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14 days / 13 nights
Availability : May - September
Keflavik international airport
Keflavik international airport
Max People : 38
Tour Code

GJ 92 & Wonders of Ilulissat

Tour Details

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, giant whales and the exciting mix of authentic Inuit culture and a modern society under the magical light of the midnight sun.

Departure & Return Location

Keflavik international airport (Flybus shuttle)

Departure Time

Day 2 at 9:00 at Icelandair Hotel Natura, subject to change

Price Includes

  • Arrival & Departure airport transfer by Flybys shuttle
  • Fully escorted 6-days bus tour in Iceland with English speaking guide
  • 10 nights accommodation in Iceland, in rooms with private showers
  • 3 nights accommodation in Greenland, in rooms with private showers
  • Daily Breakfast, and 2x dinner in Greenland
  • Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi (Iceland)
  • Visit to Viðimýri turf church (Iceland)
  • Mývatn Nature Baths, Entrance and use of towel (Iceland)
  • Admission to Petra's stone & Mineral collection (Iceland)
  • Multimedia presentation at Lava Center (Iceland)
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse (Iceland)
  • Blue Lagoon by bus, entrance & use of towel (Iceland)
  • Flight from Reykjavik - Ilulissat - Reykjavik, including all airport transfer & taxes
  • 1-2 hours guided city walk Ilulissat (Greenland)
  • 3 hours easy hike to Sermermiut settlement
  • 3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs
  • 6 hours boat trip to Oqaatsut/Rodebay including lunch or dinner

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • single supplement (Mandatory when traveling in single room)

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Highlights & Experiences

This tour is combination of Iceland and Greenland.

For Iceland, escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hotspots and lesser-known sights. The tour includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions.

For Greenland, it’s a 4-day all-inclusive package including return flight from/to Reykjavík

  • 9 days in Iceland & 4 days in Greenland
  • 6-day fully escorted coach tour around Iceland's Ring Road
  • 4 guided excursions in Greenland to explore nature & culture
  • Comfort tourist-class hotels at prime location in Iceland
  • First class accommodation in Greenland
  • Included are visit to small local museums, cultural experience and soft adventures
  • Golden Circle
  • Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Jökulsárlón, Glacier Lagoon
  • sail among floating Icebergs
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Hotel: Icelandair Hotel Natura, subject to change

Day 2Volcano crater, seals, fjords & mountains

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 Around Lake Myvatn.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar

Day 3The 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sel-Hotel Mývatn or hotel in the Húsavík area.

Day 4Lava 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, we 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. With some luck, we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel hérað or Álfheimar Geusthouse in Borgarfjörður-Eystri

Day 5Fjords, Glacier & 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, Europe’s largest glacier.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Hotel Höfn

Day 6South 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. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet!
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or Hotel Eyjafajallajökull or Hotel Fljótshlíð

Day 7Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle

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 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. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust. 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar

Day 8 Leisure Day in Reykjavik

Leisure day in Reykjavik or optional super jeep tour to Þórsmörk glacial valley

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar

Day 9Travel to Ilulissat, 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.

Meals: Breakfast & Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic, subject to change

Day 10Hunter'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.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch or dinner
Level of difficulty: easy
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

Day 11Inuit Settlement at Ilulissat Icefjords

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.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Arctic

Day 12Travel 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar

Day 13Bus & 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 14Departure Home

individual transfer by Flybus Shuttle (no guide) to Keflavik Airport

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