20 Day Greenland Expedition Cruise with Disko Bay & Iceland



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Air & Land

20 Day Greenland Expedition Cruise with Disko Bay & Iceland



Land Only


Air & Land

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Fosshotel Reykjavik Reykjavik
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Hotel Reykjavik Saga Reykjavik

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Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities

Additional Information:
Land only prices does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

The Blue Lagoon optional tour may not be available to book locally. In order to guarantee availability, you must pre-book this tour at least 8 days prior to your departure.

The route and program may vary according to weather conditions and safety issues.

While sailing with Hurtigruten, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Hurtigruten Passage Contract

All passengers are required to provide a negative Covid test prior to cruise embarkation.

Accommodation Details:
Triples are not available.

Please note that specific cabins cannot be requested. Your cabin number will be assigned upon embarkation.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Expect to spend four to five hours on your feet during tours. Some of the tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Light hiking is required to access some sites. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Iceland and Greenland's weather can be unpredictable even in the summer time. Be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather. Excursions during the cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. The Greenland cruise route, sightseeing, and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and safety issues. Weather and conditions in the Arctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety. At final payment date, you will receive a medical form that must be completed by a physician and turned into reception upon embarkation. Meals not included in your package may be expensive as most of Iceland's food is imported. Please be aware that Iceland is an expensive destination. This is a Partially Escorted program. For more information, click here.

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Flight Details

Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 18 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 50 meals: 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 17 dinners with wine or beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager in Iceland
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness. All passengers must be able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and to climb on and off the small boats used for landings. An expedition cruise is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, have heart conditions or require frequent medical care.

Special Features

  • City tour of Reykjavik, including Perlan, Höfði House, and Hallgrímskirkja church
  • Visit Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area, home of the Strokkur Geysir
  • At the remarkable historic site of Þingvellir, visit the site of the world's oldest parliament
  • Call at the town on Qaqortoq in southern Greenland, known for its colorful houses and stunning scenery
  • Cruise in the beautiful Kvanefjord area and scout for wildlife from the ship
  • Discover the village of Maniitsog, known as the “Venice of Greenland” for its natural canals
  • Visit the stunning Ilulissat UNESCO World Heritage Site at Disko Bay, famous for its icefjord and enormous icebergs
  • Enjoy scenic cruising in Evighed Fjord, surrounded by tall, ice capped mountains
  • Explore Nuuk, the vibrant capital city of Greenland
  • A chance to see wild musk oxen and an abandoned Viking settlement at Ivittuut
  • Your Greenlandic expedition explores the breathtaking Prins Christian Sund before sailing back to Iceland


Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome dinner reception
  • House wine or beer with lunch and dinner
  • Panoramic lounge & bar
  • Spa & Fitness center
  • Observation deck
  • Non-smoking ship interior

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Expect to spend four to five hours on your feet during tours. Some of the tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Light hiking is required to access some sites. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Iceland and Greenland's weather can be unpredictable even in the summer time. Be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather. Excursions during the cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. The Greenland cruise route, sightseeing, and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and safety issues. Weather and conditions in the Arctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety. At final payment date, you will receive a medical form that must be completed by a physician and turned into reception upon embarkation. Meals not included in your package may be expensive as most of Iceland's food is imported. Please be aware that Iceland is an expensive destination. This is a Partially Escorted program. For more information, click here.

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All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and safety issues. Weather and conditions in the Arctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety

