Explore the High Arctic & Iceland - cruise & land journey

20 Days
Reykjavik to Copenhagen
From (GBP)
£ 12,168
Dates & Pricing

2022 Reykjavik > Copenhagen

Enjoy an unforgettable exploration of Iceland, known for its captivating art, gourmet delights, and attractive cafes and bars. 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. Soak in the dramatic landscapes and soul-soothing tranquility 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. Welcome to Reykjavik where you will borad Scenic Eclipse and be among the privileged few to visit the world’s largest island. 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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DGI1
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Reykjavik
Return City:
Copenhagen

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Reykjavík

    Welcome to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Your wondrous journey begins with a two night stay.

  2. Day 2 - 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

  3. Day 3 - 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

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - Golden Circle

    Continue to explore this magnificent area.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - Blue Lagoon > Reykjavík

    Welcome to Reykjavík where you will board your ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse to start your discovery voyage of the world’s largest island – Greenland. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Dynjandi (Fjallfoss)

    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

  10. Day 10 - At sea

    Cruise from Iceland across the Denmark Strait to the east coast of Greenland. The Discovery Team will enthral 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

  11. Day 11 - East Coast Fjords

    Over the coming days, explore Greenland's east coast, the fjords of Skjoldungen and Prins Christian Sund. 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

  12. Day 12 - East Coast Fjords

    Continue cruising the coast of Greenland. 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 from day to day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - East Coast Fjords

    Continue cruising the coast of Greenland. 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 from day to day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Narsaq

    The most striking agricultural town located on the edge of a fjord, Narsaq is known for its Greenlandic 'cowboys', lush farmlands 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

  15. Day 15 - Nuuk

    Nuuk means ‘majestic fjord views’ 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 still remain strong. 

    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

  16. Day 16 - Evighed Fjord

    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

  17. Day 17 - Ilulissat (Disko Bay)

    Spectacular days await as you cruise Disko Bay. Ilulissat is named from the Inuit word for ‘iceberg’. Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town is best known for large number of icebergs breaking away 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 icebergs calving from the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier. 

    Discovery

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - At Sea > Cruising Kangerlussuaq Fjord

    Enjoy your last day relaxing on Scenic Eclipse. With so many choices on board you will be surprised how quickly time passes. Choose one of the daily activities, an entertaining discussion in the theatre, or make time for yourself in the Senses Spa. This evening, cruise through the Kangerlussuaq Fjord, the longest fjord in Greenland. Keep a look out for herds of musk oxen, reindeer, as well as arctic hares and polar foxes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Kangerlussuaq > Copenhagen

    Your cruise ends this morning in Kangerlussuaq as you bid farewell to the crew and fly to Copenhagen for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  20. Day 20 - Copenhagen > UK

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Your all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

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