Iceland and Greenland Arctic Adventure
An unique journey through the world's coolest landscapes
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Full support from your travel designer and travel concierge before, during and after your trip
- Privately guided tours
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- All inclusive accommodation in Greenland
At a glance
Explore the phenomenal beauty of glaciers, geysers and waterfalls. Dive into some of the clearest waters in the world to discover an underwater lava field and kayak across an iceberg-filled bay. These are just some of the many breath-taking adventures awaiting you in this unique arctic tour of Iceland and Greenland.
Begin this journey with a tour of the Golden Circle, allowing you to get truly stuck into what this phenomenal landscape has to offer. At the historic site and national park of Thingvellir, discover the underlying volcanic activity of the country by visiting the most active geysers in the area.
You’ll then head south for a tour of another unmissable national park: Skaftafell. Here you can further appreciate the formation of this country’s unique landscape by fire and ice, or more specifically: volcanic eruptions and glacier melt. For this park is home to both basalt columns and glacial rivers. This is fittingly followed by a visit to Jökulsárlón, the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland.
Next you’ll jet off to the colourful city of Ilulissat, where you’ll put on your walking boots for a hike to the ancient settlement of Sermermiut. Dating back 4000 years, here you’ll gain great insight into the history and cultures of the Inuit people.
Getting even closer to the landscape, you’ll hop into your own kayak to explore the epic surrounds of Disko Bay, before enjoying an iceberg sightseeing cruise under the unique midnight sun.
After flying back to Iceland, you’ll spend a final night in Reykjavik, before heading home with a head of memories and a wealth of stories for all of your friends.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Golden Circle
- Ten apartments and 24 guestrooms
Idyllically situated among the Golden Circle’s open countryside, close to some of Iceland’s most astounding natural wonders, is Hotel Grimsborgir and its luxury lodgings. Deluxe chalet-style apartments are dotted throughout the grounds, boasting bundles of space and facilities, while the main house’s rooms offer private terraces with hot tubs looking out to snowy mountains. Spend your days on glacier hikes and horseback rides, head out to gems such as Gullfoss and Geysir, before returning to this stylish hotel where the lovely home-from-home feel will welcome you in. Meanwhile, the night and lack of light pollution bring excellent opportunities for magical Northern Lights viewing.
Enjoy time based in the Golden Triangle exploring some of Iceland's most impressive sights. Three main attractions form the dazzling Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. The region also serves a fantastic base from which to explore other areas in southern Iceland.
Drive to Thingvellir, the site of the oldest democratic parliament in the world, and the point where the slowly separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be clearly seen. During the tour, visit Geysir, the geyser which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs, and one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur. Continue on to the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, then follow the main rift down to Lake Thingvallavatn.
Snorkel in some of the clearest water on the planet in Silfra, a tectonic rift valley in Þingvellir National Park, down a narrow canyon in the lava field located between the continents of America and Europe. The water in Silfra is a mixture of ground water from the surrounding area and melt water from Langjökull glacier in the highlands. It takes the glacial water decades to filter through the massive lava field before it enters the fissure. This makes the water in Silfra one of the purest and clearest in the world, the underwater visibility, in the heavenly blue water, is normally 70-80 meters, better than anywhere else in the world.
Private transfer to Southern Iceland
Accommodation in Southern Iceland
- 104 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Free wifi
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a brand new hotel in Hnappavellir, a popular climbing area. The location is perfect for nature lovers, as it is right between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions; a hiker’s paradise. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers 104 rooms with all necessary amenities as well as a restaurant and bar.
Spend your time in Iceland discovering a myriad of natural marvels. Explore active volcanoes and dancing geysers on scenic hikes and trek to the thundering Skogafoss Waterfall, black sand beaches, the jaw-dropping Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Europe's largest glacier, the immense Vatnajokull. The South is also Iceland's agricultural heartland and is strewn with charming traditional farms.
Visit Skaftafell National Park. The landscape here is almost alpine, but it has been formed in thousands of years by fire - volcanic eruptions - and water - from glaciers and rivers. Svartifoss waterfall is one of Skaftafell's best known attractions, mainly for the stark basalt column walls that flank it. The park is renowned in Iceland for its agreeable climate and the sunny days in summer, unusual for the area, and is home many species of birds and arctic foxes.
Jökulsárlón is the most famous glacier lagoon in Iceland. It is located at the end of Breidamerkujokull, an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull glacier. Due to glacial retreat, huge pieces of ice break loose from the glaciers and end up floating in the Jökulsárlón lagoon. Here you will get the chance to see some of Iceland’s most stunning scenery with huge icebergs floating in the vast lagoon.
Private transfer to Hofn airport
Flight from Hofn to Reykjavik
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Reykjavik
- 65 guest rooms
The Alda Hotel is located on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in the center of Iceland’s vibrant capital city. 65 spacious, calm and stylishly Nordic rooms are available in a range of sizes, ideal for recharging your batteries after a day of exploring Iceland’s magnificent countryside or returning from the city centre, which is just one step away. Every room features access to high speed internet, HD TV and a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Fourth floor rooms allow access to a great balcony where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the colourful city and beyond to the fullest. A gym is located on the ground floor, with access to an outdoor terrace, and offers top-of-the-line exercise equipment including a treadmill, stationary bikes, free weights and a dry sauna. In-room massages can also be arranged. The hotel’s hip Barber Bar offers offers wine, champagne, fresh draught beer, spirits and cocktails, while a host of restaurants and the city’s vibrant nightlife are just all close by.
