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The Islands of Fire & Ice - Iceland and Greenland

(13 days / 12 nights)

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Experience the stunning diversity of the north Atlantic

Combine the best highlights of volcanic Iceland and glacial Greenland with this combination of our best-selling Iceland Full Circle Tour and Greenland Short Break. Along with three days in the Arctic town of Ilullissat in Greenland, you will make a full loop around Iceland by car, allowing you to explore at your own pace. You can also enjoy optional activities like helicopter rides, hiking, glacier tours, boat rides among icebergs and more.

13 days / 12 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 500179 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Best Seller, Classic, Icebergs

Season

June - Aug

Departure

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Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your arctic adventure.

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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: From Reykjavik to Ilulissat

    Depart from Reykjavik Domestic Airport for your flight to the Arctic village of Ilulissat. If it‘s a sunny day, you can enjoy wonderful views over the Greenland ice cap from the plane.

    On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. After getting settled, you can explore your surroundings or take part in some optional activities 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.

    For hiking enthusiasts, the Sermermiut Valley just a few kilometres from Ilulissat offers spectacular views from a number of marked trails. We also highly recommend taking a cruise in the Icefjord to see the enormous icebergs in the warm evening glow of the midnight sun.

    Spend the next two nights in Ilulissat.

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

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  • Day 3: Choose Your Own Adventures

    Today you have the entire day at your leisure. Maybe you want to relax around town and enjoy the view over the large chunks of calved ice floating by. Or perhaps you could get a different—or closer—view of the icebergs by boat, land or air with one of the many optional guided activities available today.

    Spend another night in Ilulissat.

    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.

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  • Day 4: Free Time & Afternoon Return to Reykjavik

    Before saying goodbye to this majestic land, you still have the entire morning to join a short optional excursion or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. During your flight back to Reykjavík in the afternoon, enjoy the stunning views once again over the Ilulissat Icefjord and surrounding landscapes. Spend the evening at your leisure in Reykjavik, perhaps with a dinner of fresh seafood or grilled Icelandic lamb at one of the city’s fine restaurants.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik

  • Day 5: 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 6: Waterfalls and 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 7: Glaciers and 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 8: Fjords and 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. 290 km / 180 mi. 

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  • Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Snæfellsjökull National Park and 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 13: 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).

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Map

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

Reviews

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

Exceptional company

We received excellent service from start to finish. This is an exceptional company to deal with and I would recommend anyone considering travelling to Iceland to use Nordic Visitor.

Very well organized

From first contact, Nordic Visitor was responsive, friendly and helpful. Everything was very well organized. I enjoyed having just the right amount of guided tours balanced with plenty of time to explore on my own.

Thank you!

We tell everyone we know to go to Iceland and to use your company if they go. Even met people in Iceland who were with another company, and after listening to us, they took down your information. We have enjoyed every tour we've taken with your company. Thank you.

Wonderful support!

Nordic Visitor is a great tour agency. We first contacted them, Alexandria listened to what we wanted to do and arranged exactly what we wanted for our trip. They do a wonderful job of providing information, not only general information on the area but also you get a personalized itinerary and a cell phone to use. We did a ring road trip and a two day excursion to Greenland. We have traveled all over the world and I would recommend this agency to anyone planning a trip to the Nordic countries.

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!

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.

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

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Rental car

Two Drivers Free GPS

Ford Fiesta
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Ford Fiesta
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
or similar

  • x5
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  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus
or similar

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

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • x5
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  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

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

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo
or similar

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

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

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

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

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

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

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

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

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

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
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
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
or similar

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

Price per person from

Approx 500179 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2017

Everything about this tour

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 arrange accommodation in Reykjavik or combine other Iceland 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 
  • 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.
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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