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Iceland - Land of the Midnight Sun

Cruise around incredible Iceland, home to unforgettable landscapes and unique natural wonders.

  • Iceland

  • 11 nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Cruise

    Coast & Islands

    Flight Free

    Landscape

  • Jul

Moderate

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Tour codes: 83040

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Walking grade

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace, however many of these holidays will have an element of sightseeing in our ‘Discover Collection’ as well to ensure you enjoy the very best of the areas we visit. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice. 

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience delicious food, superior customer service and fine comfort on board a Fred. Olsen ship.
  • Relax onboard during our days at sea, enjoy a beverage at the bar, maybe take a swim in the pool or perhaps treat yourself to a relaxing sauna.
  • Discover Iceland and its incredible geological masterpieces.
  • Capture the protruding Atlantic rift and tectonic plates at the extraordinary Thingvellir national park.
  • Listen to the thundering water crashing over Gulfoss waterfall.
  • Visit the impressive geysir geothermal hot spring area.
  • Admire the capital of the north, the charming city of Akureyri.
  • Discover the unspoilt wilderness of Grundarfjordur and Husavik.

When you sail north, you enter the land of mystery, remote landscapes and natural wonders. This is a cruise which unleashes spectacular scenery, rugged cliff edges, dramatic snow-capped peaks, thermal lands, electric blue glaciers and deep mysterious fjords. 

Iceland is a destination you may have dreamt of visiting. Setting foot in the land of ice and fire is like taking a deep breath of fresh air into oxygen starved lungs. Iceland has vast open spaces and a landscape that pulses with continent dividing energy. The colours are rich and vivid, views expansive, and a unique landscape where Mother Nature is still changing its ever-evolving idea of perfection. Iceland’s volcanic scenery, rugged coastline and wild vastness truly excites the imagination. Ever wanted to explore enchanting Iceland, then this cruising holiday is perfect for you!  

Sail to Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands, off of southern Iceland, before continuing to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Here you visit the continental divide and some of the dramatic waterfalls and geysers for which the country is so well known for. Walk in areas where the earth’s crust is so thin that steam fills the air. Sail west to Grundarfjordur and to the north to Akureyri and Husavik to discover Iceland's incredible and unique geological masterpieces. Finish in the dramatics hills of the Faroe Islands. 

One of the unique things about cruising is that it allows you to discover extraordinary remote places that you would not usually be able to visit. In some ports of call you follow captivating walking trails and in some you will spend time with local guides, furthering our knowledge of history and culture during our exploration ashore. There will be free time in each port for you to explore at leisure, and your leader is always able to offer interesting suggestions. 

Iceland has a reputation for being expensive, but on a cruising holiday you benefit from excellent value and experience more places than you would on a land-based holiday. At the end of each day’s activities, you'll return to the excellent food and comfort of the Fred Olsen ship and sail on to another scenic destination.

Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.

  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your cruise, plus lunch on sea days.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship.
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board.
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs.
  • All ship and excursion tips.
  • Picnic lunch on shore excursion days.
  • Afternoon tea aboard ship on one of the cruising days.
  • Guided tour in Akureyri.
  • All drinks on board.
  • Any local excursions not included in the programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred. Olsen on shore activities.
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship.
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes.
  • Holiday Insurance.
  • Occasionally a local guide or your leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this.

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Rosyth - welcome aboard!

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Board your ship at the port and set sail in the early evening. Check in for your cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation, and embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing. At the port you will be greeted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staff, including porters who will arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin.  There will be a letter from your leader in your cabin informing you of the place and time for you to meet the rest of the group that evening.

Day 2 to 3

Day At Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Why not indulge in the luxury on board food…you are on holiday!

Day 4

Heimaey

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220m

The largest of the Westman Islands is Heimaey, and the only island that is inhabited with approximately 4000 residents living in Vestmannaeyjabaer, located off the coast of southern Iceland. More Atlantic Puffins nest here than anywhere else in the world so keep your eyes peeled! 

