Iceland & Greenland Discovery
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
DAY 1: TUE or FRI: WELCOME to ICELAND
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík or similar where you spend the night. We provide ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well.
DAY 2: WED or SAT: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS &
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
DAY 3: THU or SUN: CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to a prominent spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudocraters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates, and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. The overnight location is either at Sel-Hotel Mývatn or a hotel in the Húsavík area.
DAY 4: FRI or MON: LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST
In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch, Namaskard in Iceland .JPGwe visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Hérað or Álfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjörður-Eystri.
DAY 5: SAT or TUE: FJORDS, GLACIER, AND ICE
It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on the route we visit Petra's impressive stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, where often large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend some time at Europe's second largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland. The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Hotel Höfn.
DAY 6: SUN or WED: SOUTH COAST
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by rugged cliffs, glaciers, and waterfalls. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. In the small village of Skógar, there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the 65-meter high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or Hotel Eyjafjallajökull or Hotel Fljótshlíð.
DAY 7: MON or THU: ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE
We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities, and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on, we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. We continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers all year round. We venture inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northernmost capital. Overnight is Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar.
DAY 8: TUE or FRI: LEISURE DAY IN REYKJAVIK
or optional super jeep tour to Þórsmörk glacial valley
DAY 9: WED or SAT: TRAVEL TO WEST GREENLAND
Airport transfer and flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat. Transfer and welcome meeting at 4-star Hotel Arctic. Guided city walk of Ilulissat, welcome dinner and midnight sailing trip to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world's largest ice sculpture park.
DAY 10: THU or SUN: HUNTER’S SETTLEMENT
By boat to the small settlement Oqaatsut/Rodebay with a local population of about 40 persons dependent on fishing and hunting - an entirely different world compared to the nearby town of Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before enjoying lunch at the old trading station.
DAY 11: FRI or MON: INUIT SETTLEMENT AT ILULISSAT ICEFJORD
Guided walking tour of the old Inuit settlement in the Sermermiut Valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefjord that was inscribed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 2004. Learn about local history and Inuit customs and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Rest of the day free at leisure to hike along the Icefjord and explore Ilulissat by Greenland .jpgthe town of Ilulissat. Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.
DAY 12: SAT or TUE: TRAVEL BACK TO ICELAND
TSpend 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 at Icelandair Hotel Natura.
DAY 13: SUN or WED: BUS & ENTRANCE TO BLUE LAGOON
Non-guided return bus transfer to the famous Blue Lagoon where you get to soak off your travels in the warm mineral-rich waters.
DAY 14: MON or THU: DEPARTURE HOME
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide) to Keflavík Airport.
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
- Fully escorted 6-day bus tour in Iceland with an English speaking guide
- 10 nights accommodation in Iceland, in rooms with shower/wc
- 3 nights accommodation in Greenland, in rooms with shower/wc
- 13x breakfast and 2x dinner in Greenland (day 9 and 11)
- Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
- Visit to Viðimýri turf church
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
- Multimedia presentation at the Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Flight Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including all airport transfers and taxes
- 4 guided excursions in West Greenland as per itinerary
- Bus to Blue Lagoon including entrance fee and towel (no guide)
There is a possibility that some of the natural attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot when entering any of these natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change.
**Rates are quoted in USD on per person basis and subject to change without prior notice**