From Fire to Ice

Highlights of Iceland & West Greenland
11 days
June & July
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Experience the highlights of Iceland & West Greenland on this combination tour. Marveloat volcanoes, ancient lava fields, thundering waterfalls and exploding hot springs in Iceland. Then explore the town of Ilulissat, West Greenland, located at the bay of the famous Ice fjord, where you will sail among crackling icebergs, and get up close to the astonishing Eqi glacier. Discover the different cultures of these two Arctic islands - so close, but yet so different and each so wonderfully unique.

Day 1 Arrival in Iceland  
On arrival at Keflavik airport, take the airport coach to your hotel, for overnight in Reykjavík. 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 2: Westman Islands: Waterfall - Lava Fields – Puffin Island – Magnificent lava fields.
Depart Reykjavik this morning. The first stop today is at the lovely Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading water for a very different perspective. Then travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbour, to take the 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the islands and the only inhabited one. Visit the island´s Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area. From mid-May to the beginning of August it is also possible to see puffins here. Take a walk up to the crater of the volcano that erupted only three decades ago, and visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the flora growing in the new lava field. The afternoon at leisure to explore the island on your own. Overnight in the Westman Islands. 

Day 3 South Shore - Skogar – Vik: Powerful Volcanoes – Folk Museum – Black Sand Beaches
Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and travel further on along the south shore, past numerous glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. A famous folk museum is nearby, showcasing the buildings and daily life of Icelanders over past centuries.  Next travel to Thorvaldseyri Farm, located at the foot of the world famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, that last erupted in the spring of 2010. A visitor's centre and exhibition tells the story of the eruption with a 20 minute film and displays about the spectacular natural disaster Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, where you can witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the power of the sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Vik area for the next 2 nights.

Day 4 Vik – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon: Skaftafell, Glaciers & Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
Travel across Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth, before reaching the small town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Head to Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. A boat trip takes you between the floating ice bergs.  Throughout the day, enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. Dinner and overnight in the Vik area.

Day 5 Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik: Geysers,  Golden Falls & National Park 
Today head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.  This is also where you can see the meeting point of the European and North American tectonic plates.  After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik, for overnight.

Day 6 Reykjavík Day at Leisure
Day at leisure and overnight.

Day 7 Reykjavik - Ilulissat, Greenland
Make your own way to Reykjavik Domestic Airport in the morning and flight to Greenland. Arrive around noon at the picturesque town of Ilulissat, beautifully located at the mouth of a long Icefjord, filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a welcome meeting and briefing on Greenland and the next few days activities. Then enjoy a guided walking tour in the centre of the town, and learn about modern life close to the Arctic Circle. Return to the hotel for a welcome dinner. 

Day 8 Ilulissat:  Eqi Glacier Excursion
Morning pick up from your hotel for a day tour to the Eqi glacier. Very few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi glacier, thrusting out in a fjord north of Ilulissat. Sail to the very edge of the glacier’s frontline rising 80-90 metres above the surface of the ocean and enjoy lunch on board. Watch big chunks of heavy ice break off the glacier and tremble intensely into the water, enormous collisions, sight of icebergs shattering and not to mention the sound, is impressive. Afterwards drive back to the hotel where your evening is at leisure.

Day 9 Ilulissat:  Walk to Sermermiut Old Inuit Settlement
Today walk to the remains of the old Inuit settlement of Sermermiut. Travel by bus as far as the road goes, then take the beautiful guided walk along the UNESCO World Heritage designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord to Sermermiut, where traces from three old Inuit cultures can still be found. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fjord; here you can enjoy the flowers, as well as the fantastic icebergs and great photo opportunities! Light refreshments are included- the walk takes about 2 hours and is partially on a  timber boardwalk.The afternoon is free for you to relax- perhaps visit the small local museums and shop for some unique handicrafts such as tupilaks, the exquisitely carved bone souvenirs fashioned by local craftsmen. Farewell dinner at the hotel

Day 10 Ilulissat - Reykajvik
The morning is free for your own further explorations. Enjoy your final vistas of beautiful icebergs in the fjord,  before your afternoon transfer to the airport in Ilulissat, and return flight to Reykjavik. On arrival into Reykjavik make your own way to your hotel for 1 night. 

Day 11 Reykajvik  Departure.
Arrangements end with your coach transfer to Keflavik Airport.

All 2017 departures are sold out.

Includes: Keflavik Airport/Reykjavik hotel coach transfers in Iceland first and last days; accommodation in 3 star standard hotels all with private facilities 4 nights in Reykjavik + 3 nights in Icelandic countryside + 3 nights in Greenland; daily breakfast except on arrival day; 4 dinners in Iceland (Days 3, 4, 7, 9); round trip ferry to Westman Islands (Day 2); entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2); entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3); entry to Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (Day 3); Jokulsarlon boat tour (Day 4); round trip economy class flight to Ilulissat Greenland, incl. airport taxes; 2 dinners in Greenland (Days 7, 9); guided town walk in Ilulissat (Day 7);  12hr excursion incl. cruise to Eqi Glacier + lunch onboard (Day 8); 2hr walk to the old settlement of Sermermiut (Day 9); airport transfers in Greenland.

Excludes: Dinners in Reykjavik (Days 1, 5, 6, 10), the Westman Islands (Day 2) and in Ilulissat (Day 8); return transfers between hotel in Reykjavik and the Domestic Airport; optional tours and activities

Extra nights in Reykjavik before or after the tour can be added - please enquire.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 7817.00
Single AUD$ 9339.00

Includes: Keflavik Airport/ Reykjavik hotel coach transfers in Iceland; accommodation with private facilities 4 nights in Reykjavik + 3 nights in Icelandic countryside + 3 nights in Greenland; breakfast daily except on arrival day; 4 dinners in Iceland (Days 3, 4, 7,  9); roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (Day 2); entrance to  the Eldheimar Museum (Day 2); entrance to the Skogar folk Museum (Day 3); entrance to the Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (Day 3); Jokulsarlon boat tour (Day 4) roundtrip flight to Greenland, Ilulissat with airport taxes; 2 dinners in Greenland (Day 7 and 9); walking tour in Ilulissat town, easy level, 2 hours (Day 7); cruise excursion to Eqi Glacier with lunch on board 12 hours (Day 8); hiking tour to the old settlement Sermermiut easy level 2 hours (Day 9); airport transfers in Greenland.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel

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