DAY 1 - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2 - Arrive in Reykjavik
Arrive in Iceland, "Land of Ice and Fire", and transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, please leave your luggage with the concierge. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore Reykjavík, the world's most northerly capital. Your tour begins with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM followed by a light dinner
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Reykjavik City Tour
This morning, set out on a sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. The tour traverses the old town center to the Alþingi Parliament, the Dómkirkjan Cathedral, City Hall and the harbor. Then, continue onward to Höfði House, the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Make a stop at Perlan, located on the Öskjuhlíð hill, for spectacular views over the capital area, followed by a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church*, one of Reykjavík's landmarks, and the Sun Voyager sculpture (conditions permitting). Spend time at leisure in the afternoon, or join the optional tour to the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. Relax in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties
*Visitors will not be permitted to enter the church if Mass is in session
Optional: Blue Lagoon Experience Comfort
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Golden Circle Tour, Cruise Embarkation
Today, you will visit some of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Begin at Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water tumbling majestically into a deep gorge. Then, on to the Geysir area with its numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the world-famous Strokkur Geysir. At the remarkable geological and historic area of Þingvellir, visit the site of the world's oldest parliament founded in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the stunning canyon that runs through the park, stand on the dividing fault line between two of the earth's tectonic plates. Lunch follows at the family-run Friðheimar Greenhouse. You'll be astounded by the magic behind growing pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat. A short and informative talk is followed by tomato tasting. Afterward, return to Reykjavik. In the afternoon, head to the port where you will embark on MS Fridtjof Nansen for your Greenland cruise
The itinerary and activities over the coming days are subject to weather and ice conditions with the route and shore landings communicated by regularly scheduled briefings
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - At Sea, Crossing the Denmark Strait
Leave Iceland behind and navigate across the Denmark Strait towards Greenland. Viking settlers traveling to Greenland used this route some 1,000 years ago. On board, the ship's expedition team provides enriching lectures on various topics ranging from history to wildlife that will enhance your experience and prepare you for the extraordinary days that lie ahead
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Cruising the Irminger Sea
Today, continue your voyage crossing the Irminger Sea, which was named after Carl Irminger, a Danish Vice admiral. Opportunity to join various lectures by the expedition team. Spend time on deck looking out for wildlife. Perhaps, relax and rejuvenate in the Explorer Lounge and wellness center
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Explore Qaqortoq Town
When land is spotted for the first time, you'll know you have reached the spectacular wilderness of Greenland, the world's largest island and an autonomous Danish territory. Today's excursion is to Qaqortoq, considered one of the most attractive towns in Greenland for its scenic setting and colorful houses. Stroll around the historical buildings of Qaqortoq, formerly known as Julianeha. Later, hike outside the town along the nearby mountain-rimmed Lake Tasersuaq, the town's main water supply. The walk along its shoreline provides stunning views of the fjords and creates astonishment for nature's majesty
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Kvanefjord Region Discovery
Today, discover the beautiful region of Kvanefjord near Paamiut by sailing deep into the fjord. The experienced captain will take advantage of the conditions to identify landing sites for onshore hikes, locate places to launch the kayaks, scout ideal communities to visit, or find the best spots to scan for wildlife. Cap your exiting day of discovery with dinner tonight, and share today's sightings with your travel companions
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Village of Maniitsoq, the "Venice of Greenland"
Arrive in Maniitsoq, a town that was founded by Danish colonists. Its name means `The uneven place´, referring to the rocky hills and mountains shaping the layout of the town. Maniitsoq, is known as the "Venice of Greenland" as it is situated in an archipelago, intersected by small natural canals. Visit the local museum that introduces the town's rich history and culture. You might get lucky and see pods of visiting humpback whales breaching and tail lobbing. Return to the ship and continue sailing
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Sisimiut
This morning, drop anchor in Sisimiut, the second largest town in Greenland, where colorful houses cling to the uneven terrain. Sisimiut is located 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle and its name means "the people living in a place where there are fox dens". Take a walking tour of the historic Colonial Quarter and visit the Sisimiut Museum, which features local history and exhibits from different periods of the city's history and its surroundings. Attend a traditional kayaking demonstration and learn how the Inuit invented the 'qajaq' in Greenland. Afterward, experience the Greenlander kayak roll first-hand
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Ilulissat Icefjord & Disko Bay
Cruise into beautiful Disko Bay en route to the town of Ilulissat, Greenland's "Iceberg Capital", set in the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the mouth of the fjord, view massive icebergs floating in the water. The icebergs here account for more than 10% of all icebergs in Greenland. Spend free time to explore Ilulissat and its array of cultural attractions. Hike to the Ilulissat Icefjord for an up-close view of the beautiful icebergs. This ice-carved marvel is truly a sight to behold
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - Camp Frieda Landing
Begin the day with a visit to Camp Frieda, which is located near Saqqaq. The place is of special significance to Friederike Bronny, a former Expedition team member, to whom we credit the site's name. Land on the beach to explore this northernmost destination of the cruise, amidst breathtaking scenery and Arctic flora
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 - Evighed Fjord
Today's exploration will take you to the spectacular Evighed Fjord. Sail through its winding passages and tall snow-capped mountains that rise up to 6,600 feet high to the Evighed Glacier for a close encounter with a calving glacier. The day's weather and ice conditions will determine the final program and the range of activities offered
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 - Nuuk, Greenland's Capital City
Go ashore to Nuuk, Greenland's capital city, located at the mouth of a spectacular vast fjord. Fist settled by Paleo-Eskimo cultures as far as 2200 BC and later by Vikings led by Erik the Red, the area is rich in history. Visit the National Museum of Greenland which houses exhibits covering Greenland's history during the past 4,500 years. Learn about the first Arctic Stone Age cultures, the Norse settlements and the arrival of the Thule culture. View the world-famous Qilakitsoq mummies, dating back to 1475 AD. These eight mummies are the oldest and best preserved remains in Greenland
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 - Ivittuut
The abandoned mining town of Ivittuut, which means "Grassy Place" in the Kalaallisut language, is a stronghold for musk oxen. The settlement was built on top of the so-called Norse Middle settlement. More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings settled the area, but left no written records behind. It is the smallest and lesser-known of the Norse settlements on Greenland. Archaeologists believe this was the last Norse settlement in Greenland to be established, and the first to be abandoned. After exploring the area, return to the ship
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 - Prins Christian Sund
Prins Christian Sund is a stunning fjord located at the tip of Greenland. It separates mainland Greenland from Sammisoq and the Cape Farewell Archipelago. Sail through this narrow channel (weather permitting) and marvel at gorgeous glaciers, crystal-clear waterfalls and steep mountains. You might spot whales swimming along the iceberg-dotted shores and other wildlife. If the channel is blocked with ice, the ship will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell)
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 - At Sea
The exploration of exhilarating Greenland, the land of contrasts, is coming to an end as the ship sets course back towards Iceland. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, catching up on reading, having fun in the science center or relaxing on deck
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 - Crossing the Denmark Strait
Today, the ship crosses the Denmark Strait. During your time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board. It's the perfect time to share memories and photos with your fellow travelers. Savor your last day at sea by spending time on deck to look for seabirds and whales. At dinner toast to your discovery of Greenland
Overnight: Greenland Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 - Disembarkation in Reykjavik
Disembark this morning in Reykjavik, and spend the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps, join the optional Full Day South Shore Adventure tour. As you travel along Iceland's South Shore, admire the gorgeous mountain views including snow shrouded Hekla, the country's most active volcano, as well as the famous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Continue through the region where one of the best known of the Icelandic classical sagas, Njál's Saga, is set. Stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments. Passing through Vik, Iceland's most southerly village, make a stop at Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with dramatic sheer cliffs and views of south Iceland's black sand coastline. Afterward, return back to Reykjavik. Tonight at dinner, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager
Optional: Full Day South Shore Adventure
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 20 - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

