Experience the Capital of Iceland which is a blend of the past and the modern world. You will find the amenities of a metropolis as well as the warm friendliness of a small town. Magnificent nature awaits you with Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir just to mention a few of the Iceland wonders. (Gullfoss is the Golden Waterfalls, Geysir is part of a field of geysers and hot bubbling springs and Thingvellir is an ancient parliamentary site where the major plates of Europe nad America are slowly separating.) Combine this with Greenland's magnificent nature and some insight into the Inuit culture. Visit Ilulissat - the town of the icebergs. Experience the traditional Inuit culture combined with modern life north of the Polar Circle.
Here’s an outline of the itinerary. The time in Greenland is less structured than the Iceland time but the activities and the guides are very good.
Overnight flight to Iceland
Travelers from North America leave for Iceland on an overnight flight with an early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.
Welcome to Iceland
You have a voucher for the airport shuttle which will drop you off at your hotel in Reykjavik, where you’ll stay for the next 3 nights. Then you can set out to see some of Iceland’s capital. We’ll provide lots of ideas for what to see and do. Breakfast included all days except arrival day, dinner included each night.
After breakfast at the hotel you’ll have a morning city sightseeing tour of Reykjavik including the town of Hafnarfjordur where you’ll briefly visit the Fish Market, the open Air Museum Arbær, one of the outdoor swimming pools and the towering Hallgrim's Church. You’ll also pass through the old town, the harbor, the summit-meeting house Höfdi and the House of Parliament.
Afternoon of leisure in Reykjavik.
Optional excursion to Blue Lagoon (not incl.), or an alternative could be to stay in Reykjavik using one of the many local geothermal swimming pools - a perfect way to meet the Icelanders.
This tour takes you to some “must see” sights of Iceland on the Golden Circle Tour. From the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, home of Geysir, the original boiling water spout, to the double waterfalls at Gullfoss, then national park at Thingvellir, where Europe’s first parliament started meeting in the ninth century, and the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi, you’ll see parts of Iceland’s complex history and unusual landscape.
Reykjavik to West Greenland
After breakfast you’ll have the morning free to check and out explore. You’ll be taken to Reykjavik domestic airport for your 11:15AM flight toIlulissat - there’s a two hour time difference, so you’ll land not much later than you took off.
Once in Greenland you’ll be in the capable hands of the Arctic Adventure guide who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. There’s an informational meeting and a guided city walk. Then you can enjoy some of the optional excursions.
Farewell Greenland, hello Iceland!
After breakfast you'll reverse your arrival process. Your guide will get you to the airport to catch the afternoon flight to Reykjavik, with lunch on the plane. You’ll lose the two hours you gained on your way to Greenland, so you’ll be arriving in Reykjavik’s domestic airport at 6:45 PM. From there, you’ll be taken to your hotel. This might be a good night to sample some of Iceland’s famous nightlife.
After breakfast at your hotel you’ll have a long morning to check out, relax, see a bit more of the city. You’ll have a voucher for the Flybus shuttle which will have you at Keflavik Airport in time for your flight. Please have the hotel confirm your departure transfer the day before. There are also day tours which offer some sight-seeing, followed by a late afternoon drop off at Keflavik Airport in time for your flight.