Departure Dates & Costs
July 20 - August 2, 2020
Small group size: 14 – 18 persons
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1. Arrival (D)
Day 2. Reykjavik (L)
Day 3. Reykjavik – Flight to Nuuk (D)
Day 4. Nuuk – City tour and hike up Ukkusissat Mountain (B,L)
Day 5. Nuuk – Fjord cruise (B,L,D)
Day 6. Nuuk - at leisure (B)
Day 7. Nuuk – Flight to Sisimiut (B,L,D)
Day 8. Sisimiut – Boat tour to Assaqutaq (B,L,D)
Day 9. Sisimiut – Kangerlussuaq ebike & dog sled (B,L,D)
Day 10. Kangerlussuaq – Way of life day (B)
Day 11. Kangerlussuaq – Russell Glacier (B)
Day 12. Kangerlussuaq – at leisure (B)
Day 13. Kangerlussuaq – Flight to Reykjavik (B)
Day 14. Reykjavik departure
Itinerary for Summer
Day 1. Arrive KEF (D)
Morning arrival into Keflavík International Airport and transfer to our hotel. Take a little time to settle in and in the afternoon, we will go on a walking tour of the historic town and harbour area. Welcome dinner. 2 nights City Centre hotel or similar
Day 2. Reykjavik (L)
Full day exploring the spectacular South Coast of Iceland where the diversity of nature is outstanding. Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls before heading to Sólheimajökull, a glacier set between two volcanoes, Katla and Eijafjallajökkull. At Dyrhólaey the cliffs provide habitat to a large colony of puffins (during summer months) and the lighthouse towers above the scenic coastline. Time to walk along the Reynisfjara shore and its black sand beach. Lunch in Vík í Mýrdal village. Return to Reykjavik. Dinner on own although a group spot will be provided along with suggestions to enjoy the music and culture in the capital.
Day 3. Reykjavik – Nuuk (D)
In the morning we will set out to see some of the classic sites of Iceland on a Golden Circle tour. A hike in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site owing to its unique place in the Viking history of early Iceland. Gullfoss waterfall rivals the best waterfalls on the planet in terms of its size and power. Another unique spot is the Haukadalur geothermal area with its array of active geysers. Later in the day enjoy the thermal waters at Secret Lagoon. We will transfer to the airport for our 6:35 pm flight to Nuuk, Greenland. Arrival 7:55pm (3 hours/20 minutes). On arrival we will be met and transferred to Inuk hostels, our home on the coast for 3 nights. Note – Shared bathroom / 4 bedroom cabin facilities. (Hotel option at Hans Egede in town is available for private room / private bathroom facilities. Additional cost applies.) In the evening we will enjoy a seafood dinner and Northern Lights if we have dark skies and Aurora conditions.
Day 4. Nuuk (B,L)
Nuuk the capital, is a fusion of Greenland Arctic and European charms. Stroll from town centre to the historic Colonial harbour where small icebergs float just beyond the brightly coloured hues of Atlantic coastal wood buildings dotted on ancient rock crops and centred around the small church remnants of early missionaries. Visit the galleries and shops showcasing the uniquely Greenlandic designs and fashions created with fine wools and seal skin. Watch for passing icebergs, seals and seabirds. Visit the National Museum. Other attractions in the town include the award-winning culture centre Katuaq, the University of Greenland, the cathedral from 1849, and several shops sell unique Greenland fashion and Arctic memorabilia. In the afternoon a hike up Ukkusissat Mountain with cultural guide enroute. We will not climb the entire mountain which is a full day. Our hike will be approximately 4 hours. Dinner on own in town although a group restaurant will be chosen.
Day 5. Nuuk (B,L,D)
Today we embark on a Fjord cruise. Travel beside the granite cliffs of the Western Nuuk Fjords. Rather than a single fjord, here we find an enormous fiord complex. The trip ventures beyond civilization and out into the wilderness. It is just a short time before Nuuk disappears and you are dwarfed by the steep mountainsides towering above the water. Enjoy fresh catch at a boat-in lodge up one of the arms of the Fjord. On the return, a stop to hike and explore the abandoned village of Qoornoq. We will fish for our own dinner as we continue. During the voyage we will search for whales that are plentiful in these waters during the summer months. Evening BBQ on the beach with cultural evening of story-telling.
