Trip Overview

Experience the otherworldly beauty of Iceland together on this active, seven-day mother-daughter adventure with ATV rides, wildlife cruises, horseback riding, hot springs, and snowmobiling in June 2019.

Kick off your journey to Iceland with a visit to the Reykjanes Peninsula, where vast lava fields have produced otherworldly rock formations and a breathtaking coastline. An hour-long ATV ride across the rugged terrain of the volcanic peninsula and up the rocky mountain paths of Mt. Helgafell. Capture amazing family photos at the summit, where panoramic views take in the famous Blue Lagoon and Mt. Fagradalsfjall. An afternoon bus tour of Reykjavik, with stops to taste Icelandic culinary delicacies, will give you a chance to unwind and get to know your AdventureWomen companions.

At Snæfellsjökull National Park, Iceland’s extremes come together in its famous glacier-topped volcanic peak. A boat trip around Breiðafjörður Bay will offer opportunities to witness the whales and puffins Iceland is known for. The Víðgelmir cave, Iceland’s most spectacular lava cave, will take your breath away with its stunning colors and strange lava formations. Relive mother-daughter visits to the petting zoo with visits to a Goat Conservation Center and the Sturlu Reykir horse farm. Samples of local beer and fresh homemade rye bread will give you a taste of Icelandic tradition.

Nothing will bond you as a group of Adventure Women like a thrilling journey on snowmobiles through a man-made ice tunnel. Visit the Great Geysir Hot Spring, one of Iceland’s most famous wonders, and see if you can spot a rainbow hovering over the sparkling waters of the Gullfoss Waterfall.

The next day, a horseback riding adventure on Icelandic horses will bring you past tranquil ponds and picturesque waterfalls. A relaxing hot spring soak afterwards will wash away the dust of the road. You’ll enjoy a charming Icelandic Horse Show offering more fun photo opportunities, followed by an afternoon of exploration of Reykjavik, a beautiful and unique city you and your daughter will love.

Cap off your mother-daughter Iceland adventure with a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, an outdoor spa filled with milky-blue waters. After a good soak in the geothermal hot springs, filled with skin soothing minerals, you and your daughter just might be mistaken for sisters!

The breathtaking sights and experiences on this Iceland journey in June 2019 will no doubt bring you and your daughter closer than ever before!

Read guest reviews from our 2017 Iceland “Fire and Ice” trip.

And check out what these Adventure Women had to say about their fun in Iceland:

Main Attractions

  • A cultural and multi-activity discovery of a pure, natural, and unspoiled land
  • Take a thrilling ATV ride through rugged terrain on a volcanic peninsula
  • Hike in Snæfellsjökull National Park, exploring moss-covered lava fields, pebbled beaches, and imposing cliffs
  • Take in the natural beauty of Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Ride on horseback to the Secret Lagoon and relax in the hot springs

What You'll See and Do

  • ATV Ride
  • Boat Cruising
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Glacier Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Springs
  • Jetboating
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spa Element
  • UNESCO Site
  • Walking
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Friday, June 15, 2019 – Arrive in Reykjavík
After meeting as a group for the first time at the airport, you will be met and welcomed by your Icelandic guide, and transferred to the northern- most capital in the world, Reykjavík.

Go on a sightseeing tour on the Reykjanes peninsula, with its vast lava fields and geothermal activity. Go from the Reykjanes Lighthouse, situated on the breathtaking coastline, to the bridge between the continents, the boiling mudfields of Krýsuvík, and a stop at Sólveig’s hometown Grindavík for a visit to the Saltfish & Earth Energy Exhibition.

Breakfast is followed by a thrilling (one hour) ATV ride through the rugged terrain of the volcanic peninsula. Quad biking in Iceland is a fun activity, and the ATVs are automatic and easy to drive, so no experience is needed. The ride takes you through various lava-fields and the old harbor. You’ll ride through rocky mountain paths towards the summit of Mt.Hagafell, with 360 degree panoramic views and be able to see the Blue Lagoon, volcanic craters, and Mt.Fagradalsfjall.

