Volcanoes & Ice, Winter, 7 days

Semi Escorted Tour, Northern Lights, and Husky SafariIceland and Greenland

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From $3,595 USD
February 21 - April 16, 2020
7 Days / 6 Nights

Volcanoes and Ice, Iceland and Greenland, 7-day tour, explore Iceland's capital Reykjavik and Ilulissat, Town of Icebergs with Arctic nature and culture.

Overview

Volcanoes and Ice, Winter Tale of Two Cities, a 7-day tour combining stays in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik and Town of Icebergs, Ilulissat. Enjoy optional excursions to the Golden Circle Classic, Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site. Explore Arctic nature, well-preserved culture, life in the Arctic in Ilulissat, at the Icefjord, filled with calving glaciers and gigantic icebergs. Enjoy optional excursions in both cities.

Operation

February 21 - April 16, 2020

Departure

Guaranteed departures from Keflavik every Friday:
February 21, 28
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10

Price

  • from $3,595 per person in double room
  • from $4,385 single room

Included

  • Air Iceland from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat, round trip
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfer between hotel and airport in Ilulissat
  • Transfer by Private Car from hotel to Reykjavik Domestic Airport on Day 2
  • Transfer by Private Car from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to hotel on Day 5
  • Flybus ticket from Keflavik Airport to hotel on Day 1
  • Flybus ticket from hotel to Keflavik Airport on Day 7
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum or similar in standard room
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hotel Arctic, Puisi Standard room
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • Welcome meeting at Hotel Arctic on Day 2
  • City Walk in Ilulissat on Day 2 with Arctic Adventure Guide
  • Entry ticket to Ilulissat Museum
  • 2-course Welcome dinner on Day 2
  • 3-course Farewell dinner on Day 4

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal items

Tour Options

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Welcome to Reykjavik! A Flybus shuttle bus ticket is included in the tour package to transfer you from Keflavik airport to your hotel without worries. Reykjavik is a clean city with a lot to explore. Today you can discover the city freely or join our optional activities to drive around the city with an experienced local guide.

Reykjavik City Sightseeing by minibus takes around 3 hours and you will see the highlights of Reykjavik in terms of architecture, culture and history. Harpa Concert Hall and the well-known Hallgrimskirkja church are some of the stops along the way. Pick up service is included in our Reykjavik excursions. Overnight at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum.

Optional Activities:
Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus - 3 hours, Difficulty 1

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum****or similar

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - ILULISSAT (B, D)

Flying with Air Iceland Connect from Reykjavik to Ilulissat, your adventure begins as the aircraft flies in low altitude over the Inland Ice Cap in preparation to land in Ilulissat! Our Arctic Adventure tour guide will pick you up at the airport and drive you to Hotel Arctic. After check-in, there will be an informative welcome meeting and a guided city walk in Ilulissat. During the 1.5-hour sightseeing walk, you will see the old town, ancient buildings, the fishing harbor and more.

After that, you should have an overall impression of this small town located deep inside the arctic circle. If you are up an evening adventure you should go on the Snowmobile Tour at Night tour. Supervised by an experienced coach, this tour offers a chance to experience the speed and excitement of driving a snowmobile when the night falls. Travel to remote places that you couldn’t visit during the city walk and get your first taste of an Arctic winter night. Please note that you need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving licence to join this excursion. Those who don’t the requirements can join the excursion as passengers.

When you are back to the hotel, a 2-course dinner will be served at Hotel Arctic to ease the tiredness and prepare yourself for new adventures tomorrow!

Optional Activities
Snowmobile tour at night – 2.5 hours, Difficulty 2

Hotel Arctic****

Day 3 ILULISSAT - SERMERMIUT - ICEFJORD (B)

Ilulissat is known as "town of icebergs" in Greenland, and with no doubt, it is worthy of the name. You may have already witnessed the gigantic icebergs through your hotel windows or during the city walk yesterday. Today you can explore Ilulissat on your own, or you can opt for our optional activities to learn more about the icebergs and snow-covered Ilulissat.

Hiking around UNESCO Ice fjord and Sermermiut is a classic experience Ilulissat for both locals and tourists. This 2-hour journey combines natural beauty and historical aspects of Ilulissat. Ilulissat ice fjord is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Packed with floating icebergs, the ice fjord showcases natural beauty that is hard to describe – you will find yourself taking pictures at every turn! Walking on the wooden track through Sermermiut Valley, your guide will tell you about the small Inuit settlement which once called the valley home. Continue the journey, we will hike on hilly terrains to appreciate the beauty of icebergs from different angles and experience the sense of achievement of conquering the wild land.

