High Arctic Expedition - Iceland, Greenland & Arctic Canada - a cruise & land journey

20 Days
Copenhagen to Reykjavik
From (CAD)
$ 24,202
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2023 Copenhagen > Reykjavik

Under the Midnight Sun

Venture far above the Arctic Circle, visit the world’s largest island, whose frozen coastline has witnessed the birth of some of nature’s most breath-taking creations. 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.
Southern Greenland’s wilderness offers some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on earth, coupled with a rich culture, history and rarely seen geology. Sail through magnificent untouched Arctic wilderness regions and discover natural wonders, wildlife and Viking history. 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:
OGI1
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Copenhagen
Return City:
Reykjavik

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark

    Welcome to Copenhagen, the buzzing capital of Denmark. Enjoy your one-night stay and explore at leisure.

  2. Day 2 - Copenhagen > Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

    Your journey above the Arctic Circle begins as you fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq to board Scenic Eclipse. Toast the start of your adventure at tonight's welcome reception where the Captain will introduce the crew and your expert Discovery Team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ilulissat (Disko Bay)

    Spectacular days await as you cruise Disko Bay. Ilulissat is named from the Inuit word for ‘icebergs’. Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town is best known for large number of icebergs forming from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Listen for the rumbling sounds in the distance of ice bergs calving from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak or go onshore for landings.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Ilulissat (Disko Bay)

    Continue to discover Disko Bay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Evighedfjord

    Meander through the Evighed Fjord or “Eternity Fjord”, listening as chunks from the ice cap break away and collapse into the water. Gaze up at the highest mountains in West Greenland, watching as the mist swirls around them.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Nuuk (Godthåb)

    Nuuk means ‘headland’ or ‘cape’ in Greenlandic. The capital and largest city in Greenland, Nuuk has been inhabited by many settlers over the centuries, but the present town was only established in 1728. A guided tour through the picturesque Old Harbour reveals history and traditions that remain strong to this day.

    Freechoice

    Explore Nuuk by bus or on a guided walking tour or meet a local family and hear stories of past and present. Choose to taste some Greenlandic specialties or try the local Greenlandic beer at Greenland’s largest microbrewery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Narsaq

    The most striking agricultural town located on the edge of a fjord, Narsaq is known for its Greenlandic 'cowboys', lush agricultural land supporting sheep farming and cattle ranching and intriguing Norse history. In the 1960s, a long house was unearthed and is believed to be the very first place Eric the Red settled. Discover this quaint town and its close connection to the Mother Nature and visit the Narsaq Museum to learn about Norse history.

    Freechoice

    Walk around the town or Narsaq, and see the mixture of modern living and ancient traditions, or taste some Greenlandic specialties at the Hotel Narsaq. 

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion by Zodiac or kayak or take a hiking tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - East Coast Fjords

    Over the coming days, explore Greenland's east coast, the fjords of Skjoldungen and Prins Christianssund. Carving a breathtaking, naturally formed path separating the mainland from the islands of Cape Farewell, Prins Christianssund is one of Greenland's most scenic waterways. Over a hundred kilometres in length, and flanked by magnificent glaciers and granite cliffs, this narrow passage is only accessible during summer, when the largest ice blockades melt away. Scenic Eclipse brings you close to the towering glaciers, huge icebergs and imposing peaks for unmissable photo opportunities.

    Discovery

    Weather depending, partake in Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and on nature walks. Discover majestic scenery, tundra landscapes, and native wildlife and marine life.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - East Coast Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - East Coast Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At sea

    Cruise across Denmark Strait to Iceland. The Discovery Team will enthrall you with their knowledge and passion for this region. From your suite's verandah, scan the horizon through your included binoculars to look for whales.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Dynjandi (Fjallfoss), Iceland

    Weather depending, today we visit the jewel of the Westfjords. Stand back and admire the cascading bridal veil and discover why it was nicknamed ‘the thunder’. Made up of seven waterfalls, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - Golden Circle

    Continue to explore this magnificent area.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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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