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Discover Iceland and Greenland Tour

13 days
12 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 6,165.00 (double occupancy)
$ 6,670.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jun 09, 2023 - Jun 21, 2023 
Jul 07, 2023 - Jul 19, 2023 
Jul 21, 2023 - Aug 02, 2023 
Aug 04, 2023 - Aug 16, 2023 
Aug 18, 2023 - Aug 30, 2023 

Hotels:

Superior tourist-class hotels in Iceland - in rooms with shower/wc. 4 star hotel in Greenland. 

Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura total 
North Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 
Lake Mývatn: Sel-Hotel Mývatn, Lake Mývatn or similar
East Iceland: Álfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjörður-Eystri or similar
Eastfjords: Hotel Höfn, Höfn or similar
Vatnajökull Region: Hotel Eyjafajallajökull, Hvolsvöllur or similar
Ilulissat, West Greenland: Hotel Arctic 

Note that above hotel list is subject to change and that double rooms in Iceland and Greenland are normally twin beds.

Included:

  • Round trip transfer Keflavík international airport/Reykjavík by Flybus shuttle
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in Iceland, in standard rooms with private shower/WC
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Greenland, in standard rooms with private shower/WC
  • Daily breakfast, welcome & farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic, and 1 lunch
  • Visit the natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi (Iceland)
  • Visit Viðimýri turf church (Iceland)
  • Mývatn Nature Baths, entrance and use of towel (Iceland)
  • Admission to a stone & mineral collection (Iceland)
  • Multimedia presentation at Lava Center (Iceland)
  • Visit the Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse (Iceland)
  • Blue Lagoon, entrance, drink & use of towel (Iceland)
  • Flight from Reykjavik- Ilulissat-Reykjavik including all airport transfers & taxes
  • Welcome meeting in Greenland with a local guide at the hotel
  • 3 hours sunset cruise among giant icebergs (Greenland)
  • 8 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier & hunters village of Rodebay, incl. lunch (Greenland)
  • 3 hours easy hike to Sermermiut Inuit settlement (Greenland)
  • All taxes & fees

Highlights & Experience:

This tour is a combination of Iceland and Greenland. For Iceland, the escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hot-spots and lesser-known sights. The Iceland round trip includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions. For Greenland, it’s a 4-day tour package including return flight from/to Reykjavík, hotel accommodation and 3 different excursions.

Iceland Highlights:

Fully escorted tour around Iceland's Ring Road
Explore two national parks
The Golden circle including Þingvellir,Geysir & Gullfoss
Mývatn Nature Baths, including towel
Visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon from May through September
Optional whale watching in Akureyri in the morning of day 3, April through October

Greenland Highights:

Stay in the Town of Icebergs, Ilulissat
Sail among gigantic icebergs
Experience dramatic, calving glaciers
Delve into authentic town and settlement living
See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Ice Fjord up close

Itinerary:

Iceland and Greenland tour combines the ring road in Iceland and discovery trip to Ilulissat in West Greenland

Travel on Iceland’s ring road and discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. This escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hot spots and lesser-known sights and includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Continue your discovery tour to Ilulissat in West Greenland, a breathtaking location with massive icebergs, rugged wilderness, glittering glaciers, giant whales and the exciting mix of authentic Inuit culture and a modern society under the magical light of the midnight sun.

 

Day 1  : Reykjavik (31 mi)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik international airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik. 

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík or similar

Day 2  : Volcano Craters, Fjords and Mountains, and Seals (264 mi)

At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. Easy hike on Grábrók volcano crater in the middle of a greenish lava field. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in the fishing village of Hvammstangi. Further north stop at the turf church of Víðimýri and then continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. The overnight location at Akureyri allows you to walk around the town.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Akureyri or similar (B)

Day 3  : The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal baths (75 mi)

After breakfast, we explore Akureyri, a small town with a population of 170000, enjoy the view over Eyjafjörður fjord and visit the local botanical garden.

In the afternoon we drive to a prominent landmark in the history of Iceland, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Then, continue to the geological wonder Lake Mývatn, the habitat of many kinds of lake and marsh birds.

Our next stop is lava formations at Kálfaströnd and an easy walk around, exploring pseudo craters and bird life. This exciting day ends with a time to relax soaking at Mývatn Nature Baths containing healing blends of minerals, silicates, and geothermal micro-organisms.

Accommodation: Sel-Hotel Mývatn, Lake Mývatn or similar (B)

Day 4  : Lava Labyrinth and Hot Springs, continue East (155 mi)

Morning hike in a lava labyrinth at the Nature Reserve Dimmuborgir, „The Dark Castles.” It is among the most visited spots in Lake Myvatn area resembling a maze where trolls live according to a local legend.

In the afternoon we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð and to watch steaming solfataras and bubbling mud pools.

Now we are heading to East Iceland through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding. If we are lucky, we might spot a reindeer or Arctic fox. If road conditions allow, we will visit Dettifoss in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall.

Accommodation: Álfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjörður-Eystri or similar (B)

Day 5  : East Fjords (161 mi)

We will spend the day in East Fjords admiring the landscape and small fishing villages, exploring local stone and mineral collection. 

In the afternoon we see Europe's biggest Vatnajökull glacier visible all over Southeast Iceland. We pass the town of Höfn, stop at the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, filled with floating icebergs. We will explore this extraordinary site and might meet local seals swimming in the Arctic waters. Stroll on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded or take an optional boat trip (depending on the season).

Explore the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull, in Europe's largest national park with Europe's largest glacier, Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment,

Accommodation: Hotel Höfn, Höfn or similar (B)

Day 6  : Vatnajökull Glacier, Ice Lagoon, Diamond Beach & South Coast (236 mi)

Start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the amazing site where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. You can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.
In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar, there is Skógafoss waterfall, which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further west, stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity.

