Iceland small ship cruises travel guide
There are a couple of fundamental differences between Iceland small ship cruising vacations and land based vacations, and we don’t just mean the water. Small ship cruises are not only about gaining access to some of the most magnificent sights of this geologically gorgeous country, but also the sounds. On small ship cruises all your senses are awakened, especially that of hearing, such as in remote spots like Snaefellsnes peninsula where you might wake up to whale song.
I loved the surf and turf combo: on a boat for half the time, then road tripping back through the highlands for the rest. All the elements, all the wildlife and all the landscapes wrapped into one trip
Or the Westman Islands where the croaky calls of thousands of puffins is music to your ears. And then there’s that heart stopping crack of ice as the Vatnajökull glacier calves into Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. But mostly it is the sound of silence. So, as the country’s most famous singer Bjork says, “Shhh, it’s oh so quiet. Shhh it’s oh so still… until you fall in love”, which you will with Iceland. And then… “Zing boom.”
Iceland small ship cruises are...
the perfect way to see Iceland’s glorious wilderness and wildlife without the coach loads.
Iceland small ship cruises aren’t...
about giant floating hotels that cater to your every whim. They inspire, rather than invade.
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Best time to go on a small ship cruise to Iceland
I had a very significant birthday in September, and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate - seeing the Northern Lights and humpback whales off the North coast
The best time to go on a small ship cruise to Iceland is when the skipper says it is OK to go. These are near-Arctic waters after all, and conditions are usually only suitable for expeditions from May until September. September is great for seeing the seeing the Northern Lights, and there are whales around during most of this time too. June to August have endless daylight and temperatures reach the low 20s. Inland Iceland is drier at this time for hiking and sightseeing excursions.
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Our top Iceland cruising Vacation
A cruise around Iceland with a chance of whales & Aurora
From £2635 8 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2021: 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep
2021: 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep
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