Iceland Greenland Tour for 12 Days

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Iceland Greenland Tour for 12 Days

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Double your adventure and combine a tour to Iceland AND Greenland. This Iceland Greenland Tour includes a self-drive tour around Iceland with a 3 days trip to Ilulissat in West Greenland. Visit the highlights of the small volcanic island Iceland and explore the glacier world of Greenland. This tour is ideal for travelers with limited time who are looking for unforgettable holidays in the arctic region.

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

helicopter tour icelandWelcome to your Iceland Greenland Tour! On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the northern most capital of the world. The capital of Iceland with its 120,000 inhabitants is relatively small and the highlights in the city center are all in walking distance. Visit the impressive Halgrims Church and have a look over the city from the church tower, have a look at Harpa Concert Hall or visit a museum. Relax in one of the cozy cafés or discover Scandinavian design on Laugarvegur – the main shopping street. You stay for the night in the city center.

Highlights of the day: Reykjavík City, Halgrims church, Laugavegur shopping street, Harpa Concert Hall, And more

Day 2: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysers

iceland golden circle tourCollect your rental car in the morning and begin your tour on the classic „Golden Circle“ route. Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the great Geysir geothermal area where the powerful geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes and have a look at the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. In the afternoon you can take an optional dip in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon and dine inside a greenhouse at Friðheimar restaurants. Top off your day with a visit to the volcanic crater Kerið which is 270 meters wide and 55 meters deep. You will find your accommodations for the night in the Golden Circle area. Approximate driving distance on this day: 185km/ 115 miles

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir spouting hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, Kerið crater and more

Day 3: The Beautiful South Coast

greenland iceland tourToday you will be exploring the South Coast of Iceland, known for it’s plethora of beautiful sights. Start your day with an (optional) visit to the LAVA Centre in Hvolsvöllur where you can learn more about the volcanos in this area. Afterwards visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfall, at the latter you can also visit the Skógar Folk museum and view reconstructed Icelandic turf houses. Here you can also enjoy optional activities such as a snowmobile or ATV tour. In the afternoon, make your way to the Dyrhólaey stone arch which is home to thousands of seabirds during the summer months. Enjoy a stroll on the Reynisfjara black sand beach with views to the Reynisdrangar rock pinnacles before finding your accommodations for the night in the Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area. Approximate driving distance on this day: 160 km/ 100 miles

Highlights of the day: LAVA Centre (Optional), Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss, Reynisfjara, Vík and more

Day 4: Experience the Glaciers and Icebergs of Iceland

glacier tourToday it’s time continue to Skaftafell National Park and have a look at Vatnajökull the largest glacier of Europe. It is possible to go on a guided glacier walk where you can see the different shades of the glacier – white ice, blue ice and plain clear ice. Interesting is also the short hike to the beautiful waterfall Svartifoss waterfall. In the afternoon you visit the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, and the more famous glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón where icebergs slowly float around. Here you can enjoy an optional boat tour or a kayak tour on the lagoon. Continue to the area of Höfn where you will stay for the night.  Approximate driving distance on this day: 204 km/ 127 miles

Highlights of the day: Skaftafell National Park, Fjallsárlón,  Jökulsárlon, Höfn and more

Day 5: The Tranquil East Fjords

iceland road tripToday you will have the opportunity to explore the wonderful East Fjords of Iceland. This is one of the least-visited region of Iceland, as many visitors prefer to bypass the beautiful fjords on their way to North Iceland. For a more relaxed day you can make a shortcut to the town of Egilsstaðir by driving over Mt. Öxi, but we highly recommend driving along the fjords and exploring highlights such as Petra’s Stone Collection in Stöðvarfjörður, discovering some French charm in the village of Fáskrúðsfjörður and visiting the colourful village of Eskifjörður. In this area you will also find plenty of beautiful waterfalls and interesting hiking trails. You will stay the night in the Egilsstaðir area. Approximate driving distance on this day: 292 km/ 181 miles

Highlights of the day: East Fjords of Iceland, Petra’s Stone Collection, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Eskifjörður, Waterfalls & hiking trails and more

Day 6: Lake Mývatn

iceland tripContinue from Egilstaðir to the amazing are of lake Mývatn. On arrival to Lake Mývatn you have numerous natural wonders to explore, including Dettifoss waterfall, Námaskarð pass with boiling mud pools and colourful mountains, Krafla volcano with the interesting crater Víti, Dimmuborgir lava park and the pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. In the evening we recommend a relaxing bath in the Mývatn Nature Bath. Stay for the night in this area. Approximate driving distance on this day: 255 km/ 159 miles

Highlights of the day: Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Eyjafjörður fjord and more

