Eastern Greenland Expedition & The Land of Fire & Ice - a cruise & land journey

17 Days
Reykjavik to Reykjavik
From (CAD)
$ 21,180
Dates & Pricing

2024 Reykjavik > Reykjavik

Deep Fjords, Icebergs and Cultures

Cruise among icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Pristine and untouched, Eastern Greenland will impress with its alpine mountain tops and traditional Inuit culture. Bursting with creative energy and boasting a vibrant culture, Iceland’s capital Reykjavík is the perfect addition to your journey. Discover its captivating art, gourmet delights, and attractive cafes and bars on your sojourn through this land of fire and ice.
This expedition takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Explore the world’s largest fjord system, hike around geologic wonders, kayak among icebergs in mirror-smooth bays. Pay testament to the incredible glaciers that carved the land. Visit the northernmost capital of the world and bask in its remarkable remoteness. Home to nearly two-third of Iceland’s population, Reykjavík’s magnetic charm attracts locals and tourists alike. The cityscape of Reykjavík speaks of the ingenuity of its people – from the multi-coloured houses in Þingholt to the Harpa Concert Hall, whose design was inspired by the basalt landscapes of Iceland. With popular musical exports such as Björk and Sigur Rós, Icelanders’ intrinsic creativity was never in question. Soak in the dramatic landscapes and soul-soothing tranquillity of this glorious nation as you travel to quaint towns and villages that are home to some of nature’s greatest wonders, including the Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the Gullfoss Waterfall, the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, and the wonderfully relaxing Blue Lagoon.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ONI7
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Reykjavik
Return City:
Reykjavik

Selected Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Reykjavík, Iceland

    Welcome to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city, where a world of wonder awaits as you step on board and raise your glass to toast the start of your luxurious cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Isafjördur

    Characterised by deep, blue fjords, separated by flat-topped mountains, Ísafjörður is the largest settlement in the Westfjords of Iceland. Explore remote Iceland from one of the most stunning towns in the country, with old timber framed houses and architecture. Bursting with a wealth of wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for birds and Arctic

    Freechoice

    Take a fascinating journey through time as you explore Ísafjörður or tour the ecofriendly fishing village of Sudurey to learn about the life of a fisherman and taste local produce. Alternatively, learn of the life and culture while visiting Osvor outdoor exhibition before walking through the maritime and folk museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ittoqqortoormitt, Greenland

    Located next to the world’s largest and deepest multi-branched fjord system, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated towns in Greenland. The locals have learnt to live off the ocean, with sea ice providing new routes to explore. Gain an insight into how this small community of only 450 thrive together.

    Discovery

    Glide along the ocean through a maze of interconnecting waterways, or hike across the tundra, exploring ancient graveyards and villages occupied by Eskimos over 3,000 years ago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kong Oscar Fjord

    This magnificent fjord is part of the North-East Greenland National Park, a unique, untouched area of the world filled with beauty and grandeur. Previously one of the most difficult regions to reach, Scenic Eclipse now takes you there in 6-star luxury. Learn about the geological phenomenon known as a “fold” from our on board geologist, observing this in some of the cliffs that line the shore. Visit the community of Tasiilaq on the banks of King Oscar Harbour.

    Discovery

    Explore by kayak, Zodiac and on land with our Discovery Team

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjord

    A remote and rarely visited fjord system provides many opportunities for exploration. Our team of experts will be on board as we weave through ice, marveling at the rugged beauty of this region Look out for Teufelschloss, known as “The Devil’s Castle”, a rocky mountain rising ominously from waters of Kejser Franz Josef Fjord. If weather permits, you’ll visit the Waltershausen Glacier, one of Greenland’s major Piedmont glaciers, and hopefully witness a thunderous calving.

