In the Wake of the Vikings

Faroe Islands, Iceland and South Greenland
14 Days
Jun - Aug
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This fantastic tour combines time in 3 unique Arctic destinations- Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. There is the opportunity to take some great unguided hikes in each destination, as well as some great guided excursions.

Day 1  Arrival in the Faroe Islands: Vagar-Eysturoy.
Depart from Copenhagen with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands (Vágar Airport). At the airport, pick up your rental car. Before leaving the island of Vágar, we recommend a visit to the small village of Gásadalur. From here you can walk out on marked nature trails and enjoy the impressive view over Tindhólmur - don’t miss the beautiful waterfall that runs into the ocean. Cross the bridge that connects the islands of Eysturoy and Streymoy, and continue to the village of Eiði. Here more beautiful surroundings and nature will await you, as well as views of the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur, at 882 metres. Spend 2 nights in Eysturoy.

Day 2: Scenic village of Gjógv, Ambadalur Valley; Eysturoy.
The natural harbour in the village of Gjógv is a lovely sight and well worth visiting. At the end of the crevice, facing the open ocean, enjoy the great views from Crown Princess Mary’s Bench. From Gjógv you can hike up the mountain to the beautiful valley Ambadalur, en route you see bird cliffs and enjoy scenic views. 2nd night in Eysturoy.

Day 3: Saksun Village and Kirkjubøur cultural centre; Torshavn.
On route to Tórshavn, visit Saksun, a picturesque village where you can walk on the wide sands that now block the old harbour. From here, you can do the return hike over the mountain, for a great view over Tórshavn  and Nólsoy, then down to the cultural centre of Kirkjubøur, where you might visit Roykstovan (a combined museum and private home) which is approximately 900 years old, and see the ruins of the Saint Magnus Cathedral and Ólavs’ church, dating from the year 1111. On to Tórshavn for 2 nights.

Day 4 Tórshavn: Day at Leisure 
A day on your own to relax. Perhaps visit one of the many cafes, or Østrom, down by the end of the harbour, where you can see and buy contemporary Faroese art and fine craft. Back on the main street, have a closer look at the exquisite Faroese designed woollen wares and the latest fashions, at some of the great boutiques including 'Sirri'  and "Guðrun and Guðrun".  Wander past the cosy old bookstore and tourist office, and visit the art museum close to the park, where the permanent collection has a wide variety of Faroese art, showing how nature and landscape have been the dominant motifs throughout Faroese art history. You can also see the Nordic House, a Scandinavian culture centre, or the Art Museum and Gallery, with a wide range of more contemporary Faroese art. Overnight in Tórshavn.

Day 5 Faroe Islands- Reykjavik, Iceland
Check out from your accommodation in Torshavn and drive back to the airport to drop off your rental car, then Atlantic Airways flight to Iceland. Upon your arrival into Reykjavik Domestic Airport, make your own way to the hotel. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. 4 nights in Reykjavik.

Day 6 Landmannalaugar
Today travel into the highlands, past lakes and rivers, to Landmannalaugar, one of Iceland‘s grandest and most photographed landmarks, characterised by its amazing multicoloured rhyolite moutains. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural geothermal spring or take a short hike into the surrounding multicoloured hills with amazing colours including yellow, pink, fluorescent green, purple, brown, black, and white. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 7 The Golden Circle
Today you will visit Geysir, a geothermal area full of hot springs and bubbling pools of mud and the magnificient Gulloss waterfall.  Then continue on to Thingvellir National Park where the icelandic parliament Altinget was established in 930, and where you can also see the continental tectonic plates that are splitting Iceland.  Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 8 Reykjavik:  Day at Leisure
A day on your own to relax - wander along Reykjavik's main shopping street Laugavegur, or see Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, which was inspired by Iceland’s volcanic rock formations and is visible from almost everywhere in the town. Visit the Harpa Concert Hall which is situated on the waterfront and was inspired by the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic landscape, which in the evening turns into a large luminous sculpture. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 9 Reykjavik - Narsaq, South Greenland
Check out from your Reykjavik accommodation and make your own way to the airport for your Air Iceland flight to Narsarsuaq, South Greenland, then transfer by boat to Narsaq, a town of 1,500 inhabitants and the third most populated in Greenland. Narsaq is a typical small Greenlandic town, with its small wooden houses painted in bright colours, on the shores of the Sound, where icebergs float in the deep blue water.  2 nights in Narsaq.

