Iceland and Northeast Greenland Voyage | 12 Days | Ittoqqortoormiit
Join a spectacular tour in the Arctic. After exploring Iceland, a country of fire and ice, take an expedition ship to Northeast Greenland, far above the Arctic Circle. Voyage to places where most people have never been.
This tour focuses on Northern Lights, nature, history and wild life. Iceland awaits you with an interesting mix of mountains and volcanic landscape: fjords, lava fields, hot springs and volcanoes unfold as you explore Iceland. The Greenland expedition brings you to one of the world's most remote locations, a place of astonishing natural beauty and pure untouched wilderness. Cruise through deep fjords with giant icebergs and glaciers and explore Inuit settlements and Arctic wild life. Take part in tundra hikes and zodiac trips. In both countries, Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky on a clear night. This is truly a classic and comfortable discovery voyage to Iceland and to remote Northeast Greenland.
- Available: September
- Duration: 12 days
- Activities: Whale Watching, Sight Seeing, Boat Excursion, Glacier Watching, Photography, Arctic Wildlife
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
A breathtaking destination taking you back in time. An isolated place far from the usual daily life stress. Experience first hand the authentic and unique landscape, the chance to get lost in the beauty of Ittoqqortoormiit.
Ittoqqortoormiit - a small town with a long name, on the east coast of Greenland with a population just below 500 people. The town was founded in 1925 by Ejnar Mikkelsen, families from the west coast and Tasiilaq. The name is translated to “The big houses”.
The town of Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most remote places in Greenland and only reachable by plane to Nerlerit Inaat, 40 kilometers from Ittoqqortoormiit. The only entrance to town, is by helicopter, snowmobile in winter and boat in summer.
The town mainly lives of hunting and tourism, therefore thriving wildlife plays a big role, in the daily life of the inhabitants.
The National Park is situated north of Ittoqqortoormiit and is covering an area of 972.000 square kilometers, making it the world’s biggest National Park. In the park lies four small settlements with a total of 35 inhabitants. A mesmerizing, unspoiled and remote place, rich with wildlife and breathtaking sceneries.
The local museum is situated in the center of town, and was in the late 1920’s an old whalers settlement, which later became a convenience store and administration stronghold. Today it consist of beautiful interior with paintings, photographs and east greenlandic costumes.
Uunartoq hot spring
Close to Ittoqqortoormiit lies Cape Tobin, in its mother tongue Uunartoq, which means “That which one burns oneself on”. The name was given because it is the warmest hot spring in Greenland, with degrees of 62 Celsius. It is so hot that if one might want to jump in, people usually use snow to cool it down first.
Scoresby Sund is the world’s longest fjord reaching up to 350 kilometers and is named after the English Whaler William Scoresby, the first man to map this part of Greenland. It is a marvelous place to see the steep mountains, getting a glimpse of the many different arctic wildlife on land, in the air and in the waters. The great ice sculptures broken off from the multiple glaciers in the area is guaranteed.
The perfect adventure for those who want the absolute arctic experience, with an unique insight of the greenlandic living conditions.
What to do & what to see in Ittoqqortoormiit
- Hot springs
- Boat Tours
- Whale Watching
- National Park
4 nights incl. breakfast in a 3 star hotel in the center of Reykjavik, based on standard room at Fosshotel Baron or Fosshotel Lind, subject to availability
FLYBUS airport transfer between Keflavik International Airport and accommodation in Reykjavik (no guide)
3 hour guided Reykjavík city tour (seat-in-coach)
Bus to/from Blue Lagoon (seat-in-coach) including entrance fee
3 hour guided Northern Lights evening tour (seat-in-coach)
8 hour guided Golden Circle Tour (seat-in-coach)
8 day/7 night Northeast Greenland expedition cruise from/to Akureyri in Iceland including all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges through the program, meals including snacks, coffee and tea throughout the voyage and excursions and lectures as per itinerary
Bus transfer (no guide) Reykjavík-Akureyri-Reykjavík (seat-in-coach)
Any services that not listed under 'included'
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/hostels and larger stores. Using credit and debit card, an PIN-code is required.
Please note there is a two-hour time difference between Iceland and Greenland.
Day 1 - Friday: Welcome to Iceland
FLYBUS shuttle (no guide) from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík
Day 2 - Saturday: Reykjavik Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights
Guided Reykjavík city tour in the morning. Afternoon bus trip (no guide) and entrance to the famous Blue Lagoon. Guided evening tour in search for the elusive Northern Lights.
Day 3 - Sunday: Golden Circle
Full day guided Golden Circle tour. Explore the Geysir hot springs and Gullfoss waterfall. Travel to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 4 - Monday: Embark M/V Ortelius in North Iceland
Transfer by bus (no guide) from Reykjavík in the morning to the ship in Akureyri, where we arrive in the afternoon after a six hour drive from South to North Iceland. In the early evening board the ice-strengthened ship M/V ORTELIUS designed for Polar expedition cruises, and set sail from Iceland north towards the Denmark Strait.
Day 5 - Tuesday: At sea
As we sail north we are almost certain to see fulmar, kittiwake, gannet and rafts of common guillemot, perhaps whales. We cross the Arctic Circle and push further north. Towards the evening the first icebergs will appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland.
Day 6 - Wednesday: Volquart Boons Coast
Sailing along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast, we may organise a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts and have our first landing near a glacier. Later we visit the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. In the evening we continue to sail through the beautiful fjords to the west, filled with icebergs.
Day 7 - Thursday: Cape Hofmann Halvo
We go ashore at Cape Hofmann Halvo, a reliable sport for viewing animals and birds: musk oxen, rock ptarmigan and great northern diver. In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetated shore, backed by huge dark mountains and the cold blue colours of the icebergs.
Day 8 - Friday: Sydkap in Scoreby Land
We sail past huge icebergs which are up to 100 m high and more than a kilometer long. Many have grounded because the fjord is "only" about 400 m deep. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses.
Day 9 - Saturday: Ittoqortormiit
We land at the south coast of Jameson Land, where waders and geese are gathering for the autumn migration. Musk oxen and collared lemming survive on the meagre vegetation of the hills. We visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement in Scoresby Sund with about 400 inhabitants. You explore the village, see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, musk oxen and polar bear and see what life is like at the end of the world!
Day 10 - Sunday: At sea
The day at sea offers chances to spot whales, migrating seabirds and if conditions are right, perhaps the Aurora Borealis!
Day 11 - Monday: Arrival in North Iceland
Arrive in Akureyri and transfer by charted bus (no guide) to Reykjavík.
Day 12 - Tuesday: It´s time to say goodbye
FLYBUS shuttle (no guide) to Keflavík airport.