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13th January 2019
An adventure that combines both the capital city of Iceland with Greenland's most famed region - the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Illulissat - is undoubtedly a trip of a lifetime.
A trip to Greenland isn't complete without seeing icebergs, and there are few better places for this than Ilulissat or in Greenlandic 'iceberg'. Ilulissat is situated at the mouth of the 56 kms long ice fjord, approximately 200 kms north of the Arctic Circle, and is filled with enormous icebergs produced by the northern hemisphere’s most productive glacier, Sermeq Kujalleq . Along this vast glacier, giant ice blocks shear off and thunder into the blue waters of the fjord, then shoot up again like missiles sending large and small tidal waves to every side.
This holiday is a unique journey into magnificent Arctic nature mixed with the vibrancy of a capital city. Quite simply, you get the best of both.
Day 1 - Arrive in Reykjavik
Fly from the UK to Keflavik Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik by shuttlebus (approx. 45 mins).
2 nights REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Baron (3 star) or Fosshotel Reykjavik (4 star)
Day 2 - Book an Optional Tour
Today you are completely free to do as you wish! Why not pre-book one of our exciting optional excursions? Alternatively, why not spend the day exploring Reykjavik’s quirky street art, modern art gallery, Harpa concert hall or the vast array of independent cafes and shops?
Day 3 - Fly to Ilulissat
Take a taxi to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for the Air Iceland flight to Ilulissat (5 minutes). Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for check-in, information meeting and guided city walk visiting the old part of town with buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour, the old church and the museum.
4 nights ILULISSAT - Hotel Arctic (4 star)
Day 7 - Depart Greenland
Transfer to Ilulissat Airport for Air Iceland flight to Reykjavik. Take a taxi to your hotel (approx. 5 minutes).
How about spending the final night of your trip on an evening whale watching tour?
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Baron (3 star) or Fosshotel Reykjavik (4 star)
Day 8 - Homeward Bound
Airport bus transfer to Reykjavik Airport for return flight to the UK.
Depart: Fly from UK
Departure Date: June to September
Duration: 7 nights (2 x Reykjavik, 4 x Ilulissat, 1 x Reykjavik)
Price: Please call 01274 875199 for a quote
HOTEL ARCTIC (4 star) - Ilulissat
Without a doubt Hotel Arctic offers the highest standard of accommodation in Ilulissat, perhaps even in the whole of Greenland, but it is important to bear in mind that a 4 star hotel in Ilulissat is not quite the same as a 4 star hotel in Copenhagen. That said, Hotel Arctic is a very nice hotel, with an excellent kitchen, very comfortable rooms and a truly poetic location with a panoramic view over the Icefjord. The hotel is located just 1.5 km from the airport and approx 2-3 kms from the city centre with the hotel operating a shuttle bus service several times a day to and from the city centre.
It seems odd to call Hotel Arctic a 4 star hotel, not because the standard is not good but because star ratings just seem silly and out of place in Greenland. Best to describe the hotel in terms of what it provides for you. Nice comfortable rooms with fabulous beds and quilts, all rooms with shower and WC, TV, mini-bar, telephone, desk and plenty of room for your outdoor clothing and luggage. There is an iron and ironing board and hairdryer in the bathroom. Standard and superior rooms have pretty much the same decor and facilities, however, superior rooms have a view of the Icefjord plus coffee and tea making facilities and a mini-bar. It is possible to make an extra bed up in superior rooms for a third adult or child. The hotel does not offer free WiFi (this is incredibly expensive to have in Greenland so the hotel have to charge for it) but you can pay the reception directly by the hour or daily - beware though, connections can be poor and intermittent. The hotel also has a sauna, solarium and work out facilities for those who want to fill any spare moment in between activities. There is a large a la carte restaurant where the Welcome and Farewell dinners are served and a brasserie and bar on the second floor with a panoramic view over the Ilulissat Icefjord.
In the hotel's gardens, inbetween the hotel and the Icefjord, you will find numerous dog houses with their occupants, Greenlandic dogs, secured by chained leads. It doesn't matter how much you love and trust dogs (and no-one does more than we do!) you must not approach the dogs to pet them. They are working dogs and would much rather you kept your distance - particularly if they are eating.
There is a boardwalk which takes you past the dogs and down to the very edge of the Icefjord for glorious views of bizarre icebergs just floating by. Here you will also find the hotel's 'Igloos' - if you really want to stay in one we can request it but in our opinion they are a novelty item which doesn't really add anything extra to your overall holiday experience.
FOSSHOTEL BARON (3 star) - Reykjavik
Fosshotel Baron is a clean and friendly hotel standing right in the heart of Reykjavík, near the seafront, within walking distance of shops and attractions. The hotel offers both hotel rooms and apartments, perfect for families or small groups travelling together. Enjoy a scenic walk by the seaside, visit Harpa Concert Hall and try some of Reykjavík’s great restaurants and cafés, all just a stone’s throw away.
