Isafjordur cruises

Keep your binoculars handy. Iceland’s western fjords are prime whale watching waters and, if your luck’s in, you may just spot a telltale spout of water.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Isafjordur Sights, History & Culture

    View the diverse and stunning scenery of Ísafjörður as you gain an insight into its culture and history.

    Isafjordur Sights, History & Culture

    As you travel through the mountains you’ll discover panoramic views of the harsh local landscape consisting of narrow passes across sharp mountain ridges and deep, sheltered fjords where farms and villages huddle on narrow strips of land.

    Visit Skrúður Gardens, the first Icelandic botanical garden, founded in 1909. It was the idea of the former minister and principal of Núpur and the cultivation pioneer of Iceland. He grew plants and vegetables that nobody ever dreamed could germinate so far north. Enjoy a short walk around these small but pretty gardens.

    From the gardens, you’ll drive to Flateyri village, which was formed around the shark-fishing industry in the mid-19th century. Visit the charming, small and intimate church of Flateyri, quite typical of the smaller towns in Iceland, where you’ll be treated to an atmospheric Icelandic music programme. After your church visit, take a stroll with your guide down the small main street of Flateyri, to visit the old bookstore and the merchant’s home where time seems to stand still, you will also find an exhibition reflecting the history of Flateyri. In the next building, you can watch the women of the town make pieces of art in their handcraft workshop. Refreshments of tea or coffee and homemade Icelandic cakes will be served here with the locals.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to 40 minutes of walking on this tour, with some uneven terrain at the botanical gardens. This tour may not be suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia as part of it travels through a 6km tunnel. Please note that motor coaches in Iceland can vary in overall quality from region to region. It is not uncommon that in some of the more remote areas motor coaches are somewhat older and larger than in the Capital region.

    Tour code

    ISF_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Vigur Island Views

    Enjoy picturesque landscape and wildlife whilst discovering what remote life is like for the few residents of Vigur Island.

    Vigur Island Views

    Vigur Island is a green oasis in the blue waters of the Isafjardardjup fjord. This small island offers a variety of magnificent bird life including Puffins, Eider Ducks and Arctic Terns.

    Journey by boat to the island, where a warm welcome awaits you from the farmer and his family who solely inhabit the island. The family live off the land and cautiously protect the wildlife that has made the island their home. A local guide will be happy to share stories of their remote life as they show you around their peaceful island. The leisurely walk will provide you with the opportunity to see an abundance of birds and seals in their natural habitat whilst enjoying the beautiful, unspoilt scenery. You will have the chance to see relics of old farming methods, which have been carefully preserved, including Iceland’s only remaining windmill.

    After the island tour, there will be the opportunity to purchase souvenirs at the island’s small gift shop before enjoying delicious refreshments of coffee or tea and Icelandic home-made cakes, served by the farmer's family in their mid-19th-century house - the perfect way to complete your visit, before the return boat ride back to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. The tour around the island involves up to one hour of leisurely walking over some rough and uneven ground. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for those participating in the walk. Guests can opt out of the walk and remain in the bay by the main house and gift shop. There is an uneven pathway to reach the main house. You must be able to step onto the boat and onto the island from the dock.

    Tour code

    ISF_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Dyandi Waterfall

    Visit the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, the biggest in the Westfjords and tour the village of Sudureyri for a look at modern day fishing.

    Dyandi Waterfall

    In a land blessed with a thousand waterfalls, it is indeed a privilege to visit the one that Icelanders claim is the most beautiful of all. Dynjandi Falls is your destination today.

    From Ísafjorður, you’ll set out on a panoramic drive through the breathtaking scenery of the Westfjords area. The route takes you across an unforgiving landscape of jagged mountain ridges and narrow passes. The coast is lined with steep slopes and deep fjords, where farms and villages huddle together on narrow strips of land that reluctantly yield a living for the hardy souls that tend them. Take advantage of a number of scenic photo opportunities along the way.

    The Dynjandi waterfall itself features a tall upper cascade down tiered terraces, ending with a free fall into the pool below. Your guide will lead you on a walk up to the falls for a closer view.

    Next, acquaint yourself with life in northwestern Iceland by visiting the sustainable-fishing village of Suðureyri. It is no exaggeration to state that it is ‘all about fish all the time’ in this area. This is your chance to learn about how the locals process first-class fish products and get a fresh taste of it while listening to local stories. Learn why Iceland’s first class export product can be on your domestic dinner plate just 36 hours after leaving the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean water, and just how sustainable the village operates.

    At the end of the day, relax on the coach ride back to port with a camera filled with one-of-a-kind delights.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A sandwich will be provided during this tour, however, we recommended that you eat a hearty breakfast and take a bottle of water.

    Tour code

    ISF_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • The Abandoned Village of Hesteyri by Boat

    Discover the beautiful landscape, rich history and abundant nature of the abandoned village of Hesteyri.

    The Abandoned Village of Hesteyri by Boat

    Departing by boat from Ísafjörður to the remote nature reserve area of Hesteyri, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery as you cross Jökulfirðir (the glacier fjord), with its beautiful, impressive, rugged snow-flecked mountains and quiet, secluded coves.