The island is known for the unexpected 1973 volcanic eruption of Eldfell where over 400 buildings and much of the town was destroyed by lava and ash. Follow a path from the port through Vestmannaeyjabaer town to a track leading through the mars like landscape. This path will take you through volcanic landscape, lava fields and past moss-covered green cliffs to Eldfell. Notice the memorials and wooden signs along the route marking the streets buried 60ft below the new surface. Walk to the top of the volcanic crater, notice some areas of the ground are warmer than others from the magma below the earths surface. If the weather is kind, the top of the crater opens up to incredible panoramic views of reds, whites, greys and greens, stretching from the harbour to the other end of the island. You'll descend and walk around a track leading back to the town.

This walk is the top end of the grade and can be challenging in places. The walk is moderately flat until the ascent up Eldfell which is steep and can be unstable underfoot due to scree. The top of Eldfell is very windy, so a good head for heights is required as some parts of the path can be narrow at times. Hiking poles are suggested as the scree descent can be steep and challenging. Those who do not wish to summit Eldfell can enjoy most of the circular walk, and there are plenty of things to do in Vestmannaeyjabaer if you would prefer not to walk at all.

Eldheimar Museum is a great visit, bringing to life the 1973 eruption and the ingenious way the lava eruption was controlled.

The visitor centre at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay is a great visit. You might have seen this sanctuary in the ITV Documentary ‘John Bishop’s Great Whale Rescue’, rehoming Beluga Whales, Little Grey and Little White.

The Stafkirkjan fort can be found in the east of the harbour. This 15th century fort is an impressive sight, and some parts were rebuilt after the 1973 eruption. The Sagnheimar folk museum and Skansinn Norwegian church are also enjoyable visits, along with Brothers Brewery where you can learn about the brewing process and enjoy a tasty beer. 

Day 5

Reykjavik

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Dock in Reykjavik, the most northern capital in the world. This small colourful city is home to over half of Iceland’s population and it’s a bustling centre filled with a variety of restaurants, unique shops selling local produce, galleries, museums, and a beautiful natural harbour. 

Today experience some of southwest Iceland’s most incredible and distinctive natural landscapes. Visit the spellbinding Thingvellir national park, the thundering Gulfoss waterfall, and the impressive Geysir geothermal hot spring area, all natural landmarks included in the famous Golden Circle tour of Iceland. 

The Thingvellir national park is extraordinary! There is nowhere else on earth where you can walk along the mid Atlantic rift between two tectonic plates, all above sea level. On one side you’ll see the enormous north American tectonic plate and on the other side of the rift is the protruding Eurasian tectonic plate. 

Gulfoss waterfall, also known as the golden falls, is surrounded by a dramatic 70m canyon where water free falls over 10m from the first waterfall and over 21m from the second. The incredible noise of the water thundering and crashing over the falls is immense and the sheer size of Gulfoss is extraordinary. 

The Geysir geothermal hot spring area is a spectacular phenomenon that became active over 1000 years ago. Discover its boiling mud pits, bubbling geysers and the famous Strokkur which throws water over 100ft into the air like a fountain every few minutes. The information centre is an exciting way to learn about the geological processes in Iceland and its various geothermal areas.  

On your return back to the port, take a short stop in Reykjavik city centre for some free time in Iceland's capital.

Day 6

Grundarfjordur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    177m

In the northwest coast of Iceland lies Grundarfjordur, a small town located within the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Walk through the beautiful harbour area, hugging the cost towards the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall for a beautiful photo opportunity. Its backdrop is one of the most famous landmarks in Iceland and one of the most photographed in Iceland, Mount Kirkjufell, also know as Church Mountain. This cone shaped mountain rises high into the sky and is a beautiful backdrop for Grundarfjordur. We will walk to its headland, with beautiful views of  Grundarfjordur and Iceland.  

