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Highlights of Iceland and Greenland (8 Days)

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Highlights of Iceland and Greenland (8 Days)

 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.

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

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.

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 excursion to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat. Trip duration: about 6-7 hours / Level of Difficulty: Easy / Lunch 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 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.

Day 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.
 

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

 

  Price:- From $3,885 per person. Please contact us for departure dates and availability 

 

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