Iceland Cruises are like taking trips to Heaven!
Why Iceland Cruises? As published by the Washington Post, ‘When you are in Iceland, it’s hard to imagine you are still on planet earth.’ Indeed cruising around Iceland offers you the perfect opportunity to experience this feeling and so much more!
To start with, the natural landscape of Iceland is simply stunning! Located just south of the Arctic Circle and home to some of the tallest glaciers in the world, much of the island remains unspoilt and undeveloped, a simple paradise still intact.
Picture courtesy of msccruises.com.
As it’s often said, it is the simple pleasures in life that makes us most happy and content. Well, with Iceland cruises, you can expect to go on the vacation of a lifetime!
Of course the same can be said about Caribbean cruises also, but then just by looking at the photos I have provided, I am sure you already know that.
Iceland currently offers ten active cruise ports situated around the island. A typical twelve nights cruise will make stops in at least three of these ports. All are different and offer a unique but enjoyable experience.
Here’s a look at the most popular cruise ports and what they offer:
Ísafjörður: This port has the largest natural harbour and is also the busiest for Iceland cruises. The town itself is historic, with buildings dating back to the eighteenth century. Iceland’s famed Maritime Museum is also located here.
Shore Excursions: Boat tour to the paradise island of Vigur, Bus tour around Isafjordur, Visit to fishing village.
Contact: www.isafjordur.is; Tel. + 354 450 8080.
Seyðisfjörður: The port boasts a modern cruise terminal building with a gangway and two berths. Occupying the surrounding areas, you can expect to see old timber buildings which houses businesses and also residential homes. The East Iceland Museum of Technology is located here.
Shore Excursions: Skálanes – nature and heritage tour, Tour of the town, Tour of the nearby waterfalls.
Húsavík: Often dubbed the Whale Watching Capital of Europe, Port Húsavík offers extraordinary opportunities for getting up close and personal with these amazing sea creatures. Besides this, the town also offers a nine hole golf course and a breathing natural park. Iceland’s Whale Center Museum is also located here.
Shore Excursions: Whale Watching around Skjálfandi Bay, Lake Mývatn tour, Town tour, Eyjafjörður fjord tour- include local buffet and horseshow.
Contact: www.husavik.is; Tel. + 354 464 6175
Akureyri: This port is located inside a sheltered natural harbour and is within walking distance of the town, which offers interesting museums and shopping facilities. Annually during the summer months of June, July and August, the town hosts a festival of arts and culture which includes music and jazz, concerts, theatre, exhibitions and educational lectures.
Shore Excursions: Lake Mývatn nature bath and tour (Approximately an hour drive), Plane ride to the island of Grímsey- a bird island located on the Arctic Circle.
Contact: www.port.is; Tel. + 354 460 4200
Reykjavík: This port has a metropolitan look and feel, yet nature still largely abounds here. There is a wide variety of shops, museums, galleries, first class restaurants, bars and cafés. Seven thermal baths and pools offer a soothing comfort and total relaxation.
Shore Excursions: Lava, birds and blue lagoon tour, Blue lagoon bathing, Discover Reykjavík tour.
Contact: www.faxaports.is; +354 525 8900.
Cruise lines that sail to Iceland and upcoming Iceland Cruises:
The following are some of the major cruise liners that offer various cruise packages for Iceland cruises.
Holland America, Norwegian, Costa, Discovery World Cruises, Princess, Celebrity, Oceania, Royal Caribbean, Delphin Seereisen, Thompson, P&O, Kristina, Radisson Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Clipper, Cunard and Abercrombie & Kent.
Go here to access a wide variety of upcoming Iceland cruises.
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