Volcanoes and Ice: Summer

Reykjavik, Iceland + Ilulissat, West Greenland
9 days
Jun - Sep
Itinerary
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Combine the dramatic Viking history of Iceland with west Greenland's magnificent icebergs. This tour starts in Reykjavik, the most northern capital city in the world and an exciting blend of past and present. Explore the geothermal wonders of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir before travelling to Ilulissat, the "Town of the Icebergs",  300 kilometres north of the Polar Circle. The tour then finishes back in Reykjavik.

Day 1 Iceland Arrival
Arrival at Keflavik Airport  and meet your driver for the transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. If your flight arrival time allows, transfer to the hotel via the nearby goethermal area of Krysuvik, one of the most amazing landscapes in Iceland. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2 City Sightseeing and Afternoon at Leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel then a morning city sightseeing tour of Reykjavik, including the town of Hafnarfjordur where we visit the Fish Market, the open air museum Arbær, one of the outdoor swimming pools and the towering Hallgrim's Church. We also pass through the old town, past the harbour, the summit-meeting house Höfdi and the House of Parliament.

The afternoon is at leisure in Reykjavik. 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.

Day 3 Golden Circle: Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Thingvellir 
Today's excursion is one of the best day trips in Iceland: The Golden Circle where you will experience the majestic waterfall at Gullfoss, the erupting hot springs at Geysir, the fantastic national park of Thingvellir, and finally the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi.  Enjoy dinner tonight with an Icelandic seafood buffet at Restaurant Reykjavik, one of the city's oldest establishments.

Day 4 Iceland - Ilulissat, Greenland
Today transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Iluissat, west Greenland. On arrival, meet your local guide, transfer to the hotel for check-in, an information meeting and a guided town walk. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Days 5, 6 and 7 Ilulissat Adventures
Days at leisure in Ilulissat for some great optional excursions as follows:

Walk to the Icebergs of Sermermiut: Travel by bus as far as the road goes then enjoy a beautiful guided walk along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut, where traces from the 3 old Inuit cultures can still be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fjord and here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs. Light refreshments included. 3hrs.

Midnight Cruise Amongst the Icebergs: Tonight enjoy a midnight cruise amongst the icebergs. The midnight sun and the warm red colours reflecting in the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late drink on "the real rocks" ! The cruise includes light refreshments. 3hrs.

Old hunter's Settlement of Rodebay: travel by boat to the small settlement Oqaatsut, also known as Rodebay, with a local population of less than 40 people, largely dependent on fishing and hunting - a quite different world compared to that of Ilulissat. Oqaatsut in Greenlandic means " the cormorants" and the village was then named Rodebay by Dutch whalers in the 18th century. The settlement is about 20km north of Ilulissat on a little peninsula facing the island of Disko. Your tour includes lunch. 6hrs

Old hunter's Settlement of Ilimanaq: travel by boat to the small settlement  of Ilimanaq, situated just south of Kangia Ice Fjord. The settlement was founded around 1741 and the current population is approx 80 inhabitants. The boat tour to Ilimanaq itakes you among the massive icebergs that lie at the mouth of the Ilulissat icefjord. Your tour includes lunch. 6hrs

Home Visit: Come join a local family for a cup of coffee. The Greenlanders are famous for welcoming visitors into their homes, inviting everyone over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. The latest gossip is shared, and it will also be possible to see the national costume and learn about life so very isolated from the rest of the world. 2 hrs.

Cruise to Eqi Glacier: cruise in front of the 5 km wide glacier. The Eqi Glacier is very active so we hope for the unique sight of an iceberg “delivery”! This area is also an excellent place for spotting whales and hopefully the gentle giants of the sea will put in an appearance. Lunch included. 6-7hrs.

Visit the Huskies: Ilulissat is a dogsledding area in winter and the dogs in town are very happy to have summer visitors! Join in the feeding of a family of dogs; their owner will demonstrate the sledding equipment and tell you all about the lives of the sled dogs in Greenland. 1hr.

Whale Safari: cruise into the Disko Bay to spot whales- humpback whales come to the Disko Bay to feed on capelin, a small herring-like fish and as they are a protected species, they are very trusting and can often be enjoyed at close range. Packed lunch included. 5hrs.

Hike the Cecily Trail: Discover the different Arctic plants and beautiful icebergs floating in the Disko Bay on this guided full-day hike along the coast. Your guide tells you about the Cecily trail, named after an annual run from Rodebay to Ilulissat, used both by locals and for dog sledding in winter. Packed lunch included. Please note you have to be in good physical shape to participate in this medium level hike. 8hrs.

Sightseeing by plane 35 or 45 minutes or 1 hour: This unforgettable tour offers a flight in a 5-seat aircraft cruising in low altitude over the Ilulissat area. Window seats guaranteed. Minimum 4 persons.

Kayaking: Try your hand at kayaking with a local instructor. Kayaking has been a vital way of hunting in the Arctic for centuries and this tour will give you the opportunity to navigate amongst the icebergs like an Inuit hunter! No previous experience needed as your local instructor will be with you at all times. All equipment and clothing and lunch included. 6hrs inc 2hrs kayaking and transfers.

Evening Kayaking: witness the overwhelming beauty of the icebergs coming from the Ilulissat Icefjord, under the light of the midnight sun, as you paddle nearby. No previous experience needed as your local instructor will be with you at all times. 3hrs.

On the evening of Day 7 enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 Ilulissat - Reykjavik
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport for the return flight from Ilulissat to Reykjavik. On arrival, transfer from the airport to your hotel in Reykjavik for overnight.

Day 9 Reykjavik Departure
End of arrangements. 

Departures 2018: every Saturday from 02 June to 22 September

Includes:  transfer Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik hotel; Golden Circle excursion and city tour of Reykjavik; 1 dinner in Reykajvik; return flights Reykjavik - Ilulissat - Reykjavik; welcome meeting in Ilulissat; 2  dinners in Ilulissat;  guided town walk of Ilulissat; transfer Reykjavik hotel - Keflavik Airport; 8 nights accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast.

Excludes: optional excursions

Please note the tour cost is based upon a certain package price class on the included flights – if this class has sold out, the final price may be higher and will depend upon the availability of other classes at the time of booking. Flights to Greenland may depart from / return to Reykjavik Domestic Airport or Keflavik International Airport.   

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6130.00
Single AUD$ 8066.00

Includes:  transfer Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik hotel; Golden Circle excursion and city tour of Reykjavik; 1 dinner in Reykajvik; return flights Reykjavik - Ilulissat - Reykjavik; welcome meeting in Ilulissat; 2  dinners in Ilulissat;  guided town walk of Ilulissat; transfer Reykjavik hotel - Keflavik Airport; 8 nights accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast.

Please note the tour cost is based upon a certain package price class on the included flights – if this class has sold out, the final price may be higher and will depend upon the availability of other classes at the time of booking.

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