This adventure-packed holiday takes in a range of exciting excursions combined with the opportunity to witness some of the world's most impressive natural wonders. Visiting both Greenland and Iceland, you'll contrast the city sights of Reykjavik and the extraordinary landscapes of its Golden Circle neighbour before flying north to explore Greenland's west coast. Based in the town of Ilulissat, you'll embark on trips to its vast Ice Fjord, get up close to majestic icebergs and visit remote Inuit communities seemingly untouched by time.
Volcanoes & Ice – Iceland & Greenland
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Fly to Reykjavik
Fly out to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, and transfer to the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum. Situated in one of the city's oldest streets, it’s host to bright and stylish bedrooms, suites and apartments as well as an inventive restaurant serving fresh seafood and classic local recipes with a modern twist. And, many of the city’s best restaurants are right on the doorstep. Enjoy your day at leisure, taking in the city sights.
Day 2 » Golden circle & Langjokull glacier
Today sees you witness some of Iceland's most impressive natural phenomena, from dramatic geysers to some of Iceland's greatest waterfalls, as you head out on an included Superjeep tour of the Golden Circle. Start of with a visit to the impressive Thingvellir national park, where Iceland's parliament was first founded over a 1000 years ago and where you can see the earth pulling apart along the North-America and Eurasia divide, before heading to Strokkur and the natural geyser which erupts every five minutes. From there you'll visit the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and the long Langjökull icecap – two natural gems and highlights of the tour.
Day 3 » Ilulissat & ice fjord hike
After breakfast, transfer to Reykjavik’s domestic airport for your flight to Ilulissat on Greenland’s west coast. On arrival, you’ll be met by your local guide for an included transfer to Hotel Arctic. Perched on the edge of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, it commands impressive views of the town and its iceberg-dotted bay. Once you’ve settled in, head out on an easy guided hike to the ice fjord where you'll walk along a the scenic route towards the remains of ancient Inuit settlement on the banks of the fjord. Learn the stories of the Inuit people and how they have roamed, hunted and inhabited the remote regions around Ilulissat for centuries before enjoying a coffee at Kællingekløften, where it's panoramic views are an idyllic place watch icebergs float into the bay.
Stay: Hotel Arctic, Greenland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 » Midnight sail & Ilulissat excursions
Today will be a day at leisure to explore the town of Ilulissat or the surrounding landscape. The real highlight will come after dinner, when you set off by sailboat to sail amongst the icebergs in the fjord under the midnight sun, a truly remarkable experience only possible during the summer months above the arctic circle.
The next day after breakfast, you'll sail by the calm waters of the Ataa strait, where steep mountains create the perfect backdrop. Look out for whales and the small settlement of Oqaatsut. On reaching the face of the beautiful Eqi glacier, the engines are cut and you wait and listen for the powerful sounds and sights of the calving ice. Enjoy lunch on board as you slip amongst the floating ice and admire the towering landscape - this is a real highlight of your trip. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner before you'll return to Iceland the following day.
Stay: Hotel Arctic, Greenland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 » Reykjavik
After breakfast you'll enjoy scenic views as you fly out of Ilulissat and make your way back to Iceland for a final night at the relaxing Silica Hotel. With its lagoon location, the Silica Hotel is an ideal place to unwind and relax after the adventures of Greenland. Whether you choose to soak in the private Silica pools or head to the famed Blue Lagoon geothermal pools with included admission, you'll feel at one with volcanic surroundings.
Stay: Silica Hotel, Iceland
Day 7 » Depart for UK
The morning is yours to spend as you choose; perhaps venture into Reykjavik for one last jaunt around the city, or head to the harbour in hope of a lucky glimpse of the dolphins and whales. In the afternoon, make your way to the airport for your flight home and continue your onward journey.
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