Exploration | Arctic, Iceland, Greenland & Norway
Experience a nine-night cruise to a truly fascinating country renowned for its
natural wonders: geysers, volcanoes, hot springs and more. From the thrill
of whale watching off the coast of Akureyri to the amazing bird populations
of Ísafjörður, Iceland’s diversity of wildlife is breathtaking. This voyage will
take you closer to the natural splendour of this rugged land than you ever
imagined, as Black Watch hosts your exploration in style and comfort.
The cruise begins with two days of relaxed sailing
before arriving at the world’s most northerly capital,
Reykjavik, gateway to some of Earth’s most famous
natural wonders. You’re sure to be awestruck by the
sight of the ‘Big Three’ on the Golden Circle route:
the gushing Geysir hot springs, the mighty Gullfoss
Waterfall, and the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National
Park. Then there’s the chance to unwind in the Blue
Lagoon and bathe in its warm geothermal waters, or
enjoy the city’s wealth of quality museums, galleries
and delightful cafés.
Next port of call is the splendid natural harbour
of Ísafjörður. Visiting the small town centre of
preserved timber buildings is an absolute joy. Look
out for the Westfjords Heritage Museum, it has
fascinating exhibits on the town’s maritime history.
The magnificent untouched scenery can best be
enjoyed on an exhilarating fjord kayak tour, or you
can take a boat trip to see the thousands of birds on
Vigur Island – the puffins are a real treat.
The next day’s scenic cruising takes you past
Hornstrandir, Iceland’s northernmost peninsula
and location of a spectacular nature reserve.
Named after ghosts, Drangaskörð is one of Iceland’s
most underrated views. The peninsula’s seven rocky
peaks that jut out into the sea from the base of the
Skarðafjall Mountain would inspire any photographer,
as does Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord.
The charming town of Akureyri nestles serenely
on the fjord, and is the starting point for tours to
Godafoss – ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ – and the
tranquil bird haven, Lake Mývatn. Alternatively, you
can opt for the experience of a lifetime by joining a
whale watching tour in search of Humpback and
Minke Whales, dolphins and porpoises in their
unspoilt, natural habitat.
This majestic journey comes to a close on the
sublime waters of Seydisfjörður, a fjord gracefully
carved by ice age glaciers, distinguished by its
colourful harbour town and intriguing Norwegian
heritage. The valley above this picturesque town
echoes to the sound of two dozen thundering
waterfalls formed by the river Fjarðará cascading
down to a lagoon at the head of the fjord.
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