, have a drink with the locals and relax in one of many hot volcanic spas.

Be sure to enjoy the view from the observation deck at the Perlan museum in Reykjavik. It's a great spot to watch the Northern Lights.

Keep your eye out for a festival if you are visiting during the summer, as they pop up quite frequently.

Several cafes and museums offer free Wi-Fi, so feel free to post photos of your trip.

CUISINE TEMPTING TREATS

Both the capital Reykjavik and the Akureyri have a large variety of restaurants, where you can eat local or international dishes. Icelandic cuisine is largely based on dairy products, fish, lamb, root vegetables and herbs, so get ready for a hearty meal.

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LADLE IT ON

Iceland's cold waters produce top-quality seafood, and one of the country's signature ways to enjoy the fruits of the sea is fiskisupa, or fish stew. Made with cod or haddock, potatoes, butter, milk and herbs, it's a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs way to enjoy the local bounty.

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT DOG

Made from mostly lamb, hot dogs are the national street food of Iceland – you won't have to look far to find one! They're typically made with a mix of local, Iceland-raised pork, beef and lamb. Slather yours with pylsusinnep, a sweet brown mustard, or remoulade, a tangy combination of mayo, mustard, capers and herbs.

Icelandic Traditional Food

FERMENTED FAVOURITES

Since not a lot grows in Iceland during much of the year, the local cuisine has developed a strong traditional of preserving foods through fermentation. If you're brave enough, try hakarl, the national dish of fermented shark. If you're not feeling up for the challenge, try herring pickled in vinegar and served atop a slice of dense rye bread.

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On a cruise to Iceland, experience the island’s magnificent natural wonders. Tumbling waterfalls, otherworldly lava fields, vast glaciers, and plunging fjords are breathtaking sights just waiting to be explored.

Dip into the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon. Discover Viking history at the National Museum of Iceland, or snap a photo in front of the Sun Voyager, a modern sculpture inspired by a Viking ship. In Akureyri, sports and alpine trails at Hlíðarfjall are huge draws for travelers. See the “Waterfall of the Gods,” Godafoss, or take a relaxing mud bath at Lake Myvatn. On one of our Europe cruises that visit Iceland, you’ll discover that there really is nowhere on Earth that compares.

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Natural hot springs.

Enjoy the healing properties of Iceland’s famous hot springs. There are springs of all sizes, from Kvika Footbath, a tiny pool near the Grótta Lighthouse perfect for dipping your feet in, to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most famous geothermal pool. Here, restorative, mineral-filled waters, billowing steam, and therapeutic mud transport you to what feels like another world entirely.

Beautiful Fjords

Iceland is renowned for its breathtaking fjords, carved over the millennia by glaciers. In summer, ribbon-like waterfalls tumble over the rocks, and the hills are ablaze with the color of purple lupines. Hvalfjörður is a popular fjord just a short drive from Reykjavik, opening out to black-sand beaches and hikes with sweeping views. Explore the uninhabited islands along Borgarfjordur, or visit Siglufjordur, a colorful fishing village nestled alongside its namesake fjord.

Viking History

Head to the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik and discover the secrets of Viking settlement on the island. Admire the Sun Voyager, a futuristic sculpture that celebrates the significance of the Vikings in Icelandic history. At the Akureyri Museum, you can explore local history from the Viking era all the way up to modern settlement. Before taking in the geological wonders of Lake Myvatn, head to the visitor center to understand the storied lore and myths surrounding Akureyri.

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Cool, compact Reykjavik is one of Europe’s most exciting capitals. This cultural hub is filled with innovative museums, striking architecture, and fine dining. Admire the futuristic architecture of the Harpa Concert Hall and the Hallgrímskirkja church, and browse the shops for chunky Nordic knitwear and striking jewelry. The famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is easily accessible, while the dramatic scenery of the Golden Circle, including the plunging Gullfoss waterfall, is a popular day trip.

