Glaciers, hot springs, fermented shark … Iceland’s list of must see’s and do’s is long.
Undoubtedly one of the best travel destinations on the planet, Iceland has been topping the bucket list for some time. Soulful scenery abounds, unspoilt nature comes with a capital N, there’s no light or air pollution and over half the population (including government officials) believe in elves. So to say that this destination is magical would be an understatement. But it’s not all about the great outdoors; Icelandic culture is rich and varied. Going back to long before the arrival of Norsemen in 874 AD, this is a land where Viking traditions still play a large part in everyday life. So all aboard! Discover the many contrasts of this wonderful country with Silversea’s Iceland luxury cruises. Read more about Northern Europe.
Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation's nerve centre and government seat, is home to half the island's population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt. Esja (pronounced eh-shyuh), with its ever-changing hues, Reykjavík presents a colourful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colours and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs. In contrast to the almost treeless countryside, Reykjavík has many tall, native birches, rowans, and willows, as well as imported aspen, pines, and spruces.
Seyðisfjörður, a beautiful 19th-century Norwegian village on the east coast of Iceland, is regarded by many as one of Iceland's most picturesque towns, not only due to its impressive environment but also because nowhere in Iceland has a community of old wooden buildings been preserved so well as here. Poet Matthías Johannessen called Seyðisfjörður a 'pearl enclosed in a shell'.
Akureyri, called the Capital of the North, is the second largest urban area in Iceland and a lively one at that. Hemmed by the 60-km (37-mile) long Eyjafjörður, Akureyri is sheltered from the ocean winds and embraced by mountains on three sides. Late 19th-century wooden houses impart a sense of history, and the twin spires of a modern Lutheran church rising on a green hill near the waterfront, provide a focal point. To the south of Akureyri is the pyramid-shape rhyolite mountain Súlur.
Situated in the southeastern part of Iceland, the little town of Djupivogur is one of the easiest spots in Iceland to reach from northern Europe. Evidence of this is apparent in the presence of a trading post built here as early as the 16th century. In the modern era, fishing is still important, but tourism is increasing more and more. Nearby Bulandsnes has a renowned bird sanctuary, and Papey Island just slightly to the east is home to large colonies of Atlantic Puffins.
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Iceland’s sharp contrasts deserve exploration in style, so why not give yourself the very best? Silversea’s luxury Iceland cruises go above and beyond all expectations. Our fleet of 10 intimate ships will take you from thundering waterfalls to vibrant cities, by way of warm and friendly locals. Forget what you have heard in the past about cruising; discover this land of fire and ice in complete comfort with Silversea.
Luxury Oceanview Suites
Nothing says an Iceland cruise better than waking up with a view of the rugged, beautiful Icelandic coastline! The black beaches, geothermal pools and pretty villages will take your breath away each and every time, and with Silversea’s luxury oceanview suites, there is no excuse for sleeping in! Almost all our suites have a private veranda, so whether it is morning coffee or nightcaps in the midnight sun, the comfort, space and superb luxury of all our suites will give you something to write home about.
No one can underestimate the power of a service that is catered to your every need. And to your every wish! Consistently the jewel in our crown, our personalised service is what makes the difference between good cruise and an amazing one. Our superior levels of service are celebrated the world over, so whether it’s reserving a table in Rome, organising a flightseeing tour in Iceland or hosting a private party in Amsterdam, our personalised butlers offer far more than simple service with a smile.
There is all-inclusive and there is Silversea all-inclusive. Once again raising the bar on luxury cruising, Silversea’s all-inclusive promise means just that – everything you could possibly need is included. This means all food, fine wines and premium beverages, open-bar service throughout the fleet, prepaid gratuities (including butler service), and all excursions and equipment on our expedition fleet. As many lines throughout our industry have itemised their services for additional charges, we buck the trend by offering our guests convenience, simplicity and comfort.
What are the key characteristics of Icelandic food and is it any good? Is it true that Icelanders only eat dried fish? What should travellers eat while visiting Iceland? Well, there is only one way to find out! Travel on any of our Iceland cruises to discover the world’s best-kept gourmet secret. Inspired by nature, modern Icelandic cuisine is a fusion of the past and the future. So whether onboard and onshore, think impossibly fresh fish, rye flatbread and tender, succulent lamb. And if you really want the full Icelandic food experience, fermented shark and puffin burgers are on quite a few menus (but thankfully onshore only)!
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