The Greenland cruise route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns

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Blue Lagoon Experience Comfort

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water, located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness, is not to be missed. A combination of fresh and sea water of 100-110°F, surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges, is ideal for wading and soaking in the shallow 3-5 foot waters, (swimming not required), while the air temperature ranges from 25-55°F.

The facility is a modern building with clean changing rooms and showers, skin care facility, and gift shop. Included in your price are entrance to the Blue Lagoon, use of towel, silica mud mask and first drink of your choice. Food is available in snack bars and fine dining restaurants on site; plus a selection of smoothies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased in the Lagoon Bar, so there’s no need to leave the water!

Upgrades to the Premium Package can be booked upon check in at the Blue Lagoon. The Premium package includes all features of the Comfort Package with the addition of an algae mask and the use of a bathrobe and slippers.

Children under 2 are not permitted in the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon optional tour may not be available to book locally. In order to guarantee availability, you must pre-book this tour at least 8 days prior to your departure.

Time will be advised when you receive your documents. Please be ready at your pick-up point 15 minutes prior to your tour’s departure time. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours. Drop off to be advised locally.

Day #3 01 Nov 2023 - 31 Mar 2025 $150.00
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Full Day South Shore Adventure

The South Shore Adventure tour visits the amazing southern coast of Iceland, famous for its black sand coastline and stunning scenery. The first stop of the day is at the majestic and much-photographed Skógafoss waterfall. The thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Next, continue to the the charming village of Vik, with free time for lunch on your own. Continue to Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve where you get a beautiful view of the coastline. Finish your full day excursion at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can walk behind if conditions allow (Bring a raincoat!)

Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #19 01 Nov 2023 - 31 Mar 2025 $109.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/res with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Hurtigruten Cruises Terms & Conditions: Hurtigruten Cruises Terms & Conditions governing the cruise component of a Tour & Cruise package apply to all customers sailing with Hurtigruten Cruises. Carriage by Sea is subject to the Carriers Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into the following document: Hurtigruten Passage Contract

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555

WiFi Access
WiFi is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable, and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Greenland - No inoculations are required. For the latest health requirements and recommendations, please visit Centers for Disease Control and also consult with your personal healthcare provider.

During the summer months (June & July), you will encounter mosquitoes in large numbers. Travelers are strongly encouraged to bring insect repellent and consider wearing clothing that adequately covers arms and legs.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Iceland - Spring and Fall: 30-50°F; Summer: 50-60°F; Winter: 25-35°F.

Daylight hours will vary significantly throughout the year. Between April - August, daylight will range from 15-22 hours. Between November - February, daylight will range from 4-7 hours. In March, September and October, daylight will range from 9-13 hours.

Bring comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella. Gloves/mittens, a waterproof parka, a hat, and waterproof hiking boots with good treads and warm socks are essential when visiting during winter. Ice grips or non-slip cleats which fit over shoes or boots are also strongly suggested. A flashlight is recommended for Northern Lights excursions. Be sure to pack your swimsuit if you plan to visit the Blue Lagoon.