    Discovery

    Explore by kayak, Zodiac and on land with our Discovery Team

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Scoresbysund

    Scoresbysund is the largest and deepest fjord system in the world, and is the birthplace of many of Greenland’s glaciers. Over the next couple of days, be amazed by the mountainous surrounds, the lively wildlife and the memorable adventures. . Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will use their expertise to design this section of your voyage, giving you the best experience possible in this extraordinary part of the world. This tree like fjord system was mapped in 1822 by the explorer William Scoresby

    Discovery

    Hike across the tundra, looking for muskoxen and blue Arctic foxes blending into the basalt rock, cruise in Zodiac to view hauled-out walruses and seals resting along the shoreline, and keep watch for migratory minke, humpback and fin whales.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Scoresbysund

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Scoresbysund

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Grundarfjörður, Iceland

    A charming fishing village located in the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula, filled with vibrant, colourful houses. Grundarfjörður is home to one of the photographed mountains in Iceland, Kirkjufell or Church Mountain, which can be seen from all angles in town.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Reykjavík

    Your cruise ends this morning in the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavík. Say farewell to your crew, disembark after breakfast and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Reykjavík

    Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital, has something for everyone – numerous enlightening museums, gourmet restaurants, creative architecture, and a vibrant nightlife, all wonderfully set within the spellbinding landscape of snow-capped mountains and cerulean seas. On an informative walking tour, you will explore all the hidden jewels the city has to offer. Visit the Hallgrímskirkja Church, the colourful houses of Þingholt, the 930 AD structure of Alþingi Parliament, the Old Harbor, Harpa Concert Hall and the Sólarið Sculpture, all while being entertained by your guide’s creative storytelling.

    Enrich

    Visit a variety of Reykjavík eateries on a culinary exploration, from restaurants to food trucks, and sample a selection of traditional dishes and street food including Icelandic cheese, lamb, homemade ice cream, and the famous Icelandic hot dogs.

    This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Reykjavík > Borgarnes

    After you bid goodbye to the vibrant capital city, make your way to the peaceful farming district and valley of Borgarfjörður, a wonder set amidst mountains and glaciers. Head to Deildartunguhver, one of the world’s largest hot springs. See the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, then experience an ‘Into the Glacier’ adventure. Continue on to Borgarnes for your one night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Borgarnes > Golden Circle

    Your grand adventure along Iceland’s famous Golden Circle begins here. Enjoy local experiences along the way with visits to authentic family run farms. Explore the untouched beauty of Thingvellir National Park, and its history as the original, outdoor site of Iceland’s first parliamentary assembly in 930 AD. View the extraordinary Thingvellir rift, the split that defines the borders of North America and Eurasia. At the Gullfoss Waterfall, marvel at the double-tiered falls and maybe even catch sight of its famous rainbows in the mist. Next, visit the incredible geothermal region of Geysir, known for its hot springs and geysers. Take in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and see Strokkur, a waterspout that shoots to around 98 feet (30 metres) in the air. For the next two nights, you will stay in Ásborgir.

    Optional Helicopter Flight - Soar above Iceland’s snowy glaciers and active volcanic terrain on an optional helicopter flight (additional cost, please book on tour).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Golden Circle

    Continue to explore this magnificent area.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Golden Circle > Kirkjubæjarklaustur

    Head south to the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home to some of the world’s most impressive geological formations which were created during a volcanic eruption that occurred between 1783 and 1784 – the largest eruption since the settlement of Iceland. The walking path along the eastern edge of the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon offers stunning views over the plains and glacial brooks below. Eldhraun is a wide lava field that has thick green moss enveloping the jagged and hard edges. The colours are striking with the bright greens of the moss against the smoky hues of lava and the blue skies. Later, check into your hotel, your small and intimate Special Stay hotel for one night, located in one of the most beautiful regions in Southern Iceland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur > Blue Lagoon

    Cross the sandy desert of the south coast to the coastal town of Vík, and stroll along the black sand beach and admire the Reynisdrangar, high basalt columns in the sea. Continue to your hotel, your Special Stay for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Blue Lagoon > Reykjavík

    Farewell Iceland as you transfer to Reyjavík airport taking many wonderful memories with you.

    The itinerary on this page is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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