Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

National Geographic Explorer Cruise Ship
National Geographic Explorer
148 Passengers

Go by land, sea, and air to experience Iceland and Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. Over just nine days you’ll soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths, feel the spray of its thunderous falls, and explore the cool urban capital of Reykjavík. See Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80% of the country by air, then sail along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. There are possibilities to see the Northern Lights activity in these two countries and, with a little luck, photograph their strange and beautiful dance. Venture into Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the hardy inhabitants. This expedition will enable you to:

• Feel the extreme contrasts of fire and ice from the warmth of Reykjavík’s outdoor thermal baths to kayaking amid shimmering glacial ice
• Take in opportunities to view the Northern Lights in both Iceland and Greenland
• See the towering ice edge of Greenland up close and sail among massive icebergs
• Actively explore: hike, kayak, swim, horseback ride, and Zodiac cruise
• Enjoy an exclusive, private dinner on Viðey Island accompanied by acclaimed local musicians
• Meet Greenlanders and learn about their traditions and way of life

Brief Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík
Day 3 Reykjavík
Day 4 Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark
Day 5 Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 6 Disko Bay & Ilulissat
Day 7 Exploring Greenland’s West Coast
Day 8 Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 9 Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík

Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital (flight not included). 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 to our hotel in Reykjavík for two nights.

Day 3 — Reykjavík

Today you may choose from several active options. 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: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance awaits.

Day 4 — Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark

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 5 — Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

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 6 — Disko Bay & Ilulissat

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 7 — Exploring Greenland’s West Coast

Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra.

Day 8 — Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Reykjavík, Iceland

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland icecap to Reykjavík and check-in to your hotel.

Day 9 — Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.

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 (flight not included).

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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