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Explore the dramatic coastlines of Iceland and Greenland on an expedition by land and sea. Encounter modern Icelandic culture in quirky Reykjavík, and travel outside the city to experience the country’s geothermal landscapes—from lava fields to the famed Blue Lagoon. Then fly to Greenland and embark the National Geographic Explorer to trace the fjord-laced landscapes of the country’s rugged western coast, getting an up-close look at glaciers and icebergs on kayaking and Zodiac excursions.
Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore glacier-draped coastlines by kayak or Zodiac.
Hike across the rolling scrublands surrounding Reykjavík, or ride an Icelandic horse through a lava field.
Visit maritime towns of the far north, from the Icelandic fishing village of Grindavík to the former whaling port of Sisimiut in Greenland.
Savor an exclusive dinner on Viðey Island curated by one of Iceland’s top chefs, and discover Iceland’s top musicians through performances arranged by our musicologist.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Days 1 & 2 — Reykjavík, Iceland
Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. On a walking tour of the old town, visit Hallgrímskirkja cathedral and delve into Viking history at the National Museum. Check in to our hotel in downtown Reykjavík, our home for the next two nights. Island Hotel or similar (Day 2: L)
Day 3 — Reykjavík
Today you may choose from several active options. Choose to go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or go kayaking along the coast. Or you may wish to visit the famed Blue Lagoon for a soak in its soothing geothermal waters. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and a concert in a historic house await. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Fly by chartered aircraft to Greenland, taking in stunning aerial views over the Greenland icecap during your flight. Embark the National Geographic Explorer upon arrival in Kangerlussuaq. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Greenland's West Coast & Sisimiut
Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many harboring glaciers that are fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this rugged coastline, and search for humpback and mink whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum and wander amid the town’s colorful buildings—some dating back to the 18th century.
Days 6 & 7 — Disko Bay/Ilulissat/Western Coast
Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore the Ilulissat Icefjord, a tongue of the Greenland ice cap and designated World Heritage site. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs at the mouth of the fjord, and see calving glacial ice. Then visit the archaeological site at Sermermiut, an abandoned pre-colonial settlement. The next day, we’ll have options to explore the fjords by kayak or Zodiac, or hike inland across the tundra. (B,L,D, daily)
Day 8 — Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Reykjavík, Iceland
Disembark the National Geographic Explorer in Kangerlussuaq, and return to Reykjavík by charter flight. Island Hotel or similar (B, L, D)
Day 9 — Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.
Head out on a scenic drive amid the volcanic landscapes and natural hot springs of the Reykjanes peninsula to the tiny fishing village of Grindavík. Or opt for a soak in the Blue Lagoon. Transfer to the airport in Keflavík for your flight home. (B,L)
Book now and receive free international
round-trip airfare between New York and Reykjavik, plus round-trip charter air between Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq on the August 22 and 26, 2017 departures. We'll also cover your bar tab and tips for the crew.
Offer is subject to availability. Please call for details.
National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for
National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. Some of Michael's recent assignments have focused on America's national parks and the need to preserve them. Michael has also photographed eight books for National Geographic. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography, sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of his craft. He frequently visits both polar regions, and looks forward to exploring Iceland and Greenland with National Geographic travelers.