Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Cruise the majestic fjords of Iceland and meet Carol Kirkwood
Iceland has so much to offer lovers of the natural world – from geothermal springs and towering mountains to magnificent fjords where humpback whales breach in icy waters.
There’s no better way to experience the dramatic landscapes and wildlife than on an adventure cruise, and our luxury two-week trip this September will take you to many highlights of this magical country.
To make the holiday extra-special, you’ll have the opportunity to meet popular television weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. She will join you on an excursion and give an insightful talk and question-and-answer session in Iceland’s capital and largest city, Reykjavik.
On this unforgettable trip, you’ll be sailing in style on Balmoral, an elegant cruise ship specially designed to get up close to Iceland’s natural wonders. While aboard, you will enjoy a range of fabulous ship-board facilities, including the Atlantis Spa, two heated swimming pools and a range of dining venues.
Dramatic: During The Mail on Sunday’s two-week trip to Iceland, you’ll see some of the country’s spectacular waterfalls, including the Godafoss waterfall (above)
The itinerary has been carefully crafted to include some of Iceland’s greatest natural attractions.
You will have opportunities to see the dramatic Seydisfjordur fjord, the impressive Strokkur geyser and the powerful waterfalls of Gullfoss and Godafoss.
You’ll cruise on Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjordur, and along the Borgarfjordur Eystri fjord – according to Icelandic folklore, home to a large population of elves. Borgarfjordur Eystri is one of the best places in Iceland to spot puffins.
You’ll cruise along the Borgarfjordur Eystri, one of the best places in Iceland to spot puffins
MEET OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Carol Kirkwood
Scottish weather presenter Carol Kirkwood trained with the Met Office and has been presenting the weather for more than 20 years. She famously danced with Pasha Kovalev in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The itinerary includes a trip to Akureyri, a brilliant location for spotting humpback whales in their natural habitat. The whales feed here in the cobalt waters, occasionally leaping out of the water to put on a show.
On the way home, there’s a stop at Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.
Balmoral will be your home for the fortnight. There will be a total of six days at sea, with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfasts and lunch buffets included.
REASONS TO BOOK
On-board entertainment: When the lights go down aboard Balmoral, you’ll be treated to a schedule of excellent entertainment, from music and cabaret to stand-up comedy. Just sit back and enjoy the performances with your favourite tipple or cocktail in hand.
Unwind as you sail: With a range of wellness facilities on the ship, your days at sea are a chance to disconnect from the stresses of life on land and find true tranquillity. Indulge in a treatment in the fabulous Atlantis Spa, or kick back by one of the two heated saltwater pools.
Meet Carol Kirkwood in Reykjavik: You’ll make a stop in Reykjavik, Iceland’s coastal capital, where you’ll be joined by Carol Kirkwood. Carol will give an insightful talk on her career and experiences as a TV weather presenter and will be available to answer your questions.
Mesmerising landscapes: Iceland is a cinematically beautiful destination where travellers witness spectacular and diverse terrains, from geothermal geysers to majestic fjords and towering volcanoes. Your ship is designed to get you up close to many of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes.
Wonderful wildlife: As you sail, keep an eye on the water and look out for breaching humpback whales, and on the skies to see native birds soaring above. You might spot puffins, fulmars, kittiwakes and eider ducks perched on marshy ledges.
Cruise the tranquil fjords: You’ll cruise along Borgarfjordur Eystri and Eyjafjordur fjords, passing remarkable sights such as the Godafoss waterfall and breathtaking Dyrfjoll mountains.
- Drinks and gratuities package.
- Excursion, talk and Q&A with Carol Kirkwood.
- Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites.
- Choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more.
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24 hours a day at selected venues; complimentary afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes; and in-room sandwiches and snacks.
- Full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music.
- Use of on-board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym.
- Range of engaging on-board activities and lectures throughout the day.
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance).
- Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point.
- Formal welcome and/or captain’s drinks party and gala buffet.
YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Southampton DAYS 2-4 At sea DAY 5 Seydisfjordur, Iceland DAY 6 Akureyri DAY 7 Isafjordur DAYS 8-9 Reykjavik DAY 10 At sea DAY 11 Torshavn, Faroe Islands DAYS 12-13 At sea DAY 14 Arrive back in Southampton
HOW TO BOOK
The price: From £2,399pp*. The dates: September 13 to 26, 2023. Call 02039 938 934 quoting MOS CAROL K. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/icelandcarol.
Terms and conditions: *From price is per person, based on two people sharing an inside cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement: N/A. Deposit: 20 per cent. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL-bonded).