Explore Iceland & Faroe Islands - the Land of Glaciers, Thundering Waterfalls, Immense Cliffs, Geothermal Springs, Boiling Mud Pots, Rock & Lava
There’s one place on Earth where geology is so exciting, it’s downright sexy, even if you’re not a geologist: Iceland. Geologically young, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - which means it is highly geologically active with many volcanoes - hundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010.
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations - glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava - scapes of unearthly beauty - is truly world-class. It alone makes a small ship cruise to this region a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other expedition components - Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife - seeing it all in one expedition is irresistible.
Most of the cruises to Iceland start or end in Reykjavík. The capital of Iceland is considered one of the cleanest, and greenest cities in the world. Reykjavik is also the world’s northernmost capital city. With its houses with colourful roofs and it's lake that is home to countless ducks, the city offers a picture - postcard setting. It also boasts numerous cultural treasures, particularly in the field of contemporary art, with the Reykjavik Art Museum.
Some Iceland cruises also visit the Faroe Islands which are a paradise for walkers and bird watchers. Titanic scenery, mist-whipped mountains and staggering oceanic vistas await you here in the Faroe Islands - a far-flung archipelago of immense natural beauty. This remote and isolated gathering of 18 islands – adrift in the far North Atlantic Ocean – is a self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and colourful Tórshavn bustles up against the seafront, forming one of the tiniest capital cities in the world. Wander between pretty, half-timbered houses or visit one of the world’s oldest parliament buildings.
With Viking history swirling too, Tórshavn is a quaint, charming and heritage-rich city. Surrounded by thrilling landscapes, and cosy Scandi culture, the Faroe Islands are an envy-inducing, off-the-beaten-track destination. From Tórshavn, scatter to your choice of island destinations, or spend time soaking in the storybook appeal and clarity of air in the scenic old town. Pop into local shops or head for restaurants - where you can taste local foods like salt-cured fish and hunks of lamb. See waterfalls plummeting directly into the ocean from vertical cliffs, along with emerald-green carpeted fjords, as you explore these extraordinary, lost islands. Puffins and sea birds relish the island’s craggy sea cliffs and coastline – visit the island of Mykines to see the birds burrowing deep into the steep cliffs to nest. Strap on your hiking boots to rise to the challenge of the mesmerising scenery. Fjords etch into the coastline, and you can encounter peaceful lakes and massive valleys dug out by glaciers. Off-shore, sea stacks totter up out of the swelling, frothy waves.
If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise to Iceland & the Faroes Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. We are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences. Please feel free to enquire and let the experienced team here at Wild Earth Travel help you find a adventure that suits you.