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GIS8KEF: Unesco Heritage Explorer / 8 days
Departures from Keflavik

This tour celebrates the UNESCO sites of Iceland and South Greenland. Start in Iceland with included visits to Krysuvik, Blue Lagoon (both in Reykjanes Unesco Geopark) and the Golden Circle area including the World Heritage site of Thingvellir. In Greenland, explore UNESCO World Heritage gems such as Qassiasuk and Igaliko where you will find remains from the area's proud Viking settlements.

Iceland's Golden Circle combined with historic South Greenland with fertile fjords, the Inland Ice Cap and icebergs.

Reykjavik (Iceland)

A true blend of past and present. You will find all facilities of a metropolis as well as the warm friendliness of a small town.

This programme suits clients who do not want to change accommodation every day and those who like to have several options of evening restaurants and city facilities within close range.

Reykjavik is the ideal base for excursions to the most famous highlights of South Iceland:

  • The Blue Lagoon.
  • The majestic waterfall Gullfoss.
  • The Geysir area with erupting hot springs.
  • The National Park of Thingvellir; a historic site through centuries and a masterpiece of nature with a scenic lake and rifts which mark where the continental plates of Europe and America meet.

Narsarsuaq (Greenland)

Narsarsuaq is the gateway to South Greenland. Meaning ‘great plain’ in Greenlandic. Today the site serves as a small international airport and a small settlement, largely preoccupied working for the local tourism industry.

The area is offering a huge diversity of experiences from iceberg cruises to easy hikes in a nearby valley and a full-day trek to the Inland Ice Cap.

The area around Narsarsuaq is also Viking Country and there are numerous ancient remains from these first Europeans on the American continent. Erik the Red was the Viking who settled in Greenland and gave the huge island its name. Remains of his farm Brattahild can be found across Erik’s Fjord from Narsarsuaq, which is also the site of the first Christian church built on the North American continent. Other evidence of Viking settlements are easily accessible in the area, e.g. the ruins of the Viking Cathedral and Bishop’s Farm in the nearby village of Igaliku.

No visit to Greenland is complete without seeing a glacier up close, and in Narsarsuaq you can do just that in two different ways; by foot or (if you prefer to relax) by boat. Cruise among the icebergs to the fjord of Qooroq where the glacier of the same name is found. We go as close as we safely can and enjoy sights and sounds of the ‘newborn’ icebergs.
For a real Arctic adventure – join us for a full day hike to a melting glacier in the area behind Narsarsuaq. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the local flora and fauna, do a bit of mountaineering and as a reward – see and touch the glacier, directly connected to the Inland Ice Cap.

 

Day 1

Arrival to Keflavik Airport. Private pick-up by our local representative and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. If time allows we will go via Krysuvik.

Included meals: None
Accommodation: Fosshotel (specific property confirmed at time of booking)

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning city sightseeing of Reykjavik including the town of Hafnarfjordur where we visit the Fish Market, the open air museum Arbær, one of the outdoor swimming pools and the towering Hallgrim's Church. We also pass through the old town, the harbour, the summit-meeting house Höfdi and the House of Parliament.

Afternoon at leisure in Reykjavik.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fosshotel (specific property confirmed at time of booking)

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel.

Today's excursion is one of the most popular day trips in Iceland: The Golden Circle. We experience the majestic waterfalls at Gullfoss, the erupting hot springs at Geysir, the national park of Thingvellir and the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi.

Tonight dinner is included at one of the oldest restaurants in town, Restaurant Reykjavik. We invite you to sample their famous Iceland Fish buffet.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Fosshotel (specific property confirmed at time of booking)

Day 4

Breakfast at hotel. 

End your Iceland exploration with a visit to the world famous geothermal Blue Lagoon.

Transfer by coach to the spa where we have included entry, towel rental, a Silica Mud Mask and a drink. You just have to bring your swimsuit!

Evening flight with Air Iceland from Keflavik to Narsarsuaq.

Meet and greet by Arctic Adventure destination guide.
Transfer to the nearby Hotel Narsarsuaq for check-in, information meeting and guided tour of Narsarsuaq.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Start the day with a guided walk around the settlement so you can get acquainted with the area.

Day at leisure in Narsarsuaq for optional excursions.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel.

Day at leisure in Narsarsuaq.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Narsarsuaq

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel.

Farewell coffee with your guide. Transfer to the airport for Air Iceland flight to Keflavik Intl. Airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Northern Light Inn or similar

Day 8

Breakfast at hotel.

Individual transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Intl. Airport. Please inform the reception of your departure time the day before leaving.

Included meals: Breakfast

Route map

Departures

  • 2018: Guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every Wednesday from 13 June to 22 August

Included

  • Return flights Keflavik-Narsarsuaq with all taxes
  • Transfers and accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • Arctic Adventure destination guide in Greenland and local guide in Iceland
  • Guided walk of Narsarsuaq
  • Golden Circle excursion
  • City tour of Reykjavik
  • 1 dinner in Iceland
  • 2 dinners in Greenland

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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