Iceland Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe#iceland-weather

Antarctica - It is recommended to bring clothes you can layer and that protect you from the wind. Warm and light clothes, waterproof parka, waterproof gloves, waterproof pants, winter hat, comfortable walking shoes, waterproof boots, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion are recommended. Some Antarctica cruises may provide boots and/or light parkas for excursions. Please check cruise info under 'At Your Destination' for more information.

Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/americas

Greenland - Summer is the best time to visit Greenland when temperatures are between 37-61°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and a good pair of sunglasses. Some Greenland cruises may provide boots and/or light parkas for excursions. Please check cruise info under 'At Your Destination' for more information.

Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe#greenland-weather

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

This Cold Heaven by Gretel Ehrlich
An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie
First Light by Rebecca Stead
The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson
The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine
Odinn’s Child by Tim Severin
The Ice Museum by Joanna Kavenna

The last Ice Hunters (2017)
Journey to Greenland (2016)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
The Village at the end of the World (2012)
Inuk (2010)
Eksperimentet (2010)

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

Iceland - Flights within Iceland have a weight restriction for luggage of 44 lbs. per piece of luggage with a limit of one piece of checked luggage per person. Each passenger is also permitted one piece of hand luggage with a weight restriction of 13.2 lbs. This differs from some international flight luggage limits and should be taken into account when preparing for your trip.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

About Your Accommodations
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

Iceland - Check-in time for Iceland Hotels is usually no earlier than 2 pm. Check out time is usually 12 noon but can be earlier. Please confirm with your hotel locally. Most flights arrive in the early morning hours, and including arrival procedures and transportation to your hotel, you will likely arrive between 8 and 9 am. Some local hotels, aware of this flight schedule, offer early check-in (space-available) for a fee. Alternately you can ask your hotel to store your luggage, and give you some freedom to roam on your own. Breakfast is not included on arrival day. Therefore in order to save on high local food costs, we suggest you pack granola bars or small snacks. Please note that some hotels in Iceland, especially in the countryside, do not offer a porter service. In these cases, you will be responsible for bring your luggage to your room.

Hurtigruten Cruises
MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen:
All cabins on the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen are standard outside rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded cabin category. Cabin numbers will be assigned on arrival and requests for adjacent cabins or accommodations in a specific area of the ship cannot be guaranteed.

All other Hurtigruten Ships:
All cabins are standard inside twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded cabin category. Cabin numbers will be assigned on arrival and requests for adjacent cabins or accommodations in a specific area of the ship cannot be guaranteed. There are no safety deposit boxes in the cabins. Valuables may be handed in at the reception to be kept in the ship's safe.

Iceland Hotels - Icelandic hotels are typically sparsely designed, yet functional, reflecting the understated Nordic lifestyle. Guest room amenities are similarly minimalistic often lacking items one might expect in European hotels such as bath mats, elaborate toiletry selections, luggage racks, in-room safe and air-conditioning.

At Your Destination
Iceland’s Growing Pains
Recent interest in Iceland has had a tremendous impact on Iceland’s infrastructure, from accommodations to airline capacity. A country of just 350,000 citizens has now exceeded that number in annual visiting tourists. No country in the world has experienced such growth over such a short period. And although Gate 1 is a leader in bringing tourists to Iceland, these issues are simply beyond our control. We encourage you to understand what you may face during your travels and to be patient and understanding of these growing pains.

The country simply cannot keep up with the demand and for that reason you will find development in every aspect. The airport in undergoing major construction to accommodate new carriers anxious to bring travelers from all parts of the globe. Expect crowds and some disorganization upon arrival. Restaurants do their best to keep up with demand and more are being added. Independent travelers are encouraged to make reservations well in advance. A shortage of trained tour guides may result in a somewhat less organized tour, not as prompt and precise as you are accustomed to on other Gate 1 tours. However, like all Icelanders we’ve encountered, they are extremely friendly, even if less understanding of the needs of tourists. Even public bathroom facilities are being stressed to capacity.

All of these changes and improvements, in a country that has the highest cost of living in the world, take time and we ask for your kind understanding. It is our belief that the destination’s worth outweighs these inconveniences.

Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Escorted Tours

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $10 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage): US $5 per person per day, US $3 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $5 per person per day of sightseeing, US $3 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Iceland - Gratuities are not expected for services including hotels, restaurants and taxis. However, if you feel that a service deserves a gratuity, a modest tip will be appreciated.

Suggested Tipping: Hurtigruten Cruises

For all Antarctica, Greenland and Canada cruises, $12 per person per day. In your cabin, a form will be available if you wish to include tipping for your cruise and will be added to your Cruise Card invoice. For all Norway cruises, tipping is not customary, however tip boxes and envelopes are available in the ship's restaurant if you would like to leave gratuities for the ship's staff.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

For Winter programs in Iceland, emergency restrooms on the coaches are not available and bathroom facilities on the hunt for the Northern lights are limited.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Iceland - The Icelandic Krona is the currency of Iceland.

