2019 Tours

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Tours

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Experience the Destinations

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Experiencing the destinations first hand is important to understand what they have to offer.
Therefore buyers are invited to join shorter fam-trips to all three countries:
Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, either pre or post the Vestnorden event.
For 2019 we offer one pre-tour to Greenland and one to the Faroe Islands and a post tour to Iceland.

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Explore

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Pre Tours

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The Pre Tours take place before Vestnorden begins. The tour to Greenland starts on
tuesday September 17 and the tour on Faroe Islands starts on saturday September 21.

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Faroe Islands

Unspoilt Nature and Unforgettable Highlights

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Date: September 21-23

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Min/Max person:  8/20

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Time: Departure at 1230
Location: Copenhagen Airport to the Faroe Islands
Airline: Atlantic Airways

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Price: 1.500DKK

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Be Inspired by the Faroe Islands – Unspoilt Nature and Unforgettable Highlights

Min/Max: 8/20
Departure: 1230, Copenhagen Airport
Price: 1500DKK  (205€ )
Please note: The organiser reserveres the right ti choose between those who have registered for the pre-tour. The participants will be notified in August

Included

  • Accomodation, 2 nights
  • Full Board
  • Domestic transport and guided excursions according til program

About this tour

The Faroe Islands are an absolute treasure, and they are just waiting to enchant you. The ones that venture here are rewarded with an absurdly pristine natural paradise, virtually devoid of tourists. Over and over, you will be stunned by the scenery that surrounds you.
We invite you to experience three intense days in the central part of the Faroe Islands – Vágar, Streymoy and the island Nólsoy. The tour will present some of the highlights that the Faroe Islands has to offer such as fantastic nature, challenging adventures, history and culture as well as the unique Faroese cuisine.

Saturday

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer the picturesque village of Gásadalur. Our first stop is lunch at the Gásadalsgarður. We take a walk in this idyllic village enjoying the view to the islets and stacks of the coast, the most known is Tindhólmur with its castle-like peaks. We walk to the viewpoint of the famous waterfall in Gásadalur – a must see for all visitors. After Gásadalur we drive to the village of Bø, another gem on the island where we will see the beautiful cottages by the View, have our afternoon coffee also before meeting the new supplier Sea2view. We continue to the nearby hotel, Hotel Vágar for check in and do a short inspection tour of the hotel. Dinner will be on the largest lake in the Faroe Islands, “Sørvágsvatn”. It will be served on board the unique boat “Lakeside”.

Sunday

A whole day filled with new adventures awaits us. After breakfast at your hotel we will go by the boat Jósup to the privately held islet of Tindhólmur. Tindhólmur is an islet west of Vágar. The view of the small island is spectacular and rare. The scape of the island is unique due to the five peaks. These are named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, Bogdi which can be translated into: Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad and Bent. We continue by boat to the west side of the islands to see the cliffs. Once back in Sørvágur we go to the cosy Café Fjørðoy for lunch and also meet the local Johannus Hansen from Reika Adventures. Afternoon tea/coffee will be enjoyed at the “old hotel” in Miðvágur where we also will do an inspection. The bus continues to Tórshavn with stops at some of our stunning sceneries. Once in Tórshavn we will start by exploring the city in a more alternative way. Rather than just a regular city tour, we will do an instatour through Tórshavn on foot. After the tour you will check-in to the Hotel Hafnia which is located in the heart of Tórshavn close to nearby attractions and the old town Tinganes. Dinner will be at the Kathrina Christiansen – the house where the famous author William Heinesen is born.

Monday

After an early morning breakfast we do a short walk to the ferry that will take us to the island of Nólsoy. Here the local host Barbara will meet you at the harbour. You will see their hens and duck and perhaps find some eggs which will be used for the waffles in the afternoon. Also, you will hear about the project Gimburlombini. We will visit Kaffistovan which offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation and see their rooms.
Here we will have our morning coffee. You will continue to walk around the village, pick nettles and hear about
Faroese food and food culture. This is to demonstrate a needle tour being offered on the island. For lunch you will
make your own nettle pizza and also have their famous BBQ cod. In the afternoon there will be a concert for you
and while having your afternoon coffee and waffles at Gimburlombini, you will have the option to dip into the fresh
ocean followed by sauna.