Akureyri, Iceland

Located at the head of a deep fjord, Akureyri is the gateway to the wild natural beauty of northern Iceland. Visit Godafoss to marvel at the magnitude of the thundering, 40-foot-tall waterfall. Experience an authentic Icelandic mud bath at Lake Myvatn, or join a whale-watching cruise to spot humpback and minke whales and orcas. A day trip to Siglufjordur is a chance to visit the quirky but wonderfully informative Herring Era Museum, one of Iceland’s best cultural attractions.

Isafjordur, Iceland

Framed by a dramatically sweeping U-shaped valley, sleepy Isafjordur is the gateway to the starkly beautiful Westfjords. Visit the Dynjandi bridal veil waterfall, which is more than 300 feet tall. Kayak the glassy waters of the fjord, or spend time at a traditional turf farm to learn about rural life in the “Land of Ice and Fire”. At the nearby fishing village of Sudavik, you can make your own chocolate at Saett & Salt, and learn about Iceland’s only native land mammal at the Arctic Fox Center.

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Set sail on one of our Iceland cruises lasting 7 to 13 nights. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll also visit Ireland, Scotland, or Greenland. Cruises depart from Southampton, England; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Reykjavik itself.

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After unforgettable days in port, you’ll return to total comfort on board, where incredible amenities, thoughtful service, and exciting culinary experiences await. Pamper yourself at The Spa, sip a cocktail at the Martini Bar, or watch incredible live performances at our onboard theatre. For the utmost in luxury, book The Retreat®, our exclusive vacation experience that includes a stay in one of our luxurious suites along with access to an exclusive restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat, a private lounge, and so much more. 

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Experience nature at its most dynamic and awe-inspiring in Iceland, the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’.

This magical island is still being shaped by mighty forces; geysers gush, volcanoes rumble, waterfalls cascade down majestic mountains and huge glaciers carve great pathways through the landscape. Iceland’s culture is rich and appealing and celebrates a literary legacy that ranges from medieval sagas to Nobel Prize-winning contemporary thrillers, as well as enjoying a lively music scene, contemporary visual art and traditional handicrafts.

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Highlights of cruises to Iceland include the cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik, home to a cutting-edge art scene, lively nightlife and of course the world-famous Blue Lagoon. The small volcanic island of Heimaey in the remote Westmann archipelago is known as the ‘Pompeii of the north’ due to its volcanic activity and Akureyri’s magnificent green pastures, waterfalls and whale-filled bays are the starting point for excursions to the Godafoss waterfall, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.

From the small town of Isafjordur perhaps explore the fascinating natural history museum then stop by the magnificent Dynjandi Waterfalls or visit the unique Sea Monster Museum in Bildudadur. The Golden Circle is a popular route in South Iceland and takes in the dramatic landscapes of Thingvellir National Park, the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur geyser which erupts dramatically every few minutes.

Wildlife in Iceland is rich with birdlife making it popular with ornithologists who visit to see dozens of thrilling species of bird during the summer nesting season, including puffins, skuas and kittiwakes. Icelandic waters are rich with marine life, and the summer months are the perfect time to sight humpback whales, orcas and dolphins..

Many cruise lines now offer cruises to Iceland, with some cruising from the UK, and others including Greenland and even Canada on their cruises. Expedition cruises to Iceland offer fascinating lectures on board as well as using Zodiac boats to reach remote islands such as Grimsey, where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland, and Latrabjarg, a promontory on Flatey Island and home to millions of birds from guillemots to puffins and northern gannets.

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Our team has crafted this cruise to showcase Iceland’s volcanic landscapes, geothermal activity and fascinating culture while also timing your visit to offer the best chance of seeing some incredible wildlife – all in a shorter-than-usual duration. Venturing to Ísafjörður presents an opportunity to discover the way of life in one of Iceland’s most remote regions. Spurting geysers, thundering waterfalls and puffins are yours to admire from Reykjavík, while Akureyri is well-placed for visiting the mighty Goðafoss Waterfall or whale-watching. You can also search for marine life from Borealis with the help of wildlife charity ORCA, especially while cruising Eyjafjörður, a haven for cetaceans and birds.

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Introducing borealis.

Sister ship to Bolette , Borealis is perfectly suited for enjoying scenic cruising of the world's lesser-known waterways. From cruising past remarkable landscapes and historical sites to capturing the beauty of the natural world. 