Hurtigruten Cruises
• On all Norwegian coastal cruises and sailings aboard the MS Fram and MS Midnatsol in Antarctica, the Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the currency on board.
• For Greenland and Antarctica sailings aboard the MS Roald Amundsen and the MS Fridtjof Nansen the Euro (EUR) is the currency on board.

Ship Account and Payment: When you board the ship you will be issued a Cruise Card. The Cruise Card will be used to make all on board purchases. To activate the Cruise Card, you must have a Visa, American Express, Diners, or MasterCard that has an expiration date no earlier than three months after the date of the voyage. All on board purchases will be finalized the night prior to disembarkation. The amount reflected will be in Norwegian Krone (NOK) or Euro (EUR) depending on your ship, and the rate of exchange will be the one validated by your credit card company.

Greenland - The Danish Krone is the currency of Greenland.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.

While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The "chip-and-PIN" cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don't accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Greenland - There are bank branches in larger towns like Nuuk and Illulissat. Credit cards (Visa & Mastercard) may be accepted at shops and restaurants, but with a surcharge added. Small vendors typically will only accept cash in Danish Krone, but may accept Euros or US Dollars.

Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Iceland - Among the most popular items from Iceland are handwoven woolen goods, high quality wood carvings, eiderdown duvets and pillows, and fine jewelry.

Greenland - Artwork and clothing made from reindeer, sheep, Musk oxen and seals (except walrus) are popular items and not restricted from export at this time. Art and clothing made from Beluga, Polar Bear, Killer whales, Minke whales from Western Greenland, and walruses may be allowed to be exported as a personal souvenir if a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) export permit is obtained and the item/s are declared at US Customs upon your return to the US. https://www.cites.org/ Some shops can provide CITES permits. All products of Fin whales, Greenland whales, White-tailed Eagles, Sperm whales, Humpback whales and Minke whales from Eastern Greenland are totally restricted from export, even for personal use.

Iceland - Some find Iceland expensive when compared to the USA. Aside from food and textiles grown and produced locally, most items are necessarily imported and therefore expensive. When choosing dining spots, stick to those who offer locally produced fresh foods, like seafood, lamb, organically grown vegetables and dairy.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers
  • General Emergency: 112

  • Police/Ambulance/Fire: 112

Iceland - Icelandic is the local language. English is widely spoken.

Greenland - Greenlandic and Danish are the local languages. English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Iceland - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Code of Conduct
Iceland - Shaking hands is the standard greeting. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, buses, and other public transportation.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's buffet or set menu. Beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although special diets like Vegetarian and Vegan are relatively commonplace in the USA, much of the world's menu options are more provincial. Please do not expect to find the variety of food selection outside of the local norm. Every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests selected no later than 5 days prior to departure in the passenger details section of your reservation. In addition, we recommend that you make preferences known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant. Special requests are subject to local conditions and availability and cannot be guaranteed.

On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Iceland

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Apr 6: Maundy Thursday
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 9: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
Apr 20: First Day of Summer
May 1: Labour Day
May 18: Ascension Day
May 28: Whit Sunday
May 29: Whit Monday
Jun 17: Independence Day
Aug 7: Commerce Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: 2nd Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Mar 28: Maundy Thursday
Mar 29: Good Friday
Mar 31: Easter
Apr 1: Easter Monday
Apr 25: First Day of Summer
May 1: Labour Day
May 9: Ascension Day
May 19: Whit Sunday
May 20: Whit Monday
Jun 17: Independence Day/Republic Day
Aug 5: Commerce Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: 2nd Day of Christmas
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays - Greenland

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
Apr 6: Maundy Thursday
Apr 7: Good Friday
Apr 91: Easter
Apr 10: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 18: Ascension Day
May 29: Whit Monday
Jun 21: National Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Christmas Holiday
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
Mar 28: Maundy Thursday
Mar 29: Good Friday
Mar 31: Easter
Apr 1: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 9: Ascension Day
May 19: Whit Sunday
May 20: Whit Monday
Jun 21: National Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Christmas Holiday
Dec 31: New Year's Eve

On Your Cruise - Hurtigruten Cruises
On board dress is informal. Although some passengers choose to change for dinner the dress code is casual rather than formal. The weather can vary during the course of each voyage or even during the day. To cater for these variations we recommend the layered dress approach that enables you to adapt to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation conditions easily. For all voyages we advise you to take breathable rain and wind-proof clothing. A warm hat, gloves, scarf and thermal clothing can be useful. Sturdy shoes are important for shore excursions and a walking stick/trekking pole may be useful. You should pack a pair of UV protective sunglasses. For Antarctica, Greenland, and Canada Itineraries, a complimentary wind and water resistant jacket is available for guests at check-in. Boots (up to US Men's size 16) for excursions are also provided and must be returned at the end of the journey.

