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5 Reasons to Visit Iceland by Cruise

With a reputation as the ‘Land of Fire & Ice', it is unsurprising that Iceland conjures up an array of images in the minds of the intrepid: crashing waterfalls, erupting volcanoes, and expansive ice sheets. But those who have been fortunate enough to visit this land, know that as well as having all the above, it is one of incomparable beauty with an almost mystical allure that will have you returning time-after-time to explore more of this awe-inspiring country.

Whilst there is plenty of fantastic attractions to be found near the country’s capital, Reykjavik, such as the Blue Lagoon and the famous Golden Circle, to truly experience Iceland’s wilderness and bleak beauty, there is no better way than exploring this diverse island by cruise ship.  Below are just some of the reasons you should consider a cruise for your next trip to Iceland…

The incredible feeling of isolation

With the secret well-and-truly out about Iceland, tourists are flocking to explore this island, with the country seeing approximately 2 million visitors in 2019. However, the vast majority of tourists stay in/around Reykjavik, with only 188,000 venturing out on cruise ships. This means that, for the most part, you have the rest of the island to explore for yourselves and will experience a true feeling of isolation as your vessel transports you to some of the most remote locations this country has to offer.

Visit places only accessible by ship

Another popular way to explore Iceland is driving the 1,332km ring-road, and whilst there is no-doubt this offers a great adventure, it does not visit everywhere. Some of Iceland’s most spectacular destinations are only accessible by ship and we feel these have a place in everyone’s Icelandic Adventure. Such destinations include the East Fjords, Westfjords and incredible Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Explore in unparalleled comfort

What better way to enjoy your holiday than returning to your ship after a tiring day exploring and having all the amenities, space, and comfort of an up-market hotel? When travelling by cruise, no time is lost driving between destinations or checking in/out of busy hotels, leaving you time to enjoy the delicious cuisine, take in educational lectures and observe the beautiful surroundings as you sail effortlessly to your next destination.

Knowledge is key

Iceland is a land built by complex forces, where tectonic plates are quite literally pulling apart, forcing up magma from the Earth’s core. To truly appreciate what makes this country so unique, a team of specialist expedition staff will be on hand throughout your cruise to enrich your experience, imparting the very knowledge that makes them experts in their fields. Expect to find geologists, volcanologists, historians, and photographers guiding you around this incredible country.

Endless options to explore

Whether it be an exhilarating whale-watching trip to observe the gentle giants of the sea or an unforgettable ride on a beautiful Icelandic horse, no other trip to Iceland offers quite as many options as by cruise. Our operators have excursions to match every interest and activity level, allowing you to explore this amazing country in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine.

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  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.