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Sister-ship to Bolette , Borealis is perfectly suited for taking guests on a journey around the globe, enabling more exploration in more exciting ports. Her smaller size, spacious public areas, open deck spaces and impressive array of restaurants make her perfect for longer voyages, and shorter journeys alike.

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Golden Circle

Witness Iceland’s spectacular natural wonders. Drive over the moorlands of Mosfellsheiði en route to Þingvellir National Park. Visit Goðafoss Waterfall and watch the water from the Hvítá River thunder before visiting the Geysir geothermal area.

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Ring of Fire - Geothermal Landscapes of Reykjavík

Explore the geothermal area surrounding Mount Hengill, an active volcano that last erupted 2,000 years ago. Visit Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, Hveragerði, a town located on top of an old magma chamber, and Þingvellir National Park.

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Vigur Island

Visit the island of Vigur, famous for its enormous colony of birdlife. Species here include puffins, eider ducks, arctic terns, black guillemots and razorbills.

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Whale Watching

This adventure through Eyjafjörður will give you spectacular 360-degree views of the stunning mountain ranges as you sail the tranquil waters in search of the gentle and curious giants who live here.

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

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Isaac Kenyon

Geoscientist, Isaac Kenyon, is passionate about adventure travel and the great outdoors. As we explore the Iceland, Isaac will be joining us to deliver a series of talks on the geology and wilderness of the destinations we will be visiting.

ORCA

Founded in 2001, ORCA is a group of Ocean Conservationists. Join them out on deck to search the seas for marine life.

Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Borealis ' Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

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Borealis ' Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on decks 6 & 7, Borealis ' Balcony Suites have a private balcony.

Premier Suite (PS)

Borealis ' Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Borealis ' Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Borealis , with a private balcony and sitting area.

Terrace Cabin (TC)

Borealis ' Terrace Cabins offer access to the Promenade Deck via sliding doors.

Terrace Adapted Cabin (TCD)

Borealis ' Terrace Adapted Cabins offer access to the Promenade Deck via sliding doors.

Ocean View (F)

Borealis ' F Grade Ocean View cabins have two portholes and are on decks 1 & 2.

Ocean View Wheelchair Adapted Cabin (FD)

Located forward & aft on Deck 1, Borealis ' FD Grade Ocean View Adapted cabins have portholes.

Ocean View (E)

Situated on Decks 1 & 2, E Grade Ocean View cabins have a picture window.

Ocean View (D)

Situated on Decks 1 & 2, D Grade Ocean View cabins have a picture window.

Superior Ocean Fully Obstructed View (CO)

CO Grade Superior Ocean View cabins have a fully obstructed picture view window.

Superior Ocean View (C)

Borealis ' C Grade Superior Ocean View cabins have a picture window.

Superior Ocean View (B)

B Grade Superior Ocean View cabins on Borealis are situated on deck 3.

Superior Ocean View Wheelchair Adapted Cabin (BD)

BD Grade Superior Ocean View Adapted cabins are on decks 6 and 3, with a picture window.

Interior Cabin (I)

Located on decks 1, 2 & 3, I Grade Interior cabins on Borealis have a bathroom with shower.

Interior Cabin (H)

H Grade Interior cabins on Borealis are located on decks 1 & 2.

Superior Interior Cabin (G)

G Grade Superior Interior cabins on Borealis are on decks 3 & 6.

Single Interior Cabin (N)

Borealis ' N Grade Single Interior cabins are situated on decks 1 & 2.

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Single Superior Interior Cabin (M)

M Grade Single Superior Interior cabins on Borealis are on deck 7.

Single Ocean View (K)

Borealis ' K Grade Single Ocean View cabins have large picture windows.

Single Balcony Suite (JB)

Borealis ' Single Balcony Suites, located on deck 6, have a private balcony.

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Reykjavik is your gateway to some of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders, which range from fields of ice to the boiling thermal pools you can find alongside lava fields. In a modern, cosmopolitan city like Reykjavik, with some of the most sophisticated technology in the world, it’s easy to forget there’s serious history afoot, so check out the stories of the Vikings who once — like you — sailed Iceland, at one of the city’s many museums.

