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Volcanoes and Glaciers - Land of Glaciers COMBO

This is the true experience of hot and cold. Marvel at volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, ancient lava and exploding hot springs in Iceland. Explore the Ice Fjord and Inuit history in the town of Ilulissat in West Greenland.

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:18 June - 30 July
Duration:11 Days/10 Nights
Departure:Details
Language:
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This is the true experience of hot and cold. Marvel at volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, ancient lava and exploding hot springs in Iceland.  Explore the town of Ilulissat, in West Greenland, located at the bay of the famous Ice fjord (UNESCO heritage site), sail among crackling icebergs, and get up close to the Eqi glacier.  Discover the different cultures of these two islands, so close, but yet so unique.

              

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Volcanoes & Glaciers - Maximum group size: 32 people
  • Land of Glaciers - Maximum group size: 12 people

             

Included

  • 8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 4 nights w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 3 nights  w/facilities in countryside
  • Accommodation 3 nights  w/facilities in Greenland
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 4 dinners (Days 3, 4, 7,  9 (Not Included: dinner in Reykjavik on day 1, 5, 6 and 10; Westman Islands on day 2 and Ilulissat on day 8)
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 2) 
  • Entrance to  the Eldheimar Museum (day 2)
  • Entrance to  the Skogar folk Museum (day 3)
  • Entrance to the Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (day 3)
  • Jokulsarlon boat tour (day 4)
  • Assisted return transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik Domestic Airport
  • Roundtrip flight to Greenland, Ilulissat with airport taxes
  • 2 dinners in Greenland (day 7 and 9, local guide joins group during dinner)
  • Walking tour in Ilulissat town, easy level, 2 hours  (day 7)
  • Cruise excursion to Eqi Glacier with lunch on board, 12 hours (day 8)
  • Hiking tour to the old settlement, Sermermiut, easy level, 2 hours  (day 9)
  • Transfers as per program in Greenland

Optional tours and activities:

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour. 

Day 2 - Rib Safari boat tour - Small Islands trip | 1 hr
Day 2 - Viking tours boat tour – Circle boat tour |1.5 hrs

 

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
02 July 2017EnglishGuaranteed
09 July 2017EnglishGuaranteed
30 July 2017EnglishGuaranteed

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Day 1: Arrival

 

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik.  We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.  If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own.  Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík (airport transfer not included). 

 

Day 2: Westman Islands

 

Waterfall - Lava Fields – Puffin Island – Magnificent lava fields

Breakfast at your hotel.  The first stop today will be made at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. After arriving at the Bakkafjara pier, take a 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westmans and the only inhabited one.  Visit the island´s  Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area.  During mid-May through the beginning of August it is also possible to see puffins hereTake a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago.  Visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the flora growing in the new lava field. Afternoon at leisure to explore the island on your own.

Overnight in the Westman Islands.  Dinner on own.

 

Day 3: South Shore - Skogar – Vik

Powerful Volcanoes – Folk Museum – Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel.  Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and travel further on along the south shore.  Pass numerous glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. A famous folk museum is nearby, showcasing the buildings and daily life of Icelanders in the past centuries.  Next travel to Thorvaldseyri Farm located at the foot of the world famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that last erupted in the spring of 2010. A visitor's centre/family-run exhibit tells the story of the eruption with a 20 minute film and displays about the spectacular natural disaster Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach.  Here you can witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt Colum features carved by the power of the sea.

Dinner and overnight stay in Vik area for the next 2 nights.

 

Day 4: Vik – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon

 

Skaftafell and Glacial beauty – Europe‘s largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel. Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth before reaching the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Head onwards to Skaftafell National Park, one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. A boat trip takes you on a sail between the floating ice bergs.  Throughout the day, enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier.

Dinner and overnight in Vik area.

 

Day 5: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Exploding Geysers – The beautiful Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir as well as Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.  This is also where you can see the meeting point where the European and North American tectonic plates meet.  After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík.  Dinner is on your own.  

 
 

Day 6: A Free day in Reykjavík

Overnight stay in Reykjavík The day is open for you to enjoy more of Reykjavik.  Perhaps you might take a day tour to see a different area in Iceland, such as the Snaefellsnes Peninsula or Borgarfjordur and the amazing Into the Glacier experience.   Dinner is on own.

 

Day 7: Ilulissat, a UNESCO heritage site

 

Morning Flight to Greenland – Walking Tour of Ilulissat

Breakfast at your hotel.  Assisted transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport in the morning and flight to Greenland. Arrive around noon to the picturesque town of Ilulissat. It has a beautiful location at the mouth of a long Icefjord, filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere.

A guide from Greenland will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel. After check-in at the hotel, you will get a short introduction to your tours in Greenland and optional activities you might book. Afterwards you will enjoy approx. 2 hours walking tour in the centre of the town with a local guide and learn about modern life close to the Arctic Circle. Return back at the hotel for a welcome dinner. 

 
 

Day 8: Eqi Glacier

 

Boat Tour – Glacier and Incredible Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you get a pick up in the morning for a full day tour to the Eqi glacier (sail is 6-12 hours, depending on the boat used).  Very few places in Greenland are as beautiful as the Eqi glacier, thrusting out in a fjord north of Ilulissat. Sail to the very edge of the glacier’s frontline rising 80-90 meters (262 to 296 feet) above the surface of the ocean.  Enjoy lunch on board, surrounding by majestic ice bergs.  Through the cruise, watch big chunks of heavy ice break off the glacier and tremble intensely into the water.  The sight and sound of icebergs shattering is impressive. Afterwards you will be driven back to the hotel. 

Dinner is on your own.

 
 

Day 9: Old Settlements

Morning Hiking Tour – Afternoon Free at Leisure

In the morning, hike to the remains of the old settlement Sermermiut, situated by the Ice-fjord. Listen to stories about life and customs of the Greenlanders before the arrival of Europeans while enjoying incredible views of the icebergs. The hike is about 2 hours, easy level.

The afternoon is open for your own activities, such as visiting local museums.  Numerous optional excursions are also available (booked and paid in Greenland).

Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Optional (at extra cost):

Boat tour viewing the icebergs
Helicopter flight across the Ice Fjord

 
 

Day 10: Travel Day

 

Morning at Leisure - Afternoon Flight to Iceland

The morning is free for own explorations. Enjoy the vistas of beautiful icebergs in the fjord or complete any final shopping for tupilaks other handicraft souvenirs. Transfer to the airport in Ilulissat and flight to Reykjavik, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík.  Dinner is on your own.  

 
 

Day 11: Departure

 

Transfer to the airport not included.  We would be happy to book your transfer for you.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3 hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

 

Price per person:

 

EUR Double Single
June - August 2017 4318 5168

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   

Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

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