After the hiking, you may want to experience traditional Dog Sledding in Ilulissat. People say Ilulissat is home to as many as sledge dogs as residents (and it is probably true!). Sledge dogs are not pets, instead, they are the most loyal friend and trusted buddies. Sitting on the sledge, you will experience a sense of freedom as you travel through the Arctic winter wonderland on this most authentic of transport modes in Greenland. The breed of sledge dogs in Greenland, unlike other parts of the world, is pure Greenlandic dog who is well-known for its wild instant and strength. You should not approach them without having permission from their owner.

If you wish to go on a longer hike into the ice-covered world, you can choose our 4-hour Snowshoe Hiking to the Ice Fjord in Ilulissat. This is a unique opportunity to wear snowshoes and hike around the UNESCO World Heritage Ice Fjord and get a more in-depth adventure in Ilulissat.

Optional Activities
Hiking around UNESCO Ice fjord and Sermermiut– 2 hours, Difficulty 2 | Dog Sledding in Ilulissat – 2 hours, difficulty 2 Snowshoe Hiking to the Ice Fjord - 4 hours, difficulty 3

Hotel Arctic ****

Day 4 ILULISSAT - ICE FISHING - DOG SLEDD ING(B, D*)
Perhaps enjoy Optional excursions.

After breakfast at the hotel, a brand-new day of adventure awaits you. Today you can join our optional activities, for example, ice fishing, snowmobile or a night sky photo shoot. Alternatively, you can opt to walk around in the town or perhaps just lounge at the hotel watching the icebergs slowly floating by.

Everyone can enjoy Ice fishing in Ilulissat, as no previous experience in needed to have a great day out. Travel with an experienced guide to find a perfect spot on the thick, frozen sea ice, bore a hole, throw in your fishing line – and wait! The crisp, cold air and white-covered land may give the impression of a tranquil and lifeless world, but under the ice it is teeming with fish and hopefully some of them will grab the bait on your line. Ice fishing tour takes around 3 hours, and it a unique opportunity to experience a side to local life that few tourists get.

At night, you can join our Night Sky photography tour to learn how to take professional pictures at night. Capture the white moon and snow, as it glistens in the Arctic darkness and hopefully get a few shots of the splendid northern lights.

If ice fishing is not your cup of tea, you can join a Snowmobile tour in Ilulissat at daytime. This is the perfect way to feel the exhilaration of speeding through a seemingly untouched winter landscape as we take you to the remotest corners in Ilulissat under the guidelines of our experienced coach.

Tonight, Hotel Arctic will prepare you with a 3-course dinner to mark a satisfactory ending to your last night stay in Ilulissat.

Optional Activities
Ice Fishing in Ilulissat – 3 hours, Difficulty 2 | Snowmobile tour in Ilulissat – 3.5 hours, Difficulty 3 | Night Sky Photography (on request) – 2.5 hours, Difficulty 2

Hotel Arctic ****

Day 5 KAFFEE MIK - ILULISSAT - REYKJAVIK (B)

Today it's time to say goodbye to charming Ilulissat and fly back to Reykjavik around lunchtime. Before our guide drives you to the airport, you may want to experience local life in Greenland. Kaffemik takes around 1.5 hours and is a great way of meeting the locals. Over a cup strong coffee and a piece of cake, you will hear about recent gossip, family history, traditions and much more. It is the perfect way to round off your time in Greenland!

Upon your arrival at Reykjavik Domestic Airport, the local guide will take you to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum in a private car. You can have a rest and prepare yourself for tomorrow's adventure.

Optional Activities
Experience Local life in Ilulissat (Kaffemik) – 1.5 hours, Difficulty 1

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum****or similar

Day 6 REYKJAVIK - GOLDEN CIRCLE  or SOUTH ICELAND TOUR (B)

Reykjavik is a city with a vibrant feel to it and today you can explore Reykjavik one your own or join one of our classic tours to explore the capital region.

One optional activity is the Golden Circle Classic. This popular tour takes around 7 hours. We will drive northeast and stop at the most famous attractions along the way - Thingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gullfoss, a majestic waterfall; and the Great Geysir – to name a few. Pick up service is included for a more comfortable journey.

Our South Iceland excursion is another great daytrip. On this tour, we drive southeast to visit unique farmlands, mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, and the roaring Atlantic Ocean. Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the black sand beach in Vik, Reynisdrangar are some of the attractions you will see along the way. This tour is around 10 hours in a comfortable coach, and pick-up service is included.

Tomorrow will be the departure day. Please inform the hotel reception about your flight time tonight to get your airport shuttle bus ticket.

Optional Activities
The Golden Circle Classic – 7 hours, Difficulty 2 | South Iceland, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach – 10 hours, Difficulty 2

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum****or similar

Day 7 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE

All good things must come to an end, and today is the time to say goodbye to the North Atlantic. We will provide you with a Flybus ticket to ensure your transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport. Please inform the hotel reception about your flight schedule the night before departure to reserve a seat on the correct Flybus departure.

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