  • Set off on a glacier adventure and experience amazing frozen landscapes firsthand.
  • Submerge into the steamy, mineral-rich, geo-thermal waters at beautiful Blue Lagoon.
  • Discover a crystalline underwater paradise when you snorkel between two tectonic plates at Thingvellir National Park.
  • Visit Krysuvic for a most impressive display of steam vents and hot springs of colored mud known as solfataras.
  • Dive deep into Viking lore at Vikingaheimar.

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Reasons to explore Iceland with us

An Iceland expedition offers steaming volcanic landscapes, vast glaciers, gushing waterfalls, and bubbling hot springs. Visit Iceland and experience incredible sights and discover birds in Iceland and rest of the wildlife including whales.

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Explore Iceland in 2025 /2026 on our small, well-equipped, hybrid expedition ships, where safety and sustainability come first. Sail in style and comfort so you’re relaxed, rested, and ready for adventure.

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Activities in Iceland

While cruising Iceland, you can take part in optional activities that will bring your expedition to life. The long summer days are the best time to go walking, hiking, and kayaking as part of our Iceland excursions.

Your Expedition Team will guide hikes and landings. They’ll also share fascinating insights in lectures on the geology, nature, and history of Iceland.

Wildlife in Iceland

The summer months are immense for wildlife along Iceland’s coast. Go whale watching for humpbacks, minke and blue whales. Spot for Arctic birds including Atlantic Puffins and see seals as you sail.

Land of Ice and Fire

Stunning otherworldly landscapes of steaming geysers and black sand beaches await you in Iceland. Hike on glaciers, through lava fields, to waterfalls and hot springs.

Cruises to Iceland

Expedition to Iceland - Hamburg to Reykjavík via Scotland's Northern Isles

Expedition to Iceland - Hamburg to Reykjavík via Scotland's Northern Isles

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The Land of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes | Circumnavigating Iceland: Itinerary 2

The Land of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes | Circumnavigating Iceland: Itinerary 2

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9 May 24, 19 May 24 + 1 more departure

Price from £5,755

The Land of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes | Circumnavigating Iceland: Itinerary 1

The Land of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes | Circumnavigating Iceland: Itinerary 1

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Aerial view of Heimaey, Iceland. Credit: Yuri Matisse Choufour

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Active adventure

You’ll visit the best places along Iceland’s coastline on guided town walks, hikes in nature, wildlife watching, or on kayaking trips in glorious fjords.

Iceland’s stunning landscapes are a magnet for adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers and those looking for experiences off the beaten track. You’ll explore Iceland on your expedition cruise with us on a host of included and optional activities.

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Stykkishólmur - Top of the Diamond

Join us on a spectacular Snowcat tour to the top of Snæfellsjökull, the famous ice-capped volcano. 

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Discover Iceland's South Coast (Post)

Explore the black sand beaches, mountains and waterfalls along the south coast of Iceland.

* Please note that these are optional activities; an additional cost may apply.

Whales and Arctic birds

We’ll take you to some of the best destinations in Europe for whale watching. Iceland is also home to some of the world’s largest bird populations in the summer months, including Atlantic Puffins, Arctic terns and skuas.

Iceland's wildlife

Iceland’s incredible scenery may steal the limelight, but marine mammals and bird life also thrive here among the volcanoes and glaciers. Around 23 whale species frequent these waters, including humpbacks, minke, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and even the occasional blue whale. Look out too for harbour and grey seals, and thousands of birds.

Nordic folklore

Icelandic folk tales are full of mysticism and supernatural creatures. Learn about Viking sagas and their enduring impact on modern Icelandic society.

Iceland Expedition Team

When cruising Iceland, get more out of your travels with lectures and talks from your Expedition Team as you visit Iceland’s most popular and important sights. Immerse yourself in Iceland’s jaw-dropping scenery actively and safely on activities and adventures, guided by your Expedition Team.

Expedition Ships to Iceland

Our smaller ice-class expedition ships are your stylish and comfortable havens at sea. Travel safely and sustainably as you explore Iceland on these expedition ships.

