Unparalleled natural beauty and unique adventures abound in magical Iceland. This is why luxury cruises to this special region continue growing in popularity and are among the “hot” trends for discerning travelers. Visitors want to experience for themselves the stunning scenery, fascinating culture and warm friendly people who live here.
Iceland is called the “Land of Fire and Ice” due to its extremes, for instance glaciers and volcanic springs side by side. Situated near the Arctic Circle it’s between Greenland and the European mainland. Due to the northern location, more land here is covered by glaciers than in all of Europe. Sparkling waterfalls are nearly everywhere and its famous black sand beaches will leave a lingering memory.
Travelers looking for a different vacation can choose from several luxury cruise lines offering sailings here. These journeys are ideal for those who desire the very best, both onboard and ashore.
Some may call at just Reykjavik, while others might include ports such as Isafjordur and Grundarfjordur. Itineraries can also include popular destinations such as Amsterdam and the Norwegian fjords.
Multiple benefits on these voyages await you. Experience beautiful Iceland, pampering by a highly-trained staff, world-class cuisine, high-end amenities, exquisite accommodations and more.
Highlights can include the following:
Discover Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city. You’ll have an opportunity to explore many of the island’s incredible other-worldly features, including volcanic fields, thermal pools and frozen landscapes. Go whale-watching or stroll along the Old Harbour with its museums, shopping and wonderful restaurants.
On the bucket list of many is witnessing the spectacular aurora borealis, also known as the northern Lights. Peak viewing season runs September through March when the nights are longest. Shades of purple, green, blue and more will, wondrously, dance before your eyes.
Thingvellir National Park
Those with an affinity for nature and adventure will want to tour this UNESCO World Heritage site which possesses geological and historical significance. Here, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge surfaces from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the European and North American tectonic plates meet. You’ll be visiting the Golden Circle – one of the country’s most popular attractions. Breathtaking sites include Gullfoss Golden Waterfall and Strokkur, a geyser that spouts up nearly 100 feet every few minutes. In Fridheimar, you’ll learn about the history of the magnificent Icelandic horses and see a professional exhibition.
Black Sand Beaches
Get out your cameras, as you will want to photograph the stunning black sand beaches on the island. These are the beautiful result of volcanic activity wherein the rocks and ash were ground down over time, making them black. There are some beaches with white sand and the red sand beaches can only be found in the Westfjords.
Animal-lovers will be in their glory when they spot Iceland’s local wildlife. You might see adorable Puffins or catch a glimpse of majestic whales, playful dolphins, countless species of birds, as well as foxes.
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is another of Iceland’s most popular attractions. With a beautiful blue color it’s in gorgeous contrast to the surrounding black lava field dotted with dark green moss. The warm waters are idyllic to soothe your mind, body and soul in this spa-like wonder near Reykjavik.
These are but a few of the memorable and rare places and activities that make Iceland so special and why it is one of the world’s “hottest” destinations. Visit on a luxury cruise ship and savor the best of everything.
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