Many cruise lines are now offering circumnavigation cruises around Iceland. And why not? Iceland is stunning, and it’s the perfect size to go around for a 7-10 day trip. (10 days is better than 7, though!) Silversea started offering Iceland circumnavigation cruises in 2021. And it seems to me that Iceland cruises with Silversea are offering a very rare combination of serious luxury combined with serious value.
Silversea Iceland Itinerary
As with all Iceland circumnavigation cruises, Silversea’s version starts and ends in Reykjavik. This makes it easy to add land tours before or after your cruise. (We can offer you highly customized Iceland itineraries for before and/or after your cruise!) But Silversea adds a stop that one else adds, and it’s a remarkable one: The Faroe Islands.
That stop in the Faroe Islands lets you explore this beautiful place, made up of 18 separate islands.
You also get a 10 day, 9 night cruise. Some of the other luxury cruise lines (Viking and Windstar, for example) do the trip in a week.
Silversea Iceland Excursions
Here’s where Silversea really shines. They are now offering free shore excursions. And while not every option is free, there are enough good ones that you quite literally don’t have to spend any money at all on excursions, and you’d still have an amazing experience.
Viking offers free excursions in every port as well, but almost all of those are basic walking tours. That’s a great option to have, especially on days where you want to relax a bit more. But you probably wouldn’t want to do a walking tour every day.
Silversea’s free options are in a league of their own. For example, here are the free options in Akureyri in North Iceland:
That Jewels of the North tour is an 8 hour bus tour, and it includes a meal. You’ll pay $259 per person for that tour on Windstar.
You could easily save $1,500 on excursions if you chose the “most expensive” included option in each port.
Silversea All Inclusive cruises in Iceland
Silversea also shines with everything else that’s free. Unlimited WiFi is included, for example. Also many alcoholic drinks, including “champagne, select wines and spirits.” (More expensive alcohol will cost extra.) Gratuities are also included in the price.
Oh, and you also get a butler. Yes, there’s butler service in every suite. Did I mention that every cabin is a suite?
Iceland Cruises with Silversea: Luxury and Value
This isn’t the fanciest cruise you can take that circumnavigates Iceland. Seabourn is going to take the prize there. But Seabourn is ultra luxury … their boat has a submarine on it! Prices also start at 3-4 times higher than Silversea’s prices.
This also isn’t the cheapest excursions cruise you can take around Iceland. Iceland ProCruises is the winner here, especially with their triple rooms. But you won’t get the same level of luxury. The food options are more limited, and the ship isn’t as nice. (It’s still a great excursion cruise option, though!)
But for a modestly higher cost, you’re getting free excursions, a suite, and a whole lot more. Silversea seems like the best deal in luxury Iceland cruises.