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A favourite within our fleet, MS Fram is a purpose-built expedition ship named in honour of the Original FRAM - the world's greatest exploration ship between 1893 to 1912 and has been captained by both Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen during her years at sea. With 119 cabins, she is one of the smallest ships in the fleet and spends her time between the Arctic in the summer (May-August), before heading south to Antarctica for the winter (November-March). Her small size, allows her to bring you closer to nature - and with key expedition features such as smaller expedition boats and Science Center, she is perfect for creating an unforgettable expedition experience.

MS Maud in the harbour of Dartmouth, British Isles. Photo: Tommy Simonsen

A Small Ship, Big Adventure! From the moment you step onboard MS Maud, we want you to relax, discover new places, and learn fascinating facts. Whether you're ready to say hello to your inner scientist in our advanced Science Center or indulge your inner foodie in one of three restaurants onboard. Ready to explore the world onboard MS Maud? With discounted departures across various destinations and No Single Supplement – there’s never been a better time to make the most of one of our amazing offers. Click Here to Explore Our Latest Offers

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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen preview is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of traveling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the 'Sports Route'.

MS Fridtjof Nansen, Antarctica. Photo: Espen Mills

The newest addition to our fleet will honor the heritage of her namesake – the Norwegian explorer, scientist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen. Known for his innovations in Arctic expeditions, Nansen led the first crossing of Greenland on cross-country skis. He is perhaps most famous for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during the Fram Expedition (1893-1896). Interestingly, after Nansen's Fram expedition, the ship was passed on to another great explorer who secretly planned an expedition to the South Pole - Roald Amundsen.

Sustainable adventures

Single-use plastics are banned on board our ships and we continually work to be more sustainable. We also support stronger community engagement, so you’ll have the chance to help on local initiatives, giving you a deeper cultural understanding of the places you visit.

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Travel Guide to Iceland

If your list for wanted vacation experiences involves volcanoes and lava fields, hot springs, geysers, glaciers and waterfalls, there is really just one place on earth you can to go. Welcome to Iceland.

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What to See in Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is located just 28 miles northeast of Reykjavik along Iceland’s popular Golden Circle route.

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Myths and Legends of Iceland

Iceland is a country of striking and sometimes supernatural beauty - which is matched by its rich and extensive folklore. Here's what you need to know about the Icelandic superstitions.

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Iceland’s long summer days, mineral-rich waters and fertile coastal cliffs attract a wonderful mix of sea mammals and birdlife, all waiting to be encountered.

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Norway & Iceland Cruises

Lands of fire and ice.

Immerse yourself in true beauty on a Norway and Iceland cruise with Princess®. Sail past mountains, fjords and forest-lined valleys. Discover artifacts and architecture of medieval times. Or learn about legends from locals, whose stories have been passed down from generations before them. Between the rugged terrains and the Viking history, these lands echo the promise of adventure.

Featured Norway & Iceland Cruise Ports

Discover some of the world-renowned destinations that await you on an Norway & Iceland cruise with Princess.

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Known to be the most pleasant town in Iceland, Akureyri is teeming with tranquility and beauty. On an Iceland cruise, take a dip in the Myvatn nature baths, known for their restorative powers. Or stroll through the Botanical Gardens, where you can admire over 2,000 species of flora from around the world. Experience the best of both fire and ice when you visit Akureyri with Princess.

Encounter beauty, history and culture when you visit Bergen on your Norway cruise. Marvel at the grandeur of Hardangerfjord, the third largest fjord in the world, on a scenic day tour. Or step into a medieval assembly room at the Schøtstuene Museum, and walk down Bryggen Wharf — a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves wooden buildings from the days of the Hanseatic League.

On a cruise to Iceland, unveil Grundarfjordur’s heroic past. Climb the "Holy Mountain," which once housed a temple dedicated to Thor. Tour the 4,000-year old lava fields of Berserkergata, and live through the stories of Iceland’s sagas — tales of migration, war, religion and mythology. Or spend the day birdwatching in the fishing village of Arnarstapi, where gulls, fulmars and kittiwakes reside.

