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Iceland and Greenland: Volcanoes and Ice

Iceland and Greenland: Volcanoes and Ice | Scandinavian American World Tours

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Reykjavik | Ilulissat | Reykjavik

9 Days / 8 Nights – Saturday Departures from Reykjavik, Iceland
Guaranteed Departures: June 1 – August 25, 2019

Explore Iceland’s Viking roots and the famous Golden Circle as well as a modern Greenlandic town north of the Polar Circle—right on the unique Disko Bay! Calving glaciers and majestic icebergs are situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ilulissat Icefjord, right outside the town, and can be experienced at close range on an optional midnight cruise or during full day optional excursions where we cruise close to the impressive glacier of Eqi. There are also other optional excursions available: sail to small and remote settlements, where “the old world” and the Greenlandic hunters still live much according to ancient traditions. Don’t miss this fantastic 9-day adventure!


Day 01: Arrive Reykjavik

You arrive in Reykjavik today at Keflavik Airport and are transferred by Flybus to your city-center hotel. The rest of today is at your leisure to relax and do some exploring on your own. Overnight in Reykjavik – dinner is on your own tonight.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 02: Reykjavik – Reykjavik City Sightseeing Tour

Breakfast is at your hotel. This morning you’ll experience the city of Reykjavik up close on a city sightseeing tour! The tour includes the town of Hafnarfjordur, where we visit the Fish Market, the open air museum Arbær, one of the outdoor swimming pools and the towering Hallgrimskirkja Church. We also pass through the old town, the harbour, the summit-meeting house Höfdi, and the House of Parliament.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure in Reykjavik.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 03: Reykjavik – Golden Circle Tour

Enjoy breakfast again this morning at your hotel. Today’s excursion is one of the most popular day trips in Iceland: the Golden Circle! We’ll experience the majestic waterfall at Gullfoss, the erupting hot springs at Geysir, the national park of Thingvellir and the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. We transfer you to and from your hotel.

Gullfoss Waterfall

An iconic 230-foot waterfall fed by Langjökull Glacier, Gullfoss Waterfall crisscrosses the river Hvítá and gushes down a series of rock facades toward the base of a narrow canyon. You can get right up close to the falls, walking safely along the canyon’s side and then stepping out along a wide stone outcrop to peek over the edge.

Geysir hot springs

This gorgeous hot spring area contains many different spouts—Geysir (after which all other geysers in the world were named; the verb ‘geysa’ is an Icelandic word descended from Old Norse that means ‘to gush’), Strokkur (‘the churn’), Blesi (‘blaze’, often used as a horse’s name), Fata, Konungshver (‘the royal spring’, or ‘the king’s hot spring’), Seidir, Litli-Geysir, Oþerrishola, Þykkuhverir, Smidur (‘the smith’), and Sodi among others. Explore the area and witness Strokkur’s famous bubble rise just before it erupts!

Thingvellir National Park

This was once the site of the world’s oldest Parliament—known as Iceland’s Alþingi or Althing (‘all-thing’, a general assembly)—which was moved to Reykjavik in 1881. Ceremonial meetings are occasionally held at Thingvellir for various reasons, the last occurring in 2000. The park itself is a stunning visual reminder of what makes Iceland’s landscape so unique, with an additional surprise: two tectonic plates—the North American and the Eurasian—collide on land in the park, a phenomenon that occurs almost nowhere else on Earth, and it offers up fascinating diving opportunities.

Arrive back at your hotel after the three Golden Circle stops. Tonight a buffet dinner is included at Restaurant Reykjavik, where you can look forward to sampling the Big Icelandic Fish Buffet! Overnight and prepare for the next big adventure the following day: flying to Ilulissat, Greenland.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 04: Reykjavik – Ilulissat

Breakfast is at your hotel, and the morning is free for some final exploration before checkout.
A transfer from your hotel to the airport is included, where you take a midday flight with Air Iceland from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Ilulissat. Here you’ll have a short meet-and-greet with the local guide.
Transfer to your hotel for check-in, a short meeting with your guide, and a guided city walk of Ilulissat. Enjoy a 2-course dinner and overnight at your hotel, located away from the main part of town and overlooking a stunning bay of icebergs.

