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Iceland & Greenland Discovery Iceland & Greenland Discovery
14 Days from $7,267 p/p in USD Departures: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
 

On this fantastic 14-day adventure travel on Iceland's ring road and discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. Continue to Ilulissat in West Greenland, with its unspoilt wilderness, all under the magical light of the midnight sun. With a local expert guide explore the unique Icelandic countryside with its incredible volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. This escorted tour takes you to both classic nature hot spots and lesser-known sights and also includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Continue your discovery tour to Ilulissat in West Greenland, with its massive icebergs, glittering glaciers, large whales and the exciting mix of authentic Inuit culture and a modern society.

Overview

  • Country:
    Iceland
  • You will visit:
    Iceland, Greenland
  • Tour type:
    guided, small group, large group
  • Safari standard:
    mid-range
  • Wildlife:
    Bird, seals, arctic fox, reindeer
  • Viewing by:
    Coach, boat
  • Getting around:
    Coach, plane, boat
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Keflavik, Iceland

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

Day by Day

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, and 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:  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, "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 

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.

Rates

RATE - PER PERSON USD 

  • From USD 7,267 per person in twin or triple room

  • Single room supplement: from USD 2,083

NB Price is subject to change
Depending on availability for flights to Greenland a flight supplement of EUR 500/DKK 3700 per person might apply


MEALS:
 13 breakfasts plus 2 dinners in Greenland 


ALSO INCLUDED

  • 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
  • 13 x breakfast and 2 x 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.

PAYMENT: 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.

CANCELLATIONS: 

  • 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, 40% charge of the tour package price
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 6 weeks of departure, 60% charge of the tour package price
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 4 weeks of departure, 80% charge of the tour package price
  • If the reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks of departure, 100% charge 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)

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'GJ Travel'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'GJ Travel' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Departures

DEPARTURES: Every Tuesday & Friday, May to September 

DURATION: 14 days / 13 nights

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland is on Tuesdays & Fridays. Guided bus tour in Iceland starts on Wednesday & Saturdays at 09:00

END OF TOUR: On Sunday & Wednesday in the afternoon. Departure from Iceland is on Monday & Thursdays

LANGUAGES: English only

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 30 persons in Iceland / only small groups in Greenland due to logistics

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