Day 7: Akureyri and the North of Iceland

tours to iceland and greenlandVisit Goðafoss waterfall (the waterfall of the gods) in the morning before heading for Akureyri, the largest town in the North of Iceland. Visit the beautiful Botanical Garden and have a look at the church overlooking the town. It is possible to join a horseback riding tour or a whale watching boat tour. The Laufás turf houses in Eyjafjörður are also a must visit while traveling in North-Iceland. Continue to the area of Sauðarkrokkur where you will stay for the night. Approximate driving distance on this day: 225 km/ 140 miles

Highlights of the day: Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri, Eyjafjörður fjord, And more

Day 8: Waterfalls and Hot Springs

family vacation icelandOn the way back to Reykjavik you will visit the natural highlights of the West of Iceland. Visit the Grábrók volcanic crater and the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes. Head to the Borgarfjörður district to see Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe, and visit the beautiful waterfalls Barnafossar and Hraunfossar. In the afternoon we highly recommend to join an optional tour into a 300 meters long man-made ice tunnel. This ice tunnel is the largest in Europe. Drop-off your rental car in the evening and spend the night in Reykjavik.   Approximate driving distance on this day: 340 km/ 211 miles

Highlights of the day: Grábrók crater, Settlement Centre, waterfalls Barnafossar and Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver hot spring, And more

Day 9: Flight to Ilulissat in West Greenland

iceland greenland tourToday the second part of your Iceland Greenland tour is starting! In the morning you take a flight from the domestic airport in Reykjavik to Ilulissat on the Westcoast of Greenland. This charming arctic village is situated at the mouth of the UNESCO listed Ilulissat Icefjord and on a clear day you will have a wonderful view over the ice cap from the plane. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the surroundings. If you are interested you can also go on an optional tour like a helicopter tour over the glacier, a whale watching safari or an excursion to a remote settlement in the area. You spend the night in Illulisat.

Highlights of the day: Flight from Iceland to Greenland, Ilulissat, Ilulissat Icefjord, And more

Day 10: Ice Fjord Boat Cruise

holidays to greenlandToday you will go on a boat tour among the huge icebergs of the Ilulissat Icefjord. You will see huge pieces of ice which had broken off from the most productive glacier in the Northern hemisphere. The glacier flows about 30 meters a day and the icebergs get to the open sea just in front of the village Ilulissat. In the afternoon you can go on a hiking tour or we can also book a guided village tour or a kaykaing adventure for you. You stay for a second night in Ilulissat.

Highlights of the day: Boat tour to Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, And more

Day 11: Flight back to Reykjavik

greenland iceland tourSpend your last morning in Greenland with its colourful houses and Greenland dogs all around the city. We recommend to visit the Knud Rasmussen museum which gives an insight into local history and the life of this well known polar explorer and his many expeditions. The house which accommodates the museum dates from 1848 and was originally North Greenland’s first teaching college. In the early afternoon you fly back to Reykjavik where you stay for the night.

Highlights of the day: Ilulissat, flight from Greenland to Iceland, Reykjavik, And more

Day 12: Departure Iceland Greenland Tour

holidays in icelandUnfortunately this is the last day of your Iceland Greenland tour. Transfer to the airport by bus. If your flight is in the afternoon we recommend to visit the famous Blue Lagoon situation only 20 minutes from the airport. There you can relax in the warm water before flying home. Have a save flight and thanks for traveling with Iceland Unlimited.

 

 

Detailed Information Iceland Greenland tour

Accommodation

We offer three different accommodation categories for this Iceland Greenland tour:

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Budget
Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

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In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

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Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each region. Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.

 

Car Rental

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

A: Toyota Aygo  (or similar) – Manual
B: Toyota Yaris (or similar) – Automatic
C: VW Golf (or similar) – Manual
D: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – 4×4 – Manual
E: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
G: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual

To get a price quote for your tour, please contact us and state how many are traveling and what type of accommodation and rental car you would prefer.

Included:

  • 11 nights accommodation (Budget-Comfort or Quality) with breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 7 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
  • Transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Transfer to and from Reykjavik Domestic Airport
  • Return flight between Reykjavík and Ilulissat
  • Transfer from Ilulissat Airport to your accommodation in Ilulissat and back
  • Boat tour in Ilulissat Icefjord
  • Transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline

Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland Greenland tour. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days can be added upon request.

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Please note that this Iceland Greenland tour has stricter cancellation rules. Here are the special cancellation policies for this tour:

Notice of Cancellation – Individual Customer:
More than 8 weeks prior to arrival: 20%
More than 6 weeks prior to arrival: 40%
More than 4 weeks prior to arrival: 80%
Within 2 weeks prior to arrival: 100%

 

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