Reykjavik is the gateway to natural wonders. On an Iceland cruise, warm up with a dip in the city’s Blue Lagoon, and cool down on a glacier walk across jagged ice formations. Ride across the countryside by horseback, soar over volcanic craters during a helicopter ride or snorkel through the waters of Thingvellir National Park. See the beauty of Iceland’s capital for yourself when you sail with Princess.

Stavanger is a true icon of Norway. As the nation’s capital of cuisine, learn how to smoke and can sardines, and then taste them yourself. Attend a musical performance in the chapel of Utstein Kloster, a 12th-century abbey that was once home to Augustine monks. Or visit Old Stavanger during your Norway cruise, and enjoy an architectural tour through Europe’s largest collection of wooden buildings.

As one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, Tromsø is teeming with wonders from the skies above to the fjords below. On a Norway cruise, learn about the city’s history of Arctic hunting at the Polar Museum. Visit the Husky Wilderness Camp to meet championship dogs and hear about their racing careers. Or ride a cable car to the peak of Mt. Storsteinen for sweeping views of the city.

Why Cruise Norway & Iceland

The majestic beauty and natural phenomena of Northern Europe offers an adventure like no other.

Natural splendors

Natural splendors abound in Norway and Iceland. In Grundarfjördur, marvel at the seascapes, fjords and tidal currents within Breidafjordur Bay. Rejuvenate in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. Or fly over Godafoss Waterfall, the ‘Waterfall of the Gods,’ during a flightseeing tour in Akureyri. Come face-to-face with Mother Nature’s crown jewels — only on an Norway and Iceland cruise with Princess.

The search for phenomena

Travel to Alta, the "City of the Northern Lights," for a chance to see the sky painted lime green. Cruise to Iceland in June and bask in 24 hours of daylight during the summer solstice. Or visit Honningsvag for a glimpse of the Midnight Sun during your evening departure. While we can’t guarantee you’ll see these natural phenomena, we can promise that the journey is just as exciting as the wonders themselves.

Norway & Iceland excursions

Our award-winning Norway and Iceland cruise shore excursions bring you to natural wonders, wildlife and landmarks. Relax in Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon while gazing at snowy landscapes. Get up close to Akureyri’s 35-foot waterfall that tumbles into the Skjálfandafljót River below. Or travel to the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm in Grundarfjordur to learn how to make hákarl, a 400-year old Icelandic delicacy.

More ashore

Enjoy even more marvels and mysteries with More Ashore late-night departures and overnight stays. On a Norway cruise to Alta, search for the Aurora Borealis at midnight with a cup of hot chocolate in hand. Attend a summer concert at Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral to welcome the return of the Midnight Sun. Or enjoy a 9-hour journey through Reykjavik’s landscapes on itineraries that depart later in the evening.

Norway & Iceland Cruise Onboard Experience

Curated comfort, world-class entertainment and international flavors await you.

Experience Norway and Iceland without ever stepping off the ship. Our onboard activities bring the diverse cultures of these regions directly to you. Sing, dance, feast and celebrate in a way that only Norway, Iceland and Princess know how.

Accomodations

Your home away from home

Your stateroom is where you rest and recharge between adventures. That’s why every room is equipped with the expertly designed Princess Luxury Bed, 100% Jacquard-woven cotton linens and our SLEEP program created by a board-certified sleep expert. From interior cabins to full suites, unwind in any of our staterooms, and enjoy peace of mind with the option of connected rooms for families of four or more traveling together.

Flavors that inspire

From savory Norwegian meatloaf to sweet Icelandic celebration cake, Northern Europe is bursting with flavor. Head ashore to enjoy Icelandic skyr with porridge for breakfast, and savor a Norwegian seafood dinner. Or embark on an all-encompassing culinary tour right on board with our Chef’s Table Lumiere. On a Norway and Iceland cruise with Princess, appease your appetite with one-of-a-kind dining on every itinerary.

Entertainment

Find your joy

Embark on adventures by day, and indulge in entertainment by night. Watch Movies Under the Stars® at our 300-square-foot outdoor theater. Attend original productions from Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, composer of  Wicked . Or learn traditional moves, like Flamenco or Irish stepdance, and listen to popular music from the destinations on your itinerary. On a European cruise with Princess, the choice is yours.