Breakfast is included in your stay and you will also have the option to eat at the hotel's restaurant and enjoy drinks in the bar. All rooms are en suite and include free Wi-Fi.
FOSSHOTEL REYKJAVIK (4 star) - Reykjavik
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in the city centre, it's a large hotel that still offers personal touches in both appearance and service. Only a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street, it's the ideal location for any visitor to Reykjavik.
The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. We recommend unwinding with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at their restaurant, Haust. All rooms are en suite and equipped with modern facilities including Wifi.
Reykjavik & Ilulissat: From City to Sea Ice
Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbour
The summer season is great for whale watching as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the migrating whales and birds entertain us with their magnificent presence in the happy company of the resident whales. Commonly seen are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales.
Price: £55 per person, duration 2½ - 3½ hours
The Blue Lagoon on Arrival/Departure
What better way to start your holiday than bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to soothe and refresh body and soul? Relax in the milky-blue seawater (37-39ºC) and try out the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall.
Price: £38 per person
It is also possible to take this tour from Reykjavik itself with seven daily departures, details on request.
Hekla Volcano and Landmannalaugar - the Ultimate Super Jeep Safari!
This journey completely circles Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano, believed to be the entrance to Hell in medieval times! You travel over rugged mountains, lava fields, explosion craters and hot springs. Opportunity to have a dip in a natural hot pool or 1-2 hour hike. Lunch pack included.
Price: £215 per person, duration 9-10 hours
The Wonders of Snæfellsnes
Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland is almost a miniature version of the whole country. Snæfellsjökull glacier, white and black sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, lush valleys, and unique harbours in charming fishing villages. ´Journey to the Centre of the Earth´ by Jules Verne and, more recently, ´The Secret Life of Walter Mitty´ with Ben Stiller have been inspired by it.
Price: £95 per person, duration 13 hours
Inside the Volcano
Journey into the depths of a dormant volcano on this exhilarating expedition from Reykjavik. After hiking through the lava fields of the Blue Mountains, arrive at the rim of Thrihnukagigur volcano. It’s also the only place on Earth where you can take an elevator inside a volcano’s magma chamber! You will be given appropriate equipment and the tour also includes a small lunch.
Price: £220 per person, duration 5-6 hours
Into the Glacier (Langjökull Ice Cave)
For something truly out of the ordinary, visit a unique and remote man-made ice cave in Langjökull, one of Iceland‘s largest and most spectacular glaciers. You begin the tour by bus from BSÍ Bus Terminal and then change to a monster-truck which will take you almost to the top of the glacier, where you enter the magnificent cave with a guide. Imagine standing on an ice cap reaching 600 metres below your feet!
Price: £166 per person, duration 09.00 - 18.30
Snorkelling Silfra Day Tour
This tour is a fantastic adventure for everybody who feels comfortable in water. You will float between two continental plates, surrounded by the unique clarity of the most pristine water on this planet. Snorkelling in a lava fissure cracked open by earthquakes, in water that is just above freezing, is something you don't do every day!
Includes all necessary quipment and after snorkelling snacks.
Price: £127, duration 4 - 5 hours (including transportation and hotel pick-up)
Midnight Cruise to the Icefjord
The midnight sun and the warm red colours reflecting in the gigantic icebergs is a fantastic sight. Cruise between the icebergs and enjoy a late drink on "the real rocks"!
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Price: £72 per person including refreshments
Due to the nature of Greenland, the following sightseeing flight excursions are weather dependent so we therefore ask you to pay locally. You can register your interest with us and we'll let the activity company know on your behalf. All passengers are provided with an Active Noise Reduction Headset on each flight.
Deluxe flight over Ilulissat Icefjord
We present an entirely new service in Ilulissat - sightseeing flights and photo safari in a 5-seat quiet and comfortable aircraft. We fly in low altitude to the very end of Ilulissat Icefjord. After cruising above the glacier front and getting as close to it as safely possible we head towards the underwater moraine in front of Ilulissat where we can enjoy breathtaking views of huge icebergs and sky-blue lakes on the top of them. Window seat is guaranteed for the best photo opportunities.
Duration: 1 hour
Price: DKK 2695 (pay locally)
Icefjord photo sightseeing
This shorter sightseeing flight and photo safari offers exceptional views in a 5-seat quiet and comfortable aircraft. We fly in low altitude to the outer area of Ilulissat town and the underwater moraine at the mouth of Ilulissat Icefjord.
Duration: 35 minutes
Price: DKK 1795 (pay locally)
Northern glacier photo sightseeing
This unforgettable tour takes you to the outer area of Ilulissat town and along the Ilulissat Icefjord to the northern glacier. On the way back you will see the underwater moraine, where huge Icebergs are stranded. Window seats are guaranteed for the best photo opportunities.
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: DKK 2195 (pay locally)