Luxury Adventures Luxury Adventures is a family-‐run tour operator specializing in all-‐inclusive private travel in Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. We operate our own a) private lodge accommodation b) private glacier/highland camps c) vehicles of great variety from standard sized cars to super jeeps/SUVs and buses for self-‐ drive and full-‐service with driver/guides in many languages d) hiking/glaicer equipment e) high class atv/quad bikes. Additionally we offer exclusive resorts, affordable to luxury hotels, helicopters, private charters and all kinds of activities. Our services: 1) private all inclusive travel 2) extreme and challenging incentives 3) wedding planning 4) accommodation 5) chauffeuring in standard/ luxury vehicles, superjeeps/SUVs and buses 6) helicopters and private charters 7) rental cars 8) activities of all kinds 9) private hiking 10) atv/quad tours and expeditions. The company is owned by one family. The backbones of the company are Thorgrimur Olafssson and his wife Solveig Olafsdottir; their son and daughter–in-‐law Olafur Thorgrimsson and Linda Palsdottir. Olafur’s cousin Jon Sigurbjornsson and Karl Olafsson that we rate now as one of the family.
Marina is the director over Russia and the Baltics. She was born and lived her entire life in Russia, graduated from Moscow State University of Commerce where she has been studying at the faculty of trade management.
When you have gone through the options that we suggest feel free to contact us and we will put together your private itinerary. Bestustu, Karl, Olafur, Jon and Marina Luxury Adventures
Iceland (www.lux.is) Iceland is a European island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km². Its capital and largest city is Reykjavík, whose surrounding area is home to some two-‐thirds of the national population. Located on the Mid-‐Atlantic Ridge, Iceland is volcanically and geologically active on a large scale; this defines the landscape. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterized by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many big glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate climate relative to its latitude and provides a habitable environment and nature.
Private all-inclusive travel This great private holiday for individuals and groups should be one of the best experiences in your life. It should go beyond your expectations, refresh you in mind, body and spirit and provide wonderful lasting memories. Above all, it should be great fun. We're here to make it happen for you. We will be delighted to share our knowledge and enthusiasm to find the perfect holiday for you and your loved ones. We are the leading company in ground transport to air, accommudation and dining, the best activities and leisure. We are the all inclusive agency.
Extreme and challenging incentives We have it all, if you dare. These exciting trips have the most challenge and variety packed into one. You'll trek glaciers, climb mountains, river raft and learn to ice climb from Reykjavik in the south to the Skaftafell mountains in the east. We will take you on a thrilling ATV tour across the lava fields and drive up the volcanos in super jeeps/suvs, snowmobile the biggest glaciers in Europe and walk in the largest lava caves. If you're up for the challenge, your rewards will be great views, great memories and a real feeling of accomplishment. Only for those who dare!
Wedding planning This can truly be all inclusive wedding package including all vendors required for the wedding, coordinating, and handling the details of the event from the day the bride books, until the last guest has left the reception.
Accommodation We always offer the best hotels among the budget ones that are available to you, all specially handpicked, always with the highest standards available. Aslo we operate our own private lodge and have access to majestic mountain resort. If you want to experience sleeping out in the Icelandic nature, on top of a glacier, in the highlands or where ever your journey is taking you, we operate our own top of the line base camps to deploy.
Luxury Luxury Adventures is specifically designed for the sophisticate whose prime aim when travelling is to experience the very best. Not content with the mundane or second best, you actively seek out the ultimate in accommodation, design hotels and resorts along with the best transport, want personalized service in every aspect of your travel. We offer complete service for even the most demanding traveler. Our goal is to meet and exceed all our customer expectation and allow you to experience the best Iceland has to offer.
Resorts We offer Mountain Resorts. Treat yourself to a truly unforgettable luxury resort vacation, marked by distinguished style, attentive service, and picturesque surroundings. Does your dream vacation include awakening to an enchanting Icelandic view of towering volcanic Mountains? Self catering and/or full service depending on resorts.
Lodges We offer our own Lodge. If you are looking for a higher level of comfort, exclusive facilities, modern amenities, attention to detail and plenty of quaint or luxurious touches, then these stylish lodges are for you. You can expect a superb overall level of quality and character, with high standards of décor, fixtures and fittings. Self catering or full service up to you. We welcome you to experience dining that reaches far beyond just food & drink. Join us at day’s end, dining with panoramic mountain views and spectacular painted skies with your own private chef.