Preliminary schedule

Saturday 21st September 2019

13.40 – Pick up at Vágar Airport
14.30 – Lunch in Gásadalsgarðurin
See Múlafossur, Gásadalur and the view from the bench
Inspection of the cottages “The View” in Bøur – coffee and cake is served here
Visit to the new supplier “Sea2view”
Inspection of Hotel Vágar after check-in
19.00 – Tour on the lake with Lakeside – dinner on board
Accommodation is at Hotel Vágar

Sunday 22nd September 2019

10.00 – Boat tour with Jósup to Tindhólmur and the cliffs
12.00 – Lunch at Café Fjørðoy. Lecture by Johannus Hansen from Reika Adventures.
Inspection of “the old Hotel” in Miðvágur – coffee and cake is served here
16.00 – Shuttle from Vágar to Tórshavn with stops
17.30 – Instatour in through Tórshavn on foot
19.30 – Check-in to Hotel Hafnia
20.00 – Dinner at Kathrina Christiansenr with an introduction to Qiviut or a helicopter tour above the Ice sheet.

Monday 23rd September 2019

07.30 – Walk from Hotel Hafnia to the ferry to Nólsoy
07.55 – Departure from Tórshavn to Nólsoy
09.00 – Breakfast at Kaffistovan – room inspection
10.00 – Needle tour
12.00 – Lunch where you will make your needle pizza and also have the famous BBQ cod.
13.30 – Concert
14.30 – Coffee u0026amp; Waffles at ‘Gimburlombini’. Remember to bring swim suit if you want to dip into the fresh ocean followed by sauna.
16.50 – Return to Tórshavn

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Greenland

Destination Artic Circle Greenland

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Date: September 17

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Min/Max person: 4 / 10

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Time: Departure at 11
Location: Copenhagen Airport to Kangerlussuaq
Airline: Air Greenland

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Return: September 23
Time:
Location: From Kangerlussuaq International Airport to Copenhagen
Airline: Air Greenland

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Price: 3.500DKK

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What to bring: Warm clothes and hiking boots

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Arctic High Lights Tour to Greenland

Min/Max: 4 / 10
Departure: Flight departs September 17 at 11 from Copenhagen Airport to Kangerlussuaq with Air Greenland
Return: September 23 From Kangerlussuaq International Airport to Copenhagen with Air Greenland
Price: DKK 3,500 (€ 470)
Please note: The organiser reserveres the right ti choose between those who have registered for the pre-tour. The participants will be notified in August

Included:

  • All flights from and to Copenhagen as described
  • Tours in Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut and Copenhagen
  • All meals
  • Accommodation

ABOUT THE REGION

Destination Arctic Circle is unique in Greenland because of its large glacier-free area that runs approximately 190 km / 115 mi from the Greenland Ice Sheet westward toward the sea. Thanks to a combination of infrastructure harking back to the WWII era, a dirt road established by Volkswagen and human-powered adventures provided by local operators, it is possible to experience the entire stretch in a single holiday.

ABOUT THIS PRE-TOUR

Destination Arctic Circle is all about an incredible diversity of culture, landscape and wildlife, and we want you to experience it in as many ways as possible. Take note: this is a very physically active trip!

In Kangerlussuaq you will hike through the autumn colors in the hills south of town with a Greenlandic guide who loves to share his stories and knowledge of local flora and fauna. You will also trade mossy ground cover for ice, ice and more ice when spending a night camping on the largest glacier in the northern hemisphere.

In addition to comparing various landscapes, you will be able to compare towns of different sizes when travelling between Kangerlussuaq and the coastal town of Sisimiut. From Sisimiut, we meet our Greenlandic guides and do a combination of sailing in the fjord to nearby settlements, fishing by hand, mountain hiking and perhaps even enjoying an Arctic Spa before travelling to the Faroe Islands to start Vestnorden 2019.

MARVEL

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REACH OUT

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Preliminary schedule

Photo Air Greenland
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TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
9.00 (Denmark Time) – Check-in at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport

11.00 (Denmark Time) – Fly Air Greenland from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq International Airport in Greenland. Flight time: 4 hours 40 minutes.

11.40 (Greenland Time) – Arrival to Kangerlussuaq via Air Greenland from Copenhagen, Denmark. Greeting in airport by local operators, Air Greenland and Visit Greenland. Transport to Polar Lodge for hotel check-in. Now is the time to change clothes and shoes for hiking, plus pack a daypack with extra warm layers, warm accessories, windproof/waterproof layers and a water bottle, as you will be out all day long.

