Following the Vikings path

Faroe Islands - Iceland - Greenland (09. 07. 18 - 22. 07. 18)

About the tour

Idea to recreate the historical routes of the Vikings Homeland came to us not by coincidence. The Vikings were among the first travelers - seafarers, who saw their purpose in the discovery of new lands. They first discovered for us the Nordic countries, the nature of which amazes even the most sophisticated travellers. We want to show you its lands by going on a trip through several islands, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. This unique route is the embodiment of our own dream of contemplate. Having gone through it together, we guarantee not just a vacation, we ensure a journey that will be remembered for a lifetime.

+ ITINERARY

Day 1: Big journey begins. Arrival at the Faroe Islands.

Landing on the Faroe Islands Vágar Airport, which is located on the beautiful Vágar island - one of the first places in the world where Vikings had settled. After checking into a hotel and a small breakfast, our journey begins with a long walk through the green lowlands to one of the most beautiful and unique lake of our planet - Lake Leitisvatn. This place keeps a lot of legends and continues to amaze: thanks to an optical illusion seems that the lake just floats over the Atlantic Ocean and drains into it, forming a beautiful Bossdalsfossur waterfall. As regular tourist, it's hard to see, because it's hidden among the steep coastal cliffs, but we go down to our secret paths, which only locals know.  And, as well as the Vikings, dropping their swords into the cool water, asked for good luck in the battle, we will make a wish for your most cherished desires, throwing a coin into the waterfall - and the land of the gods will certainly hear. Back at the hotel, we meet for a hearty dinner of lamb and vegetables in the best traditions of the Faroe Islands.

Day 2: Trip to Bird Island.

Regained strength, at first light, we will take the ferry to the island Mykines - an islet with area of ​​9 kilometers, where man has no power, because terrain for many centuries had been home to thousands of migratory seabirds during the summer. Such a number of feathered we can barely see anywhere else in the world. Birds are rightful owners here, however there are humans too. Here live no more than 20 people, but every summer in these wonderful places are coming another inhabitants of the Faroe Islands, to enjoy undisturbed beauty of the island: the high basalt rocks on the background of verdant nature, the panoramic views from Knukur mountain peak, walk trails to one of the most beautiful lighthouses and climbing Mykinesholmur mount on the footbridge that connects it with the island. On this day, we will share impressions together, and in the evening return home for the night's sleep.

Day 3: The Way to the South.

Moving out the hotel, and keep heading south to the island of Suðuroy. We stay for a few days in the picturesque town Tvøroyri where we begin to explore new lands of the brightest coastal region called Hvannhagi. Majestic cliffs, blue ocean, green meadows and incredibly fresh sea air will make the ideal picture for our walk. Here we can see the neighboring islands Stóra Dímun and Lítla Dímun, staring on each other. The last one also called as a place where clouds are resting: from the side we can see as the cloud coming closer to the hill on the island, motionless freezes, and even the wind can't move it. An incredible spectacle fascinates people for thousands years in this parts. On the way back again enjoying the scenery, which opens every time in a new way, mixed up by multitude of age-old trails.

Day 4: Conquer the peaks.

Today we will continue to enjoy the beauty of the Faroe Islands, traditionally will take a walk between the villages Øravík and Vágur, which will give us the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the island and enjoy the pristine nature with its greenery and amazing fresh air. Way back can be on foot or by bus to Tvøroyri. For the desires, we can arrange a fascinating tour to the bridge over the cleft for those who not too scared to meet the sunset between the cliffs at a height of several hundred meters: stunning pictures and sensations guaranteed!

Day 5: We are in the capital.

As we gather together and having had delicious breakfast, we will travel to the capital of island – Tórshavn. In translating name of the city means "abode of Thor" - God of thunder, lightning and storms. Perhaps exactly here, Thor has found peace, so we will feel comfortable here, walking through the quiet streets, looking at the colorful facades of the old houses. The tradition to paint houses in bright colors was since old times that each fisherman at sea from afar could see his house. Concern about the external decoration of housing rests on the young family members. Each year, they freshen the color or repaint any part of the house in a new color. Torshavn - a city of fishermen and we will dive fully into the atmosphere, visit the main attractions: the local harbor, where we can touch the ruins of the fortress Skansin that holds the centuries-old history of the Faroe Islands. On request, we can visit the main historical museum, in which we can find out how the Vikings lived here, learn about their culture and traditions. We will walk a lot and breathe sea air and, of course, try all the best fresh seafood in the local institutions. But with the first twilight we visit the oldest classic bar on the islands, noting our day with pair of traditional drinks.

