Best of the Best 2018 - 208
Top of the World
Find a softer side to Greenland and hit the open road in Iceland.
Soak in geothermal pools
overlooking fjords, take a
snowcat (or ice climb) to the top
of a glacier and sample local
sushi on a self-driving tour of
Iceland's uppermost northwest.
This sparsely populated country
has the right mix of wilderness
and infrastructure to support
ten days on the open road, with
natural adventures that include
horseback riding, a walk through
an 8,000-year-old lava tube and
exploring seven levels of the
Dynjandi Waterfall. You'll find the
route peppered with delightful
and quirky cultural stops,
including a sea monster museum
in Bíldudalur and a witchcraft
museum in Hólmavík.
Clockwise from top:
Overlooking Sermilik Fjord,
amongst icebergs in Tasiilaq,
Greenland; soaking in
geothermal pools, Iceland.
Wake up on the edge of Greenland,
where wild blueberries ripen and
whales spout in the distance. A
new base camp on the eastern
Sermilik Fjord (dubbed "the
Arctic Riviera" for its mildish
summer) is the first permanent
accommodation in the area, and
it offers visitors some welcome
comfort as they spend 11 days in
this far-flung corner of the north.
The long days pass as you kayak
among massive icebergs, hike the
ice sheet and take in educational
presentations - and before bed,
you'll enjoy a real hot shower.
This trip departs from Iceland
and spends a few days in the
town of Tasiilaq. You'll also visit
smaller Greenlandic Inuit villages,
meeting residents pursuing
largely traditional lives in a rapidly
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.