Go by land, sea, and air to discover the thrilling nature of two geologically extraordinary countries! Start by exploring the cuisine and music of metropolitan Reykjavík, soak in Iceland’s thermal baths, and hike to its thunderous waterfalls. Travel to Greenland via charter air, and enjoy a stunning flight-see of the massive ice cap. In Greenland, embark the National Geographic Explorer to trace the ragged edge of the ice cap through fjords to archaeological sites while spotting whales along the way.
Day 1 : Arrive in Reykjavík Day 2 : Reykjavík Day 3 : Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark Day 4 : Greenland’s West Coast | Sisimiut Day 5 : Disko Bay | Ilulissat Day 6 : Exploring Greenland’s West Coast Day 7 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Reykjavík, Iceland Day 8 : Reykjavík | Keflavík
Feel the extreme contrasts of fire & ice from thermal baths to glacial ice
See the towering ice edge of Greenland and sail among massive icebergs
Enjoy an exclusive dinner on Viðey Island with acclaimed local musicians
Meet Greenlanders and learn about their traditions and way of life
Hike, kayak, swim, horseback ride, and Zodiac cruise
Today you may choose from several active options: hiking, biking or horseback riding on an Icelandic horse. Take in the sights on a walking tour of town or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Or take a full day’s excursion around the Golden Circle. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance awaits.
Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings. Learn from locals the tradition of creating Greenlandic national clothing.
Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier.
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, and fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland icecap to Reykjavík and check-in to your hotel.
Day 8 Reykjavík | Keflavík
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, learn first-hand about the country’s innovative approach to geothermal energy, or if you haven’t yet experienced the Blue Lagoon, now’s your chance! Transfer to Keflavík for flights home.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.