This tour combines the sights of both Iceland and Greenland. Starting in
Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, before heading to Greenland and the town of
Ilulissat, located 200km inside the Arctic Circle. Explore some of the country's
most dramatic scenery, from calving glaciers to the abandoned ruins of
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Afternoon flight from London Gatwick to Keflavik International airport with Iceland Air. Transfer from the airport to Reykjavik by Flybus shared coach and stay overnight at the Hotel Reykjavik Natura (or similar). (N)
This morning, depart on a Reykjavik orientation tour where you will learn about the city's past history from the very beginning to the present day, including visits to the old town centre, harbour and the Perlan. Continue to the Reykjanes peninsula a geothermal area with hot springs where you will have the opportunity to visit the Blue Lagoon and bathe in its silica rich geothermal waters before returning to Reykjavik. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
After breakfast this morning, depart for a tour of Iceland's Golden Circle. You will visit Thingvellir National Park and see the site of the world's oldest parliament before continuing to the geothermal area of Haukadalur, known for the geysers of Stokkur and Geysir. There will be the opportunity to participate in a local reforestation project before continuing to the thundering Gullfoss waterfalls, one of country's most popular falls and a horse breeding farm with a geothermally heated greenhouse where you will learn about the history of the Icelandic horse. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Selfoss. (B, D)
Today, explore the southern highlands of Iceland passing through farmland and small villages en route to Thjorsardalur, an area greatly affected by the 1104 eruption of Mt Hekla, Iceland´s most renowned volcano. There will be the opportunity to visit the reconstructed farmstead of Thjodveldisbaerinn before continuing along the valley through extensive birch woods to the dramatic scenery and untouched wilderness of the highlands and Landmannalaugar. After the excursion, return to Selfoss and your accommodation. (B, D)
This morning, return to Reykjavik for your flight with Iceland Air to Ilulissat in Greenland. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Arctic. This afternoon, depart on a guided walking tour of Ilulissat where you will learn about modern day life close to the Arctic Circle before having the opportunity to visit and feed one of the many dog sled teams that live in the town. Stay 3 nights at the Hotel Arctic. (B, D)
Very few places in Greenland are quite as beautiful as the Eqi glacier located 70km north of Ilulissat along Disko Bay on the west coast of Greenland. Today, depart by boat for the glacier. With a width of 8km, the ice rises to a height of 100 metres above sea level. While enjoying lunch on board, watch as big chunks of heavy ice break off the glacier and tumble into the bay. After the visit, return to Ilulissat. (B, L)
This morning after breakfast, depart on an easy hike to the remains of the old abandoned settlement of Sermermiut, located 1.5km south of Ilulissat. Here, you will learn about the life and customs of the Greenlanders before European arrival, while enjoying incredible views of the icebergs in the fjord. Afternoon at leisure or optional activities payable locally. (B, D)
Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the Hotel Reykjavik Natura. (B)
Early morning transfer to Keflavik airport by Flybus shared coach for your flight back to London with Iceland Air. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
In remote areas, Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation. However, outside Reykjavik and in particular in Greenland, facilities should be regarded as basic and comfortable.
Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Iceland Travel and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details. This is a non-exclusive group tour.
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Your arrival and
departure transfers may be shared with other
parties and, when on board, all transfers and
excursions are operated as a group with other
passengers who may not be Cox & Kings clients.This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort. The maximum number of passengers on each departure will 12.
Hotel Arctic is one of the world's most northerly hotels, located to the north of the town of Ilulissat, Greenland, on the road to Ilulissat airport. The mouth of the Unesco world heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord is located 2.7 km north of the hotel. Owned by Air Greenland, the hotel was built shortly after the airport was opened in 1984 to accommodate the airline's passengers. The property offers 87 en suite rooms featuring Scandinavian decor, wooden floors and artwork by Greenlandic artists as well as five aluminium igloos equipped with modern conveniences, featuring views of the Ice Bank, Disko Bay or the town of Ilulissat. The hotel's main restaurant, Ulo, serves a variety of Greenlandic specialities and international cuisine, and affords stunning views over the harbour to Disko Bay. The hotel also has Café Ferdinand, which serves lighter meals throughout the...
The Hotel Reykjavik Natura first opened its door in 1964 as Hotel Loftleidir, located close to the domestic airport and revolving Pearlan restaurant. Newly named and renovated, the property now offers 220 elegantly decorated rooms with modern Scandinavian decor and pine wood floors. The hotel's Satt Kitchen restaurant, located on the ground floor, serves a variety of Icelandic specialities with a focus on fresh organic produce, while the Satt lounge provides comfortable sofas for guests to relax on with a bar serving cocktails. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, complimentary shuttle bus to Reykjavik city centre and spa offering a full range of treatments and therapies. Some rooms at this hotel overlook the domestic airport and as a result aeroplanes taking off and landing can sometimes be heard from the rooms during the...
The Hotel Selfoss is a modern 3-star hotel in the centre of Selfoss town. The 99 rooms each have modern decor and facilities include minibar, hairdryer, safe and television. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar over looking the Olfusa...
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First settled by Vikings in 874, Reykjavik is the world's most northerly capital cities...