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Hot Springs and Icebergs

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

At a glance

Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrp Reykjavík, Iceland

From: $6,990

Season: August - September

Activities: Cultural, Hiking, History, Kayaking, Wildlife, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic

Go by land, sea, and air to experience a tour of Iceland and Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. Over just nine days you’ll soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths, feel the spray of its thunderous falls, and explore the cool urban capital of Reykjavík. See Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80% of the country by air, then sail along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. There are possibilities to see the Northern Lights activity in these two countries and, with a little luck, photograph their strange and beautiful dance. Travel to Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the hardy inhabitants. This expedition will enable you to:

  • Feel the extreme contrasts of fire and ice from the warmth of Reykjavík’s outdoor thermal baths to kayaking amid shimmering glacial ice
  • Take in opportunities to view the Northern Lights in both Iceland and Greenland
  • See the towering ice edge of Greenland up close and and sail among massive icebergs
  • Actively explore: hike, kayak, swim, horseback ride, and Zodiac cruise
  • Enjoy an exclusive, private dinner on Viðey Island accompanied by acclaimed local musicians
  • Meet Greenlanders and learn about their traditions and way of life

See epic ice—by air & sea

Greenland’s incredible ice cap is the second largest in the world, smaller only than Antarctica. Enjoy the opportunity to get a view of this incredible landscape while soaring over it on our charter flight—twice. And on the West Coast of Greenland we’ll sail Explorer into the deep fjords and Disko Bay to see a tongue of the ice cap and cruise among towering icebergs.

Fall under the spell of urban Reykjavík

Soak in the thermal baths of Reykjavík, take in its impressive architecture, and try your hand at cooking traditional fare in a fun, enlightening cooking class. Plus, by special arrangement, we’ll sail to Viðey Island for a private dinner hosted by a top regional chef and a fantastic performance by local musicians.

Exciting search for wildlife

Search for humpback, fin, and minke whales! We know the places these leviathans come to feed—undersea shelves where nutrient-rich upwellings are created. And our captain and expedition leaders have been consistently offering up close, respectful encounters with these sea creatures for decades. On land we’ll keep an eye out for the occasional Arctic fox as well as the myriad birdlife that occupies these lands.

Timed for Northern Lights

At the high latitudes we’ll explore, far from the bright lights of civilization, we often see the Aurora Borealis dance in staggering electric hues of green and blue. If conditions align correctly, our photo instructors will be on the bow to help you capture extraordinary images when our expedition leader makes the announcement over the PA, “The lights are out.”

Make your expedition as active as you choose

Get out and explore every day—bike, kayak, Zodiac cruise, hike and walk. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join—for a moveable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax, too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the Wellness Center.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for the fascinating Arctic region is the key to your extraordinary experience.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Flexibility is a hallmark of our expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as we take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Day 1-2 - U.S./ Keflavík, Iceland/Reykjavík

Fly overnight to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Choose an excursion to swim in the termal baths of the Blue Lagoon or learn about the hot springs and volcanic activity at the Geothermal Power Plant experience an Icelandic horse show at the Eldhestar Farm and Riding Centre. Check in to our hotel in Reykjavík for two nights. (Day 2: L)

Day 3 - Reykjavík

Today you may choose from several active options. Go hiking across the rolling scrublands just outside the city, ride an Icelandic horse through the Hafnarfjörður lava field, or join a cooking class at the Salt Kitchen. Tonight, a special treat: ride a ferry to scenic Viðey Island, where an exclusive dinner and musical performance awaits. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Reykjavík/Kangerlussuaq, Greenland/Embark

Choose a walking or biking tour of Reykjavík in the morning followed by a chartered flight to Greenland and take in stunning views over the Greenland icecap. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut

Dozens of deep fjords carve into Greenland’s west coast, many with glaciers fed by the ice cap that covers 80% of the country. Trace this ragged coastline, and search for humpback and minke whales. At Sisimiut, a former whaling port, visit the museum, wander amid a jumble of wooden 18th-century buildings, and learn from locals the tradition of creating Greenlandic national clothing. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Disko Bay & Ilulissat

Sail into Disko Bay and set out to explore a tongue of the Greenland ice cap. Take an extraordinary cruise among towering icebergs. Explore the archaeological site at Sermermiut, and view the Jakobshavn Icefjord and its immense, calving glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Exploring Greenland’s West Coast

Our final day in the scenic fjords to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike across the tundra. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Kangerlussuaq/Disembark/Reykjavík, Iceland

Disembark in Kangerlussuaq, fly by charter for the second time over the Greenland icecap to Reykjavík and check-in to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Reykjavík/Keflavík/U.S.

Have a guided tour of Reykjanes Peninsula, learn first-hand about the country’s innovative approach to geothermal energy, or if you haven’t yet experienced the Blue Lagoon, now’s your chance! Transfer to Keflavík for flights home. (B,L)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Dates & Rates

Dates 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 SA SB
Sep 5, 2018 $6,990 $7,590 $7,870 $8,540 $10,090 $12,110 $13,950 $9,490 $9,840
Sep 9, 2018 $6,990 $7,590 $7,870 $8,540 $10,090 $12,110 $13,950 $9,490 $9,840

*Reverse itinerary

Included in Cruise Fare

  • Ship accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ expedition staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation
  • Visa/immigration fees
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship’s crew

Map

Hot Springs and Icebergs Itinerary Map

Ships

National Geographic Explorer

National; Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the latest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. View ship details...

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