Day 6: Iceland on the horizon. Reykjavik.

Flying away from the Faroe Islands, landing in Iceland's Keflavík airport and immediately after checking into the hotel we go to get acquainted with Iceland. On a small tour by Reykjavik, we discover the secrets of this ancient city with its life. We visit one of the most famous places of the Icelandic capital – the city's cathedral Hallgrímskirkja which is a guidepost of the terrain. We will see Höfði house, where was famous historical meeting of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. We will visit the town's City Hall, Reykjavik Parliament. Then we will go to the residence of the president, where we will visit one of the oldest churches – Bessastaðir. Along the way, passing through the main streets of the city, we will study the local folklore and gastronomic features of these province. Icelanders are proud of their traditional cuisine and consider it as a heritage of the ancient Vikings, the direct descendants of which they are. But we will try everything from soup of lamb and lobster volcanic bread to the famous hot dog. We will go to a local tasting of gourmet cheeses, try the desserts made from natural yoghurt, recognized all over the world and an incredible ice cream made from rye bread by secret recipe, a bar made of ice with the most delicious drinks - and that's far from all! The city is transforming in the evening – then we will get acquainted with modern Reykjavik.

Day 7: Golden circle of Iceland.

In the morning we are moving closer to the south coast of Iceland. Areas, which are combining high mountains, swift rivers and waterfalls. Along the way we will visit the National Park Þingvellir, a meeting place of the Althing, the ancient Icelandic parliament. There we can see with our own eyes the incredible tectonic fault: a meeting of the Eurasian and North-Atlantic lithospheric plates. The park has the largest lake in Iceland  – Tingvatlavatn lake and mysterious Silfra fissure, filled with transparent water. We will come closer to the geyser Strokkur, which beats every 5-10 minutes to a height of 30 meters. To see this spectacular sight people are coming from all over the world. We will see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world – Gullfoss waterfall and we reach the crater of the volcano, where nature has created bizarre lake. During the night we'll stay in camping with hot springs, in the middle of the stunning scenery and starry sky in Iceland! Who knows, maybe ours place was a rest place after a long day for the Viking's family.

Day 8: Still golden.

Today we will go on our routes and visit several waterfalls, moving in the direction of the Iceland's oasis  –  the most ancient thermal pool of Iceland. We meet Hjálparfoss - unique double waterfall on the river Hekla. "Falling aid" – that's how romantically translates the name of waterfall. We will get acquainted with Háifoss – waterfall in southern Iceland. It falls here from a height of 122 m. It is the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Before the rest we have a little walk around the amazingly beautiful place, with a lot of water sources and plants. The nature here has not changed for thousands of years, so this is where was filmed several colorful episodes of the TV show "Game of Thrones."

Day 9: Central Iceland.

Passing through Landmannalaugar, a pearl in the central area of ​​Iceland, we will see one of the most beautiful places in the country: multicolored rhyolite mountains. In the valley, we swim in a natural hot pool and continue our way through the lava fields, hot sulphuric springs, which are saturating air with minerals, mountain streams and lakes. In Landmannalaugar begins the famous Laugavegur hiking trail that leads to the Thorsmörk valley. We will make a trekking on the most interesting part of it and stay overnight at the camp.

Day 10: Life in Iceland.

On this day we will be guests at the Thorvaldseyri farm. This is one of the biggest farms in Iceland, in which we look at welfare and livelihoods of its inhabitants, hear from them the real stories of volcanic eruptions. After that we continue our way through the Skógafoss waterfall on the walking trail through the Fimmvörðuháls pass, which leads to Thorsmörk. If we get tired, we can rest in a local institution nearby tasted lamb soup. The recipe of this national dish has not changed for centuries. With renewed vigor, we get to the sandy wasteland Solheymasandur and we will see that invariably cause emotions in each tourist: the wreckage of an American transport aircraft Douglas, which has crashed in 1973. We will have the opportunity to walk through the black volcanic beaches, learn their secrets, legends from the locals. Closer to the night we stayed in one of the most popular camping sites in Iceland, right in the mountains. A dinner that day we will have in a cave by candlelight.

