A&K in the Know: The Norwegian Fjords & Iceland Cruise

January 2017

Venture to the heart of northern Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes and discover the undiscovered on an exclusive cruise to the Norwegian Fjords followed by a week in Iceland. Explore the beauty of the Norwegian Fjord visiting extraordinary World Heritage sites, charming towns and villages, dramatic waterfalls, soaring mountain vistas and nature unspoiled. Equally scenic, Iceland delivers drama aplenty. Small and compact, all the highlights are easily accessible, from the charming and colourful  Reykjavik to the remote south shore and the volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls or the Golden Circle region. 

When is the best time to travel?
June to September is a great time to visit both Norway and Iceland. 

Norway: In the summer months, between June and August, experience the Midnight Sun when days are long and perfect for hiking, cycling or cruising.

Iceland: June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Enjoy guided walks of Norway and Iceland’s most charming towns including, Oslo, Stavanger, Reykjavik and Göteborg.

Embark on a super jeep adventure tour of glaciers, mountains, birch forests and valleys.

Indulge in unique food experiences in out-of-the way locations including, toasting the Midnight Sun with cocktails on Iceland’s south shore.

Take a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field. 

Things to see
Marvel at some of Norway’s natural wonders including the breathtaking World Heritage listed Geirangerfjord and Briksdal Glacier. Explore some of the most beautiful spots in Iceland: crater glacier, Gigjokull, the narrow canyon of Stakkholtsgja, black sandy beaches, the Basalt Sea stacks of Reynisdrangar plus jaw-dropping waterfalls inclusing, Skogarfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui.

A&K’s Recommended Vessel: 

Ponant Le Soléal
Sailing under the French flag, Le Soléal is the third ship from Ponant Cruises. With just 132 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, she joined the fleet in July 2013. On board décor is contemporary and inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. A refined ambience is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the lounge bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit. There are two dining rooms, a fitness centre, beauty therapist, hammam, three massage cabins, hairdresser, shop and swimming pool.

To explore the Norwegian Fjord and Iceland please visit Norwegian Fjord Cruise & Iceland Aboard: Ponant Le Soléal