Iceland's Ring Road & Amazing West Greenland 2017 - 14 days/13 nights
Travel on Iceland's ring road and discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoilt Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. This escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hot spots and lesser-known sights and includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Continue your discovery tour to Ilulissat in West Greenland, a breathtaking location with massive icebergs, unspoilt wilderness, glittering glaciers, large whales and the exciting mix of authentic Inuit culture and a modern society under the magical light of the midnight sun.
HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES:
- 9 days Iceland and 4 days Greenland
- 6-day fully escorted coach tour around Iceland's Ring Road
- Superior tourist-class hotels at prime locations in Iceland
- Included are visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures
- 4 guided excursions in Greenland to explore nature and culture
- First class accommodation in Greenland
GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat
Day 1, FRI: WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide) from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!
Day 2, SAT: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (425 km/264 mls)
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 capital of North Iceland. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.
Day 3, SUN: THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS (120 km/75 mls)
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 contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight at Sel-Hotel, Lake Mývatn.
Day 4, MON: LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST (250 km/155 mls)
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, we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and lunar surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck, we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. Subject to road conditions, we visit Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Hérað.
Day 5, TUE: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (470 km/292 mls)
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. En route we visit an interesting 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 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 time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day 6, WED: SOUTH COAST (240 km/149 mls)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today. We head across the Eldhraun lava field and cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by rugged cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar, there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 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 high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.
Day 7, THU: ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (160 km/99 mls)
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. 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. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northernmost capital. 2-night stay at Icelandair Hotel Natura.
Day 8, FRI: LEISURE DAY IN REYKJAVIK
or optional super jeep tour to Þórsmörk glacial valley
Day 9, 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, 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, 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 the town of Ilulissat. Farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic.
Day 12, TUE: TRAVEL BACK TO ICELAND
Spend 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, 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, THU: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide) to Keflavík Airport.
GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat
Tour Code: GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat
Iceland's Ring Road & Amazing West Greenland 2017 - 14 days/13 nights:
English guided tours:
- Tours listed with "on request" require about 1-2 working days to check availability as we can never confirm instant availability for this tour program.
- If you like to have more time to explore Reykjavik, then we suggest adding a pre- or post-night in Iceland's capital
DEPARTURES: Every Friday starting 26th of May and last departure 01st of September, 2017
DURATION: 14 days / 13 nights
TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland is on Fridays. Guided bus tour in Iceland starts on Saturdays at 09:00
END OF TOUR: On Wednesday in the afternoon. Departure from Iceland is on Thursdays.
LANGUAGES: English only
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 30 persons in Iceland / only small groups in Greenland due to logistics.
GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat
2017 Price per Person
- Per person in Twin or Triple room: EUR 5,430*
- Single room supplement: EUR 1.400
- Price is subject to change (mainly due to exchange rate)
* Depending on availability for flights to Greenland a flight supplement of EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply
MEALS: 13x breakfast and 2x dinner in Greenland
- 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 Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
- 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)
PRE & POST NIGHTS IN REYKJAVÍK: Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Superior tourist-class hotels in Iceland - in rooms with shower/wc. A 4-star hotel in Greenland.
Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura total of 5 nights / North Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (1 night) and Hotel Sel-Mývatn at Lake Mývatn (1 night) / East Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hérað (1 night) / Vatnajökull Region: Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur (1 night) / South Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Flúðir (1 night) / Ilulissat, West Greenland: Hotel Arctic (3 nights). Note that above hotel list is subject to change and that double rooms in Iceland and Greenland are usually twin beds.
NATURE FEES: 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.
BOOKINGS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: Either via our international tour operator network or directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org and we process your booking by personal email communication. We will send you a confirmation and invoice. Payment is due latest 8 weeks prior arrival. We accept international bank transfer, Visa or MasterCard. Once paid, we will send the vouchers and travel documents. Unfortunately, we do not offer an online booking engine and online-payment system for this tour.
