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Discover Iceland and Greenland Tour

14 days
13 nights

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PER PERSON

$ 6,475.00 (double occupancy)
$ 7,455.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jun 01, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020 only on Fridays

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
  • 6-days fully-escorted bus tour in Iceland with English speaking guide/driver-guide
  • 10 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, and 2x dinner in Greenland
  • Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi (Iceland)
  • Visit to 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 to Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse (Iceland)
  • Blue Lagoon by bus, entrance & use of towel (Iceland)
  • Flight from Reykjavik- Ilulissat-Reykjavik including all airport transfer & taxes
  • Welcome meeting in Greenland with local guide at the hotel
  • 1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat (Greenland)
  • 3 hours sunset cruise among giant icebergs (Greenland)
  • 6 hours boat trip to hunter's village & whale watching 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 4 different excursions.

  • 9 days in Iceland & 4 days in Greenland
  • 6-day fully escorted coach tour around Iceland's Ring Road
  • 4 guided excursions in Greenland to explore nature & culture
  • 10 nights comfort tourist-class hotels at prime location in Iceland
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel in Greenland
  • Included are visit to small local museums, cultural experience and soft adventures
  • Golden Circle
  • Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Jökulsárlón, glacier lagoon & diamond beach
  • Sunset cruise among giant floating icebergs
  • Hunter's village Ilimanaq
  • Whale watching in the Disko Bay
  • Sermermiut - Inuit settlement located on the Ilulissat Icefiord

Itinerary:

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

 

Day 1  : Reykjavik (31 mi)

Upon arrival transfer by Flybus shuttle to Icelandair Hotel Natura. Hotel check-in and free day. Explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Overnight in Reykjavik (B)

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

Today we begin our Iceland and Greenland tour. At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. 

Overnight in Akureyri (B)

Day 3  : Akureyri, Lake Myvatn and 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.

Overnight at Lake Mývatn area (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.

Overnight in East Fjords area. (B)

Day 5  : Fjords, Glacier and Ice (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,

Overnight in Höfn (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.

Overnight in Eyjafajallajökull area (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.

Overnight in Reykjavik (B)

Day 8  : Free day in Reykjavik

Explore on your own or join an  optional super jeep tour to Þórsmörk glacial valley. 

Overnight in Reykjavik (B)

Day 9  : Flight to West Greenland

Today our Iceland and Greenland tour continues to Greenland. Transfer to the airport and a 3-hour flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat. Transfer from the airport to the hotel and welcome meeting at 4 star Hotel Arctic. 

After the welcome meeting with your local guide enjoy a guided city walk of Ilulissat, and afterwards, you have some time to explore the town, visit the local museum and observe Greenlandic life at the always busy harbour. Welcome dinner (2-course) is included at Hotel Arctic.

Around 22:00, we depart for a sunset cruise to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world’s largest ice sculpture park. The experience is overwhelming; lights and colours constantly change. Enjoy a late drink on “the real rocks”. Tour duration: about 3 hours. Dress warmly.

(Note: The season for midnight sun is approx. May 22-Jul 24. Outside this season the excursion is operated as an evening cruise with the beautiful sunset reflecting over the icebergs).

Overnight in Ilulissat (B, D)

Day 10  : Boat Trip to hunter's settlement & whale watching tour in the Disko Bay

We sail south along Ilulissat Icefiord, where we admire the huge icebergs and the local fishermen in their small boats. We reach Ilimanaq settlement, still dependent on hunting and fishing. When we arrive at the pier, we will see wooden houses from the old Danish trading station, dated back to 1730. After a walk through the settlement, we visit a small local restaurant, where we enjoy a lunch (included) based on Greenlandic specialities. On the return, we cruise the Disko Bay to spot for migrating whales before we reach Ilulissat. Tour duration: about 6 hours.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B, L)

Day 11  : Inuit Settlement at Ilulissat Icefjord

In the morning we will drive by bus to the end of the road, then take a guided walk along the UNESCO World Heritage landmark Ilulissat Ice Fjord until we reach old Inuit settlement in the Sermermiut valley.

We will learn about Old Inuit cultures, their history, and customs and admire majestic icebergs and take pictures. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 km south of the town, is surrounded by Ilulissat’s beautiful icebergs. Various Inuit cultures have lived here over the past 4,000 years, and you can still see remains from ancient times. Learn about local history and customs before Europeans arrived. See plots settled for thousands of year and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. 

Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. The hiking distance is about 3 km (1,9 mls) round-trip; hiking time is about 1 hour. Terrain: mainly track bridge and a bit of uneven nature and rocky trail. Tour duration: about 3 hours.

Rest of the day free at leisure to hike along the Icefiord and explore the town of Ilulissat.Rest of the day free to wlak, or hike along the Icefiord and explore the town. Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.

Overnight in Ilulissat (B, D)

Day 12  : Return to Iceland

Spend some time in the morning to explore the town of Ilulissat and last-minute Greenland shopping. Return by flight to Reykjavik and stay two nights in Iceland’s capital. Airport transfers are included, both in Greenland and Iceland.

Overnight in Reykjavik (B)

Day 13  : Transfers and entrance to 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.

Overnight in Reykjavik (B)

Day 14  : Departure (31 mi)

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

Notes:

English speaking tour guide

Maximum 30 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.