13.00 – Lunch and briefing with Albatros Arctic Circle about the overnight at Camp Ice Cap. Subsequent departure for a couple-hours’ drive along the only road in the country that leads directly to the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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Photo by Raven Eye Photography – Visit Greenland

Upon arrival to Point 660, special equipment like crampons and walking poles will be distributed and explained. It may be asked that a few lucky persons pull a pulk sled like the professional expeditioners! After a briefing, you begin the 45-minute glacier walk on the Ice Sheet toward Camp Ice Cap, where a cup of something warm and good awaits in the large gathering tent.

Once warm and settled, you set up camp with the smaller tents you will sleep in overnight, downsize to a daypack and collect the special ice equipment again for a 1-2 hour evening experience of glacier walking. This terrain will be a bit different from the previous, so before starting, you will get another briefing about how to walk with crampons on steep ice, for example

Dinner will be served in the gathering tent upon return

 

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

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Photo by Mads Pihl
photo by Raven Eye Photography
Photo by Raven Eye Photography

Breakfast at Camp Ice Cap, followed by camp break-down, a 45-minute glacier walk back to Point 660 and the drive back to Kangerlussuaq.
Keep your eyes peeled for reindeer, muskox or Arctic hare in the hills.

14.00 – Arrival to Polar Lodge, Kangerlussuaq.
15:00 – Either a City tour with an introduction to Qiviut or a helicopter tour above the Ice sheet.
18.30 – In the evening, dine on a feast of Greenlandic specialties, including hand-crafted snaps if you wish, at Restaurant Roklubben on Lake Ferguson before heading back to Polar Lodge for the evening (transport provided).

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Photo by Mads Pihl

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
Breakfast at Polar Lodge

Check-out and transfer to airport for check-in to travel further to Sisimiut.
10.05 – Departure from Kangerlussuaq via Air Greenland toward Sisimiut.
10.35 – Arrival to Sisimiut. Transfer to Hotel Sisimiut for check-in and briefing.
12.00 – Lunch and briefing on the days next
13.00 – Explore Sisimiut and Surroundings
You will start your Sisimiut adventure with a Sightseeing tour by bus, where you will be taken through the city’s past and present from the local meat and fish market at the port, from dog town to the museum. Virtually the entire city is visited and you get a good idea of the size and features of the buildings and the history of the town.
17.00 – Dinner at Restaurant Nasaasaaq at Hotel Sisimiut.

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Photo by Raven Eye Photography

18.30 Change clothes to outdoor gear and pack a daypack withextra warm layers, warm accessories, windproof/waterproof
layers and a water bottle, as you will be out all day long.
Meeting point at reception.
Sail southward with Sirius Greenland on this UNESCO Classic Cruise to the abandoned settlement called Assaqutaq for a look into Greenlandic life in the 60’s and 70’s. You will see the old fish factory,
the pretty church which is filled with charm and the summer camp which has been established after the closing of the settlement. Keep an eye out for Humpback, Minke and Fin whales, who often swim very close to the shoreline to enjoy a feast of capelin fish.

Evening

Let us see how the weather looks.
If there is a clear sky, Visit Sisimiut will lead you on a walk to look for northern lights. Did you know that you can sometimes call them down by whistling to them? If the northern lights forecast does not look optimal, you will instead create your own memories at the cosy creative workshop in Hotel Sisimiut. A selection of horns and bones, colourful pearls, leather and sealskin are provided along with some inspiration on how to work with these traditional Greenlandic materials.

Photo by Mads Pihl
Photo by Rebecca Gustafsson

FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

7.00 – Breakfast at Hotel Sisimiut. Dress for a full day out sailing, hiking and generally powering
your own body. Wear sturdy shoes and windproof / waterproof layers. Bring a daypack with extra
warm layers and socks, a hat and warm accessories, as well as a water bottle.

9.00 – Adventure day with Visit Sisimiut and Sirius Greenland where you will cruise in the fjord

north of town. After passing the airport and one of the town’s iconic mountains, you will enter an
archipelago of islands where dog mushers often keep their dogs during the summer season.
Once into the calm waters of the fjord, drop anchor and a fishing line to try to catch some lunch.
If the fish are not biting, we just move further to another spot. Once lunch is secured, you sail to a
cottage called Qorsunnguaq (“the little green cottage”) to make a small

Photo by Raven Eye Photography

bonfire on which to cook
the fresh fish.

With plenty of fish in your belly and energy in your legs, you will embark on a nice long and steep hike up the mountain called Qiterlinnguaq. One and a half hours of hiking rewards you with a view over the second-largest town in Greenland and the wide fjord beyond.

