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Discover Iceland and Greenland Tour

13 days
12 nights

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PER PERSON:

$ 6,720.00 (double occupancy)
$ 8,845.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jun 09, 2023 - Jun 21, 2023 
Jun 23, 2023 - Jul 05, 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)

Transfer to your accommodations by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik international airport.

Reykjavík Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels or similar. (50km / 31mi)

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

Meet with your tour guide at the hotel at 9:00. Travel to the village of Borgarnes in the west through the lovely Hvalfjörur fjord. Easy hike atop the Grábrók volcano's crater in the center of a green lava field. Further north, visit Glaumbaer, one of Iceland's most stunning turf house farms and folk museums. Continue along the beautiful fjord landscape and via a number of mountain passes. Our final destination today is Akureyri, the capital of Iceland's north. You can stroll through the lovely town of Akureyri from where you spend the night.

Akureyri Berjaya Iceland Hotels or similar (B) (415km / 258mi)

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

Explore Akureyri in the morning and take in the expansive vista of the Eyjafjörur fjord. From April to October, optional whale watching cruises run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Visit Goafoss, the Gods' waterfalls, in the afternoon. Then explore around Lake Mvatn, which is renowned for its rich wildlife and geological wonders. Visit Kálfaströnd to see the odd lava structures, Sktustair to see the fake craters, and Hverfjall to see the tephra cone. Finally, unwind at the geothermal Mvatn Nature Baths, which offer a stunning panorama of the surrounding landscape.

Mývatn Berjaya Iceland Hotels. (B) (120km / 75mi)

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

Walk through the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir, "the black castles," early in the day in the hopes of spotting the trolls who are claimed to reside there. Visit the bubbling mud pools and steamy solfataras of Námaskar's hot springs in the afternoon. To reach East Iceland, we drive over the deserted highlands and lunar landscaper. The tour includes a side trip to the impressive waterfall Dettifoss from June to August.

Hérað Berjaya Iceland Hotels or similar (B) (250km / 155mi)

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.

Please note that the itinerary on this specific day can change due to seasonal factors, such as daylight.

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon or similar. (B) (260km / 161mi)

Day 6  : Vatnajökull Glacier, Ice Lagoon, Diamond Beach & South Coast (235 mi)

To begin the day, make a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon packed with driftingicebergs. Explore this remarkable location where you might be able to watch seals swimming in cold waters. From May through September, a boat excursion between icebergs in the water is a part of the itinerary. Take a walk across the Diamond Beachamong large icebergs trapped in the lagoon. View Europe's second-biggest national park, which contains Iceland's tallest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier, by traveling along the southern portion of the glacier Vatnajökull.

The Eldhraun lava field, the sandy desert of the south coast, and rocky cliffs, glaciers, and waterfalls are just a few of the natural treasures that await us on our afternoon journey. Witness and feel the heat of molten lava at the extraordinary Icelandic Lava Show! Take a stroll on Reynisfjara's black lava beach, which is close to Vk. One of the most stunning waterfalls in the nation, Skógafoss is located in the tiny community of Skógar and is 60 meters high. Continue to the waterfall that plunges over the mountain, Seljalandsfoss, which is tall but narrow. If you're willing to get wet, there's an amazing route that leads from the fall.

From September to the middle of April, there is a chance to observe the Northern Lights at night.

Please note that the itinerary on this specific day can change due to seasonal factors, such as daylight.

Stracta Hotel Hella or similar (B) (380km / 235mi)

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

Today, as we traverse the Golden Circle area, we will explore classic landmarks of Iceland. Begin the day in Friheimar, where you will learn about the Icelandic horse, its special traits, and its history, as well as tour a geothermal greenhouse. As we approach, we can see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. There are numerous hot springs and bubbling ponds. Strokkur, "the Churn," which erupts at 5-7 minute intervals, has taken the place of the original geyser. Continue to Gullfoss, often known as "the Golden Descends," a twin waterfall that falls 32 meters into the Hvtá river and attracts visitors both in summer and winter. In the interior, visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

When we return to Reykjavik, we will take you on a short city tour of the world's northernmost capital.

Northern Lights: If the weather permits, optional Northern Lights nighttime trips can be scheduled in the foyer of your hotel from September until mid-April.

Reykjavík Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels (B) (160km / 99mi)

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.

Reykjavík Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels (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.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Arctic  (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.

Overnight in Hotel Arctic (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.

Overnight in Hotel Arctic (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.

Reykjavík Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels 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.