Norwegian and English are the official on board languages.

The voltage used is 220 V.

It is a requirement that all passengers attend a compulsory safety briefing before the ship leaves port. The talk will include a demonstration of how to put on a life jacket and the instructions to be followed in the unlikely event of an evacuation or other emergency during the voyage.

Food and Meals:
There is open seating in the dining room for breakfast and lunch with buffet style meals. Dinner is either a three-course set meal or buffet depending on the evening. Seating is open but you will be assigned a nightly dining time which will be advised upon embarkation in your welcome letter. Passengers with dietary requirements must advise Gate 1 at least 20 days prior to departure. Passengers with strict dietary needs may find that there are limited choices.

Please label your luggage clearly with your first and last name, the ship's name, cabin number, date, and port of embarkation.

Wireless Internet Access:
There is an internet café on board and a wireless network is available in most public areas. Be aware that the bandwidth is narrow and reception intermittent.

Tender boats:
Some ports cannot accommodate the ship to dock. In these cases, in order to get ashore it is required to get on a smaller vessel. To board the smaller vessel you may need to navigate a large step, slippery surfaces as well as uneven and moving platforms.

Reykjavik Bus Stop System - In response to increased traffic in Reykjavik, the Reykjavik City Council implemented a new law limiting bus traffic in the central part of the city. For guests staying at hotels in the bus-free zone, pick up and drop off for transfers and tours are serviced from several official bus stops. Each hotel is assigned to a bus stop that is no more than a few minutes walk away. If your hotel is not listed on the following map, then it is serviced by direct hotel pick up and drop off. Printable map of central Reykjavik hotels and bus stops: https://www.gate1travel.com/hotel-stays/reykjavik-bus-stops.

6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, November 2023
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This email is a positive one in which I want to acknowledge the outstanding job Sigga (Sigridur) did as our Iceland Tour Manager. She created a harmonious group within minutes of meeting us which resulted in consistent goodwill and cooperation throughout the tour. Sigga intuitively perceived our individual and group needs and responded with information, suggestions and good humor. Her love of people and her country were always present. She clearly is a gem and a tour manager to be held in the highest regard.

Linda C.
8 Day Affordable Iceland with Lagoons & Northern Lights Hunt, November 2023
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My trip to Iceland was the BEST VACATION I have ever had. I hope to use Gate1 again in the near future. Our tour guide Siggurd was absolutely the best. She was so knowledgeable about the country and any of our questions we had. She was a very fun person with an outstanding personality. I will miss her.

Kathy T.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, October 2023
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Amazing trip., best vacation I ever had! Gate 1 travel is fantastic, first time with Gate I and it was superb! Out your guide Sigga was very informative and accommodating, very professional too! Our driver Dunni was professionally and friendly! Overall experience was excellent ,I am so glad I discovered Gate I and I will book future trips with Gate again and again!

Rebecca S.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, October 2023
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Our tour guide Sigridur aka Sigga was the best tour guide I ever had. She made the entire trip for all of us. I highly recommend her : knowledgeable, happy, exciting, fun and overall nice along with a very nice bus driver, Dunni. I would travel with Gate 1 Travel again because of the tremendous experience I had with Sigga.

Kathryn T.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, September 2023
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My husband and I have taken many trips but this is our second Gate1Tour and we will be back. I can't speak enough about our guide, Omar, who put his heart and soul into making sure we all have a wonderful trip. He was truly knowledgeable about Iceland and explained things in an interesting and understandable way. He always made sure to tie in the geology with the history, making it intriguing to listen to him. On longer days on the bus he entertained us in various fashions....stories, interesting facts, songs from the bus driver, etc. He so had the ability to give everyone equal attention and concern for their needs and happiness. He is a wonderful guide who we appreciated so much. It is rare to see someone so enthusiastic about his island and as much talking as he did, he was a great listener. Omar was always in a good mood which added to the pleasantness of our trip. A huge thank you him, his attitude, and his love of the job!

Yolanda P.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, September 2023
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The trip was very interesting.... Great scenery....Interesting stops... falls and glaciers. The landscape colours reminded us of fall in Ontario. We could have lived with a bit less rain and the gale force winds..... but some sunshine and our tour manager was fantastic... as usual, the local knowledge makes your trips so much better/informative. We now have a better appreciation of the advice from Gate 1 that" Iceland is expensive"....not looking forward to reviewing our credit card statement. The accommodations were very nice.... The food was very good.... Given the cost of food, we were certainly happy that most meals were included. We continue to promote the value of the Gate 1 experience.

Gregory W.
6 Day Essential Iceland, September 2023
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Our trip was great!! Such a beautiful country! Omar was a thoughtful and intelligent guide. He expressed such love for his home country that it was contagious. Fusi, our bus driver, had lots of interesting tidbits of information and culture at the stops along the way. And we felt so safe with him driving. The food at the Farm to Table dinner excursion was delicious and the owners were delightful. I have nothing but good things to say about the entire experience!

