HIGHLIGHTS OF 7 Nights / 8 GREENLAND & ICELAND Tour Packages
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 2 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 wonderful 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 really makes you realise how alive the ground is beneath our feet.
DAY 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 trip to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat. Trip duration: about 6-7 hours / Level of Difficulty: Easy / Lunch and glass of wine is included.
DAY 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 different 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.
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 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in the centre of Reykjavik, Iceland.