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The Great Exploration of Iceland and Greenland

(17 days / 16 nights)

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See more of the fun and fascinating North Atlantic

Combine the two great wonders of the North Atlantic – Iceland and Greenland. This unforgettable journey combines a classic drive around Iceland’s Ring Road and a nature adventure on Greenland’s rugged west coast. You’ll enjoy relaxing free time in the capital cities and small villages, guided hikes and boat safaris, incredible scenery that changes by the day, fascinating cultural experiences and an exciting range of optional activities.

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Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Hiking, Inuit culture

Season

Jun - Aug

Departure

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Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to the North

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Fly to the World's Smallest Capital City

    Fly from Reykjavik Domestic Airport in Iceland to Nuuk, the small and friendly capital city of Greenland. Then spend the evening at your leisure, strolling around the city centre, visiting one of the souvenirs stores in Nuuk and perhaps trying out some of the local delicacies at a Greenlandic buffet.

    Spend the night in Nuuk.

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  • Day 3: Nuuk at your leisure

    The next two days are free for you to explore Nuuk as you wish. Culture buffs can easily spend a few hours at the National Museum, which houses a large collection of Greenlandic relics, such as kayaks, umiaks and ceremonial costumes. More modern culture can be experienced at the Katuaq Culture Centre, which is also a great place to enjoy a coffee break. Or spend some time at the Nuuk Art Museum to see both traditional and contemporary Greenlandic artworks.

    Spend the night in Nuuk.

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  • Day 4: More free time in Nuuk

    Enjoy another day to explore on your own. Nuuk makes a great starting point for optional excursions into the wilderness, like boat tours in the Kangersuneq Icefjord or to abandoned settlements.

    Note: We recommend booking the optional activities in advance through your travel consultant at Nordic Visitor, though you may also book activities at your hotel in Nuuk during your stay.

    Spend the night in Nuuk.

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  • Day 5: Icebergs under the Midnight Sun

    Today you will fly to your next destination: the charming village of Ilulissat, situated about 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. Ilulissat is best known for its location at the mouth of the 56 kilometre-long Ilulissat Icefjord, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. On arrival you will be taken to your accommodation and then you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon as you wish. Later in the evening you will set sail for a guided cruise through the majestic Icefjord, which awes visitors with its maze of giant icebergs illuminated by the rosy glow of the midnight sun.

    Spend the night in Ilulissat.

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  • Day 6: Ilulissat at your Leisure

    These next two days are free for your own adventures! You can choose from a wide range of exciting optional excursions, such as helicopter rides over icebergs, motorboat tours to the Eqi glacier with its enormous pieces of calved ice, cultural demonstrations and village walks, whale watching safaris or excursions to the small, remote settlements in the area.

    Note: We recommend booking the optional activities in advance through your travel consultant at Nordic Visitor, though you may also book activities at your hotel in Ilulissat during your stay.

    Spend the night in Ilulissat.

     

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  • Day 7: More free time in Ilulissat

    Enjoy another day to explore Ilulissat at your leisure. We highly recommend an evening boat tour in the Icefjord to experience sailing among icebergs as big as office buildings under the rosy glow of the midnight sun. And for hiking enthusiasts, the Sermermiut Valley just a few kilometres from town offers spectacular views from a number of marked trails.

    Spend the night in Ilulissat.

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  • Day 8: Back to Iceland

    Today it’s time to say goodbye to this majestic land, but you can still fit in some last-minute souvenir shopping or a stroll around town. On the return flight to Reykjavík in the afternoon, enjoy the stunning views over the rugged mountains and its surrounding landscapes.

    On arrival to Reykjavik, head to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening as you wish.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 9: The Golden Circle

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, home to some of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Start with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the Haukadalur geothermal area, the location of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the old implosion crater of Kerið.

    Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 10: Waterfalls & Volcanic Beaches

    Start with visits to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. Further ahead at Vík, you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village to see the dramatic rock formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. If you have time today, you can also make a stop at the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon or even join an exciting guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 11: Glaciers & Floating Icebergs

    Enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a scenic path (3 km round-trip) to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This area is also full of opportunities for more adventurous pursuits, such as guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. Then, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can join a boat ride among the maze of floating icebergs (optional).

    Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

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  • Day 12: Fjords & Fishing Villages

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Today’s destination is the otherworldly Lake Mývatn in North Iceland, where you will have many unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the Námaskarð pass, the massive Hverfell crater and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir.

    Spend the next two nights in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 415 km / 258 mi.

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  • Day 13: Lunar Landscapes of Lake Mývatn

    Use this day to discover the wonders beyond Lake Mývatn. You can start the day with an optional whale-watching trip from the village of Húsavík, “The Whale Watching Capital of Europe”. From there you can drive through Jökulsárgljúfur—part of Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. For a perfect ending to this day, we highly recommend bathing under the glow of the midnight sun in the warm geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths.

    Return to your accommodation in Lake Mývatn for the night.

