As the midnight sun illuminates the soaring icebergs of the Arctic Circle in warm tones of red, watch giants sheets of ice fall into the ocean in Mother Nature’s most breath-taking natural symphony.
Here at the top of the world, you’ll explore Reykjavik – the northern-most capital city on the planet – on a private guided tour that will take you to Iceland’s world-famous Geysir geothermal field and the remarkable ‘Golden Waterfall’; into UNESCO World Heritage-listed Thingvellir National Park; and through the lush valleys and lava fields en route to Breidafjordur Bay where you’ll taste shellfish and sea-urchin roe fresh from the sea in the region’s charming fishing villages. Fly 200km north of the Arctic Circle to the town of Illuissat in western Greenland where you can choose from a variety of experiences including whale watching, fishing, hiking across Illuissat Ice Fjord, visiting an Inuit settlement, or taking an unforgettable midnight cruise among the Arctic’s soaring icebergs.
The flexibility of this remarkable trip allow you to experience the vast frozen landscape of western Greenland exactly as you wish. Whether that’s on a breath-taking helicopter ride, on foot as you hike across an icy fjord, or from the deck of a midnight cruise, your experienced team of English-speaking guides, pilots and private drivers will reveal every angle of the majestic Arctic Circle.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Relax on your airport transfer in Reykjavik with a private vehicle and driver. Please note that a surcharge may be post billed to you if you require a transfer after 8pm or before 7am.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Reykjavik Residence (3*) is centrally located in the fashionable district “101" with easy access to Laugarvegur and Skolavordustigur, the main shopping streets where you will find a wide variety of stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, museums, nightclubs, and art galleries. The quality location and roomy apartments make Reykjavik Residence a great value choice for all guests.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Spend the afternoon on a shared tour where, after being picked up from your hotel, you will encounter a cross-section of Iceland's most visited natural and geological phenomena. The world-famous Geysir geothermal field is highlighted on this tour as well as Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls. At the end of the tour you will make a quick stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where two of the earth's tectonic plates meet.
Lush valleys and lava fields with soft moss, abundant birdlife, diverse flora, craters and salmon rivers characterize the West part of Iceland. Experience the full scenery of Snæfellsnes Peninsula and take a short cruise in the amazing Breidafjordur bay. Enter a world of thriving bird and marine life. A highlight of the boat tour is when a net is hauled in and everyone can taste the shellfish and sea-urchin roe. After reaching Stykkishólmur and enjoying the boat tour (approx 2,5 hours), we travel along the coast passing through charming fishing villages with a stop at Djupalonssandur and Arnarstapi before returning to Reykjavik.
The boat tour depends on weather and birdlife is limited during late summer months. Some walking is required on this excursion.
Realx on your flight fro Reykjavik to Ilulissat. The flight time is approximately 3 hr and 15 mins.
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland, and the world's most northern national capital. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. It is the heart of Iceland's economic and governmental activity. Today, Reykjavík is the only metropolitan area in Iceland. As it is only slightly south of the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik receives only four hours of daylight on the shortest day in winter. During the summer, the nights are almost as bright as the days. It has continued to see population growth in past years as well as growth in areas of commerce and industry.
Upon arrival at Ilulissat, you will be met by a local representative and transfered to your hotel to check in.
You'll be briefed by your local guide before being brought on a guided walking tour of Ilulissat this afternoon.
Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at Hotel Arctic.
Hotel Arctic (4*) is the world’s most northerly 4 star hotel, located right on the edge of the Ilulissat Ice Fjord - a wonder of the world which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The property has 87 rooms - all of which have a view of the Ice Bank, Disko Bay or Ilulissat town. Room facilities include a television and radio, two video channels, a telephone and a hair dryer, and there is a restaurant and bar onsite.
Enjoy the day at leisure today.
Choose from many optional activities today depending on your interests. Options include whale watching, fishing, visiting a hunter's settlement, meeting locals with a home visit, Taking a walk along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fjord, taking a midnight cruise, enjoying a helicopter ride to get a bird's eye view of the area and glaciers, or visiting the Inuit settlement of Ataa. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to include any of these activities during your stay in this magical place.
In the Summer the midnight sun and the warm red colours reflecting in the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Take a night-time cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late Martini on "the real rocks"! The season for the midnight sun is approx. 22May - 24July. The cruise is operated only when open water.
Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at Hotel Arctic.
You will be transfered the short distance to the airport in time for your flight.
Relax on your flight from Ilulissat to Reykjavik. Flight time is approximately 3:15.
Ilulissat is a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. With the population of around 5000 people, it is the third largest settlement in Greenland after Nuuk and Sisimiut. In direct translation, Ilulissat is the Greenlandic word for "the icebergs". Ilulissat is Greenland's most popular tourist destination on account of its proximity to the picturesque Ilulissat Icefjord. Tourism is now the town's principal industry.
Enjoy a private transfer between Reykjavik International Airport and your hotel with private vehicle and English-speaking driver. Your driver will make a stop at the Blue Lagoon for you to enjoy the famous healing properties of the mineral waters (entrance fee included).
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