Greenland Tours

The Ultimate Iceland - Greenland Trek

Experience the best nature in the Icelandic highlands and East Greenland on this epic adventure.

Tour code: GRL851

The Ultimate Iceland - Greenland Trek
Price from: 616.000  ISK

A Dream Combo Trek for Nature Enthusiasts

We’ve combined treks in Iceland and Greenland so you can discover the unmatched beauty of two spectacular countries in one adventure. You will start with Iceland’s most famous route, the Laugavegur trek, a five day trek from hut-to-hut. Your highly experienced and knowledgeable guide will lead you along the trail from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar to the lush green Þórsmörk valley, which sits under the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The trail features many fascinating natural wonders, including the third largest geothermal zone in the world, yellow rhyolite mountains, black sand deserts, great canyons and the vibrant green valley of Þórsmörk.

In East Greenland, you will trek in vast and pristine wilderness on our 6-day From Sun Gate to Icefjord adventure. As you hike between campsites, spectacular mountain scenery will be your backdrop. The deep fjords, calving glaciers, blue-green sea, granite mountains, lush vegetation and the extraordinary amount of ice are just some of the fantastic scenery you will encounter. Along with your trek, you will visit a tiny Inuit village, where you witness how the locals live and utilize their natural surroundings to support their way of life. A truly unique adventure in pure nature.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    BSI Bus terminal at 7:15

  • Group size

    5 - 16 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Mountain hut, Campin, Hostel

  • Transport

    Public bus in Iceland and boat in Greenland

  • Walkin per day

    4 - 7 hrs

  • Total Distance

    118 km (73 mi)

  • Max Ascent

    500 m (1600 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    Jul - Aug

  • Duration

    11 days

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Flights between Iceland and Greenland
  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories Iceland part (4 nights)
  • Guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavík (1 night)
  • Camping accommodation in two persons tents Greenland part (4 nights)
  • Hostel accommodation in Kulusuk (1 night)
  • Bus transport at the beginning and end of trek in Iceland
  • Transfers between your guesthouse and Reykjavík Airport on day 6.
  • Boat transfers in Greenland
  • Breakfast (10), Lunch (10), Dinner (9)
  • Transfer of luggage

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (available to rent)
  • Showers in huts (payable on site)
  • Dinner in Reykjavík

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pickup up/drop off from your accommodation in Reykjavík or nearest bus stop
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Ultimate Iceland - Greenland Trek

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

We take the regular bus at 07:30, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time:
4 - 5 hrs
Ascent:
470 m (1540 ft)

Day 2

Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time:
4 - 5 hrs
Descent:
490 m (1610 ft)

Day 3

Álftavatn - Emstrur

We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 16 km (10 mi)
Walking time:
6 - 7 hrs
Descent:
40 m (130 ft)

Day 4

Emstrur - Þórsmörk

We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Distance: 17 km (10.5 mi)
Walking time:
6 - 7 hrs
Descent:
300 m (985 ft)

Day 5

Þórsmörk - Reykjavík

We spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of numerous paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall at 18:30, where the Iceland part of your trip comes to an end. Accomodation in a Guesthouse in Reykjavík

Day 6

Reykjavík - Kulusuk

You will be picked up at you hotel in the late morning to go to Reykjavík Airport where we join the rest of the group going to Greenland. After about a 2 hour flight, we arrive to Kulusuk late morning. We walk from the airport to the village of Kulusuk (3 km/ 2 m) - a village of some 300 inhabitants and visit the local shop as well as the tiny family run museum/collection. In late afternoon we travel with a speed boat to the Qinertivaq fjord passing beautiful icebergs along the way.  We build our camp for the night at the bottom of the fjord, in a magnificent setting, surrounded by 1600 m (5250 ft) high, steep granite mountains.
Walking: 1 hrs
Boat:
1.5 hrs

Day 7

Sun Gate - Trout Lake - Sermilik Icefjord

After breakfast we walk towards the Sun Gate mountain by the Trout Lake. Admire the reflection of the high mountains in the lake before continuing to its south end. After fording a small river we continue down a narrow valley still surrounded by high granite mountains. On our way we see rich arctic vegetation, willows, arctic craw berries and blue berries bushes (hardly lifting from the ground) and arctic flowers of all kinds, the most notable being the Arctic River Beauty. In the afternoon we start to get a view over to the west to the enormous Sermilik Icefjord, filled with icebergs of all sizes. The view is simply breathtaking with mountains and icebergs and the great Greenland Icecap luring behind! Camp at the fjord.
Distance: 17 km (10.5 mi)
Walking time:
7 hrs
Ascent/Descent:
300 m (985 ft)

Day 8

Sermilik Icefjord - Paarnakajiit

We start our walk along the impressive Icefjord. A tiny path takes us across steep boulder slopes and down to a small sand beach covered in small icebergs on low tide. A second beach has even more stranded icebergs. We cross the Iceberg Beach and on our way we ford a small river. We continue at the foot of high mountains, across scraped granite „whale backs“ and arctic tundra wetlands before arriving to a small peninsula called Paarnakajiit where we put up our camp.
Distance: 14 km (8.6 mi)
Walking time:
6 - 7 hrs
Ascent/Descent:
200 m (656 ft)

Day 9

Paarnakajiit - Amitsivartiva Narrow fjord

From the Peninsula we walk by a narrow lake before arriving to a small and shallow fjord with yet another very impressive amount of small icebergs and stranded on low tide. We continue along the fjord and from its end we cross some relatively flat moorlands, along a beautiful river until we arrive to a bigger lake. We ford a small river and continue along the deep, blue/green lake. In the afternoon we arrive to a very narrow fjord, where we put up our camp.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time:
6 hrs
Ascent/Descent:
150 m (492 ft)

Day 10

Amitsivartiva narrow fjord - Tiniteqilaaq - Kulusuk

The day starts with the climb up along a mountain ridge above the Sermilik Icefjord. We climb to a fantastic view point at 500 m (1800 ft) and admire the vast view over the Icefjord to the west and the „Matterhorn“ like mountains to the East. We continue along the ridge with great view on both hands until we descend into Tiniteqilaaq, a tiny hunters village with less than 200 inhabitants. After a short visit of the village we take a boat to Kulusuk, where we started.  Night in a hostel.
Distance: 14 km (8.6 mi)
Walking time: 7 hrs
Ascent/Descent:
500 m (1640 ft)

Day 11

Kulusuk - Reykjavík

You can enjoy your last hours in Kulusuk, and later we will be back at the airport where our flight to Reykjavik will be waiting for us. The tour ends at Reykjavík Airport where we say our goodbyes.  

Please note

  • All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group.

  • Participants of this combo tour needs to be aware that there is the likelihood of two different guides for the Iceland part and the Greenland part. The participants of the Iceland part and the Greenland part may also vary. 

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
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