Private glacier/highland camps We offer our own camps. The 'Base Camp' of a mountain is an area used for staging an attempt at the summit. Base camps are positioned to be safe from the harsher conditions above. There are base camps on many popular mountains and glaciers. We operate in various locations our camps weather-‐ and season depending. Iceland is perfect due to its huge highlands and glaciers.
Affordable We at Luxury Adventures are totally committed to delivering a range of options at affordable prices, allowing you to fulfill your complete travel and leisure requirements. Specializing in Iceland, and giving you the tools, information and range of products you need to easily plan and book all your travel requirements from hotels, villas, summerhouses and hostels. Transfers, car rental, theatres, attraction tickets, ancillaries and much more.
Transportation Your journey will start the minute you will see the driver/guide and we employ driver/guides in several different languages. We proudly can say that our transportation fleet is among the best that this island has to offer. We have luxury SUV’S, amazing glacier jeeps that will take care of transportation on ground. In the air we have top of the class transport from private charted planes to helicopters. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and excellent customer service. Our driver/guides are fully licensed to drive private hire vehicles. They will always be immaculately dressed, always courteous and respectful of client confidentiality. Their priority is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed and that you arrive at your destination safely and on time. Our fleet is fully insured and fully licensed for private hire use and fully covered with public liability insurance.
Chauffeuring in standard/luxury vehicles, super jeeps/SUVs and buses Luxury Adventures is a leading executive transport company in Iceland. We specialize in providing premium transport solutions to suit your individual requirements. Our fleet is available for guided tours, corporate services, weddings, special occasions and airport transfers. We monitor all flights and airlines for changes in arrival times for our customers to be always on time at the airports arrival time. We also offer a free meet and greet service for our clients with easily identifiable name boards, so that you can locate your driver/guide as soon as you arrive in the arrival hall. Once united your driver/guide will assist you with any luggage and escort you to your car. Our guides are fluent in various languages. Our vehicles are of great variety all from standard and luxury vehicles to super jeeps/SUVs/vans and buses.
Helicopters and private charters We offer helicopters and charters. Luxury Adventures meets all requirements for safety, maintenance and reliability as we seek to provide cost-‐efficient helicopter and charter services. Whether on the ground or in the air, we are ready to meet customer requirements by helping you achieve maximum efficiency and productivity – essential components of success in a competitive environment. Heli-‐sights, heli-‐skiing and so forth and forth are just expamples of how unique Iceland is when it comes to use air transportation.
Rental cars We operate our own car rental and self drive packages. We try to keep things simple so that you enjoy the best possible experience. We also hope that booking your car through us becomes part of a really fantastic trip or holiday in Iceland where we set together a package deal including vehicle for unlimited driving and accommodation.
Activities Luxury Adventures offers a great variety of activities. Four of the largest glaciers in Europe to snowmobile on all year around, endless black sands to bike on, white water rivers to raft and fly fish in, freshwater lakes to dive in, 52 golf courses to have fun on and the list could go on. Would you like to ski down an active volcano, dive between Europe‘s and America‘s tectonic plates, go horseback riding on a black sandy beach or in an exotic lava field surroundings or go on an ATV/quad expedition in the highlands next to glaciers and volcanoes?
Private hiking We focus on you only. The single most important question to ask when searching for a private guide service is: "Who is actually doing the guiding?" If you are not 100% satisfied with the answer, look for another organization. Luxury Adventures guides have some of the country‘s most experience. Whether you are a novice or a team of experts, local knowledge is worth its weight in gold. Our guides can adapt to serve the individual needs of clients at any level. From the geothermal areas to the black sandy beaches to the top of the highest peak in Iceland.
ATV/quad tours and expeditions We offer our own ATV’s. See the beautiful backcountry of Iceland "highlands" from the seat of an All Terrain Vehicle, commonly known as an ATV. ATVs allow access to places where few people go all over the country overnight tours and day tours. For the ultimate in off-‐ the-‐beaten-‐track travel experiences it's difficult to beat going on an ATV expedition. If you embark on our expeditions you will travel through Iceland most hidden places with extreme environments. ATV expeditions aren't easy going and they are most definitely not for a traveler that likes their creature comforts -‐ but it's precisely this fact that makes going on an ATV expedition such an exciting prospect. Going on an ATV expedition gets you away from the usual tourist trail and enables you to see some incredible places few other people ever get to see.
