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.
- Available: Jun. - Sep.
- Duration: 8 days
- Activities: Sight Seeing, Cultural Activity, Boat Excursion, Glacier Watching, City Walk, Photography
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English
Get lost in the sound of soaring icebergs retracting, explore untouched arctic tundra and experience an extraordinary gastronomic get-away. Ilulissat is well known for its breathtaking ice fjord, found nowhere else in the world.
Background of Ilulissat City
Ilulissat is the 3rd largest city in Greenland, attuning both traditional- and modern culture.
The balance between modern- and traditional culture is seen through the use of traditional means of transportation and the occupation the area holds, in a modern world.
Ilulissat holds around 4500 inhabitants, 4 hunting and fishing settlements and is the capital of the Disko Bay. The town is the entrance to North Greenland, as it is the center of culture, transportation and administration.
The city inherited its name Ilulissat, meaning icebergs, due to its rich ice fjords, calving out from the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier. Ilulissat is situated at the stunning mouth of the 40 kilometer long Kangia Icefjord. The icefjord surrounding the city, has forced Ilulissat, with its beauty, to claim the frozen bodies of water as its trademark, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Ilulissat icefjord is a part of the world heritage list of UNESCO, due to its azure colossal ice sculptures, hiding vanished ages deep within its core.
Ilulissat is more than the icefjord, as the city offers plenty of opportunities for the nature loving explorers. Hike the arctic tundra, explore veins of the fjord system surrounding Ilulissat, get a taste of Greenlandic gastronomy or go on an adventure in the lands of ancient inuits.
Listen to the rhythmic sounds of dog paws, moving along the winter ice, as you sit on a dogsled venturing out in the majestic nature of Ilulissat. Dogsledding is adored by all locals, and will take you to unimaginable beautiful locations. Venture into the fjords of Ilulissat, on a whale safari. Stand on deck, while the arctic winds long to play with your hair, in the presence of arctic sea creatures. The humpback whale resides the neighbouring seas, and it is guaranteed that you will have a glimpse of the majestic creature hiding in between the waves, while visiting Ilulissat. The town is surrounded by arctic tundra, stretching endless miles. Hike the lands, once inhabited by Inuits and explore the untouched nature of Ilulissat, visit a nearby settlement enroute and be granted a unique insight to the life of a traditional Greenlandic family. Take advantage of the midnight sun, as you camp in the wild, vast and wonderful Greenland.
Stroll through Ilulissat, in the noise of the soaring icebergs retracting from start to end and visit the cultural venue. Ilulissat is known as the Greenlandic Gastronomy getaway, and offers extraordinary dining experiences. Dine at restaurant Ulo, known as the countrys best, serving greenlandic commodities, depending on the giving season.
Ilulissat will enchant you to explore more of this mesmerizing country, with its stunning nature and loving people!What to see & what to do in Ilulissat
- Ilulissat Icefjord
- Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier
- Eqi Glacier
- Villages & settlements
- Whale safari
- Boat tours
- Traditional culture
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
Welcome & farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic
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 midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments
6-7 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier and Inuit settlement Ataa including lunch and refreshments
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.
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 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 West Greenland.
Depending on availability for flights to Greenland a flight supplement of DKK 3700 per person might apply.
Important to bring Danish Krona to Greenland. Foreign currency is not everywhere accepted. Credit cards are accepted only at few locations. i.e. at the hotels and larger stores. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required.
Airport transfer in Ilulissat is included and Hotel Arctic is only five minutes drive from the airport.
Please note there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.
Depending on availability for flights to Greenland a flight supplement of DKK 3700 per person might apply.
NOTICE: Terms and conditions can be found in the supplier description of GJ Travel.
Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland
Private transfer from Keflavík International Airport to a 4 star 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 - 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 - Iceland - West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Midnight Sailing
The beginning of your journey starts at Reykjavik domestic airport, a few km from central Reykjavik. 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. Ilulissat is situated in the mouth of the 56 kilometer long Ilulissat icefjord, which gives you a bunch of different activities to do for the next two days.
If you are so lucky that you arrive on a sunny day, the flight into Greenland will be a memorable experience. Seeing Greenland from above, gives you a great experience of the massiveness and deserted-ness due to all the mountains and ocean surroundings. The leftover snow from the winter gives the hilltops and mountains a blanket of whiteness in contrast of the darkness of the mountains.
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 midnight sailing trip 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 Martini 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 - Boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier
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 Ataa, the former trading station, where we will enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch including a glass of wine. On the way back to Ilulissat we might spot whales. The trip to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat. The trip takes about 6-7 hours.
Day 5 - 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 rest of the day is free at leisure to hike along the Icefiord and explore the town of Ilulissat. In the evening, a 3-course farewell dinner is included at Hotel Arctic.
Day 6 - 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 a 4 star hotel in the center of Reykjavik, Iceland.
Day 7 - 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 21:00). The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, or enjoy optional spa treatments at the Blue Lagoon.
Day 8 - Departure Home
The trip has come to an end. A private transfer will bring you from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.