It is not called the Eternity Fjord for nothing, and we think you will see why. From there it is all downhill and non-technical hiking, finishing with an adventurous fat-biking experience for the final 4 km / 2,5 miles. By the end of the day you are welcome to enter the Hydrotherapy Arctic Spa and enjoy the mix of the warm bath and fresh, arctic air.

20.00 – Buffet of Greenlandic specialties and libations at Restaurant Nasaasaaq at Hotel Sisimiut. Afterward, perhaps look for the northern lights!

Photo by Raven Eye Photography

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
Breakfast at Hotel Sisimiut

09.30 – Transer to Sisimiut Airport for check-in
11.20 – Departure from Sisimiut via Air Greenland toward Copenhagen, Denmark via one stop in Kangerlussuaq
21.30 – Arrival in Copenhagen

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
Experience Greenland in Copenhagen – more info to come!

MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

TBA – Transfer to Copenhagen Airport for check-in.
TBA – Departure from Copenhagen via XXX toward Thorshavn, Faroe Islands.
TBA – Arrival to Thorshavn, Faroe Islands.

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Post Tour

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The Post Tour to Iceland takes place after Vestnorden ends, on September 26.

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Reykjanes

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Date: September 26th – 29th 

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Min/Max person: 8 / 20

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Departure Copenhagen
Day:
September 26th
Time: 14:25 Arrival in Keflavik Airport at 15:35

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Return: Keflavík Airport to Copenhagen
Day:  September 29th
Time:  7:45 Arrival in Copenhagen at 12:55

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Price (if any):  ISK 20.000 (DKK 1.250)

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What´s Included
Lunch x2
Dinner x2
Activities
Accommodation x3
Flights to and from Copenhagen
domestic transportation according to the program

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What to bring:
Swimsuits,  Outdoor clothing (we recommend: https://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/icelandacademy/pack-warm/)
Please note that the schedule may wary due to weather conditions (if applicable)

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Reykjanes

Min/max: 8/20
Departure: Flight departs September 26 at 14.25 from Copenhagen Airport Keflavík
Return: September 29 at 0745 from Keflavík with arrival in Copenhagen at 12.55
Price: DKK 1,250 (ISK 20.000)
Please note: The organiser reserveres the right to choose between those who have registered for the post-tour. The participants will be notified in August

The Reykjanes peninsula is a natural powerhouse. The area is permanently marked by the Mid-Atlantic ridge and there are only a few places in the country – and, in fact, around the world – where you can see such a rift up close.

This rugged beauty is home to a community that puts sustainability and innovation at its core. The Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark offers nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and geology connoisseurs and laymen alike a rare opportunity of discovery. And the lunar landscapes, friendly communities and the short distance from Iceland’s capital Reykjavík means that curiosity can be quenched with ease.

See where the country is being ripped apart, inch by inch. See how the lava fields, overgrown with moss, bear witness to volcanic eruptions that happened millennia ago. Feel how the nutritious sea water at the Blue Lagoon can soften and soothe your skin. And climb, hike, or bike in an area marked by survival and volatility. The fresh air, the playful wind and the ever-moving sea create stunning views that meet you as soon as you land.

Activities: Blue Lagoon, Caving, Nature sightseeing, culture exploring


Day 1

Arrival in Keflavik

Breakfast: TBT

Nature sightseeing: Lake Kleifarvatn, one of Iceland’s largest lakes and Seltún Geothermal area
Activity: Caving near Kleifarvatn
Lunch: in Grindavík TBT

Nature/culture sightseeing: Hópsnes and Grindavík

Activity: ATV tour
Activity and dinner: The Blue Lagoon, spa and dinner.

Hotel check in

Day 2

Nature sightseeing: Brimketill, Gunnuhver geothermal area, Reykjanes lighthouse and the Bridge between continents.

Lunch: TBT

Culture: Duus museum and Reykjanes Geopark visitor center, The Icelandic Museum of Rock’n’Roll and Urta Islandica visitor center.

Dinner: TBT

Back to hotel

Evening free or…

Possible evening activity (Day 1 or 2 depending on weather): Northern lights tour form Keflavik harbor.

Þuríður Halldóra Aradóttir Braun

Forstöðumaður | Manager
thura@visitreykjanes.is

Visit Reykjanes Iceland
Skógarbraut 945 |235 Reykjanesbær
www.visitreykjanes.is

Sími | Telephone +354 420 3294
Farsími | Mobile: +354 899 3696
www.facebook.com/visitreykjanes


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