Greenland (www.greenlandluxuryvacation.com) Greenland is the largest island in the world. Owing to its situation in the north, where the Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean, cold ocean currents principally surround Greenland, so the coasts are constantly being cooled. This, together with the radiation of cold from the inland ice gives Greenland its Arctic climate. 'When you've seen the world there's always Greenland' goes the old travellers' saying. But why wait till then? Vast, empty, glittering, snowscapes scoured by howling winds, freezing waters full of icebergs sculpted into fantastical shapes, the dancing Northern Lights -‐ the Arctic certainly isn't lacking in dramatic
scenery or unusual sights. This is an environment that swings from one extreme to another with never-‐ending midnight sun in the summer and endless polar night in winter. Yet, in spite of the climate the area is alive with wildlife and has been occupied by man for thousands of years. Warm, friendly people, comfortable modern hotels and lively nightlife even in the remotest-‐seeming of locations complete the itinerary and make this one of the most stimulating and unforgettable travel destinations whether you are touring or holding a conference. Greenland is not a cheap destination, but few places combine such magnificent scenery, such clarity of light and such raw power of nature.. Greenland also offers world-‐ beating but charmingly uncommercialised opportunities for sea kayaking, rock climbing and salmon fishing.
Private all-inclusive travel This great private holiday for individuals and groups should be one of the best experiences in your life. It should go beyond your expectations, refresh you in mind, body and spirit and provide wonderful lasting memories. Above all, it should be great fun. We're here to make it happen for you. We will be delighted to share our knowledge and enthusiasm to find the perfect holiday for you and your loved ones. We are the leading company in ground transport to air, accommodation and dining, the best activities and leisure. We are the all inclusive private operator.
Accommodation In Greenland there are a number of youth hostels and hostels in both towns and settlements. The standard varies: some have been built to cater exclusively for hikers (youth
hostels) and provide a bed, bathroom and kitchenette, whilst others can be described as hostels with cafeterias, the option of renting bed linen, sheet sleeping bags, etc. There are also seamen’s hostels in the towns of Aasiaat, Sisimiut, Maniitsoq, Nuuk and Qaqortoq among hotels in the bigger towns like tassilak and Ilullisat.
Hotels With the exception of Ittoqqortoormiit, Kangaatsiaq and Upernavik there are hotels in all towns. Many of the hotels are classified according to the European classification system with up to 4-‐star as the best. The 4-‐star hotels include Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, Hotel Sisimiut in Sisimiut and Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk and the Hotel Angmagssalik . All hotels have en suite bathroom/toilet, telephone and usually also TV. The hotels also include the four seamen’s hostels. They were originally used as cheap and basic overnight accommodation primarily for sailors, but in recent years have been modernised and today are of hotel standard. All seamen’s hostels have a cafeteria where you can enjoy the dish of the day or a cup of coffee and a piece of home-‐made cake. If you stay overnight at a hotel in Greenland, breakfast is always included in the price.
Bed and Breakfast In the major towns the tourist office can arrange B&B, where you live with a Greenlandic family and thereby get a good insight into everyday life in Greenland. Often, for a small additional charge, you will be able to eat with the family and taste some homemade Greenlandic specialities. In South Greenland several sheep-‐farmers offer basic overnight accommodation.
Hostels and youth hostels Cheap alternatives for overnight accommodation are provided by hostels and youth hostels, which are found in most towns. The standard hostels varies a great deal, but the price often reflects the quality. Some can be compared to ‘hostels’ in Europe, whilst others are more like ‘youth hostels’, in which you will be sleeping with several other people. There are no showers or toilets in the rooms and outside the large towns the toilet can be a simple earth closet. At some hostels the beds are made up, but otherwise you need to bring a sleeping bag. You do not need a youth hostel card as in Europe in order to stay overnight at hostels and youth hostels, where there are good opportunities to swap experiences with other travelers.
Camping If you are travelling to Greenland with a tent, you can pitch it anywhere except in the vicinity of historical ruins and next to lakes and rivers that supply freshwater to towns and settlements. Several towns have established special areas for camping with various facilities.
