Volcanoes and Ice: Winter

Iceland & Ilulissat, West Greenland
7 or 8 days
Feb - March
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This tour offers you the chance to see 2 unique destinations in winter - Iceland and Greenland. Start from Reykjavik where you will enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Golden Circle including Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and amazing, Gullfoss waterfall. Continue on to UNESCO World Heritage listed Ilulissat, Greenland. This town is the perfect destination to see icebergs, with breathtaking views over the Inland Ice Cap and fjords, as you fly in. Witness the majestic beauty of Greenlandic nature and enjoy optional winter activities such as dog-sledding with an Inuit hunter, a cruise on the Fjord to see gigantic icebergs, searching for the Northern Lights on a clear night and much more. Then return to Reykjavik for one further night.

This tour is available as a 7 or 8 day tour. The itinerary shown below is for the 7 day tour. The 8 day tour has an extra day in Ilulissat.

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrrival
On arrival at Keflavik International Airport transfer to your hotel with the airport coach. Time at leisure to explore. 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 also 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. 2 nights in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Golden Circle Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal Area  
Today visit the 3 most famous natural attractions in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and the amazing waterfall Gullfoss, collectively known as the Golden Circle. Start by driving around Southern Iceland's fertile lands to visit one of the most magnificent waterfalls, Gullfoss. Onwards to the erupting hot springs in Geysir area, before arriving at beautiful Þingvellir National Park. Here, the world's oldest parliament was founded in the year 930AD and the European and American tectonic plates almost meet in a spectacular setting.Tonight enjoy a traditional Icelandic Fish Buffet dinner at Resturant Reykjavik.

Day 3: Reykjavik -  Ilulissat, Greenland
Breakfast at your hotel. Then make your own way to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your flight to Ilulissat. On arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel, for a welcome meeting followed by a guided town walk. Visit the old part of town to see the original buildings dating from the early settlement of this former Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour, the old Zion Church and the museum. 3 nights at Hotel Arctic, with a welcome dinner at the hotel tonight.

Days 4 & 5 Ilulissat Days at Leisure
Today and tomorrow enjoy some of the wonderful optional excursions that can only be done in Ilulissat. Experience ice and snow, and gaze in awe at the magnificent scenery and the awe inspiring icebergs.

Search for the Northern Lights by snowshoe: Experience the amazing Northern Light on this guided snow shoe walk. Provided with a headlight we will walk safely into the landscape. Your guide will tell you all about this natural phenomenon and the inuits legends and traditions. Light refreshments are included. Duration 2 hrs.

Search for the Northern Lights by snowmobile: Experience the arctic sunset and enjoy breathtaking views driving on snowmobiles into the wilderness to watch the Northern Lights. Hot drinks included. 2 persons share each snowmobile. Duration 2hrs.

Husky Safari 2 hrs:  leave the civilized world and enter the Arctic Wonderland of low passes, ice covered fjords where icebergs raise like sculptures and travel back in time into the world of the old polar explorers. 2 persons share each dog sled. Only operated when there is snow - expected to run from early/mid December to late March.

Husky Safari 5 hrs: Leave the civilized world and enter the Arctic wonderland of low passes and ice covered fjords where icebergs raise like sculptures. The route will depend on actual snow and ice conditions. Lunch included. 2 persons share each dog sled. Only operated when there is snow - expected to run from mid December to late March.

Snowshoe Walk to View the icebergs: An easy guided snowshoe walk following the Yellow Trail to enjoy the panoramic view of the Sermermiut valley, the icebergs and Disko bay. Duration 2 hrs.

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. Duration 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  (Only operated when there is open water - usually from mid March until late November, but might also run all winter)

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. (Only operated when there is open water - usually from mid March until late November, but might also run all winter)

Icebergs Cruise: Ilulissat is world famous for its icebergs and a cruise provides the perfect opportunity to get close to these giant sculptures created by nature. Light refreshments included. Duration 2.5hrs. (Only operated when there is open water, usually from mid March until late November, but might also run all winter)

On Day 5 enjoy a Farewell to Greenland dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: Ilulissat - Reykjavik
Morning at leisure before transfer to the airport for your flight back to Iceland. On arrival at Reykjavik Domestic Airport, make your own way to your Reykjavik hotel for overnight.

Day 7 Reykjavik Departure
Your tour arrangements end today with your transfer by coach to Keflavik Airport.

2018 departures:

7 day tour from Reykjavik
: every Thursday from 15 February - 29 March
8 day tour from Reykjavik: every Sunday from 18 February - 25 March

Includes: Return economy class flights Reykjavik- Iulissat; Keflavik Airport/hotel coach transfers in Iceland, airport/hotel transfers in Greenland, accommodation in standard rooms with daily breakfast, dinner in Iceland Day 2, dinner in Greenland Days 2 & 5, Golden Circle guided excursion, Ilulissat guided town walk, services of a local destination guide in Greenland.

Excludes: Optional excursions, transfers to/from Reykjvik Domestic Airport/hotel

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland. 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. Solo driving supplements apply for dogsledding and snowmobiling excursions. Please note some flights may depart from / return to Keflavik International Airport, Iceland.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4396.00
Single AUD$ 5329.00

Includes: Return economy class flights Reykjavik- Iulissat; Keflavik Airport/hotel coach transfers in Iceland, airport/hotel transfers in Greenland, 6 nights accommodation in standard rooms with daily breakfast, dinner in Iceland Day 2, dinner in Greenland Days 2 & 5, Golden Circle guided excursion, Ilulissat guided town walk, services of a local destination guide in Greenland.

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland. 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.

The prices shown here are for the 7 day / 6 night tour.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4436.00
Single AUD$ 5458.00

 

Includes: Return economy class flights Reykjavik- Iulissat; Keflavik Airport/hotel coach transfers in Iceland, airport/hotel transfers in Greenland, 7 nights accommodation in standard rooms with daily breakfast, dinner in Iceland Day 2, dinner in Greenland Days 2 & 5, Golden Circle guided excursion, Ilulissat guided town walk, services of a local destination guide in Greenland.

The price is based upon a certain class on flights to and from Greenland. 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.

The prices shown here are for the 8 day / 7 night tour.

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