Day 10 Narsaq:  Day at Leisure
There are several long or short hikes you can take today, or you can just relax and enjoy the town - visit the local market, fur shops, the hunters harbour, or the Greenlandic Museum. Overnight in Narsaq.

Day 11  Narsaq - Itilleq - Igaliku
Transfer by boat to Itilleq, from here you can hike the King's Road to the small, historic settlement of Igaliku, one of the most beautful in Greenland.  From the top of the King's Road look over the colourful houses, the green hills and the deep, blue fjord. On the other side of the fjord towers Illerfissik with its snow-covered peak piercing the clear blue sky.  There is a school, a church and a shop.  2 nights in Igaliku at Igaliku Country Hotel in a cabin with shared facilities.

Day 12  Igaliku:  Hiking 
Today from Igaliku perhaps hike to the plateau, where you can see stranded icebergs and the mighty glacier at the bottom of the fjord. Today, Igaliku and its surroundings have some of the best hiking opportunities in South Greenland. On the way back, you may be lucky enough to find minerals and stones, like the shining “moonstone” (labradorite), which are plentiful. Or just enjoy the peace of the south Greenland countryside. Overnight in Igaliku.

Day 13  Igaliku - Qassiarsuk - Narsarsuaq
Travel to the village of Qassiarsuk (Brattahild) the place where Erik the Red settled in 982. From here you can also hike on your own, from Qassiarsuk along the gravel road towards the fjord Sermilik. The landscape is wild and covered with small, blue lakes. If you follow the road all the way, it ends up at the sheep farm Tasiusaq (16 km return). Or take a hike to the ridge where you will enjoy some beautiful views over the ice cap. Late afternoon boat transfer to Narsarsuaq. 1 night in Narsarsuaq.

Day 14  Qooroq Icejord - Narsarsuaq Departure
Today enjoy an unforgettable boat trip to the Qooroq Icefjord among icebergs, of all colours, sizes and shapes. Later, transfer to Narsarsuaq Airport for your Air Greeland flight to Copenhagen.

Departures:  June 16th, 23rd and 30th; July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th;  August 4th, 11th and 18th 2017.

Includes:   Round trip flights with taxes from Copenhagen/Faroe Islands/Iceland/Greenland/Copenhagen, 13 nights accommodation with breakfast daily (Faroe Islands 4 nights; Iceland 4 nights; Greenland 2 nights in Narsaq, 2 nights in Igaliku (in a cabin with shared facilities) and 1 night in Narsarsuaq); car rental category A with airport pick up Day 1 and airport drop off Day 5 including unlimited mileage and CDW;  excursions to Landmannalaugar and The Golden Circle; airport transfers in Greenland and the Faroe Islands; boat transfers in Greenlandand;  boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord.

Excludes: airport transfers in Iceland; optional tours

Tour Notes:

The price is based upon a certain class on flights.  If this class has sold out the final price may increase, depending on the availability and cost of other classes at the time of booking. 

Arrangements and costs may differ based on dates of travel.

The order of excursions may be altered due to weather or other factors. 

For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.  

                                      Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 7547.00

Includes:   Round trip flights with taxes from Copenhagen/Faroe Islands/Iceland/Greenland/Copenhagen, 13 nights accommodation with breakfast daily (Faroe Islands 4 nights; Iceland 4 nights; Greenland 2 nights in Narsaq, 2 nights in Igaliku (in a cabin with shared facilities) and 1 night in Narsarsuaq); car rental category A with airport pick up Day 1 and airport drop off Day 5 including unlimited mileage and CDW;  excursions to Landmannalaugar and The Golden Circle; airport transfers in Greenland and the Faroe Islands; boat transfers in Greenlandand;  boat trip to Qooroq Ice Fjord.

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