- 72 hours after booking and up to 8 weeks before departure: Changes (of ANY kind) will cost 10% of the tour package price. Cancellation will cost 20% of tour package price. To finalise a booking and issue the flight ticket, a deposit of DKK 7000 (EUR 1000) per person is required within 72 hours of booking confirmation.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 8 weeks of departure, there will be a charge of 40% of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure, there will be a charge of 60% of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks before departure, there will be a charge of 80 % of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks before departure, there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price.
- If the reservation is cancelled on the day of departure or in the case of no-show, there will be a charge of 100% of the tour package price (no refund at all).
GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat
Dear travellers to Greenland, please don't visit until you understand these 8 things:
1. Respect and appreciate the nature.
Greenland is a country of mountains and ice. Greenlanders live for nature and want to preserve it the way it is. Animals live free and remain wild. Sled dogs are for transport and, unlike pet dogs, they are bred to be strong enough to pull a sledge carrying a person and the hunt of the day. Do not go petting them or come close to them without permission of the owner. If you hike and camp, do not litter. Leave Greenland as beautiful and pure as you found it.
2. Respect that we hunt and fish.
Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more and more common in the world; therefore, activists who are against slaughtering animals are growing in numbers. But know this, the Inuit have hunted for food for thousands of years. The animals we hunt live free in the wild. We do not club baby seals; we actually prefer big and fat ones. Do not come to Greenland if you're going to judge our way of life.
3. Everything is locally-owned.
You will not find any chain stores in Greenland. There are no Starbucks, McDonald's, or Ikea. The country might be massive, but the population is only 60,000 and the culture is still very traditional and has not been fully affected by Western influence. So, if you can't live without your frappuccino or cheeseburger, don't come here.
4. We're not big on public transportation.
When you go travelling in Europe or Southeast Asia, you can catch a bus easily to travel from town to town. Well, here you can't. Due to mountainous coasts where the towns are located — and the fact that towns are quite far away from each other — there is not yet any road between them. That's what makes Greenland such a unique destination.
If you want to go hiking, research everything you need to know about the area before you set off. You will not find any signs to lead you to places. And most places don't have cell phone coverage, so don't rely on Google Maps.
5. Be aware of the climate.
If you want to visit during summer, don't bring bikinis or shorts. The average temperature in the summer is 10-20°C (50-70 F), and with the dry air and cold wind from the icebergs and ocean, it really doesn't get hot.
If you visit during winter, be prepared. Bring reliable winter clothes such as Canada Goose jackets or any brand that has a wind stopper and sells waterproof items. The weather can get as low as minus 20°C (-4 F) in most towns — and in the most northern settlements, it can be minus 40°C (-40 F).
In any of the seasons, the wind is inevitable, and it can be brutal. During snowstorms, the wind can be up to 180 km/h (111 mph).
6. It ain't cheap here.
Greenland is an island, and the neighbouring countries are at least a 3-hour flight away. And there are only two airlines that do scheduled flights, one of which is only seasonal. The tickets aren't cheap.
Think about this, most products in the supermarket are imported from another country. In most cases, they are from Denmark. The price is most likely to be double or more in Greenland than in Denmark. Get this, and the further you travel north, the more expensive the prices are. A yoghurt that would cost $1 in Denmark can cost up to $5 in Greenland. If you want fresh veggies or fruit, well, expect it to cost a lot. Or just do what locals do, buy the frozen vegetables and canned fruit.
7. Liquor stores have closing hours.
If you want to include alcohol on your shopping list, go to the store before 6 PM on weekdays, because after that, beer, wine, and any other liquor won't be available. And remember that on Saturdays, the liquor stores are open only from 9 AM to 1 PM. No sales on Sundays.
8. Above all, be kind.
We Greenlanders are happy people. We enjoy nature, and we live a simple life. We love seeing foreigners coming to visit our beautiful country, and if you happen to greet one of us, there's a big chance we will invite you over to dinner. It doesn't often happen where a foreigner is bold enough to visit Greenland, so we take advantage of the company when it's here. In return, please be kind to the locals.
GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat