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Iceland & Greenland 2012

Dynamic Outdoors

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Iceland & Greenland 2012

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Iceland & Greenland - Be a Pioneer
A Dynamic Custom Itinerary

 
Join us on our Nordic Adventure!
We will have 8+ full days of exploring Greenland's west coast and Iceland's south and southeast - the most widely visited areas.  We will undertake daily excursions into parts of Greenland and Iceland that show the true beauty of the two countries.

Iceland
We will be able to experience snowmobiling, biking, hiking, whale watching, and horse riding, as well as seeing the majestic Gullfoss, famous Geysir, glaciers, blue lagoon, and the black beach.
With a population of only 319,575 people in the entire country, Iceland has a genuine character that one will never forget.


Greenland
Greenland (Kalaallisut: Kalaallit Nunaat meaning "Land of the Kalaallit") is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and later Denmark) for more than a millennium. Greenland is, by area, the world's largest island that is not a continent. With a population of 56,615 (January 2011 estimate) it is the least densely populated dependency or country in the world.



Booking Details / Pricing:
Included
: Accommodations, Group Ground Transfers, Activities per Itinerary: and 5 breakfasts
 

$1,795 - Early Bird Special - Make your deposit by Thursday, May 3
$1,895 -
Make your deposit by Tuesday, May 22
$1,995 - Make your deposit by Tuesday, June 12

$2,095 - Regular Price - if spots still available

Deposit/ down payment: only $200 to hold your spot - only 8 spots available !
- Not Included: International Flights, extras and various Optional Activies listed below
Questions / RSVP: Igor@DynamicOutdoors.com


Detailed Itinerary

Friday, June 29 - Depart from JFK
Option A - Fly Iceland Air at 8.40 pm ($1,000+)

Option B - Fly Delta / KLM at 11.10 pm ($837)
(Both flights are non stop overnight to Reykjavik)

Saturday, June 30 -
Reykjavik to Ilulissat, Greenland
Morning arrival and transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport to catch our 12.00 noon flight to Ilulissat, Greenland. Arriving at about 3.15 pm and hotel check in.  Rest of day open to explore the town; short hike to the nearby hilltop to take in the first glimpses of Greenland's natural beauty.

Ilulissat means iceberg in Greenlandic and the town is beautifully situated at the mouth of the almost 60 km long ice fjord, filled with enormous icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere, Sermeq Kujalleq. The largest icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord at depths of 225-250 m and they only break free during high tide or when they are so eroded that the iceberg's point of balance changes. In 2004, Ilulissat Ice Fjord was included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Rich cultural history - Just a few kilometres from Ilulissat, is the idyllic Sermermiut valley out towards the fjord. In 1727, it was Greenland's largest settlement with more than 250 people. Excavations have since shown that over thousands of years the beautiful valley has been inhabited at times by all the cultures that have migrated from North America to the west coast of Greenland.

In Ilulissat, formerly also known as Jakobshavn, 4600 people live today and at least 3500 sled dogs. The large number of dogs helps to emphasise how important dogsled is for transport, even in a large modern town. The harbour is filled with fishing boats and trawlers that bear witness to the importance of fishing...


Sunday, July 1 -
The City, the Fjord, and the Glacier
The location of Ilulissat is breathtaking - all year round huge icebergs rising more than hundred metres above sea level are stranded at the mouth of the fiord. These icebergs are all products of the mighty and most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere; the glacier daily gives birth to 20 million tons of ice.

City Walk Ilulissat - During a walk through town, experience the history of Ilulissat. We visit the old part of town and see buildings from the very start of the Danish trading station, the busy fishing harbour, the old church and the museum.

Hike to the Icebergs of Sermermiut - A beautiful trek along the UNESCO designated Ilulissat Ice Fiord to Sermermiut where traces from the 3 old Inuit cultures still can be seen. Sermermiut is a fertile valley next to the Ice Fiord; here you can enjoy the flowers as well as the fantastic icebergs.

Monday, July 2 - Disko Island and Disko Bay
Full day expedition to Disko Island; home of the
Lyngmarksbræen ice field.
A beautiful boat trip, impressive treks with views of some of Greenland’s most beautiful arctic nature, experiencing the glacier Eqip Sermia and the option of dog sledding on Lyngmarksbræen can all be part of our amazing day.

Hike Option A - Walk along the beach (about 3 hours) to the basalt cliffs and waterfalls. In this protected valley lush flora can grow despite of arctic conditions.
Hike Option B - Short visit to town, buy supplies for the hike, then climb (3-4 hours) to a point at 710-955 meters altitude to experience the glacier Lyngmarksbræen with beautiful views of the Disko Bay.

Optional Activities:
Join Greenland’s Wild West – Learn to mush a Sled Dog Team and get a hands-on lesson in the care and training of sled dogs at a kennel visit.
Book a helicopter ride to World Heritage ice fiord and Ilulissat glacier


Tuesday, July 3 -
Ilulissat to Reykjavik
Lunch time departure from Ilulissat to Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Arriving at about 6.00 pm and hotel check in. Rest of day open; suggested group dinner and a night about town.
Overnight Hotel Reykjavik

Hotel Reky is located just 100 metres from Reykjavik’s main shopping street, Laugavegur. It offers free Wi-Fi access, all rooms include tea and coffee facilities.  The bright and simply furnished rooms have a TV and either private or shared bathroom facilities. All rooms include a mini fridge and a desk. Some include a private kitchen. A buffet breakfast is served every day in the dining room. 24 hour reception. The hotel is 3 minutes’ walk from Sundhöllin, which offers an indoor swimming pool, steam baths and typical Icelandic outdoor hot tubs. Hallgrimskirkja Church is located 300 metres away.

Wednesday, July 4 - Welcome to Iceland
Reykjavik - a first look: Its latitude, at 64°08' N, makes it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area), it is the heart of Iceland's economic and governmental activity.

After a "drive by" of downtown Reykjavik and the mourvelous landmark Hallgrímskirkja, the church of Hallgrímur, we will head to Pingvellir National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site - which is one of the country's most significant historic regions. Pingvellir is an amazing geological site where the meeting of the tectonic plates of North America and Europe form the picturesque landscape.

We will have the option to hike and also scramble up to the waterfall. Stroll to the original site of the Parliament or Alþingi, which was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1789.

After lunch, hike up to the southern ridge of
Pingvellir - Intermeditate hike, can be extended - group choice.

Optional Activities:
In the afternoon you will have an optional activity to snowmobile on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
Caving: A chance to explore the hidden world beneath ours in an amazing trip to the underworld, with the magical rock formations that volcanic eruptions have left behind in dark and hidden lava tubes.
Diving: Diving in Iceland is a challenging activity, mostly because of the cold conditions all year round. The Silfra ravine is without a doubt one of the best dive sites in the world, a dreamy place no passionate diver should miss. The crystal clear, freezing cold water with it´s amazing blue colors and lack of life is hard to describe with words, you just have to take a look.

In the evening, we will settle into our beautiful cabins - see pictures below:
Overnight Delux Country Cabins

After dark, Midnight ATV Adventure:
Guided ATV trips on off-road tracks in beautiful highland locations with a choice of awesome technical off road ATV biking. Experience the excitement of riding our powerful ATVs in stunning lava fields and mountain valleys. Quad biking is not weather dependent and are therefore one of the few all year round activities available in the Icelandic Highlands.

Thursday, July 5 - The Golden Circle
After breakfast, start from the cabins or - in case you are arrving today - pick up from the airport and bypass Reykjavik to venture for the Golden Circle:

The Golden Circle Tour encompasses some of the most famous sites in Iceland:
First we will visit the Keridi crater and Faxi waterfall. Followed by the world famous geothermal area of the great Geyser, the one and original hot spring on earth, after which all other hot springs are named after. We will be able to hike around the bubbling mud pools and venture up a hill to get a panoramic view of the great Geysir. Continuing west, we’ll come to the majestic Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall). Up close and personal, we will walk down to the edge of the cascade, so close that you can even feel the mist from the glacial water on your face.

Optional Activities:
In the afternoon you will have an optional activity to snowmobile on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
Caving: A chance to explore the hidden world beneath ours in an amazing trip to the underworld, with the magical rock formations that volcanic eruptions have left behind in dark and hidden lava tubes.
Diving: Diving in Iceland is a challenging activity, mostly because of the cold conditions all year round. The Silfra ravine is without a doubt one of the best dive sites in the world, a dreamy place no passionate diver should miss. The crystal clear, freezing cold water with it´s amazing blue colors and lack of life is hard to describe with words, you just have to take a look.
Horseback Riding - This is your chance to enjoy the stunning Icelandic nature on it´s own unique Icelandic horse. The Icelandic horse is world famous for it´s five gates and especially the smooth gate tölt. The Icelandic horse breed has been pure for over a thousand years making it one of the purest breeds in the world.

In the evening, we will settle into our beautiful cabins - hot tubs included!
Overnight Delux Country Cabins



Friday, July 6 - Southern Iceland - Waterfall Hiking, Glacier Snowmobile
After breakfast,we will continue to see the sights of southern Iceland.
Among en route stops today are Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can actually walk behind. Here you will have the choice of hiking or visiting the Saga museum. We will make a stop at the site of Eyjafjallajokull glacier that recedes in size more each year. Another must see on the south side of Iceland is the black beach of Vik. Here there are scenic views of glaciers, woodlands, and other colorful landscape and the ideal spot for the lovers of pure nature.

Optional: For those seeking a more physical experience, we offer: Thórsmörk
Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk) is a mountain ridge in Iceland that was named after the Norse god Thor (Þór). In the valley, the river Krossá winds between the mountains. The valley is closed in between glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull being at the rear end of the valley. This leads to an especially warm climate, better than in the rest of south Iceland.

Thórsmörk is popular amongst hikers. A lot of different tours are possible, from hiking on the glaciers to trekking (i.e., Laugavegur up to Landmannalaugar) or smaller excursions, such as to the canyon Stakkholtsgjá with its waterfall or five small day treks, to the summits of surrounding peaks, with rewarding views, even in bad weather. The Krossá is a cold fast river coming down from glaciers: a bridge allows pedestrians to cross.

Late evening transfer back to Reykjavik, group dinner and. or open night.
Overnight Hotel Reykjavik

Hotel Gardner
Central Reykjavik is 10 minutes’ walk from this hotel, which is set on the University of Iceland’s campus. It offers a communal kitchen and laundry room, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour reception.
Each simply furnished guest room at Hotel Gardur provides garden or city views. Some have a work desk and all have shared bathroom facilities.

A buffet breakfast is served daily at Gardur, while a variety of restaurants can be found in the surroundings for other meals. Lake Tjörnin is just 100 metres away. The National Museum of Iceland is a 2-minute walk from the hotel and the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church is 1 km away.



Saturday, July 7 - The City of Reykjavik
 
Open day: There are plenty of ways to explore and experience the city:
-
Hike Mt. Esja, just 20 minutes outside Reykjavik
- On wheels: The bike ride will be an easy 3 hour ride through the old and new areas of Reykjavik, seeing the fast transformation of rural Iceland into urban Reykjavik.
- Sign up for
a whale watching tour.
- Alternate idea, just shop and relax in this quaint city.

Optional Highlight: A visit to
the Blue Lagoon
In the late afternoon/ evning, we suggest a visit to the Blue Lagoon, this geothermal spa is the perfect way to endulge on trip to Iceland.
You can relax in the warm geothermal seawater in a fascinating steamy environment and is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is famous for its unique active ingredients and their effects on body and soul.

In the evening, suggested group dinner and a night out and about.
Reykjavik's night life is rated as one of the best in the world.
Overnight Hotel Reykjavik

Reykjavík is often dubbed "the nightlife capital of the north". It is famous for its weekend nightlife. Icelanders tend to go out late so bars that look rather quiet can fill up suddenly-usually after midnight on a weekend.
There are over 100 different bars and clubs in Reykjavík; most of them are located on Laugavegur and its side streets.



Sunday, July 8
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport to catch our flights back to JFK.



 
Suggested Airline Connections:

Greenland & Iceland Air Connect / Iceland Air - $1,100+
1 Friday, June 29 - JFK 8:40p KEF 6:15a 5h 35m nonstop
2 Sunday, July 8 - KEF 10:30a JFK 12:30p 6h 00m nonstop


Greenland & Iceland Air Connect / Delta Airlines - $837
1 DL 29JUN JFKKEF SS9 11.10P 8.55A 30JUN Q /DCDL /E
2 DL 8JUL S KEFJFK SS9 10.50A 1.50P /DCDL /E



Our brand new Iceland Country Cabins:

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !

(We always highly recommend to take out travel insurance:
www.travelex.com)

Feedback / Comments:
Thank you for a great trip to Iceland!
We had such a great time - we're interested in the Machu Picchu trip this September.
How many spots are available?
Thanks, Theresa P & Co. - June, 2011

I love it! Iceland and Greenland all the way. I see a little bit of everything. That, and with near unlimited daylight, I think I will be happy. I will send to my friend who did the Peru trip with me tonight and talk to her in the morning. - A.D. - Pre-Trip 2012

Full Packing List will be sent out; however, quick heads up: Bring a towel for the hot springs and hot tub, etc...

General ...Are you going on the trip as a guide?
>> Yes, we will post one or two guides from New York or the US
 
Additional costs (please provide (a) estimates in USD and (b) whether Visa cards are accepted)
...which activies specifically are considered "optional" (i.e., not included in the package price)?
...would you list the approximate cost for each of the "optional" activities? Amount of cancellation fees, if applicable?
...any tariffs or additional fees?
...any additional transportation costs?
...anything else (besides shopping sprees)?
>> for most activities you will be able to pay with credit card; some require cash: exchange rage at US$ 1 to 125 approximate:
>> ATMs available at airport or the city to take out money - right next to the Adventure Store
>> Thorsmork bus is about $60 R/T.  Blue Lagoon: Approx $40
 
1) Can we do whale watching on Saturday instead of bike ride?
>> you can interchange almost all the activities: Skip the Bike Ride and go whale watching - yes:

2) I have not hiked before, how long are we hiking each day? Can you please recommend what clothes, shoes to bring?
>> The hikes are very very easy; can be done in sneakers...
>> However, we will also have optional hikes for more athletic types to go a little further.

* * *

The activities that are listed on the itinerary, are those all paid for?
Obviously the 'optional' things are not. I'm just confused on this booking thing once we land.
>> As listed, the tours, transfers, and hikes are included. The Adventure Tours, Blue Lagoon, Whale Watching, any massages are extra.

Is the Blue Lagoon admittance fee extra ? >> Yes
Do we need to exchange money here? I'm assuming they take credit cards there.
>> Yes, CC ! Plus use ATMs to withdraw ISK
Is it easier to convert some money into the Icelandic Krona (ISK) before we go?
>> It is easier to do it in Iceland

Are there certain things that we need ISK for?
>> Mostly Adventure Tours and food and drinks and optionals
How is the check-in in NY going to work? Are the tickets issued to each one of us?
>> Yes, you can check in individually


Do we need a plug-in converter for plugs?
>> Supplemental: Also any additional info that you can provided ?
- Please review the links and look for Peru:
JFK http://www.jfk-airport.org/term_airln.htm
Foreign Exchange http://www.xe.com/
Elextrical Outlets http://www.interpower.com/ic/guide.htm
International Dialing Codes: http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/
Weather: http://www.weather.com/
http://international-electrical-supplies.com/electricguide.html
Have questions about Iceland & Greenland 2012? Contact Dynamic Outdoors

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Friday, June 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM (EDT)


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