Here's an outline of the Itinerary
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.
Optional Day Tours, as listed below, to choose from.
Farewell Greenland, hello again Iceland!
After breakfast on Saturday 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.
Dates, Prices* 2013
There are weekly departures in July and August.
The price for our Iceland and South Greenland Adventure depends on your choice of hotel in Iceland. We offer it with a comfortable 3 star hotel in a very convenient location at $4736 per person, double occupancy or $5678 single. If you’d rather a 4 Star Hotel, with plenty of amenities and great location, this will be $4877 per person, double occupancy, or $5819 single. These prices are subject to hotel availability.
*Price includes round trip airfare, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes, from Boston, New York, and Washington Dulles. Ask about Denver, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Seattle, and Toronto. Note: Not all gateways have daily departures. Also includes transfers to and from Keflavik Airport, 4 nights in Iceland in double rooms in 3 or 4 star hotels, all with private bath, breakfast every day except arrival day, 2 day tours with hotel pick up and drop off, Air Iceland flights to and from Ilulissat, 4 nights in double rooms at the Hotel Arctic or similar with private bath, breakfast, and dinner, local guide to assist with airport transfers and excursion booking.
Not included in the price are travel insurance, lunches in Greenland, lunches in Iceland, and optional excursions in Greenland, which can only be booked locally..
Day Tours Available
The location of Ilulissat is breathtaking - all year round huge icebergs raising more than hundred meters above sea level are stranded at the mouth of the fiord. These icebergs are all products of the mighty and most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere; The Ilulissat Glacier gives birth daily to 20 million tons of ice which also explains why it is included on the World Heritage list. The indicated prices are per person unless otherwise stated. Prices may change without prior notice due to specific conditions at the time and place of the excursion. Please note that not all excursions are available during every tour-program that includes this destination. Check the tour-program for a list of excursions available on that particular tour.
The Icebergs of Sermermiut
By bus as far as the road goes. A beautiful walk along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fiord to Sermermiut where traces from the 3 old Eskimo cultures still can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fiord; here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs./Daily
*3 hours, DKK 350 (about $65) including refreshment
Hunter’s Settlement - Rodebay
By boat to the small settlement Oqaitsut/Rodebay with a local population of about 40 persons totally depending upon fishing and hunting - a quite different world compared to the nearby town of Ilulissat. Guided walk through the village before you enjoy lunch at the old trading station./Tue,Thurs, Sat, Sun
*6 hours DKK 1350 (about $240) including lunch
Midnight Cruise to the Ice Fjord
The midnight sun and the warm red colors reflecting in the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late Martini on “the real rocks”!Season for midnight sun is approx. 22may-24jul. Outside this season the excursion is operated as an evening cruise with the beautiful sunset reflecting over the icebergs./Daily
*3 hours DKK 700 (about $125)
Hunter's Settlement - Ilimanaq
By boat to the settlement of Ilimanaq, which is situated just south of the Kangia Ice Fiord. Ilimanaq has a population of approx. 80 persons mainly depending upon fishing and hunting. A completely different world compared to the town of Ilulissat. Upon arrival you’ll have a guided tour of the settlement before enjoying lunch with a local family./Mon,Wed,Fri
Can also be operated by night at a smaller surcharge of DKK 250 per person.
*6 hours, DKK 1350 (about $240) including lunch
Icefjord photo sightseeing
These new service with Air Zafari offers a chance to observe the impressive landscape from above, in a quiet nd comfortable aircraft.
This unforgettable shorter tour offers the flight in low altitude to the outer area of Ilulissat town and the underwater moraine at the mouth of Ilulissat Ice Fiord, where huge icebergs are stranded while waiting to get out further into Disko bay. Window seat is guaranteed for the best photo opportunity and every passenger is provided with Active Noise Reduction Headset.: 35minutes
Price: DKK 1595 (about $280)
Also avialable over the Northern Glacier
Feeding the huskies
Ilulissat is sledge-area and the approximately 3500 dogs in town are still used for both work and fun every winter. We invite you to join the feeding of a dog team. You can see, feel, touch and most of all hear the howling of 20 hungry dogs. The owner will demonstrate the sledge and the harness and tell about life as a sledge dog in Greenland. Good shoes advised!
*1 hour, DKK 200 (about $36)
Sail to the fishing spot of the day, most probably near Bredebugt or at the mouth of the Ilulissat Ice Fiord. While waiting for your catch you’ll have time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings. By the end of the day you will hopefully bring home different sorts of fish like cod, halibut, redfish and catfish.
*4 hours, DKK 1300 (about $230)
Eqip - The Calving Glacier
Eqip glacier is the only glacier in the Ilulissat area where you can often experience a glacier calving. Cruise in front of the 5 km wide glacier - enjoying lunch - and hope for the unique sight of an iceberg “delivery”. A lot of seabirds know from experience that any calving from the glacier will result in a huge meal as the new iceberg turns in the water, bringing a lot of sea animals to the surface./Daily
*8 hours, DKK 1995 (about $350) including lunch
Visit a Greenland home, enjoy the "Coffee-Mik" (a cup of coffee which by tradition is served to all visitors) and learn about Greenland and its population.
*2 hours, DKK 200 (about $36)
You’ll go out by boat intoDisko Bay to spot whales. In the summer, humback whales come to Disko Bay to feed on the capelin, a small herring-like fish. As the humback whales are protected they are very
trusting and can often be enjoyed at close range. However, as this is not a zoo there is of course no guarantee for seeing the whales.
*5 hours, DKK 1000 (about $180)