Thinking of going on a cruise to Iceland this summer? This is a great way to see Iceland and then return to your luxury cruise ship in the evening, without having to figure out your own accommodation and road trip.
Just book a shore excursion from the cruise ship or before you board online (you can book your own independent tour, just be back on time). Then just sit back and relax as the ship sails to each port.
All the logistics are sorted out on your behalf all you have to do is meet at the meeting point at the correct time and go and enjoy your tour.
There are different cruises that go to Iceland, some start in the UK and some on the east coast of the US. So you will see some more ports as well as the Icelandic ports.
The cruise we went on around Iceland was in August/September and it was fantastic as we had lovely weather.
The ports we went to were; Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Grundarfjordur and Reykjavik. We also went to Lerwick in the Shetlands Islands in Scotland, Thurso in Scotland and Bergin in Norway.
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Seydisfjordur is on the east of Iceland and is surrounded by fjords. It is a charming small Icelandic village with a church, a few small shops and cafes/bars.
The day I was there it was a beautiful sunny day, so you saw the reflection of the buildings and fjords in the water.
When we were there we just enjoyed a walk around and took it easy as we knew we were going to go on tours for the next few days.
Akureyri was the second Iceland port and is in central northern Iceland. When we were there we went to visit Godafoss Waterfall, Namaskard Pass, Dimmuborgir and Lake Myvatn.
My favourite part of the day was visiting Godafoss Waterfall and Namaskard Pass. Godafoss waterfall was amazing to see and means ‘Water to the Gods’.
It is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, that is rushing with glacial water of the Skjalfandafljot River.
Namaskard Pass is one of the most volcanic areas in Iceland and there are boiling hot mud pools with dense vapours of sulphur, after a while though the sulphur gets to you.
We also visited Dimmuborgir where lava formations were left and are in lots of different shapes and we saw Lake Myvatn where large craters are. We had a lovely traditional Icelandic lunch of cauliflower soup, followed by trout and veggies.
Grundarfjordur was our next port that is on the north shore of Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland.
We visited the black pebble beach and saw the lifting stones that the local sailors tested their strength by lifting. These stones ranged from a 23 kg stone to a 154 kg stone.
To be eligible to become oarsman they had to be able to lift the 54 kg stone. After visiting, the beach we went for a walk around the peninsula that was a stunning rocky shoreline. For lunch, we ate fish soup, followed by cod and veggies.
Reykjavik is in the south-west of Iceland and is a large city by the sea. We had two days there so we got to see a lot.
On the first day, we went to Blue Lagoon which is a fabulous outdoor geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic rock.
The water is full of minerals and you can put the white silica on your face as a face mask. There is a bar that is in the water so you can swim up and get a drink or two!
Also, there is a sauna and steam room. They offer massages on the water which is at an extra cost.
That evening we went to my favourite lobster restaurant ‘Lobster & Stuff’. We had lobster soup, followed by a lobster roll, delicious!
On the second day, I went to visit the Golden Circle, which is Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur. Also on the tour, we saw a Geothermal Power Plant and The Pearl.
I was very excited to see Strokkur for the geyser, it had that smelly sulphur smell again like the boiling mud pits.
But seeing the geyser spurt with water was quite something and you never know in which direction the water will go! I was filming and the water came in our direction, that was funny watching it back!
Thingvellir National Park was very interesting as the rift valley shows the Reykjanes Ridge that divides the North American and Eurasian plates of the mid-Atlantic Ridge, quite something to see.
Gullfoss Waterfall was breathtaking and it was amazing how close you can get to it compared to visiting the Godafoss Waterfall in Akureyri.
I recommend visiting Iceland as it is a fascinating place, very different to the rest of Europe due to its climate and not having many trees.
The Vikings cut most of them down years ago to build boats and they never grew back. The Icelandic people are now replanting but it takes time.
You can visit Iceland all year round, but if you would like to see Iceland in daylight visit in the summer months, as in the winter months there are only 6 hours of light a day. Cruise ships only go in the summer months.
- Weather in summer months: 4*C – 14*C.
- Language: Icelandic, but most people also speak English.
- Currency: Icelandic Krona.
- It is cold even in summer so wear layers and bring a hat, scarf and gloves.
- I recommend wearing trainers or hiking shoes to enjoy seeing the sights.
- Bring an umbrella or rain jacket as when it rains it pours!
- Bring your camera or phone as the scenery is amazing.
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Have you been on a cruise around Iceland? What would you recommend doing?