FROM FIRE TO ICE - ICELAND AND GREENLAND 9 days / 8 nights (0)

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FROM FIRE TO ICE - ICELAND AND GREENLAND 9 days / 8 nights

The easy access to Greenland directly from Iceland makes this a perfect combination.

Combine your holiday in Iceland and Greenland, getting a taste of what these two exotic arctic islands have to offer. Iceland and Greenland, although very close in distance, are characterized by much different landscapes and culture. This tour allows you to see with your own eyes these differences and experience the unique attractions that they offer.

 

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants

Maximum group size: 12 people

A guided experience through the landscapes and culture of
both Iceland and Greenland

Itinerary details


INCLUDED
 7 day guided tour as per itinerary, local guides in Iceland and Greenland
 Accommodation for 8 nights with breakfast (5 in Iceland, 3 in Greenland)
 5 dinners: 3 in Iceland (on day 2, 3 and 4) and 2 in Greenland (on day 5 and 7)
 Bathing fee at the Blue Lagoon
 Participation in Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 3)
 Horse show & visit to a geothermally heated greenhouse
 1 lunchbox on day 4
 Entrance to Thjodveldisbaerinn, a reconstructed Viking farm-house
 Roundtrip flight to Greenland, Ilulissat with airport taxes
 Walking tour in Ilulissat town, easy level, 2 hours
 Hiking tour to the old settlement, Sermermiut, easy level, 2 hours
 Cruise excursion to Eqi Glacier with lunch onboard, 12 hours

 Transfers as per program in Greenland

 

 

PRICES PER PERSON
CONFIRMED DEPARTURES 2016

ITINERARY:


Day 1: Arrival
Overnight stay in Reykjavík for the next 2 nights (airport transfer not included).

 

Day 2: Reykjavík – Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon
In the morning you will meet and greet your Icelandic guide at the hotel lobby. After meeting your guide you will go on a sightseeing touraround Reykjavik and explore some of the major highlights; the old city center, the harbor, Hallgrímskirkja and the Pearl. Next, travel to Reykjanes Peninsula to the geothermal field with hot springs, steaming vents and mud pots. There you will visit the famous Blue Lagoon, in the
middle of the black lava field. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel in Reykjavík.

Enjoy welcome dinner at your hotel in Reykjavík.

 

Day 3: Geysers – Gullfoss Waterfall – Thingvellir
Start early in the morning with a pick up at your hotel. Drive to the ancient site of the original Icelandic parliament and a geologically fascinating area, Thingvellir National Park. Walk down the rift valleycaused by the separating North-America and Eurasian tectonic plates. Then head to the famous Geysir hot spring area and view one of the most active geysers in the area with spouting hot water up to 30 meters, Strokkur. From there, take part in Iceland Travels reforestation program located in the Haukadalur valley, where together you will leave your mark in Iceland by planting 5 trees and thereby reduce your carbon footprint. Continue your journey to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe, Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall). Afterwards you will visit a horse breeding farm with a geothermally heated greenhouse and learn about the Icelandic horse and its special qualities. Dinner and overnight stay in Selfoss area for the next 2 nights.

 

Day 4: Thjorsardalur – Mt Hekla – Landmannalaugar
Depart from the Selfoss area and travel to the valley of the Saga Age farms, Thjórsárdalur. An area greatly affected by the 1104 eruption in Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano. We then stop at the beautifullyreconstructed farmhouse of Thjóðveldisbærinn. The original farm was buried by ashes from the Mt. Hekla eruption. Travel through the valley with its extensive birch woods, to the dramatic scenery
and untouched wilderness of the highlands. Arrive in Landmannalaugar, an area withamazing range of colors, where the landscape is made from the beautiful multishaded rhyolite. You have the option of either bathing or walking in the area (bathing possible, depending on natural circumstances).

Included:
 Entrance to Thjodveldisbaerinn, a reconstructed Viking farm-house

 

Day 5: Ilulissat, a UNESCO heritage site
Transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport in the morning and fly to Greenland. Your Icelandic guide drops you off at the airport and wishes you a pleasant journey. Arrive around noon to the picturesque town ofIlulissat. It has a beautiful location at the mouth of a long Ice -fjord, filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. A guide from Greenland will welcome you at the
airport and drives you to the hotel. After check-in at the hotel you will get a short introduction of your tours in Greenland and optional activity. Afterwards you will enjoy a walking tour in the center of the town with a local guide and learn about modern life close to the Arctic Circle. Return back at the hotel for a welcome dinner.

Included:
 Walking tour in Ilulissat town, easy level, 2 hours

 

Day 6: Eqi Glacier
Today you get a pick up in the morning for a daytour 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 meters 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 you will be driven back. Evening is free of leisure.

Included:
 Cruise excursion to Eqi Glacier with lunch onboard, 12 hours

 

Day 7: Old Settlements
In the morning, hike to the remains of the old settlement Sermermiut, situated by the Ice-fjord. Listen to the story about life and customs of the Greenlanders before European arrival, whilst enjoying incredible views of the icebergs in the fjord. The afternoon is open for own activities, such as visiting museums in town. Numerous optional excursions are also available that can be arranged on spot.

Included:
 Hiking tour to the old settlement, Sermermiut, easy level, 2 hours

 

Day 8: Travel Day
The morning is free for own explorations. Enjoy the vistas of beautiful icebergs in the fjord or complete any final shopping for tupilaksor other handicraft souvenirs. Transfer to the airport in Ilulissat and flight to Reykjavik, followed by a transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Reykjavík.

 

Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport not included.

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Comments

Bagrowski 5 stars

8/15/2016 12:52:06 PM

It was really great!!!

Sellars 5 stars

8/15/2016 12:52:31 PM

Everything happened just as it should have. The nice clean bus arrived early, the driver was friendly and very helpful with luggage. The drive to the airport was professional and felt very safe. then we arrived early. Perfect!


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