Day 11: Greenland – the land of ice.

In the morning we leave Iceland for a while, flying to Greenland. There we land in Ilulissat – land, which has been opened by brave Viking Eric Torvalds. He was the one, who saw among the cold the picturesque place with meadows of thick grass and flowers, and gave the country name which remains to this day. This Greenlandic city is beautifully situated at the mouth of the long Ice fjord filled with icebergs of the most incredible shapes and sizes. Just looking at the greatness of such a nature, it is possible to understand and feel what it means to live near the Arctic Circle. Therefore get a little rest in the hotel, we immediately go on a walking tour, which leads to neighborhoods along the way of a number of museums, including "museum of cold". There we learn how the first settlers lived in this cold land and how they could make from the desert a prosperous city. In the evening, after dinner, eat enough of skillfully prepared seafood, we go to an evening cruise by the ice fjord. Standing on the deck, we find ourselves in an icy paradise, watching the snow – white block of ice, that ages slowly drifting in these waters, shimmering mother of pearl.

Day 12: Glaciers.

Early in the morning we will go to one of the most unforgettable trips, to Eqip sermia. Calm of endless water surface is broken only by the sound of falling blocks of ice - this is the sound of eternity. Life here stopped, because the same landscape was seen by the first Vikings. Together sail close to the edge of the glacier that rises nearly 100 meters, admire how he clearly shimmers in the sun, and make great pictures. Relax and have a meal we stay in the nearest settlement. We will share experiences and learn about local legends about the mysterious disappearance of the Vikings out of the land hundreds of years later. Upon returning to the hotel, we will have some free time, and then we meet for dinner.

Day 13: In the footsteps of the past.

After breakfast at the hotel a path waiting for us to the Sermermiut valley – an incredible place, where at the same time we will see beautiful plants and majestic icebergs. But most importantly, we can see traces of the lives of three ancient Inuit culture (indigenous people of Greenland), who miraculously well preserved to our days. We learn about their way of life, customs, how they lived before the arrival of the Vikings on the land. So we say goodbye to Greenland, touching its original centuries-old culture, knowing only a part of its secrets forever hidden in these cold waters – and we are heading to the airport on the way back to Reykjavik, where we are waiting for something unforgettable.

Day 14: After the Long Way.

It would be strange if we, as the Vikings a thousand years ago, didn't try one secret: the healing magic of natural hot pools with geothermal water. We will get into heaven on earth and one of the best resorts in the world: the incredible shades of Blue lagoon where you can swim at any time of year: the water temperature here is always 37-40 degrees. We will spend here all day swimming and enjoying the SPA services, which will give an incredible feeling of bliss and lightness. In the evening, after a delicious dinner, holding a glass of chilled Prosecco, we mentally say "Takk" or "thank you" to this land, with a sense, as if we will return here. And we've thrown a coin into the waterfall, remember?

+ WHAT TO BRING
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof.
  • Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar.
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic, waterproof.
  • Hiking socks, wool or synthetic, 3-5 pairs.
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava.
  • Backpack, 20-30 litres.
  • Towel.
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries.
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong).
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters). DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIALPRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED ANY.
  • Camera, batteries, memory card.
  • Headlamp for trips in late season, after august 10th.
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow. A light sleeping with no specific temperature rating will be sufficient for the mountain huts but a sleeping bag with 0-3 degrees.
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended.
  • Tent (for 2-3 people).
  • Thermos (for 1-2 people).
  • Flask for water 0.5 to 1 liter.
  • Swimming suit.
+ pickup
Transfer is not included. Meeting at the hotel.
+ included
  • Domestic flights «Torshavn – Reykjavik», «Reykjavik – Ilulissat – Reykjavik».
  • Round trip transportation.
  • Accommodation.
  • Breakfasts (at the hotel)
  • All the permits in nat. parks, and permission to visit protected areas.
  • Tickets on ferries and boats.

 

+ accommodation
- Hotels and comfortable guesthouses. - Сamping.

Price 576000 ISK

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For all bookings of day tours operated by Ice Vikings, there is just 48 hours for cancellation (90% refund). If cancellation is made after these time limits no refund is given. 10% of the price is non-refundable, this percentage reflects our cost of booking and preparing your trip.

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