Day 6. Nuuk (B)
Day at leisure. Optional Tours can be booked locally.
Day 7. Nuuk - Sisimiut (B,L,D)
Morning flight Nuuk to Sisimiut, Greenland’s second largest town with a population of 5,500 and where its human habitation stretches back 4,500 years. Today we will experience some of the cultural highlights by bus, boat and foot. On arrival we will be met and transfer to the Hotel Sisimiut, home for 3 nights with private rooms and private facilities. Our guide will brief us on the activities of the day over lunch. They will show us the coastal village, with its cultural centre, old colonial quarter, cottage industries and Arctic Circle view point. In the late afternoon, a walk along the coast. Dinner at Restaurant Nasaasaaq followed by a cultural activity (creating your own Arctic memories).
Day 8. Sisimiut (B,L,D)
Boat tour out of Sissimiut to Assaqutaq. Assaqutaq is an abandoned village about 10 km by boat from Sisimiut. The settlement was established when the fishing in Greenland was abundant and was later abandoned in the 1960s and 1970s when the fish disappeared from the area. With the closing of fish factory, the inhabitants were forced to move to the city where there where jobs. Some of the buildings that are left in Assaqutaq are in pretty good condition including a small church, several coastal residences and the school. We depart the ghost village and cruise to the Arctic Circle UNESCO site with an opportunity to go ashore. On the boat tour to and from Assaqutaq there are chances of seeing humpback whales. Dinner will be a traditional Greenlandic Buffet at Restaurant Nasaasaaq.
Day 9. Sisimiut – Kangerlussuaq (B,L,D)
Morning ebike excursions, and then a visit sled dog town, close encounter with the sled dogs. We will earn how the Greenland huskie has been a part of the Greenland way of life for centuries. Picnic by the creek. Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight to Kangerlussuaq. 4 nights Hotel Kangerlussuaq (69 rooms). Dinner in town.
Day 10. Kangerlussuaq (B)
Kangerlussuaq has incredibly beautiful nature and is home to the massive musk ox. This will be a “way of life” touring day. We drive through the stunning tundra landscape in our 4WD truck and connect to the flora, fauna and historic culture of the area. Be on the lookout for musk oxen that are live in the wildness areas around Kangerlussuaq. Also look out for ptarmigan and arctic hare and other Arctic wildlife.
Day 11. Kangerlussuaq (B)
Driving partially off-road we take the fascinating route to the spectacular Russell Glacier. The glacier is an impressive sight with its vertical ice walls rising as high as 60m. We'll get close enough for some great photo and video opportunities. During summer we have good chances of witnessing the glacier calve. Lunch Arctic style in the field. In the evening, visit the shop/gallery owned and managed by with 100% Greenlandic products.
Day 12. Kangerlussuaq (B)
Day at leisure. Optional tours can be booked locally.
Day 13. Kangerlussuaq - Ilulissat - Reykjavik (B)
Morning flight to Ilulissat on Air Greenland GL 502 8:45 am/9:30 am.
Time permitting we will have a special opportunity to view some of the most spectacular glacial scenery anywhere in the world. In 2004 the region was recognized and accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Today we can follow a wooden pathway beginning from the old heliport. We follow "The World Heritage Trail" through the former settlement of "Sermermiut" and end up at the mouth of the Icefiord, from where we have a perfect view of the stranded icebergs. The beautiful icebergs of Ilulissat create the wing for the abandoned settlement Sermermiut, which is situated one and a half kilometer south of the city. The different Inuit cultures have lived here during the last 4000 years, and today you can still find artifacts, which witness their presence. Your guide will bring history to life. Hear about the customs and ways of being Greenlandic before the Europeans´ arrival. Then return to the airport for our flight to Reykjavik on Air Greenland 718 3:20 pm/8:25 pm.
On arrival transfer to our hotel.
Day 14 Depart Reykjavik
Day at leisure in Reykjavik. Optional Blue Lagoon hot springs visit or similar to be offered locally. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Extensions can be made on an individual basis.