Set among snow-topped mountains and volcanic surrounds, Reykjavik is the energetic gateway city to a land of rugged adventures. As the planet's most northerly capital, Reykjavik greets you with a crisp, clean Icelandic breeze before charming you with its blend of small village feel and big city passion. Looking out across the sea to glacier views, this little city is split in half by the brilliant waters of Tjornin Lake and brims with highbrow museums, first-class geothermal pools and stylish restaurants.
Amble around these friendly and colourful streets before uncovering Iceland's more remote and isolated pockets that hold all-natural wonders of otherworldly lava fields and bubbling mud pools.
Reykjavik revels in its reputation as being one of the most modern, forward thinking societies in Europe. The city tour includes all the major landmarks. We visit Reykjavik’s spectacular coastline and harbour area including Harpa, the latest edition to the Icelandic and international cultural scene. The Höfdi house is the venue of the “end of the cold war” meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev. We also visit Reykjavik’s colourful old quarter with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets. This private city tour also includes a stop at the Perlan Museum, which opened in 2017. The first exhibition is the Glaciers and Ice Cave exhibition which features a man made ice cave and an interactive show on glaciers in Iceland.
Private transfer to Reykjavik Airport
Flight to Ilulissat
Airport meet and greet
Private transfer from the airport to your hotel
Accommodation in Ilulissat
- Ninety guestrooms
- Five igloos
- Restaurant and cafe
- Internet access
Experience the wilds of the Arctic nature with a stay at the eco-friendly Hotel Arctic. Sitting on the edge of the Ilulissat ice fjord, sublime front row views of drifting icebergs await you from the guestrooms, restaurant and barbecue terrace. Besides modern furnishings and local artwork, the rooms and suites enjoy town, harbour or sea vistas, while the property’s five igloos offer an extremely unique experience. Inspired by the classic eskimo igloo and providing absolute comfort with contemporary facilities, the igloos offer a truly special stay. Superb dining is also on offer here. From expert chefs serving the finest Greenlandic and international dishes at Restaurant Ulo, to scenic summer buffets and barbecues on the terrace, look forward to feasting on delicious meals alongside those bewitching bay views.
Enjoy your days in the colourful town of Ilulissat, one of the most beautiful settings for a Greenlandic adventure. Spectacularly situated in a bay that harbours immense icebergs, some rising more than a hundred meters above sea level, that are products of the Jakobshavn Glacier. The vast glacier is a a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most productive in the northern hemisphere with around 35 billion tonnes of icebergs breaking off and passing out of the fjord every year.
Explore the ever changing backlands or, depending on weather conditions, the city. On this tour you'll go in depth with the Sermermiuts 4000-year-long history and the different Inuit cultures and traditions. The area's natural beauty along with the exciting stories is bound to fascinate everyone.
Begin at the old cemetery, where people are still buried today, then follow the walkway to Sermermiut and Nakkaavik - the place to fall (Old Ladies Gorge). Instead of returning, continue along the track to Seqinniarfik 'Where we welcome the sun' (Holms Hill), where every year, on the 13th of January, the people of Ilulissat hike to welcome the sun after the long dark winter. Along the way, your guide will point out the historical sites, which can be hard to find, especially the old Inuit graves which lay hidden a little offtrack. Beautiful icebergs are the setting for the old settlement Sermermiut, located 1.5km south of Ilulissat. For 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in the settlement and today you can still see many remains that indicate their presence. A trip to Sermermiut is an absolute must when visiting Ilulissat, hear the guide tell stories about Inuit people's life and traditions before the Europeans came to Greenland. See turf hut ruins and touch the permafrost with your own hands.
Today you shall embark on a closed heated boat, and sail south passing large icebergs towards the settlement of Ilimannaq which is situated in the southern banks of the ice fjord. On the way, be sure to look out for whales swimming close to the boat. Lunch is served on board before reaching the small settlement. Here you can really get a sense of settlement life in the 21st century before you sit down to dinner in a newly opened settlement restaurant. Then you'll be picked up by Helicopter and returned to Ilulissat.
Embark on a private kayaking adventure in the Disco Bay, from the old town. Here, guided by your professional instructor you shall see the city from the sea and truly immerse yourself in the beauty of this landscape via the native's favourite mode of transportation.
Take a boat trip between the gigantic icebergs, some of which tower up to 100m above the surface of the water. No matter the weather they are beautiful to see, but their blue shades are best observed when it is cloudy and the midnight sun casts its glow on their forms during the night. The sun creates a unique array of colors across the surfaces of the icebergs. The midnight sun in Ilulissat lasts from May 21 to July 24. Remember to wrap up warm as it can get very cold on the boat trip. Coffee and tea will be served on board.
Private transfer to Ilulissat airport
Flight to Reykjavik
Private transfer to your hotel
Return to Reykjavik for a night.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
- 62 suites
- Wine cellar
Located in the heart of an 800-year-old, moss-covered lava flow, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland brings a new level of immersion and luxury to the iconic landmark. 62 suites are wonderful architectural creations, with cool, modern interiors and vast glass walls revealing the dramatic volcanic landscape outside and terraces surrounded by the steaming waters. An astonishing underground spa journey mixes dry heat, steam heat, massage, fire and a cold air well, culminating with the Blue Lagoon Ritual where you experience the geothermal seawater’s revitalizing mineral salt, silica and algae. Rounding out the wellness experience, Moss Restaurant has a menu that moves between Iceland’s mountains, farmlands and sea to show of the best of the island’s cuisine. The restaurant also features a chef’s table, a lounge, and a wine cellar deep in the centuries-old lava.
Private transfer to Reykjavik airport
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