Day 7

Akureyri

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Akureyri, known as ‘Iceland’s second capital’ and ‘the capital of North Iceland’, is a small, charming city located at the southern end of Eyjafjörður on Iceland’s northern coast. Akureyri’s small scale and population are more suited to a towns size, but in Iceland Akureyri is classed as a small city! Its delightful streets are filled with tastefully decorated street art and locally run shops selling traditionally made souvenirs and food. The city has a botanical garden, various museums, art exhibitions, restaurants, and cafes with delicious traditional delicacies. Akureyri is quirky and full of character with its heart shaped red traffic lights encouraging happiness and its Christmas House, located a 10 minute drive from the main centre, is open to the public all year round where Christmas is every day! Christmas music, decorations, and produce…the festive aroma will transform you back to that feeling of uncontrollable excitement on Christmas eve during your childhood. 

As you cruise along the fjord, you'll pass by the small island of Hrisey, known as Eyjafjörður’s pearl of nature and rich in birdlife.

A local guide will help you to discover the mighty Godafoss waterfall, one of the most beautiful and spectacular in Iceland. Godafoss translates to ‘the waterfall of the gods’, and you’ll see why! It’s one of Iceland’s most magnificent thundering waterfalls at a width of over 30m and a height of 12m. 

Your exploration continues at Myvatn Lake, one of the highlights of any visit to northern Iceland. During your walk you will discover the volcanic landscape and spot birdlife amidst the craters by the lakeshore, keep a look out some rare northern species!

The day continues at the Dimmuborgir lava field, a moonlike landscape of remarkable lava cliffs and steep pillars formed by molten lava after the eruption of Lúdentsborgir and Þrengslaborgir over 2000 years ago.

Visit the tectonic plates at Grjotagja where its possible to stand with one foot on the American plate and one foot on the European plate! You may also have time to walk through the superb lava landscape at Viti crater. 

Today is full of discovery and may involve a necessary early start and late dinner to take full advantage of the day. It’s worth it for an extraordinarily memorable day!

Day 8

Husavik

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Husavik is a pretty town in the north of Iceland, located on the eastern shore of Skjalfandi Bay, renowned for being one of the best places in the world to see whales in the ocean and the home to the first house built in Iceland in 860.

A local guide will show you inside Safnahusid Husavik Museum, bringing to life the history and culture of Iceland. Take a walk along the beautiful coast, keep an eye out for a variety of seabirds. There will be some free time to explore the town, perhaps visit its selection of museums, including its maritime museum, folk museums and natural history museum. You may like to visit the sea baths to enjoy a soak in its geothermal hot sea water.

Day 9

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps relax in the jacuzzi or explore the variety of on-board taster classes and demonstrations available.

Day 10

Torshavn

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    290m

Torshavn, the capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands is located in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. Torshavn means ‘Thor's Harbor’, named after the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. Founded in the 10th century, it is considered to be one of the oldest capitals in Northern Europe. The city of Torshavn has fish-processing plants, a shipyard, and produces woollen products. 

A transfer vehicle takes you to Kirkjubour in the south coast, where a walk leads you along the coast and across cairns, opening up to a panoramic view across the hills towards Torshavn. 

Day 11

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps enjoy a coffee in the lounge or find a quiet spot on the sun deck to relax and read a book.

Day 12

Disembarkation Day

Meals

Breakfast

Arrive back at your embarkation port around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Jul 2024 - 2nd Aug 2024 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

Getting to your departure port

For all information on how to get to your cruise departure by car or public transport please consult www.fredolsencruises.com/cruising-information/departure-port

Embarkation

On arrival at the port you will need to produce both your ticket and a valid passport, so please ensure you have both ready to hand. When checking in you will be issued with your ship’s pass and boarding card. Your ship’s pass acts as your security pass and onboard account card for the full duration of the cruise. Each time you embark or disembark the ship your card will be swiped to record whether you are on board or ashore. In addition, your hand luggage may be subject to either x-ray scanning or a manual search each time you re-join the ship.