    Driving distance approx.200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 14: Explore North Iceland

    Spend the first half of the day around Lake Mývatn as you wish. We recommend a visit to Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will find many interesting little shops and museums as well as the world's most northerly botanical garden. After your break in Akureyri, you can either head straight to the Skagafjörður area or take a detour on the way there to Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of mountains, cliffs and fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and make a stop at Hofsós to relax in the thermal pool (optional) before arriving to Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 15: Journey to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    On your way to Snæfellsnes Peninsula today, you’ll pass by the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church. You may also wish to make stops to the Eiríksstaðir, the reconstruction of Erik the Red’s early Viking homestead, and the hot geothermal pool of Guðrúnarlaug. Or, pay a visit to the picture-perfect fishing village of Stykkishólmur overlooking the Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, you can take a walk up to Súgandisey, the small hill overlooking the harbour with panoramic views over the town, sea and mountains.

    Spend the night on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi.

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  • Day 16: Snæfellsjökull National Park & Glacier

    Experience the natural magic around Snæfellsjökull National Park, with its great bird-watching opportunities, lava fields and small villages on the coast. An ideal option today is to drive around the whole peninsula, stopping to explore sights like the Dritvík Cove, Hellnar and the dramatic cliffs of Lóndrangar and Arnarstapi. Or why not test your strength, likes sailors did in the old days, with the “lifting stones” on the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur. The Snæfellsnes Peninsula also offers a variety of optional activities such as horse riding, hiking and boat tours (seasonal) if you have time before your return to Reykjavik later in the afternoon.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.

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  • Day 17: Departure

    Transfer by bus to Keflavík Airport in time for your departure flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional; not included).

    Please note: due to the flight schedule between Greenland and Iceland this tour might need to be rearranged so that the flights suit your arrival and departure.

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Dream vacation with the grandchildren

Our hotels were perfect. We enjoyed wonderful dinners, some in the hotels, and others along the way. We were pleasantly surprised that even the smallest hotels served gourmet meals, great food and beautiful presentation. This was the vacation of our dreams and we were blessed to travel with our daughter and two granddaughters, ages 8 and 11. We were still in Iceland when the granddaughters talked of "when we come back to Iceland". We then knew the trip was a success and we can't thank Gudrun and Nordic Visitor enough.

Attention to detail is outstanding

We (two couples) had an excellent trip in Iceland, very well planned by Alexandra whom I eventually had the pleasure to meet…Our favourite day trip was zodiac on lagoon Jokulsarlon and my horseback ride! Local tour providers were very accommodating, with up to date and safe equipment for the zodiac, whale watch, horse ride. Greenland was very special as we visited during Midnight Sun, I will never forget our sailing among the icebergs at midnight…this was truly a most memorable trip. Thank you, Alexandra, for helping us create such special memories. I was very impressed by your planning, the tour packet, the map of driving route, the road atlas, and day by day hotels and activities. Nordic Visitor’s attention to detail is outstanding. I am a travel agent and I look forward to booking clients with Alexandra/Nordic Visitor! Thank you! Takk fyrir!

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (included in ..

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Quality

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation available in the area at the t..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Ford Fiesta (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Ford Fiesta (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Description: Economy sub-compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus Wagon (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Compact wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Mondeo (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Mid-size sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Volvo XC90 AWD (Automatic)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD (Automatic)
limited availability

  • Type: H
  • Description: Full-size Premium SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 6/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x12
  • M

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 12
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (Manual)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: K
  • Description: Compact MPV Family Vehicle
  • Passengers: 6
  • Luggage: 1/2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Tour Information

50% deposit required: This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking since it contains certain travel arrangements. See details
 
Customizations: This tour can be customized to meet your needs, including additional nights in Iceland and/or Greenland on request. We can also combine other Scandinavian packages with this tour.
 
Accommodations in Iceland and Greenland:
You have the choice of different accommodation levels for this tour. Please note that due to different accommodation standards in Greenland, our Budget option includes Budget accommodations in Iceland and Comfort accommodations in Greenland. The Comfort option has Comfort level accommodations in both destinations.
 
Useful information about Greenland 
  • This tour can be arranged on other dates in June, August and September. Contact us for details.
  • The summer climate in Greenland is generally mild and dry with average temperatures of 5 – 7° Celsius. However, due to the possibility of sudden weather changes, we recommend bringing warm, waterproof outerwear, thermal layers and good hiking boots and/or rubber boots. It is also ideal to bring mosquito repellent and sunglasses.
  • The itinerary in Greenland can change without notice due to weather conditions. In the rare event that an activity is cancelled, you will be refunded for that activity.
  • The currency in Greenland is Danish Krona (DKK). We recommend bringing some Danish currency or a debit card (bank card) with a 4-digit PIN number for cash withdrawals at ATM machines.
  • See our Travel Guide for more information about weather conditions, what to pack, currency and other practical information about travelling in Greenland.
  • We strongly recommend buying travel insurance.
Please note: due to flight schedule between Greenland and Iceland this tour might need to be rearranged so that the flights suit your arrival and departure. 
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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