Glacier camps We offer our own camps. The 'Base Camp' of a mountain is an area used for staging an attempt at the summit. Base camps are positioned to be safe from the harsher conditions above. There are base camps on many popular mountains and glaciers. We operate in various locations our camps weather-‐ and season depending. Greenland is perfect due to its huge highlands and glaciers.
Transportation In Greenland there are no roads connecting the towns, so all transport takes place by plane or by ship. The Arctic climate, which at times can be extreme, places great demands on safety during transport, demands which Greenland’s transport companies satisfy in full. When travelling over shorter distances outside the towns the local population use their own boats, dogsleds or snowmobiles.
Helicopter There are three ways of experiencing a flight by helicopter during your stay in Greenland: You can either use a scheduled service, go on an organised tour or charter your own helicopter. All helicopter flights are carried out by Air Greenland. Helicopters fly at low altitude, and this provides a completely different experience and perspective than when flying in a plane high above the clouds.
Snowmobiles Most of Greenland is covered by snow during the winter months, and there are thus fantastic opportunities for snowmobile enthusiasts. For many people in Greenland the snowmobile has assumed the role of the modern successor to the dogsled. The vast majority of hunters, however, have chosen to stick to the traditional sleds and in certain cases hunting is not allowed on snowmobiles. The snowmobile is therefore first and foremost a vehicle for recreation and leisure.
Boats Sailing in Greenland is just as natural a part of everyday life as driving a car is for others. However, sailing in Arctic waters is often much more than just a question of getting from A to B. Sailing is a lifestyle and almost a law of nature in and around the world's largest island, where none of the towns are linked by roads. For the native population a sailing trip into a fjord is the natural respite and highlight of a working week, as long as the weather permits it and the season is suitable for sailing. The majorities ready their boats in May and take them ashore during the autumn. This is also the season for tourists to sail, where adventures range from meeting whales up close to the chance to study icebergs and go on excursions to settlements, natural phenomena, cultural sites and much more.
Dog-sledding Imagine a group of dogs in harness, waiting impatiently for the driver to give the start signal. You’re ready, wrapped up snugly in the warmest sealskin and sitting comfortably on the reindeer skin on the sled while the sun bakes down. The sled moves off and you feel at one with Mother Nature, whilst the dogs happily pant along through the magnificent, snow-‐ covered landscape. If you ever have the chance to experience this unique form of transport, it will probably be as a passenger – unless you wish to try your hand at driving a dogsled yourself?
Activities Luxury Adventures offers a great variety of activities. Greenland has a wealth of activities to offer in the midst of magnificent scenery, the like of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Read about dogsled driving, hiking, musk ox safari, angling or about one of the many events and sports events you can participate in all year round.
Hiking The Greenlandic nature provides magnificent hiking experiences in an almost untouched landscape. In most areas of the country you do not need to walk very far before you can enjoy the deafening silence and the sight of wide open spaces. Greenland is therefore a very popular hiking country for people who love the great outdoors.
Fishing Non-‐residents are required to buy personal fishing licenses prior to going fishing, which must be carried when fishing in Greenland. A fishing license gives the owner the right to fish with a fishing rod, jig or similar handheld tool in accordance with rules that apply to sports fishing in Greenland.
Hunting Distant travel destinations and exotic wildlife are on the wish-‐lists of many trophy hunters. The dream of a unique hunt for one of Greenland’s iconic land-‐based mammals such as the reindeer or the musk ox is just a 2hour flight from Iceland. In West, South and East Greenland you have the chance to go on a trophy hunt accompanied by authorized hunting guides. Greenland is a huge country and the wildlife is free to roam in the landscape. There are no fences or artificial boundaries – only the natural surroundings and your own fitness define what’s possible. Your guide can of course make a qualified guess as to where animals can be found – but whatever the circumstances, you should expect to be active and it’s highly recommended that you’re in good shape.
Kayaking The kayak – or qajaq as it is called in Greenland – is a genuine Inuit invention. Kayak rowers have paddled the Arctic waters for thousands of years. The experience acquired by the Inuits during this time has more than inspired contemporary kayak designers and rowers. There is therefore nowhere else in the world where it is more appropriate to row kayak than in Greenland.
