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Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

Iceland to West Greenland - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Explorer
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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 : Reykjavík
Day 2 : Reykjavík
Day 3 : Reykjavík | 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 |U.S.

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 Reykjavík

Choose an excursion to swim in the thermal baths of the Blue Lagoon or learn about the hot springs and volcanic activity at the Geothermal Power Plant experience an Icelandic horse show at the Eldhestar Farm and Riding Centre. Check in at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavík for two nights. 

Note that flights are not included.

Day 2 Reykjavík

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you may choose between several active options. Take a full-day tour of the Golden Circle, go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Tonight, a special treat: an exclusive dinner and musical performance await.

Day 3 Reykjavík | 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, wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings, and 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
Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. 

Day 7 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark | Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland icecap to Reykjavík and check-in to the Grand Hotel.

Day 8 Reykjavík | Keflavík |U.S.

  • 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

Reykjavik - Hotels

Deals

Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2018/2019 departures.

Per person starting at
$6,990
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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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Cat 7
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
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