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REMOTE REACHES OF SCANDINAVIA BY PRIVATE JET

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • London
  • Reykjavik
  • IIulissat
  • Faroe Islands
  • Longyearbyen
  • Lofoten Archipelago
  • Bergen
  • Flåm
  • Oslo

17 Days By Private Jet
  • Departing:
  • 1 Jul 2023 Less than 10 places remain

Explore Europe’s remotest corners in the luxury and effortless convenience of a Business Class private jet. Discover the hidden treasures of Scandinavia – remote villages that are ice-bound most of the year; spectacular glaciers, waterfalls and deep fjords; and places lost in time including Greenland, the Lofoten Archipelago and the Faroe Islands. And encounter stunning wildlife amid the eternal ice.

Map
Greenland
Greenland

Discover glaciers and icefjords

We can choose to kayak through Greenland’s spectacular Ilulissat Icefjord, which is filled with icebergs calving from the world’s fastest-moving glacier. We can explore the active Eqi Glacier on a day-long boat trip, and go deep inside the interior of Iceland’s Langjökull Glacier aboard modified vehicles.

Iceland
Iceland

Encounter the icons of Iceland

Our experience at Gullfoss Waterfalls may cause us to understand the Icelandic belief in the supernatural, as the icy, roaring waters seems to disappear into the depths of the Earth itself. And at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, we can relax and rejuvenate in warm, mineral-rich water.

Norway
Norway

Cruise Trollfjord and Nærøyfjord

We enter Trollfjord in the Lofoten Islands through a narrow passage, emerging into a scene framed by kilometre-high mountains. Here we may encounter sea eagles. Our vessel also cruises along sinuous Nærøyfjord, with cliffs and waterfalls to either side, as we sail to the village of Flåm.

Walrus
Walrus

Walrus Safari to Borebukta Bay

Deep in the calm waters of Norway’s remote Borebukta Bay, our hybrid vessel switches to its electric motor as we go in search of the captivating walrus. Our silent approach there means we minimise our chances of disturbing these wonderful creatures, giving us optimal viewing opportunities.

Business Class Boeing 737-700 Interior
Business Class Boeing 737-700 Interior

FLY BY BUSINESS CLASS PRIVATE JET

Travel on unique routes and to our own schedule aboard our Business Class-configured Boeing 737-700 private jet in a group of up to 50 like-minded travellers. We use our rare access to go to some of Europe’s farthest-flung places, and take advantage of expedited entry and departure arrangements where possible.

Itinerary

On arrival in London, we are met and transferred to the charming and historic surrounds of Down Hall Estate in Essex, about an hour’s drive from the capital. This afternoon, we can enjoy the hotel’s facilities or take a stroll through the magnificently landscaped gardens. At our Welcome Dinner, we meet our fellow travellers and share our anticipation of the thrilling days to follow.

After a delicious breakfast at Down Hall, we transfer to Stansted Airport’s private jet terminal and board our Business Class-configured Boeing 737 for the flight to Reykjavik, a journey of about three hours. Lunch will be served on board. After our early-afternoon arrival, we split into two smaller groups.

Our first group remains in Iceland, choosing to either head straight to the Canopy by Hilton hotel or the Blue Lagoon. Bathe in the mineral-rich waters, famous for their healing properties. You can also make the most of the indoor pool and geothermal sauna while here. Feeling revitalised, spend the afternoon on your own personal discovery of Reykjavik before reconvening for this evening’s dinner.

Our second group, meanwhile, transfer to our chartered Air Greenland Dash 8 aircraft for the short flight to Ilulissat, where you will be greeted and taken to your home for the next three nights, Hotel Ilulissat, situated in the heart of this remote Arctic town. There, enjoy dinner.

Those in our Reykjavik group begin today with an exploration of the Golden Circle Route, which is composed of Thingvellir National Park, as well as the Gulfoss waterfalls and Geysir geothermal area. These breathtaking natural wonders offer a glimpse into the region’s remarkable geology. Close by, visit Fridheimar Farm and try the local tomato schnapps. Take the rest of the afternoon on your own schedule before selecting from some of the city’s finest restaurants for dinner. You may prefer to dine at your hotel.

Our Ilulissat guests begin with a tour of the town. Visit its oldest parts, including buildings dating from its earliest years as a Danish trading post. See the busy fishing harbour, the 18th-century church and the new Icefjord Centre, which tells the story of the region’s glaciers, as well as its human history, in the contemporary context of climate change.

After a traditional Greenlandic barbecue lunch prepared by a private chef, you have a choice of Your World experiences:

— One option is to walk to the old settlement of Sermermiut, one-and-a-half kilometres from Ilulissat. Over 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in this place, with significant archaeological remains, including the ruins of turf huts, to be seen to this day. Hear tales of the Inuit people’s lives and traditions before Europeans came to Greenland and touch the permafrost with your own hands.
— The other choice is to kayak among icebergs calved from the Ilulissat Icefjord. Dry suits and all safety equipment is provided.

