Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days

Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days

Stay 4 nights in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. There is a lot to see and a lot to do in a short time. Walk around the world-famous Geysir hot spring area, visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall and enjoy the soothing Blue Lagoon. Stay 3 nights in Ilulissat, West Greenland, which is popular for visitors searching for an ideal mix of authentic Inuit culture and a modern society that pulses under the magical light of the midnight sun. Located on the west coast of Greenland - above the Arctic Circle - Greenland's famous Ilulissat Icefiord is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the many glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. In just 8 days you explore highlights of Iceland & Greenland.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity, Glacier Views, City Walk, Iceberg Views, Midnight Sun, Boat Tour, Settlement Visit
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Eqi Glacier, UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : We will inform departure time for Keflavik International airport, We will inform departure time from Keflavik International airport.

Included: -Private return airport transfer between Keflavik International Airport and accommodation in Reykjavik. -Private return airport transfer between Reykjavik domestic airport and accommodation in Reykjavik when travelling to/from Greenland. -Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland.
Included:
  • 4 nights incl. breakfast in a 4 star hotel in the center of Reykjavik, based on standard room at Hotel Borg or Hotel Apothek, subject to availability or 4 nights including breakfast in a 3 star hotel in the center of Reykjavik, based on standard room at Fosshotel Baron or Fosshotel Lind, subject to availability

  • Private return airport transfer between Keflavik International Airport and accommodation in Reykjavik

  • 8 hour guided Golden Circle Tour (seat-in-coach)

  • Bus to/from Blue Lagoon (seat-in-coach) including entrance fee & towel

  • Private return airport transfer between Reykjavik domestic airport and accommodation in Reykjavik when travelling to/from Greenland

  • Return flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including airport taxes

  • Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland

  • 3 nights incl. breakfast at 4 star Hotel Arctic in standard rooms

  • Daily breakfast, welcome & farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic & 1x lunch

  • Welcome meeting with local guide at the hotel in Greenland

  • All taxes and fees

  • 1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat

  • 3 hours easy hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments

  • 3 hours sunset cruise among the icebergs including refreshments

  • 6-7 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier and hunters village of Rodebay

  • Any services that not listed under 'included'

  • Personal travel insurance


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and footwear

  • Hiking clothes and footwear


Good to know:

If traveling alone, make sure to choose the single room supplement when booking this tour.

Depending on availability for flights to Greenland, a flight supplement might apply.

Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy a travel insurance in your 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 flights directly after a trip from West Greenland.

Most airlines allow 20 kg of check-in baggage. If you have more, there is a fee for the extra weight you bring. Payment for extra baggage is often implemented strictly, because of the small size of the planes.

It is important to bring Danish Krona to Greenland. Foreign currency is not accepted everywhere. Credit cards are accepted only at a few locations. i.e. at the hotels and larger stores. When you use a credit or debit card, a PIN-code is required.

Please note there is a 3-hour time difference between Iceland and West Greenland in the winter time and a 2-hour time difference in the summer time.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


Private transfer from Keflavík International Airport to a hotel in the center of Reykjavík where you spend 2 nights. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hot dog and pizza too!


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Accommodation


Day 2 - The Golden Circle Route


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


Iceland is spectacular and so is the Golden Circle Route. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the wonderful site of Iceland's first parliament and the place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and move apart. There is a widening fissure in the ground where the planet is literally opening up. Next stop is Gullfoss waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. Nearby we explore the Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The sheer power of water and steam erupting from the ground really makes you realize how alive the ground is beneath our feet.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Golden Circle Route


Day 3 - Iceland - West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Sunset Cruise


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


Private transfer from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Reykjavik domestic airport. You will head to the incredible town of Ilulissat. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel where you will be spending the next three nights.

You will arrive in Ilulissat and be taken to your accommodation. When you have settled in, it's time to go on a city walk.

After the guided tour, there is some time to explore the town on your own, visit the local museum and observe Greenlandic life at the always busy harbour. Afterwards you will be having an arranged welcome dinner (2-course) at the hotel. Around 22:00 we depart for a sunset vruise to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world's largest ice sculpture park. The experience is overwhelming as lights and colours change constantly. Enjoy a late drink on "the real rocks".

(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).


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Accommodation at Hotel Arctic in Greenland

City Walk in Ilulissat

Welcome Dinner

Midnight Sun Cruise


Day 4 - Boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier & hunter's village of Rodebay


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


You will have breakfast before departing on a boat to the Eqi Glacier. The glacier is 8o km north of Ilulissat and runs into the fjord, and is a breathtaking sight.

The boat will take you close to the glacier where you will be cruising for about an hour, where you hopefully get to experience the glacier calve. The front of the Eqi Glacier is 3,4 km wide! The sound of the active glacier is quite remarkable while the sight of icebergs toppling into the water is breathtaking. Afterwards, we continue to the small settlement of Oqaatsut/Rodebay. The local population of about 40 persons is dependent on fishing and hunting; you experience an entirely different world compared to the nearby town of Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before enjoying a local meal at the old trading station. For hundreds of years, Oqaatsut/Rodebay was a stopover place for Dutch whalers, who dragged the huge whales onto land here in the old village. The village, which lies in a beautiful natural setting just 15 km north of Ilulissat, has its school, church, shop and a single restaurant “H8”, which serves excellent meals in the old colonial building. On the way back to Ilulissat we might spot whales. The excursion to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Boat Trip to Eqi Glacier

Lunch in Ataa settlement


Day 5 - Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefjord


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


After having breakfast at the hotel, you'll go by bus as far as the road goes, and then continue on a guided walking tour to the old settlement Sermermiut valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that was inscribed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 2004. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 km south of the town, is surrounded by Ilulissat's beautiful icebergs. Various different 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 years and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. The trip takes about 3 hours. 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. Rest of the day free at leisure to hike along the Icefiord and explore the town of Ilulissat.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Guided Walk to Inuit Ruins

Farewell Dinner at Hotel Arctic


Day 6 - West Greenland - Iceland


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


Breakfast at the hotel. Spend some time in the morning to explore the town of Ilulissat and last minute Greenland shopping. The short Arctic adventure has come to an end and you return by flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. Private airport transfer in Reykjavik to your accommodation. Stay 2 nights in hotel in the center of Reykjavik, Iceland.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Accommodation in Iceland


Day 7 - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


Depart at 10:00 by bus to the Blue Lagoon. We drive through rough lava fields to visit the Blue Lagoon where you can relax in its rejuvenating geothermal water. The water is rich in minerals and believed to have healing powers. You can stay as long as you please (last bus back to Reykjavik is at 23:15). The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, or enjoy optional spa treatments at the Blue Lagoon.


Included

Included in the daily itinerary:

Blue Lagoon entrance & towel


Day 8 - Departure Home


Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days


The trip has come to an end. A private transfer will bring you from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.


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