    In the late 1940’s, the people of Hesteyri Village, without telephone, electricity or roads, made the united decision to move away. Consequently, the abandoned village has stood deserted since 1952. Since the village was protected in 1975, the native flora, fauna and wildlife have positively flourished. The area is now popular with Arctic Foxes, numerous nesting birds and seals. If you are lucky you may see the seals basking lazily on the nearby rocks and shorelines.

    Admire the beautiful scenery and enjoy a refreshing walk in this unspoilt area as your local guide brings the relics and rich history of this once thriving outpost to life. The ruins of the old whaling station are a reminder of the good old times.

    Traditional refreshments of tea or coffee and Icelandic pastries will be served at the former doctor's residence before returning to Isafjordur. A visit to Hesteyri with its outstanding but unique and untouched nature is akin to taking a tour to the last century.


    This excursion will operate by boat and on foot. There is a gangway to negotiate to board the boat. There is up to two hours of walking, with some gravel and grass in the village. The boat crossing takes approximately one hour. Given the nature of this tour (boat transfer and walking) we do not recommend this tour for those guests with limited mobility.

    Tour code

    ISF_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Isafjordur Old Town Discovery

    Explore the interesting sights of Ísafjörður, and visit the local Maritime Museum for an insight into the history of the town.

    Isafjordur Old Town Discovery

    Ísafjörður, the largest settlement in the Western Fjords of Iceland, is the centre of trade and culture in the area. The town itself is situated on a long, flat, hooked-shaped gravel spit reaching out into the fjord. Ísafjörður town centre has interesting old streets and houses that are unique to the area. The town plays a big part in the history of Iceland and many famous and peculiar people have lived here.

    Enjoy a walk around the small town, stopping at several places of interest, whilst your local guide provides little anecdotes and facts about the local area. Breathe in the town’s history as you stroll through the narrow streets with their modest wooden 19th century houses, perhaps you’ll meet the barber playing his accordion, the baker training for the marathon or see the goldsmith paddling around in his kayak.

    The tour ends with a visit to The West Fjords Maritime Museum, which is situated in one of Ísafjörður’s oldest houses. The museum tells the history of fisheries and the fishing industry, with a special focus on the industry’s role in the building of Ísafjörður.


    This excursion will operate on foot. There will be some uneven ground to be negotiated and several steps at the Museum. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ISF_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Flavours of Sudureyri

    Mix with the residents of the small fishing village of Sudureyri and sample the local delights on this charming tour.

    Flavours of Sudureyri

    Visit Sudureyri and discover how this tiny fishing village hugging the north Atlantic coast survives with just a handful of residents.

    During a tour of the town, you’ll meet some of the locals who will be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as offering you the opportunity to sample some of their local produce. Be sure to stop by the fish drying shed to taste the dried haddock, and the ‘fisherman cooking school’ to sample the Ceviche.

    Sudureyri is now principally a base for speed-boat fishermen, who sail swiftly out to sea, returning to land with fresh, high-quality catches. Such is the speed and efficiency of their entire operation that the local catch is on sale in Europe just 36 hours later. It is also the only community in the locality that enjoys a supply of geothermal hot water providing enough to heat all of the buildings in the village as well as the outdoor swimming pool, which is the only one of its kind in the area, whilst a hydroelectric power station ensures residents have access to hydro-powered electricity.

    Enjoy some free time to browse the pretty village before returning to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking over inclines and uneven ground, therefore flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour may not be suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia as part of it travels through a 5km tunnel. Please note that motor coaches in Iceland can vary in overall quality from region to region. It is not uncommon that in some of the more remote areas motor coaches are somewhat older and larger than in the Capital region.

    Tour code

    ISF_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Calm Fjord Kayaking

    Embark on a two-hour guided kayak adventure and explore the natural wonders of Isafjordur's fjords.

    Calm Fjord Kayaking

    Begin your scenic two-hour kayaking tour with a short walk from the pier to the kayak center located behind the Maritime Museum. Here you will be given a safety briefing and instruction before setting out on a guided adventure in your one-person kayak through the glassine waters of the fjord, surrounded by the magnificent mountains of Isafjordur.

    The waters around Isafjordur are inviting and tranquil, easily managed by visitors, and the unique vantage point is an optimal way to experience Iceland's native scenery up close. Just grab your paddle and you're off to explore.

    With an endless array of fjords and bays so close by, it is no wonder that Isafjordur has earned a reputation as the sea kayaking center of Iceland. As you glide between the towering mountains, keep a lookout for a wonderful array of birds that populate the area. If you are lucky, you may also see seals and other curious marine life. If you happen to have binoculars with you, this would be the day to use them! From a kayak, you gain a true sense of closeness with the environment, and the peacefulness of the scenery refreshes the soul.

    At the completion of your time on the water, conclude back at the kayak center and simply walk back to the ship.


