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 : 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!