Adventure: the most exciting cruises in Iceland

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With their Scottish or Greenlandic look, we love admiring Iceland’s coastline. Head north for an unforgettable cruise!

The land of fire and ice is a true paradise for nature lovers. A trip to Iceland means discovering breathtaking natural sites: lava fields, waterfalls, geysers… Got sea legs? That’s just as well: some of them are best seen from a small cruise ship.

An Iceland cruise is an opportunity to discover a different side of the island. It’s a chance to admire astonishing rock formations, dazzling glaciers and all manner of bird species. It also means taking the time to gently explore the fjords, lagoons, lakes and rivers that irrigate the country.

Tempted by the experience? The good news is that there are cruises to suit every taste, at every price. You’ll have no trouble finding the one that’s right for you, especially with the help of this selection! Come aboard: we’ll take you away.

A cruise around Iceland, destination: emotion

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  • 💙 We love: the impression of infinity as you gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean
  • 🌿 Best period: July, August and September

It’s decided: you’ll be spending your next vacation in the far north ofEurope, discovering the land of fire and ice. How about a cruise around Iceland? Many operators offer this type of exceptional holiday aboard elegant liners. Allow ten days or so to circumnavigate the island, and be sure to budget accordingly: prices for this type of tour are often high.

But one thing’s for sure: if you treat yourself to this experience, you won’t regret it! Aboard your ship, you’ll get a complete overview of the island’s diverse landscape. The fjords of the west, the glaciers of the east and the hundreds-of-meters-high cliffs of the south will hold no secrets for you. Along the way, you’re sure to come across numerous species of birds, and maybe even a few seals or whales.

Other options exist for those wishing to take a longer cruise. For example, you can sail from Iceland to Greenland, the Faroe Islands or even the North Pole. If, however, you’re short of time, you can make do with a circumnavigation of the small volcanic island of Heimaey, off the south coast.

An exceptional whale-watching cruise

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  • 💙 We like: the curiosity of Minke whales, which often come to meet visitor boats
  • 🌿 Best period: July and August

Iceland is one of the few countries in the world where whales are still hunted. While we strongly advise against this type of adventure, there are many ways toget close to these majestic animals. There’s nothing like >a cruise, of course.

The good news is that it’s quite easy to meet these animals from the city of Reykjavik. A cruise in Iceland lasting a few hours will allow you to cross paths with small Minke whales, and perhaps a porpoise or a dolphin. All for a reasonable price.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to discover the great humpback whales, it’s best to head for the north coast and Skjálfandi Bay. When it comes to boats, you ‘ll be spoilt for choice. From traditional boats to inflatable speedboats, motorboats and catamarans, there’s something for everyone.

An Icelandic cruise to discover the northern lights

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  • 💙 We love: when the rainbow-colored aurora borealis is reflected on the ocean
  • 🌿 Best period: winter season, for maximum darkness

Iceland is one ofthe best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. This is especially true when the nights get very long and the darkness particularly deep, around the winter solstice. By visiting the country at this time of year, you multiply your chances of observing this breathtaking andelusive phenomenon.

Cruising in Iceland is our favorite way to go in search of the Northern Lights. By taking to the ocean or a fjord by boat, you get away from light pollution, making it easier to observe this incredible celestial dance. This type of excursion is offered from Reykjavik, but also fromAkureyri, if you’re staying in the north of the country. The lucky ones can even board a luxury yacht for the occasion.

Even in Iceland, the aurora borealis remains a rare phenomenon. We recommend that you keep a close eye on the weather forecast to make the most of the best conditions for viewing it.

A peaceful cruise on Lake Mývatn

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  • 💙 We love: discovering nearly a dozen different duck species!
  • 🌿 Best period: April to September, when the birds are out.

Located inland in the north of the country, Lake Mývatn is one of Iceland’s richest ecosystems. This warm-water lagoon exudes a peaceful atmosphere. It is disturbed only by the tremor of geothermal activity, and by the many species of birds that live here.

An Icelandic cruise on Lake Mývatn is a soothing, timeless experience. It’s also an opportunity to observe a particularly rich fauna and flora.

If you’re planning a boat trip on Lake Mývatn, take the time to visit the surrounding area too. With its waterfalls, hot springs, caves and fumaroles, Mývatn is a condensed version of Iceland. And that’s just as well: there are many day trips that include a cruise to Mývatn.

A cruise through the fjords, as in Norway

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Lake cruise in Iceland

  • 💙 We love: the turquoise waters of Stórurd
  • 🌿 Best period: all year round, depending on the fjord chosen

Did you know that there are no fewer than 109 fjords to the east and northwest of Iceland, and therefore almost as many cruising possibilities? These ancient glacial lagoons offer a wide variety of landscapes that rival each other in beauty. Lagoons, mountains, cliffs and waterfalls often mingle, to the delight of our eyes.

There’s no better way to discover these enchanting settings than on an Icelandic cruise. You’ll travel right to the heart of the fjord and admire all its richness. The options are as varied as the landscapes of the different fjords. The most economical? Board a simple ferry!

An Iceland cruise to get close to glaciers at all costs

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Lake cruise in Iceland

  • 💙 We love: immersing yourself in the magical scenery of Jökulsárlón
  • 🌿 Best period: June and September, to enjoy good weather without the crowds

Looking for a more intense adventure? We’ve got just what you’re looking for: a sporty mini-cruise to get close to one (or more) glacier(s). Our favorite setting? The incredible glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, in southern Iceland.

To experience this magical cruise in Iceland, the quietest option is to climb aboard a small amphibious boat. If you’re in the mood for a little thrill, you’ll prefer motorized Zodiacs. And for the more adventurous, we recommend a kayak tour. The plus? It’s an environmentally-friendly way of getting around, without disturbing the majestic calm of the area.

Luxurious, eco-friendly, sporty, night-time… There’s a cruise to suit every taste in Iceland. Which one makes you dream the most? Tell us all about it in the comments!