Dinner will be at the hotel or at your choice of the local restaurants, and afterwards there is an optional evening cruise of the Icefjord, a wonder of natural ice sculptures and intense colours.

Those in Iceland today will select from the Your World experiences on offer:

— Spend a full day visiting the country’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Journey along the white slopes of ‘the long glacier’ by Super Jeep and venture inside man-made ice tunnels.
— On this morning option, accompany a geologist to the Hellisheidi power plant and learn how Iceland is transforming to sources of clean energy.
— Take the afternoon to uncover some of Iceland’s fascinating history. Visit the Settlement Center and the National Museum of Iceland. Learn about the region’s Viking past and hear about the Sagas, one of the pillars of Icelandic literature.

Dine at your hotel this evening or choose from one of the area’s other fine restaurants.

In Greenland, the massive Eqi Glacier (Eqip Sermia) is the ultimate destination on a full-day cruise. Travel north along the coast from Ilulissat, as your boat passes Bredebugt Bay, Oqaatsut village, and the Paakitsoq fjord system, where you may encounter whales and seals. Cruise through Ataa Sound, which is rich in birdlife and framed by steep mountains from which tumble waterfalls. Spend a couple of hours at a safe distance from the stunning sight of Eqi Glacier, watching in wonder as it calves into the bay. Return to Ilulissat in the afternoon for dinner at the hotel.

Following breakfast, our two groups swap destinations as we continue our journey. Our Iceland group board an Icelandair Dash 8 aircraft for their flight to Ilulissat. On arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Following an afternoon tour of the town, check in to Hotel Ilulissat.

The remainder of our group enjoy lunch while flying to Reykjavik, before adjourning to the Canopy by Hilton hotel for dinner and a three-night stay.

Breakfast is at our respective hotels this morning. Those in Greenland enjoy a morning tour of Ilulissat, visiting its oldest parts, including buildings dating from its earliest years as a Danish trading post. See the busy fishing harbour, the 18th-century church and the new Icefjord Centre, which tells the story of the region’s glaciers, as well as its human history, in the contemporary context of climate change.

After a traditional Greenlandic barbecue lunch prepared by a private chef, spend your afternoon on one of these Your World experiences:

— Walk to the old settlement of Sermermiut. Over 4000 years, different Inuit cultures lived in this place, with significant archaeological remains, including the ruins of turf huts, to be seen to this day. Hear tales of the Inuit people’s lives and traditions before Europeans came to Greenland and touch the permafrost with your own hands.
— Kayak among icebergs calved from the Ilulissat Icefjord. Dry suits and all safety equipment is provided.

Enjoy dinner at your hotel or choose from the local restaurants. Depart on an optional evening cruise of the Icefjord, a wonder of natural ice sculptures and intense colours.

In Reykjavik today, explore the Golden Circle Route, comprising Thingvellir National Park, the Gulfoss waterfalls and Geysir geothermal area. These spectacular natural wonders provide a glimpse into the region’s remarkable geology. Close by, visit Fridheimar Farm and sample the local tomato schnapps. Take the rest of the afternoon on your own schedule before selecting from some of the city’s finest restaurants for dinner. You may prefer to dine at your hotel.

In Greenland, the massive Eqi Glacier (Eqip Sermia) proves the ultimate destination during a full-day cruise. Travel north along the coast from Ilulissat, as your boat passes Bredebugt Bay, Oqaatsut village, and the Paakitsoq fjord system, where you may encounter whales and seals. Cruise through Ataa Sound, which is rich in birdlife and framed by steep mountains from which tumble waterfalls. Spend a couple of hours at a safe distance from the stunning sight of Eqi Glacier, watching in wonder as it calves into the bay. Return to Ilulissat in the afternoon for dinner at the hotel.

Those in Iceland today will select from the Your World experiences on offer:

— Spend a full day visiting the country’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Journey along the white slopes of ‘the long glacier’ by Super Jeep and venture inside man-made ice tunnels.
— On this morning option, accompany a geologist to the Hellisheidi power plant and learn how Iceland is transforming to sources of clean energy.
— Take the afternoon to uncover some of Iceland’s fascinating history. Visit the Settlement Center and the National Museum of Iceland. Learn about the region’s Viking past and hear about the Sagas, one of the pillars of Icelandic literature.

Dine at your hotel this evening or choose from one of the area’s other fine restaurants.

Our group in Ilulissat board a flight for Reykjavik after breakfast. Following lunch on board the aircraft, arrive in Reykjavik. Here, you’ll meet our Business Class private jet for your onward flight to the Faroe Islands.

Our guests already in Reykjavik will have the choice of a free morning or an optional morning visit to the Blue Lagoon. Absorb its mineral-rich waters, responsible for the lagoon’s otherworldly hue. Sooth your tired muscles and also take advantage of the indoor pool and geothermal sauna, which are also on the site. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Faroe Islands, where our two groups reunite.

