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Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

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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-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • 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

Ship

National Geographic Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Disko Bay Walruses relaxing on the ice Midnight sun light, Ilulissat The blue lagoon in Iceland Arctic Birds

Day 1 Arrive in Reykjavík

Arrive in Reykjavik and check in to your hotel.

Day 2 Reykjavík

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 3 Kangerlussuaq, Greenland | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Choose a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík in the morning followed by a chartered flight to Greenland and take in stunning views over the Greenland icecap. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Day 4 Greenland’s West Coast | Sisimiut

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Disko Bay | Ilulissat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 6 Exploring Greenland’s West Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy your final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. 

Day 7 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

National Geographic Explorer

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National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
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Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
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Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
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Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
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Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
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Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
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Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
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C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.

Notes

Travelers under the age of 18 save $500 per person.

Cost Includes:
  • Includes two hotel nights and ship accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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