Reset, recharge, relax

Your European cruise should be every bit as refreshing as it is inspiring. Unwind in the Sanctuary, a retreat just for adults, and relish in tranquility. Or book an appointment at the Lotus Spa®, named "Best Spa on a Cruise Ship" by Spafinder Wellness 365™. Enjoy relaxing treatments — like facials, hot stone massages and detoxifying wraps — that will leave you recharged for upcoming adventures.

Vegas hits the seas

Experience the thrill of cards, dice, roulette and blackjack at the casino onboard our European cruises. Learn from experts — like our staff or perhaps other guests nearby — and put your skills to the test. More casual players can pull up a seat at the slot machines for the same adrenaline at their own speed. For an afternoon full of games, join fellow travelers for Bingo, or compete in scheduled group tournaments.

Celebrations and Romance

Love blooms on the Love Boat

It's difficult to imagine something more romantic than sailing through the alluring cities and charming countryside of Europe. While on board your European cruise, we cater to your sentimental side with private dining on your balcony — like breakfast for two or a sunset dinner — honeymoon packages, flowers and chocolates delivered to your room and couples-only massages in the Sanctuary.

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Our Princess fleet includes ships that range from small to large. From a balcony stateroom, marvel at breathtaking shorelines passing by before enjoying international cuisine in one of our many eateries during your Norway and Iceland cruise.

European Cruise Articles

Read about storied attractions, charming history, diverse cultures and preparation advice for cruising Europe.

Explore Europe

Learn all about our exciting options to visit Europe from cruises to in-depth cruisetour vacations. 

The top ten things to do in Norway

Planning a holiday to Norway? Discover the best museums, restaurants, cafés, attractions and experiences in the Scandinavian country.

Must-do summertime activities in Scandinavia

Discover the best summer holiday activities in Scandinavia, including wild swimming in Stockholm and rooftop drinking in Oslo.

Five reasons to cruise from Southampton

Looking for a cruise vacation from Southampton? Set sail to Canada, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Florida and around the British Isles with Princess Cruises.

How to see Stockholm from a unique perspective

Ice bars, rooftop tours, meatballs and more – use our handy city guide to get a fresh view of Sweden’s brilliant capital.

Six places to see the Northern Lights in Norway

Hoping to see the Northern Lights in Norway? Discover the best places to try to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature's exceptional light show

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Remove the hassle from air travel and give yourself the gift of flexibility, time and a thicker wallet with Princess EZair flights. We negotiate lower rates with the airlines, allow you to modify your flight up to 45 days prior with no penalty and protect you if your flight is late or canceled.

EZair flight quotes are available on our cruise search result details pages.

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We get you where you need to go

Let Princess pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your ship or hotel when you arrive, even if you didn't book your airfare through us. A uniformed Princess representative meets you at the airport after you've retrieved your luggage and transports you directly to your ship or hotel without you having to worry about the logistics of navigating a new city.

Cruise Plus Hotel Packages

Stay longer and relax

Extend your cruise vacation, and simplify your travel plans with a hotel stay at the beginning or end of your cruise. With a Cruise Plus Hotel Package, a Princess representative meets you at the airport and pier, transporting you to and from your hotel. The package includes the cost of your hotel stay, transportation, luggage handling and the services of the representative.

Need help planning?

Princess Cruise Vacation Planners are a dedicated resource to help you every step of the way through the planning process of your cruise vacation. And the best part is, they are absolutely FREE!

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Find our top sales, deals, partnerships and promotions for our destinations all in one place. We run promotions throughout the year and sometimes run sweepstakes where you could win prizes!

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Experience the majesty of Iceland with more sailings in and out of Reykjavík than any other cruise line

You’ll quickly fall in love with the majestic landscapes and old-world charm of Iceland. And with the most sailings in and out of Reykjavik of any cruise line, Norwegian’s Iceland Cruise options are plentiful. The country's colourful capital may be hard to pronounce (it's RAKE + YUH + VIK), but its history, culture and natural beauty make it impossible to forget. Visit nearby sites like The Blue Lagoon, the flower-filled lava fields of Thingvellir National Park, and the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall (aka The Golden Waterfall). Sail to Iceland's remote Westfjord region offering everything from hiking to watersports, then continue to Akureyri - the centre of Icelandic folk culture. Along the way, you’ll see fjords and flowers in every direction. Discover greater Northern Europe on your cruise with stops to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, London, or Paris, and visits to lush sceneries like Norway and Scotland.