We check into Hotel Føroyar in Tórshavn, the islands’ capital, for an overnight stay.

After breakfast this morning, we drive to Gásadalur, where we walk along the trail to the viewpoint of the enchanting waterfall Múlafossur. From Gásadalur, we hike to Trælanípan. From there, we head for Vestmanna, where we board a boat for a cruise to the spectacular Vestmanna Cliffs. Our tour ends in Sørvágur. From here, a bus takes us to the airport for our flight to Longyearbyen – lunch is served en route. On arrival, we tour the town and learn about its history, passing the local mines, church and global seed vault, which helps secure the world’s crop diversity. For the next two nights, we stay at Funken Lodge, an oasis in the Arctic.

After our breakfast, we tour the Svalbard Museum and the North Pole Museum, before taking lunch at a local restaurant.

The afternoon presents us with a choice of Your World experiences:

— The first is a trip across the Ice Fjord to Borebukta Bay in search of walrus. Our conveyance is a modern hybrid vessel, which shifts to silent electric power when the wildlife is near. There is also an underwater drone to glimpse the life beneath us.
— The other option sees us fossil hunting at Longyearbreen glacier, where we can find plant and animal fossils as old as 60 million years. We walk from Nybyen, and are soon in the wilderness. There is no obvious path to follow as we make our way up towards the glacier over the moraine area. It is stony and uneven, but our even tempo gives us time to look for fossils. We also have the company of a husky, and learn a little about the role that these dogs have.

A transfer to Spitsbergen Airport follows breakfast at our hotel. Our flight south to Evenes takes 90 minutes, and we enjoy a gourmet lunch inflight. The small fishing village of Digermulen is our destination when we arrive in the Lofoten Islands, and we board the MS Brim for a private cruise through the Lofoten archipelago and on to Svolvær. We sail towards Trollfjord, on the lookout for sea eagles, and then cruise through the narrow entrance to the fjord, which is dwarfed by sheer, 1000-metre-high mountains on either side. Trollfjord opens up into a spectacular two-kilometre-long waterway framed by green-clad cliffs. We learn about its natural history – and its trolls – from a local guide. Following the cruise, we arrive in Svolvær and transfer to our accommodation, the Thon Hotel Lofoten, where we dine tonight.

After breakfast, we enjoy a morning tour of Lofotr Viking Museum, whose main attraction is a reconstructed long house, set amid a re-creation of a Viking village.

We have lunch at the museum, after which we choose from two Your World experiences:

— The first is a visit to picturesque Henningsvær, a village 30 minutes’ from Svolvær. The drive is stunning, travelling along a narrow coastal road and across iconic bridges to a lively village featuring an art museum, cafes, restaurants and shops.
— Our other option is a free afternoon to explore Svolvær.

Tonight, we can dine at our hotel or at Restaurant Kjøkkenet.

Transfer to the airport after our hotel breakfast for our final private jet flight to the delightful city of Bergen. Lunch is enjoyed as we fly over the Norwegian countryside. Following our arrival, the afternoon is at leisure in Bergen, a former Hanseatic port and the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg, whose family runs the Opus XVI Hotel, at which we stay for two nights. The sun doesn’t set until about 11pm, and it never gets truly dark at this time of year, so the city is ripe for night-time exploration.

This morning, a post-breakfast walking tour of the Hans area of the city introduces us to some of Bergen’s history. We stroll with a local guide past the old wharf buildings of Bryggen, which is World Heritage-listed, then visit the ‘Schøtsuene’ – the Hanseatic Assembly Rooms. After this, we walk back to the fascinating Fish Market. We then ride the funicular to Mt Fløyen, where we enjoy stunning views of the city and its surrounds, and a fine lunch at the mountaintop restaurant, which dates to 1925. Our afternoon is free in Bergen before we gather for dinner.

After breakfast, we depart for Gudvangen and Flåm. Gudvangen means ‘the field of the gods by the water’ and is situated at the end of Nærøyfjord and the 30-kilometre-long World Heritage-listed Nærøy Valley. We board a ship for a cruise along the fjord, one of the world’s narrowest, passing countless waterfalls on our way to the village of Flåm. Lunch is at a local restaurant before we re-join our coach and climb to the Stegastein viewing platform, 650 metres above Aurlandsfjord. Dinner is at our hotel.

Our route to the Norwegian capital after breakfast is extraordinary. We walk just 100 metres to the station to join the historic Flåm Railway, a marvel of engineering. Completed in 1940, the 20-kilometre-long line has 20 tunnels, climbs some of the world’s steepest gradients, and is considered one of the world’s most spectacular railways. We sit in comfort, viewing the scenery from a vintage train compartment. A short stop at Kjosfossen waterfall breaks the journey. At Myrdal, we join a train to Oslo through delightful countryside. We arrive in Oslo in the late afternoon, transfer to the historic Amerikalinjen Hotel, and tonight enjoy a special Farewell Dinner.

After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport for our onward flights, our remarkable private jet journey having now concluded.

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