Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

  • 9 Days
  • NG Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Expeditions in: Aug
  • From $6,990 to $13,950

Itinerary Overview

Feel the extreme contrasts of fire and ice

Go by land, sea, and air to experience 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. Venture into 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. Meet the team.

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Special Offers

free bar and crew tips included, starting april 2017

Beginning in Apr. 2017, we will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew on all National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.


free charter air

Book now and receive Free Charter Air from Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq (a $1,450 value). Call for details.


early bookings savings

2017 prices are guaranteed for all 2018 departures if booked by March 31, 2017. After March 31, 2017, call or visit expeditions.com for new 2018 prices.

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