    CUNARD ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by kayak and on foot. Children under 13 cannot participate on this tour. This tour is subject to weather conditions. Please wear sunscreen, and practical closed toe shoes. Wear warm flexible clothing-no jeans. Please note that you might get a little wet. Please carry a backpack for belongings and take bottled water to stay hydrated. Please wear swimwear and take a towel.

    Tour code

    ISF_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Whale Safari by Rib Boat

    Enjoy a two hour RIB Boat sightseeing and whale safari tour from the remote town of Isafjordur in the West Fjords of Iceland.

    Whale Safari by Rib Boat

    Your boat adventure will begin a short walk away from your ship, where you will venture out into the open sea to search for these fascinating mammals.Prior to setting off, you will be given a short safety briefing and warm overalls and life jackets by one of the whale-watching experts.

    This tour will take you into Ísafjarðardjúp, the stunning fjord region just off Ísafjörður. As the area is so remote, whales are plentiful and friendly, sometimes even showing off for visitors! The tour has over 90% success rate in spotting whales.

    You’ll pass the beautiful bird island Vigur or Snæfjallaströnd (Snow-Mountain-Coast) chances are high that you’ll see different kinds of birds such as puffins, eider ducks and other seabirds flying around the area. It is also common to see seals frolicking in the waters. Time for photo shooting is included.

    The crew on board are available during your excursion to answer any questions you may have on marine life.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    P&O Cruises will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. P&O Cruises does not provide or supply the excursion services. P&O Cruises will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and P&O Cruises shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions P&O Cruises is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of P&O Cruises.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by rib boat. There is a five minute walk to the whale-watching base from the tender point. This tour is not suitable for those who suffer with seasickness. Due to the swells that can be experienced in the area, it is recommended that all passengers should take seasickness tablets with them as a precaution. This tour is dependent on weather conditions. Animal sightings are not guaranteed. Due to the nature of this tour, it is recommended that passengers who are pregnant do not participate.

    Tour code

    ISF_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • The Best of Isafjordur

    Enjoy a fascinating combination of magnificent scenery, local traditions, interesting history and intriguing culture.

    The Best of Isafjordur

    As you travel around Ísafjörður hear from your guide how life has treated the locals through the centuries. Enjoy a view of the magnificent mountains of the largest fjord in the West Fjords, the Ísafjarðardjúp (a fjord containing 16 fjords), before arriving at the old Icelandic settlement of Ósvör.

    Ósvör is an open-air museum containing a double 19th century fishing base, salt hut, fish drying area and drying hut. An old fisherman will be waiting to welcome you, wearing a skin suit that is similar to the one Icelandic sailors used to wear, and will tell you about life in fishing stations and show you the various equipment and tools that were used.

    A short distance from Ósvör is the village of Bolungarvík, where a stop will be made to enjoy a typical Icelandic music programme in the old local Hólskirkja church. From here your journey takes you to the Buná River and Waterfall in Tunguskógur, where there will be the opportunity to sample some of the clear and refreshing mountain water that flows down the stream.

    Back in Ísafjörður, a visit will be made to the Maritime Museum, the oldest cluster of houses in Iceland. During your visit typical Icelandic refreshments of Schnapps and dried fish will be served.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves some rough and uneven terrain. There are 20 uneven stone steps, without a handrail, to reach Ósvör. This tour may not be suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia as part of it travels through a 5 km tunnel. Please note that motor coaches in Iceland can vary in overall quality from region to region. It is not uncommon that in some of the more remote areas motor coaches are somewhat older and larger than in the Capital region.

    Tour code

    ISF_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Arctic Foxes & Folklore

    Learn about Iceland’s only native animal; the Arctic Fox during a visit to the charming village of Súðavík.

    Arctic Foxes & Folklore

    Soak up the scenery as you journey to the tiny village of Súðavík, home to just 200 inhabitants. Súðavík emerged into a village at the end of the 19th century when the Norwegian fisherman established two whaling stations in Álftafjörður fjord, creating new employment possibilities.

    Stretching along the coast Súðavík is divided into two halves; the old town and the new town. The old town was sadly hit by a huge avalanche during the winter of 1995, destroying part of the village. Following this, the new town was founded a few minutes from the old town in a beautiful setting under Mt Kofri.

    In the middle of the divided town lies the Arctic Fox Centre, a research centre and museum dedicated to the only native animal of Iceland. During a visit to the small centre, you’ll be fascinated to learn how these beautiful creatures survive in such cold conditions. Refreshments of tea, coffee and local pastries will be served before your tour of the town continues.

    View some of the small timber houses that were rebuilt after the avalanche, before visiting the small church, where you’ll be treated to a delightful performance of traditional Icelandic music.

    View the signs in the old town offering details of the avalanches in the area before returning to the pier via the picturesque inner fjord.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes walking required, some of which involves slight inclines and uneven ground. Please note that motor coaches in Iceland can vary in overall quality from region to region. It is not uncommon that in some of the more remote areas motor coaches are somewhat older and larger than in the Capital region.

    Tour code

    ISF_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours