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 From Fire to Ice - 9 days / 8 nights 21 Jun 2016 -
9 Aug 2016
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This escorted tour for 2016 combines travel to Iceland and Greenland. Experience these two exotic arctic islands in the north, although very close in distance, their unique landscapes and cultures differ greatly. The easy access to Greenland directly from Iceland makes this combination perfect.
 
Itinerary:
 
DAY 1: Arrival
Overnight stay in Reykjavík for the next 2 nights (airport transfer not included). 

DAY 2: Reykjavík – Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon
City Tour – Lava Fields – Hot Springs – Geothermal Spa

Morning sightseeing tour around ReykjavikCity goes to the old town center, the harbor and the Pearl. Next travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula, a geothermal field with hot springs, steaming vents and mud pots and visit the famous Blue Lagoon, set in the middle of the black lava field. Enjoy welcome dinner at your hotel in Reykjavík.

DAY 3: Geysers – Gullfoss Waterfall – Thingvellir
National Park and UNESCO Heritage Site – Geysers and Hot Springs – Majestic Waterfall – Farming in South Iceland

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the original Icelandic parliament and a geologically fascinating area. Walk down the rift valley caused by the separating North-America and Eurasian tectonic plates. Then head to the famous Geysirhot spring area and view one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting hot water up to 30 meters. Continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. We visit a horse breeding farm with a geothermally heated greenhouse and learn about the Icelandic horse and its special qualities.

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

DAY 4: Thjórsárdalur – Mt Hekla – Landmannalaugar
Viking Farm – Amazing Nature – Highlands – Colourful Ryholite Mountains

Travel to the valley of the Saga Age farms, Thjórsárdalur, an area greatly affected by the 1104 eruption in Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano. We stop at the beautifully reconstructed farmhouse of Thjóðveldisbærinn, the original farm being buried by ashes from the Mt. Heklaeruption. Travel on through this valley with its extensive birch woods, to the dramatic scenery and untouched wilderness of the highlands. Arrive in Landmannalaugar, an area with amazing range of colors, where the landscape is made from the beautiful multi-shaded rhyolite. You have the option to bathe in a natural warm pool. 

DAY 5: Ilulissat, a UNESCO heritage site
Morning Flight to Greenland – Walking Tour of Ilulissat

Transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport in the morning and then fly to Greenland. Arrive around noon to the picturesque town ofIlulissat. It has a beautiful location at the mouth of a long Ice -fjord, filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacierin the northern hemisphere. After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a walking tour in the center of the town with your local guide and learn about modern life close to the Arctic Circle.

DAY 6: Eqi Glacier
Boat Tour – Glacier and Incredible Icebergs

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 above the surface of the ocean. While enjoying lunch on board the boat, watch as big chunks of heavy ice break off the glacier and tremble intensely into the water. Collisions are enormous and the sight oficebergs shattering, not to mention the sound, is impressive. 

DAY 7: 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 the story about life and customs of the Greenlanders before European arrival, whilst enjoying incredible views of the icebergs in the fjord. The afternoon is open for own activities, such as visiting museums in town. Numerous optional excursions are also available that can be arranged on spot.

DAY 8: Travel Day
Morning at leisure
The morning is free for own explorations. Enjoy the vistas of beautiful icebergs in the fjord or complete any final shopping for tupilaksor other handicraft souvenirs. Transfer to the airport in Ilulissat and flight to Reykjavik, followed by a transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík.

DAY 9: Departure

Transfer to the airport not included.
 
 
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Maximum 12 passengers per departure

Included:
  • Accommodation 8 nights with breakfast (5 in Iceland, 3 in Greenland)
  • 7 day guided tour - local guides in Iceland and Greenland
  • 5 dinners (3 in Iceland: Day 2+3+4, 2 in Greenland: Day 5+7)
  • Lunchbox on Day 4
  • Horse show and greenhouse visit
  • Entrance to the Þjóðveldisbærinn, a reconstructed farm-house
  • Roundtrip flight to Ilulissat Greenland, with airport taxes
  • Walking tour in the Ilulissat town, easy level, 2 hours
  • Hiking tour to the old settlement, Sermermiut, easy level, 2 hours
  • Cruise excursion to Eqi Glacier with lunch onboard
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    Excluded:
  • International flights
  • Transfers to/from the International Airport in Keflavik
  • Beverages
  • Optional tours
  • Blue Lagoon bathing fee
  • Optional (at extra cost)
  • Entrance to Riverside Spa at Selfoss Hotel
  • Boat tour viewing the icebergs
  • Helicopter flight across the ice-fjord
  • Whale watchiing tours either in Iceland or Greenland

  • Tour departures 2016:
    June 21
    July 5 - SOLD OUT
    July 12
    July 19
    August 2 - SOLD OUT
    August 9 - SOLD OUT
     
    Prices per person
     
    Double room: 3,999 €
    Single room: 4,605 €
     
    Note:
    Due to the high demand of this tour, it is imperative that you book at least 4 weeks prior to tour departure during the high season. Bookings made on shorter notice cannot be guaranteed.

    Children Rates:
    Children 2-11 years, sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian: 50% discount of listed price
    Children 12 years and older: Full price.
    It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

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