Donna D.
9 Day Classic Iceland, August 2023
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Our trip via Gate 1 travel was very nice, full of adventure and fun. We found Iceland as an amazing place, very scenic and hospitable country. Our tour guide Inga as we called her is the best tour guide we have had. She went out of the way to take care of us and was full of humor and very knowledgeable about Iceland and made our trip most interesting and memorable. We would rate her as 10 out of 10.

Ajmal A.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, August 2023
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OMG!!! We had the best trip ever!!! Kudos to our tour guide Oli and bus driver Daniel!!! We learned so much from Oli, from geology to folklore. We would never have seen or known so much if we had ventured out on our own. We talked to many of the other people on our bus and for many this was not their first venture with Gate 1, and all spoke highly of your guide service. The hotel rooms were extremely clean and modern and our meals were always excellent. We are already looking at our next adventure!!! Thank you all so much!

Karen B.
9 Day Classic Iceland, July 2023
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Our guide Marianne was by far the best guide I've had on any trip. She is very knowledgeable, patient and thoughtful. She went out of her way to make everyone happy. If all Gate 1 guides are like her, I am very excited to do more tours with Gate 1.

Nipurna S.
6 Day Essential Iceland, July 2023
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Our tour manager Oskar in Iceland was fantastic. I loved hearing his stories about growing up in Iceland and his easy-going humor. He also made sure we had a safe experience and did everything possible to make it enjoyable. I would definitely recommend him.

Michelle Z.
9 Day Classic Iceland, July 2023
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Accolades to Gate1 for another wonderful trip! Our tour manager, "RJ", was the best - so knowledgeable about all the sites, countryside, folklore, etc. - extremely well- organized and fun! And our driver Einar was excellent as well - we felt very safe with his driving skills.

Bruce C.
6 Day Essential Iceland, June 2023
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Just to say we had a fabulous time, Iceland is incredible. The people of Iceland so kind, food so interesting and scenery is unique! Kristopher our guide was amazing, he knew his stuff and kept us on schedule, so fun, he made us all feel like family! Thanks Gate 1 for another great trip. I can't wait to book my next one!

Jana K.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, May 2023
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Words cannot express how pleased I am with my recent 10-day trip to Iceland. I had taken the short Iceland trip, thru Gate 1, and was so impressed with the country that I decided to book the longer trip. No regrets. This in-depth tour of the entire island was outstanding (and breathtaking), and even when I got to the stuff I'd already seen, I was in awe all over again. Our guide, Jonas, was outstanding, attentive to every detail regarding safety, logistics and satisfaction. This was my 7th trip with Gate 1, and one of the best things about traveling with Gate 1 is the consistency of quality, whether Europe or South America; guides, accommodations, side trips and comfort are all given high priority. I've told many people about Gate 1, and, on a personal level, I have them on my speed-dial. I have never been disappointed.

Ramon G.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, March 2023
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We enjoyed our trip! The hotels staff were amazing especially the female dinner waitstaff at the land hotel. She ensured all the food allergies were take care of, and knew what each person needed. Also, Bea at the land hotel was amazingly patient with my elderly mother who had multiple questions about the northern lights, if they were appearing that time, if what she photographed was correct, etc. She was so kind and helpful. Rj was great and the bus driver too. They made the journey enjoyable and informative. They were very flexible with the weather and ensured we could experience the most.

Julie O.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, February 2023
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We have about 20 Gate1 trips under our belt and have loved every one. This trip to Iceland was just as wonderful and we did get to see the northern lights our last night in country. How great! I wanted to give a huge shout out for Sigga our guide. She is a gem and we couldn't have been happier with her. She loves her country and is a great ambassador of Iceland and Gate1. We'll be seeing you again!!!

Christopher L.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, February 2023
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It was a fantastic trip and met our expectations. In particular, our tour guide Sigridour and the driver Mr. Thor provided great customer service and a fun experience to go hunting northern light on our last night Feb. 26. We saw aurora borealis with our own eyes. My wife and my son loved the experience. The Hotel Hella and Grimsborgir are excellent in term of food, customer service, and beautiful room. The trip covers all basic locations that one wants to see Iceland. In summary, you got yourself one fantastic tour guide who is fun and firm to guide us. For example, during the drive, she was talking in her mike and people talking at the time. She firmly said "you may not want to hear, but other people wants to hear". I like that. After that, people keeps quiet when she talks about Iceland. And we saw aurora borealis even though it was not guaranteed.

