HIGHLIGHTS OF ICELAND & GREENLAND - 8 days

from EUR 3885

Discover South Iceland's most iconic attractions including Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs. Bathe in the famous Blue Lagoon for holiday of extreme contrasts and explore Reykjavik, Iceland's cosmopolitan capital city. A 4-day visit to Greenland brings you to a world of giant icebergs, hauling sledge dogs and fascinating Inuit culture.

Tour Code: ICE & WGR4
  • Tour Availability: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Seasons: June to September
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ICELAND & GREENLAND 2018  (8 days/7 nights)

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.

Highlights and Experiences:

  • Golden Circle Tour and Visit to Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  • 4 excursions in Greenland to explore nature and culture
  • Private airport transfers in Iceland
  • 4 nights in 4-star hotel in the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotel with fantastic view in Ilulissat, West Greenland
Tour Code: ICE & WGR4

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HIGHLIGHTS OF ICELAND & GREENLAND 2018  (8 days/7 nights)

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 mls)

Private transfer from Keflavík International Airport to a 4-star hotel in the centre of Reykjavík where you spend two 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 characterised 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 (260 km/162 mls)
Iceland is spectacular, and so is the Golden Circle Route. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the beautiful 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 makes you realise how alive the ground is beneath our feet.

Icefjord Ilulissat (3).JPGDay 3: Iceland - West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Midnight Sailing
Private airport transfer in Reykjavik. Flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat (about 3 hours). Transfer to the hotel. After a welcome meeting with your local guide at 4-star Hotel Arctic enjoy a guided city walk of Ilulissat. There is some time to explore the town, visit the local museum and observe Greenlandic life at the always busy harbour. Welcome dinner (2-course) is included at Hotel Arctic. 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". Trip duration is about 3 hours. Dress warmly.

(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
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure for the one-day boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier. The Eqi glacier runs 80 km north of Ilulissat into the fjord and is one of the most beautiful places in Greenland. You can get close to the edge of the glacier by boat as we cruise in front of the glacier for around one hour and you might see the calving process. The front of the 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 excursion to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat. Trip duration: about 6-7 hours / Level of Difficulty: Easy / Lunch is included.

Ilulissat Image.JPGDay 5: Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefiord
Breakfast at the hotel. By bus as far as the road goes. Guided walking tour of 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 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 year and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. Approximate trip duration is 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 nature trail. Rest of the day free at leisure to hike along the Icefiord and explore the town of Ilulissat.

Farewell dinner (3-course) 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 two nights in a 4-star hotel in the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Blue Lagoon Tour Iceland (11).jpgDay 7: Blue Lagoon & Reykjavík (90 km / 56 mls)
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 (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Tour Code: ICE & WGR4

2018 departures dates from Reykjavik:

  • Daily departures from 03.07.-31.08.18
  • In June 2018 the Greenland part is available with departures Tue-Fri, Wed-Sat and Sat-Tue
  • In September 2018 the Greenland part is available with departures from Sat-Tue
  • This program is not available from January-May and October-December due to flights

Flights: by Air Iceland, Dash 8 aircraft, 37 seats (subject to change), about flight time 3 hours.

Flight schedule for 2018: (subject to change)

Date 
Week days 
Reykjavik departure  
Ilulissat arrival   .. Ilulissat departure  Reykjavik arrival  
01.06.-30.06.18  Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat   10:15 11:30   12:15 18:50
03.07.-31.08.18 Daily 10:15 11:30   12:15 18:25
01.09.-29.09.18 Tue & Sat 10:45 12:00 12:45 18:55

Please note that return flight has a fuel stop in Søndre Strømfjord

Availability: On request. It might take 1-3 working days until we can advise availability

Tour Code: ICE & WGR4

2018 Prices - with departures from 01.06.-25.09.18

4-star in Reykjavik + 4-star in Ilulissat

Price per person in Double room standard:

Single room

supplement:

3-star in Reykjavik + 4-star in Ilulissat

Price per person in Double room standard:

Single room

supplement:

EUR 4,470 per person* EUR 630 per person   EUR 3,885 per person* EUR 600 per person

Supplement for a superior room with an Icefiord view in Greenland:

Supplement for a superior room with an Icefiord view in Greenland:
EUR 192 per room for 3 nights EUR 192 per room for 3 nights
Prices are subject to change due to exchange rates

*Depending on availability for flights to Greenland a flight supplement of EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply

This tour is not available rest of the year due to flights. See flight schedule under the tab "tour dates".

Included:

  • 4 nights including breakfast in a 4-star hotel in the centre 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 centre 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 including 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

Note: Excursion days may alter depending on weather and a minimum number of participants.

Availability: On request. It might take 48-72 hours until we can advise availability

Important: 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 Greenland.

Bookings to be sent to email: Either via our international tour operator network -see here 

or directly by email gjtravel@gjtravel.is and we process your booking by personal email communication. All bookings are on request. We need full names of all travellers to Greenland, nationality and travel dates to/from Greenland. After we receive your reservation by email, you will get a short reconfirmation from us that we will work on your booking. The final confirmation will be sent within 2-4 working days after booking receipt. Unfortunately for Greenland packages, there is no instant availability system and online booking & payment system. Payment is due latest 8 weeks before arrival; we accept international bank transfer or payment by Visa or MasterCard. Vouchers and detailed itinerary will be sent after receipt of final payment. We provide you also with much practical information in regards to your stay in Greenland and how to prepare for a trip to Greenland.


Cancellation policy for Iceland & Greenland package:

  • 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).
Tour Code: ICE & WGR4

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.

Tour Code: ICE & WGR4