Disembarkation

At least 24 hours before the end of your cruise the full disembarkation instructions will be placed inside your cabin. Please ensure you have settled all onboard accounts before leaving the ship.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Balmoral (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Our cruise ship is the Balmoral, which can accommodate a maximum of 1325 passengers with 520 crew. The ship offers an intimate, homely atmosphere and the combination of Balmoral's comfortable cabins, excellent cuisine, friendly attentive crew and the onboard facilities are second to none.  These include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, internet room and several restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, boutique shops, where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board. The main restaurant is The Ballindalloch (named after the Speyside village and castle), while the two other formal restaurants - Avon and Spey - are also in keeping with the Scottish theme and are named after two of Scotland's most beautiful salmon rivers. There's a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, or drift away with a cool drink and spectacular seascapes in the Observatory Lounge

After dinner there are a variety of shows, reviews and evenings of cabaret for your entertainment. Or maybe even try your hand at the Casino? Our accommodation is twin and single cabins with shower and toilet. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, television, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. Balmoral has a non-smoking policy on board and smoking is not permitted in any cabin. Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin (normally on the Main or Atlantic Deck) unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. Those booking single cabins may not necessarily be allocated a twin cabin for sole use. Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition throughout your stay, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Balmoral operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board.

The voltage on board the Balmoral is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug). If you are in any doubt as to the appropriate voltage to use your electrical appliances on board, please check with the ship’s Reception Desk. Adapters are usually available for hire on board, or may be bought at the ship’s shop.

Deck plans for the Balmoral can be viewed here


On Board

As a family-owned business, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines really pay attention to the smallest detail ensuring a wonderful voyage every time.

Passengers are referred to as guests, the ships call at smaller ports so they can often get closer and avoid overcrowding both onboard and ashore. At capacity, their ships will only ever sail with between 900 and 1,400 guests, depending on the vessel.

The ships becomes your floating hotels, with breakfasts, lunches and dinners catered for. Each ship is different with their own decorative flair, but with the same Fred Olsen level of service throughout.

Onboard you will not find the climbing walls, waterslides and games arcades found on some of the bigger vessels. Instead Fred Olsen focuses on more traditional entertainment in the form of evening shows, deck quoits, quiet bars, delightful restaurants, a library and in some cases, a cards room. You will also find a gym/fitness centre, swimming pool(s), and hairdresser. The ships offer plenty of space to just sit, relax, read a book and watch the coastlines and open waters drift by.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace, however many of these holidays will have an element of sightseeing in our ‘Discover Collection’ as well to ensure you enjoy the very best of the areas we visit. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice. 

Walks & Excursions

The described walks assume that the weather will be good and that the ship will keep to the planned schedule. We may have to change the walks if the ship’s schedule changes or there is poor weather.

Sometimes the ship may need to anchor at a port of call. This means a tender needs to be used to reach port. Your Captain will advise when a tender service will be required.

Fred Olsen asks that you take your passport with you when you leave the ship to explore on shore.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Currency in Iceland

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona. ATM machines provide the most convenient way to withdraw cash. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Iceland. Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in banks, hotels and currency exchange bureaux. 

Tipping

Your cruise holiday price includes all ship, driver and where applicable, local guide tips. You can, should you wish, tip more at your discretion for any service provider who has gone above and beyond to make your holiday special.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the program for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides in Port

To enhance your experience, as well as your Cruise and Walk Tour Leader, at some ports of call our group will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Getting to your departure port

For all information on how to get to your cruise departure by car or public transport please consult www.fredolsencruises.com/cruising-information/departure-port

Please use the link above to source information regarding car parking at your cruise departures respective port.

Embarkation

On arrival at the port you will need to produce both your ticket and a valid passport, so please ensure you have both ready to hand. When checking in you will be issued with your ship’s pass and boarding card. Your ship’s pass acts as your security pass and onboard account card for the full duration of the cruise. Each time you embark or disembark the ship your card will be swiped to record whether you are on board or ashore. In addition, your hand luggage may be subject to either x-ray scanning or a manual search each time you re-join the ship.

Disembarkation

At least 24 hours before the end of your cruise the full disembarkation instructions will be placed inside your cabin. Please ensure you have settled all onboard accounts before leaving the ship.

You have the choice to depart with your luggage on the morning of disembarkation or leave your luggage outside your cabin door on the final night of your cruise holiday. Your luggage will be collected and transferred to the cruise terminal for you on disembarkation, you can collect it as you depart the ship, making for a stress-free disembarkation. If you decide to do this, then we recommend bringing an overnight bag for toiletries, pyjamas, and a spare change of clothes.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Your luggage allowance is 200lbs or 90kg. For safety reasons, each piece of luggage should weigh less than 44lbs or 20kg.