Hotel Arctic

Day 05: Ilulissat

Enjoy your first Greenlandic breakfast at your hotel, and then get ready to experience the breathtaking scenery on your own today. Ilulissat overlooks the Disko Bay region with its massive floating icebergs—from which Ilulissat draws its namesake—and lies approximately 217 miles (350 km) above the Arctic Circle. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including humpback and fin whales, and 3,500 sled dogs.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Ilulissat Icefjord (also spelled Eisfjord) sits just outside the borders of town, its glacier calving into the bay periodically to create icebergs so large they dwarf visiting boats. Tonight you’ll have the option to witness the exceptional sight of the midnight sun on a 3-hour Icefjord midnight cruise—while attempting to see the calving of the glacier into Disko Bay (not included). The warm reds and oranges of the sun against the deep cornflower and aqua tones of the glacial ice are magnificent, and you’ll enjoy both light refreshments and cocktail drink during the sailing.

Return to your hotel tonight and prepare for another thrilling adventure the next day. Dinner on own.

Hotel Arctic
NOTE: While we have taken the liberty to suggest some of the best, there are many excursions available in Ilulissat from which you may choose. Please contact us for the full list of excursions; please note that all excursions must be booked in advance.

Day 06: Ilulissat

Breakfast is served today at your hotel before you enjoy another full free day in Ilulissat. There are plenty of optional tours to choose from—one of our favorites sees you embark on a gorgeous hike through Sermermiut Valley, accessible only by driving outside of Ilulissat to the edge of the Icefjord!

Discover Greenland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning panoramic views of flora, massive icebergs, and visible traces of three distinct Inuit cultures: the Saqqaq, Dorset, and Thule peoples—the latter of which are the direct descendants of today’s Greenlanders. This excursion offers plenty of photo opportunities, and light refreshments will be served during the hike.

Return to your hotel this evening. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Hotel Arctic
NOTE: While we have taken the liberty to suggest some of the best, there are many excursions available in Ilulissat from which you may choose. Please contact us for the full list of excursions; please note that all excursions must be booked in advance.

Day 07: Ilulissat

You’ll enjoy another Greenlandic breakfast at your hotel this morning. Today you’ll have a day at leisure in Ilulissat: the opportunity to choose between exploring the city on foot, or to choose another optional tour.

Enjoy a 3-course dinner and a final night in Greenland at your hotel tonight.

Hotel Arctic

Day 08: Ilulissat – Reykjavik

Enjoy breakfast and a final coffee with your guide at the hotel before you’re transferred to the airport for your afternoon flight back to Iceland.

Arrive in Reykjavik this evening, where we transfer you from the domestic airport to your city-center hotel. Your final evening and dinner are on your own.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 09: Reykjavik Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel today before checkout. This morning you’ll transfer by scheduled Flybus to Keflavik Airport for your flight home.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 8 nights’ accommodation at hotels in Iceland and Greenland
  • Reykjavik city sightseeing tour
  • Daily (8) breakfasts and 3 dinners at mentioned places in the itinerary
  • Mentioned flights between Iceland – Greenland, Greenland – Iceland with all taxes, mentioned transfers, and accommodation with private facilities
  • Destination guide in Ilulissat
  • Guided city walk in Ilulissat on arrival day
  • Golden Circle Tour of Iceland (Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring area, Thingvellir National Park)

NOTE: Prices do not include any services not listed in the program. Optional excursions are not included; pricing is listed at the end of this program.

Please refer to our FAQs page for a few tips on packing needs for Greenland and Iceland.

Optional services available for pre-booking:  Optional Icefjord Midnight Cruise excursion on day 05: USD $148 per person. Optional Sermermiut hike on day 06: USD $62 per person.

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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour including internal flights mentioned in itinerary (no international flights). Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Land Only


01, 08, 15, 22, & 29

$5067 p.p. double/twin


06, 13, 20, & 27

$5067 p.p. double/twin


03, 10, 17, & 24

$5067 p.p. double/twin


Tour Information

Tour Type:Independent Tour / Escorted Tour
Price: from $5067
Duration:9 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Ilulissat
Departures: June - July - August

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