Greenland: Glaciers & Inuit Heritage6 days & 5 nights, Private Journey
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Ilulissat & Reykjavik
In Greenland, where ice meets land and land meets oceans, the Inuit, and subsequently the Vikings settled and thrived. These days, Greenland offers magnificent scenery, powerful experiences and serenity far off the beaten path. On this extraordinary journey through the far north, cruise past crackling rivers of ice, explore Greenland's cultural heritage at several ancient Inuit settlements, embark on a sunset cruise through the Ilulissat Icefjord, experience the incredible Eqi Glacier and meet a local family in their home.
Day 1Arrive Ilulissat, Greenland
Upon arrival in Ilulissat, you will be escorted to your hotel.Hotel Arctic - 4 Nights (D)
Join your private guide for a walk through the town before sampling local and international specialties at the hotel's award winning restaurant. As you dine, enjoy the spectacular views of the Ilulissat harbor and the drifting icebers of Disko Bay.
Join your local expert for a boat ride to the Eqi Glacier. Nicknamed the Calving Glacier for its active nature, its spectacular walls rise 300 feet above the ocean with the rest of its 3,000-foot height below the waterline. Continue to the eastern coast of Alluttoq Island and Ataa, a former Inuit trading station that was abandoned approximately 50 years ago. Enjoy lunch in Ataa before cruising back through the ice in Disko Bay on your way to Ilulissat.Hotel Arctic (B, L, D)
Take a privately guided, easy hike to the shores of the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Icefjord, which includes the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Continue with your guide to explore the Inuit ruins at Sermermiut, which was first settled by people from the Saqqaq culture more than 4,000 years ago. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then visit a Greenlandic family in their home. Later, head for the local airport for a scenic flight over the Icefjord by private aircraft. After dinner, embark on an unforgettable sunset cruise on the Icefjord.Hotel Arctic (B, L, D)
Travel by boat to travel to the hunters' settlement of Oqaatsut (formerly known as Rodebay), which was founded in the 1700s by Dutch whalers. Located on a small peninsula jutting off the mainland into eastern Disko Bay, Oqaatsut is now home to around 46 people. Join your guide on a walk through the little village, visiting the general store, the fish storehouse and the offices of the fishing company that employs most of the population of the town. After your visit, return to Ilulissat.Hotel Arctic (B, L, D)
Day 5To Reykjavik, Iceland
Before your flight to Reykjavik, visit the local art museum, which was built in 1923 and was the home of five Colony Managers before being turned into a museum. Explore the collection for a glimpse into Greenlandic painting and sculpture.
Upon arrival in the Icelandic capital, your Cox & Kings representative will escort you to your centrally located hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Hotel Borg - 1 Night (B)
Day 6Depart Reykjavik
After breakfast, enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore Reykjavik. Alternatively, visit the Blue Lagoon, a unique, natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water, located in the middle of a lava field. Widely renowned for its beneficial effects on the skin and health. Relax in the pools, get a massage or a mud bath, and feel the cares of the world slip away. Then, meet your driver who will escort you to the airport to board your onward flight.(B)