Approximately 10 days prior to departure, we will send you your cruise tickets and luggage labels. 

Please be advised that there are a number of items that are prohibited to be taken on board. To avoid any items being confiscated at check-in, please familiarise yourself with our prohibited items policy at www.fredolsencruises.com and search for ‘prohibited items’.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Wondering about the culinary delights on board a Fred Olsen ship? Rest assured, hunger is not on the itinerary. All meals are inclusive, ensuring you begin your day with a satisfying breakfast buffet featuring an array of options—from fresh fruits and cereals to a hearty English breakfast, cheeses, pastries, and more. The morning spread also includes unlimited tea or coffee, setting the tone for a delightful day at sea.

Lunches, enjoyed on cruising days, offer flexibility. Whether you prefer the generous buffet in the restaurant, the casual offerings in the café, or an alfresco poolside experience, the choice is yours. On days of exploration, a thoughtfully provided packed lunch awaits.

Come evening, prepare for a sumptuous five-course á la carte menu in a stylish restaurant. The menu, crafted by award-winning chefs, boasts a variety of mouth-watering options, with accommodation for special diets like fat-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. Served by courteous waiting staff, the dinner experience creates a wonderful atmosphere. Our reservation for dinner at 6.15 pm ensures you have ample time to enjoy the evening entertainment if desired. Wine options can be pre-ordered through the Maître'd, the interactive intranet in your cabin, or directly at the table.

And there's more—morning coffee, afternoon tea, and extensive late-night suppers await your indulgence! Our group will also enjoy an exclusive drinks party, alongside the Captain's welcome and farewell gatherings, and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on a sea day.

Throughout the day, complimentary tea and coffee stations are available, typically in the informal café. While additional beverages are available for purchase, the prices are reasonable. Please note that alcoholic drinks bought ashore cannot be brought on board for consumption during the cruise.

For those with specific dietary needs such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low-fat preferences, please inform us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks before departure. Your culinary experience on board is designed to be as delightful as your journey at sea.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as the Fred Olsen ships have small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

Formal Nights

Your formal night will be announced in your Daily Times whilst on board the ship. The number of formal nights are dependant on the duration of the cruise you have booked:

3 nights or less

Smart casual throughout

3 - 5 nights

Captain's Welcome Party, but no formal nights

6 nights

Captain's Welcome Party + 1x formal night

7- 12 nights

Captain's Welcome Party + 2x formal nights

13- 20 nights

Captain's Welcome Party + 3x formal nights

22 nights +

Captain's Welcome Party + 1x formal night each week

Electricity in Iceland

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Iceland

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Iceland.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.



EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Safety Onboard

Your safety and comfort are paramount to us at all times. Rest assured, when navigating certain 'hot spots' globally, Fred Olsen implement additional and robust security measures. While they cannot disclose specific details of these plans, they want us to inform you in advance that extra safety drills will be conducted before entering these waters. In areas deemed to have a higher threat level, it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins. Fred Olsen appreciate your cooperation and understanding in advance. Your well-being is ours and their top priority, and these precautions are taken to ensure a secure and enjoyable journey for you and their crew.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

You'll be glad to know that on Fred Olsen ships, the use of single-use plastics has been discontinued whenever feasible. This includes the prohibition of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery, and take-away coffee cups. The officers and crew consistently explore ways to further minimize plastic usage. All waste is meticulously collected, sorted, and discharged by the ship's staff in adherence to stringent environmental regulations. This waste is then responsibly processed onshore by approved recycling and receiving operators. It's important to note that the only waste discharged at sea consists of commuted food waste and wastewater. Your cruise experience is designed with a commitment to environmental responsibility.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritize the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Iceland

  • Capital

    Reykjavik

  • Currency

    Icelandic Krona

  • Language

    Icelandic

  • Time Difference

    UTC

  • Flight duration

    3.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 84mm

  • February

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • March

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • April

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • May

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • August

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • September

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • October

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 103mm

  • November

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • December

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 95mm

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