George N.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, February 2023
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Our trip was great...over too quickly, but great! Our guide, Oli, never missed a beat when our hotel accommodations in Reykjavik were compromised due to local strikes. I don't think we missed anything in the original itinerary, and he even added in an impromptu stop at the harbor for a humpback whale sighting he had gotten wind of. He could have "stuck to the script" and never mentioned it, but that little extra stop was so enjoyable! You can tell he loves showing off his country, which made us enjoy our trip all the more. This was our fourth Gate 1 trip, and there will absolutely be more in our future!

Carolyn S.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, January 2023
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I am searching for the correct words to impart our happiness and satisfaction with our tour of Iceland. Sigridur our guide and Daniel our driver were beyond compare. Our expectations were exceeded by both of them at every turn. Exceeded only by the breathtaking beauty of Iceland in the winter. The Landhotel was pure magic for the Northern Lights. The hotel and staff were excellent in every aspect. I could go on and on but...you get the idea.

Karen A.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, October 2022
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We recently went on the 11 day kaleidoscope tour of Iceland. To say the trip was awesome is an understatement. Iceland has amazing vistas, mountains, waterfalls, thermal pools, glaciers, black sand beaches and lava fields as far as the eyes can see. There was lots of opportunity to hike and breathe in the clean clear air. Our guide Hannah was very knowledgeable and friendly and shared a lot of information about the culture and lives of the Icelandic people. We definitely can recommend this trip and we hope to return in the future.

Anne E.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, October 2022
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May I start off by saying how wonderful my trip to Iceland was? My son, my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel that we really got to see as much of Iceland as was possible in the time allotted. The south shore countryside and Reykjavik were filled with awesome welcoming people. Our tour guide Hlif and bus driver Gummi were very informative, pleasant, and helpful. That made the trip that much more enjoyable They are a definite asset to Gate 1 Travel, and deserve a raise or bonus! The hotel accommodations/selections were excellent. The food was delicious and plentiful. The sights were beyond compare. I am grateful to Gate 1 Travel for providing us with a delightful and fun-filled getaway. I am telling everyone to use your company, and also plan to book another trip for Spring 2023.

Mary D.
9 Day Classic Iceland, September 2022
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I can sum up our trip with a short- outstanding across the board!!!!! But before I go much further than that I must rave on a bit about our tour guide Ms. Sigridur . You absolutely must clone her for other trips. First and foremost she was a sheer delight to work and travel with. As a 26 year military veteran I appreciate good leadership. She was an outstanding leader! Guiding with a gentle but clearly in charge persona. I know she worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything on our excursion went flawlessly. There were weather related changes etc. but each of these were handled so professionally that they were seamless and easy for the group. Her decisions on the fly to change places, and times at places, were absolutely spot on and just made the whole experience that much better. She read the group's wants and needs perfectly. The information she provided about the places we were visiting; the cultural, historical, economic, scientific, geologic, etc. uniqueness of Iceland was not only fascinating but delivered in just the right amounts and just the right times. It's clear she really enjoys her job from the happiness, humor, and caring with which she does it. She made each of us feel special and confident we were being well cared for. If it were possible she would be our pick for all of our trips! Thor, our bus driver was also outstanding. The consummate professional in every way and equally warm, friendly, and joyful. A pleasure to travel with as well. We were very satisfied and happy with all of the accommodations and equally with all the activities and sights we visited. The included meals were great and the venues chosen for independent dining were also very good and very efficient with large groups. This trip delivered 100% of what we expected and hoped for and exceeded our expectations. Not sure I would change anything about it. Since we were beaming when we got back all of our friends have asked for details. Naturally we have been recommending Gate-1 as we regale them about our experience and share amazing pictures.

Ian G.
6 Day Essential Iceland, August 2022
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It was wonderful. Einar was a wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide. Our group of 36 were friendly, always on time and fun to be with. The weather was better than expected, warm sunny days.

Ellen L.
9 Day Classic Iceland, July 2022
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Our trip was awesome; we were very well taken care of by ground staff in Iceland. The guide and driver were very helpful and professional One of the best trips for me.

Narinder S.
9 Day Classic Iceland, June 2022
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9 day Iceland trip was Wonderful. It helped that the weather was Great (June29-July7 '22). Harpa our guide was Great. She represented Iceland beautifullly. Her knowledge was wonderful, her personality great, her motto: 3 things: Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Happy was embraced by all. We saw so much in Iceland, it is impossible to pick a favorite day. The Blue Lagoon, the city tour, the icebergs, the waterfalls, the geysers..absolutely a beautiful trip. The hotels were good. We were blown away at how wonderful the food was especially the 2 dinners at Hotel Klaustur and the one dinner at Hotel Hagar. Such creative (and fresh) food. The tomato greenhouse restaurant was another wonderful meal. Our driver, Daniel was Great also, always friendly and kept us safe! The pace was great. The only slightly down side is of course you always wish you had a little more time at some of the places to take in all the beauty. So absolutely WONDERFUL trip to Iceland with Gate1!!

Lori M.


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