Musk Ox safari One of the best places in the world to see musk oxen is around Kangerlussuaq – the main gateway to Greenland. A musk ox safari gives you a unique opportunity to see musk oxen at close range. The excursions that are run by a couple of tourist offices are classic trips that have almost become synonymous with the area. Although the musk ox is used to humans, it is still a wild herd animal and you should not get too close; this will be explained in more detail by the guides. On some trips you may be unfortunate and not meet any musk oxen or only catch a glimpse of them through a pair of binoculars. It is this unpredictable charm that applies to all wildlife in Greenland.
Sailing Sailing in Greenland is just as natural a part of everyday life as driving a car is for others. However, sailing in Arctic waters is often much more than just a question of getting from A to B. Sailing is a lifestyle and almost a law of nature in and around the world's largest island, where none of the towns are linked by roads. For the native population a sailing trip into a fjord is the natural respite and highlight of a working week, as long as the weather permits it and the season is suitable for sailing. The majorities ready their boats in May and take them ashore during the autumn. This is also the season for tourists to sail, where adventures range from meeting whales up close to the chance to study icebergs and go on excursions to settlements, natural phenomena, cultural sites and much more.
Snowmobiling Most of Greenland is covered by snow during the winter months, and there are thus fantastic opportunities for snowmobile enthusiasts. For many people in Greenland the snowmobile has assumed the role of the modern successor to the dogsled. The vast majority of hunters, however, have chosen to stick to the traditional sleds and in certain cases hunting is not allowed on snowmobiles. The snowmobile is therefore first and foremost a vehicle for recreation and leisure. Snowmobiling does not always go hand in hand with dog sledding, however, and in the municipalities in which there are sled dogs, there are often rules stipulating that snowmobiles may not be driven on traditional sled tracks and routes.
Whale watching Many different species of whale can be seen along Greenland’s coasts. And you are left in no doubt when there is a whale in the vicinity, as when it comes up to the surface to breathe, it blasts its breath through the water and air at a speed of several hundred kilometers per hour. This is called the whale’s spout and consists of small droplets of water that crystallize into clear funnel-‐shaped columns. The whales can sometimes swim very close to land when eating small shoals of fish, plankton, etc. The whales are best seen from a boat, where you can get very close to the enormous marine mammals in their natural element. Your heart will be in your mouth as 70-‐tonne (154,000 lb) fin whale swims underneath the boat. Time will seem to stand still as the thought crosses your mind that this gigantic marine mammal might suddenly flick its tail. Of course it does not happen because fortunately the whales are used to being observed!
Skiing The high season for skiing in Greenland is in the months of March and April, and it is also during this season that the world’s toughest cross-‐country race, Arctic Circle Race, is held in Sisimut every year with more than 100 competitors from more than 10 countries. At certain places in Greenland it is also possible to go skiing during the summer – for example at Apussuit Adventure Camp, which is situated on the top of a glacier just 25 km (16 miles) from Maniitsoq.
Heli-skiing The heights of the tops of the fells range from 700-‐1,500 m, whilst in the Fjord of Eternity a few of the mountains rise more than 2,000 m into the sky. The difference in altitudes on the various 'ski runs' ranges from 600 to 1,500 m (4,500 feet). The terrain is suitable for skiers of abilities ranging from those who have limited experience to real experts, and is equally suitable for both skiing and snowboarding. Heli-‐skiing is also possible in East Greenland and -‐ depending on the season near Uummannaq. In this region the huge glacial areas extend all the way to the coast and cut through the largest area of alpine fells on the west coast of the country. The ski slopes are located on some of the biggest islands in the region and alongside some of the deepest fjords, which in many places are covered by glaciers. At several places it's possible to ski all the way down from the top of the fells to the water's edge. Since the mid-‐1990s adventurous skiers have regularly made the trip to Maniitsoq in order to ski. Initially, the region was primarily the preserve of professional skiing teams and film companies
Dog-sledding Our dog sledding tours to Greenland offer a glimpse into a way of life that is truly Arctic. Dog sledding is a classically Greenlandic way to travel, and also an extremely ancient form of transport. It was developed by the Inuit thousands of years ago and to this day it is still the primary means of transport for a great many people in Greenland during the winter and spring. For travelling long distances through the frozen fjordlands and for hunting seal and polar bear, the dog sled is second to none.