Accommodation: Hotel Eyjafajallajökull, Hvolsvöllur or similar (B)

Day 7  : Icelandic Horses and Golden Circle (99 mi)

Today we travel the famous Golden Circle route starting at Friðheimar, where you learn about Icelandic horses, and visit a geothermal greenhouse.
We continue to the Geysir geothermal fields steaming from the hot springs and bubbling pools. The original Geysir is now dormant. It has been replaced by "the Churn" Strokkur which erupts every 5-10 minutes. Our next stop is the golden falls, or Gullfoss, a waterfall tumbling 34 meters down into the Hvita River, and attracting tourists all-year round. We continue inland, to UNESCO designated Thingvellir National Park. We will take a short city tour when we return to Iceland's capital.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík or similar (B)

Day 8  : Visit the Blue Lagoon

After such a rigorous exploration of Iceland, you deserve a free day to soak off your tiredness in the healing warm mineral rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Non-guided return bus transfer to the famous Blue Lagoon where you get to soak off your travels in the warm mineral-rich waters. Entrance fee and towel included.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík or similar (B)

Day 9  : Flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat. Hike to Innuit settlement.

Welcome meeting, hike to Sermermiut and welcome dinner

Early in the morning, fly directly from Keflavík International Airport to Ilulissat. You are picked up at the airport, and we will drive you to the Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat.

The flight is in itself quite an adventure as you cruise at low altitude over the Inland Ice Cap as you prepare for landing in Ilulissat.

After arrival, a guide from our local excursion office will welcome you and inform you about the different excursions available but also about experiences you can make on your own during your stay in Ilulissat.

Hike to the Ice Fjord and the abandoned Sermermiut settlement 

Beautiful icebergs provide the setting for the old settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 kilometers south of Ilulissat. For 4,000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and, today, you can still see the remains, which indicate their former presence.

Hear the story about the life of the Inuit people and their traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See the ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands. Visitors often ask if they can walk these treks themselves? The answer is yes. But it is our experience that most people prefer having a guide with them the first time they hike in Greenlandic nature.

Furthermore, historic places will be pointed out on the way, and these can be difficult to find on your own.  You will have a coffee or tea break at “Kællingekløften” with a beautiful view of the Ice Fjord before you head back.

Welcome dinner at the Arctic Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, in a standard (Puisi) room with shower/wc (B, D)

Day 10  : Ilulissat. Midnight sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord.

You have the whole day to explore Illulissat. The midnight sun makes the days very long, and you will feel full of energy to explore and take advantage of the entire day.

The sunny nights can only be experienced north of the Arctic Circle where the sun during summer never sets behind the horizon. In Ilulissat, the midnight sun is present from May 22 to July 24, but also throughout August, there will be very bright nights.

Sailing among the icebergs.

Almost every visitor in Ilulissat chooses to try this boat trip among the icebergs at least once. Every day, more than 40 million tonnes of ice flow out into the fjord. The floating icebergs are gigantic, sometimes wider than 100 meters and with a height up to 100 meters above the water surface as well.

These giants pile up at the end of the fjord, providing you with a great opportunity to sail among them. You should not miss out on this exceptional experience when visiting Ilulissat. The icebergs are a wonderful sight in every kind of weather; in the sunshine, the contrasts are very clear, whereas the blue shades are strikingly beautiful when it is cloudy, and the midnight sun casts a unique glow on the icebergs during the night.

Taking the boat trip on a bright night is an extraordinary experience. Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise, sealskin clothing is available for rent.

Accommodation: Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, in a standard (Puisi) room with shower/wc (B)

Day 11  : Boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier & Rodebay - hunter's village

Only a few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi Glacier, which runs into the fjord 80 kilometers north of Ilulissat. It is possible to get very close to the glacier by boat and experience huge pieces of ice breaking off. The sounds are thunderous, and the sight of chunks of ice crashing into the water is astonishing.

We sail in modern, comfortable boats during the excursion to Eqi Glacier. The route takes us north along the coast, passing Bredebugt, the settlement of Oqaatsut and the big fjord system called Pakitsoq, where whales and seals are often spotted.

Lunchtime and watch the ice calve

Further along the route, we pass through the Ataa Strait, which is surrounded by steep mountains with bird life and waterfalls. Our boats, which are reinforced for sailing in icy waters, will remain in front of the glacier for approximately 2 hours and wait for the ice to calve. Meanwhile, a delicious lunch will be served. This is an all-day excursion where you will have a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience and fully enjoy the boat trip through the ice-filled waters.

Remember to bring warm clothes – otherwise, sealskin clothing is available for rent.

Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.

Accommodation: Hotel Arctic, in a standard (Puisi) room (B, D)

Day 12  : Return to Iceland

Departure from Ilulissat at 10:05 AM and arrival at Keflavík International Airport 3:25 PM. Airport transfers are included, both in Greenland and Iceland.

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík or similar (B)

Day 13  : Departure (31 mi)

Individual transfer from your hotel to the airport by Flybus shuttle (B)

Notes:

English speaking tour guide

Maximum 25 persons in Iceland
Small groups in Greenland due to logistics.

Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather, fog and ice conditions. Therefore the sequence of the day tours and excursions in Greenland is subject to change or if needed an alternative excursion will be operated if available. Delays and flight cancellations between Iceland and Greenland can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy travel insurance in the country of residence that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend not to book any international flight directly after a trip from Greenland; ideally staying minimum two nights in Iceland after the Greenland trip to avoid the risk of missing an international flight.