Small cruise ships offer a privileged experience of Iceland’s stunning geological wonders. You’ll glide past awe-inspiring glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, lakes and mountains, accompanied by swirling seabirds. Attractions that are all but inaccessible by land reveal their beauty to vessels small enough to approach them by sea, whilst at night unobstructed views of the northern lights and stars astonish with their clarity. Most voyages start in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, with its traditional wooden houses and lively cultural life.
Also within reach of the capital are several unforgettable day trip destinations, including spectacular Gulfoss Falls and the otherworldly Blue Lagoon.
Iceland is, literally, a country in the making – the natural elements work in harmony to power its veritable volcanic laboratory: geysers gush, mudpots gloop, Arctic gales swish along silent fjords, stone towers rise from the depths of an indigo sea, and glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields and the merciless tundra. The sublime power of Icelandic nature turns the prosaic into the extraordinary. A dip in the pool becomes a soothing soak in a geothermal lagoon, a casual stroll can transform into a trek across a glittering ice cap, and a quiet night of camping means front-row seats to either the aurora borealis’ curtains of fire, or the soft, pinkish hue of the midnight sun.