Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days

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Duration:
8 days
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Moderate
Available:
Jun. - Aug.

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.

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

Activities

Greenlandic Culture
Glacier Views
City Tour
Iceberg Views
Midnight Sun
Boat Tour
Settlement Visit

Attractions

Ilulissat Icefjord
Ilulissat
Eqi Glacier
Oqaatsut
UNESCO World Heritage | Greenland

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland | 8 Days - day 1

Welcome to Iceland

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!

Day 2
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The Golden Circle Route

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.

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

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).

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

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

Day 5
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Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefjord

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.

Day 6
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West Greenland - Iceland

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.

Day 7
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Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

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.

Day 8
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Departure Home

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

What to bring

Warm clothing and footwear
Hiking clothes and footwear

Good to know

Please send us an inquiry by clicking on the "Inquire about this tour" button below the booking window, and ask about your desired dates before booking, as flights and hotel availability are very limited, there may be small changes to costs and overall availability.

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.

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