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 a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
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.
The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano (good luck trying to pronounce it!) is a unique natural phenomenon. By setting up the necessary gear and equipment, they´ve created a tour that opens the door to a new world. It really isn’t that complicated to experience it. All you need is the willingness to do a moderate 45–50 minute hike (to get to the crater) and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift.
Fitness level needed: Moderate (the difficulty is 2–3 out of a possible 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It’s not an uphill walk, but the surface is hilly and uneven. This is NOT a tour for those in no or limited physical shape.
Bring with you: Good hiking shoes and warm clothes. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and can be very different from how it seems at ground level. Wear warm clothes (sneakers and jeans will NOT do you any good!).
Distance walked: Approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times on the walk.
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.
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.
Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at Hotel Arctic.
Ilulissat is world famous for its icebergs and a cruise provides the perfect opportunity to get close to these gigantic sculptures created by nature. It is only after you have marveled at their chiseled shapes while sailing past them the UNESCO World Heritage Site that you can grasp the full character of Ilulissat’s icebergs. The cruise is only operated when there is open water, expected to be from mid March untill late November, but might also be all winter. Refreshments are included.
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 and towel rent included).
Reykjavik Residence 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.
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.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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