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Discover The Golden Circle

As one of Norwegian's top Shore Excursions, The Golden Circle is a must-see day trip only 30 miles from Reykjavik. The Circle consists of three sites starting with Thingvellir national park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains. This park is a lava plain filled with wildflowers. The second stop is the spectacular Geysir Geothermal Area – populated by hot springs and other geothermal phenomena. And the final site is the famous Gullfoss waterfall, or The ‘Golden Waterfall’. The Golden Circle is also called The Golden Ring and the journey there is referred to as “Ring Road.”

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Discover the Westfjords & Isafjordur

From remote fishing villages to outdoor activities to cascading mountains, Iceland’s Westfjords are one of a kind. Isafjordur , the home of the largest fjord, offers cultural heritage and colourful valleys. Drive through the breathtaking West Fjord mountains, populated by quant farms and villages. Stop in the old shark-fishing town of Flateyri.  Don’t miss Skrudur, Iceland’s oldest botanical garden. And embrace the great outdoors – the region is renowned for its excellent hiking, kayaking and birdwatching. Culture, history, maritime life and breathtaking landscapes make this area an unforgettable experience.

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Discover More of Iceland with a Shore Excursion

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer a variety of pre-planned excursions to choose from to give you the most relaxing but engaging vacation experience possible. Explore the Golden Circle in Reykjavik or enjoy whale watching in Akureyri when you book a shore excursion with Norwegian.

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Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to the nearby geothermal power plant. The water of the Lagoon is 98° F warm, mineral-rich and reputed for its healing properties. This natural and very popular health spa is now a major attraction in the region, one of the most visited places on the island.

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri, Iceland

Nestled along the shores of one of the most breathtaking fjords in Iceland, Akureyri is the nation's second largest urban area and a centre of Icelandic folk culture. Whale watching and waterfalls are just the beginning of the natural wonders available to explore in this charming Icelandic port.

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Latest data shows UK and Ireland cruise industry continues to engage, entice and innovate

Press Release | April 17, 2024

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has revealed that holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland took 2.3 million cruise holidays last year, surpassing the highest previous annual number.

In data published today (April 17, 2024), CLIA revealed that:

  • The 2.3 million total is up from 1.7 million in 2022.
  • The Mediterranean remains the number one destination for cruise travellers from the UK and Ireland. Of the top three destinations in 2023, 35% of passengers travelled to the Mediterranean, 29% to Northern Europe and 12% to the Caribbean.
  • Exploration destinations have seen a 53% increase in passenger numbers year-on-year.
  • The average age of UK and Ireland cruisers is decreasing: at 55.1 years old in 2023 it is down from 56.1 in 2022.
  • The average cruise length increased to 10.1 days, up from 9.8 the previous year.
  • 28% of cruisers are part of a wider multigenerational group, comprising three or more age groups.
  • 65% of passengers enjoyed a pre-cruise stay in their departure destination, while 52% stayed on after their sailing.

In terms of sentiment, perception and intent, a corresponding survey of 4500 international holidaymakers revealed:

  • 82% of cruise passengers say they intend to take a holiday at sea again, a 3% increase from 2019.
  • 71% of those who have never cruised before would consider doing so.

Meanwhile, over 300 ships are set to sail this year, the first time the global CLIA member fleet has surpassed this number. Overall capacity will increase by 3.6% as a result.

Andy Harmer, Managing Director CLIA UK & Ireland, said: “Cruise continues to lead the way in travel and we can clearly see that from these encouraging latest figures. A holiday at sea offers something to suit all tastes and budgets, both on and off the ship, which makes for an ideal combination. With so many holidaymakers returning to the water, and many more eager to dip their toe for the first time, these figures reflect all the advantages a sea escape has to offer.”

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