Forthright in manner and bursting with national pride, they're almost frighteningly efficient.
Even when the skies stay dark, there's plenty to inspire wonder in the land of fire and ice.
Doing it tough aboard Viking Star: "I sleep in, mosey through a buffet breakfast and at 10am wander down to the Living Room."
A new Danish-branded eco-hotel has made itself at home in Reykjavik's emerging cityscape
The Norwegian fiords provide some of cruising's most magnificent landscapes.
Iceland's airport is expanding to cope with the tourist boom so arrive early.
An expedition cruise around Iceland offers both wilderness and must-do experiences.
This is cruising that doesn't play by the rules that apply to regular cruises.