Visit Hafnarfjörður town, one of Iceland’s most important ports long before Reykjavík was even a village. It is picturesquely located among craggy lava fields, and has a thriving port and fishing industry. Learn about the “hidden people”, the elves and dwarfs, who are so closely knit into traditional Icelandic history.

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Reykjavík by bus.

Enjoy a local food walk through the Old Harbour area, tasting Icelandic delicacies and take a short tasting course at a local Icelandic cheese shop.
Of course, you will also visit the Farmer´s market, an Icelandic design company and clothing brand, connecting heritage and modernity.

Check-in at the hotel this afternoon for a well- deserved rest after a busy day! Dinner is on your own tonight in the hotel, or in one of Reykjavik’s many restaurants.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Skuggi Hotel

 

Day 2

Saturday, June 16, 2019 – Reykjavík to Reykholt
Head out early this morning and drive under the sea tunnel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Spend most of your day walking in Snæfellsnes National Park. You’ll get stunning views all along the way. Declared a National Park in 2001, the area has an astonishing variety of natural landscapes, including moss-covered lava fields, pebbled beaches, and rugged cliffs.

Enjoy lunch on your own today.

Board a boat for an unforgettable trip on Breiðafjörður Bay where you will cruise between countless islands populated by millions of birds. On the way back to shore, you will see fishermen returning with their catch of the day.

Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Húsafell

Day 3

Sunday, June 17, 2019 – Reykholt
Visit the largest and most spectacular Lava Cave in Iceland this morning, Cave Víðgelmir. Hailed as the mightiest of Iceland’s caves, its diversity and grandeur is unrivalled. Just shy of 5,250 feet, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth.

Enjoy lunch on your own today.

Stop for a visit with Johanna Bermann at her Icelandic goat farm. In the year 2000, Johanna secured the last 4 hornless goats in Iceland, then on the brink of extinction, and bred them back to a sustainable population. She established the Icelandic Goat Conservation Center, and there are now over 800 Icelandic goats in the country!

Arriving in Reykholt, you will visit the Snorrastofa Museum. This fascinating and excellent museum is the best place to learn about Iceland’s rich history of saga events, characters, and writing.

Visit the largest natural hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Drawing on the geothermal reserves of the area, it pumps out a staggering 180 liters of boiling water each second, and the billowing clouds of steam created by this mighty fissure are truly impressive.

Your last stop today is a local brewery at Steðji farm. This is a fun way to get to know Icelandic beer culture, see how beer is brewed, and taste the delicious, local, glacier-water-brewed beer.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Húsafell

Day 4

Monday, June 18, 2019 – Reykholt to Flúdir
Start today with a thrilling experience, going by snowmobile at the top of Langjökull glacier and into a man-made ice tunnel, which takes you right into the blue ice. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Drive through the haunting and barren beauty of the Kaldidalur Valley along the “notorious” mountain road. You will pass four glaciers, then travel through a vast gray desert where ferocious sandstorms can appear in seconds, transforming what was once a clear vista of majestic ice caps and volcanic sands into an impenetrable cloud of grit and dirt. As the route climbs along the ridge, it affords spectacular views of the glaciers.

Your next destination is historic Thingvellir National Park. You will see the spectacular natural amiptheater, where almost every important moment in Iceland’s history has taken place. Today Thingvellir is still regarded with reverence by Icelanders, its historical weight reinforced by a serene natural beauty. Thingvellir sits right on top of the Mid- Atlantic Ridge, and you can clearly see the dividing plates and the lake-filled-valley that has developed between the plates.

Continue on to the Great Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Waterfall), two of Iceland’s most famous sights. Although the Great Geysir itself has been inactive since the 1960s, its neighbor geyser, Storokkur, fires off a 30-meter-high spout every few minutes.

Dinner tonight is at the hotel, with local slow food specialties!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 5

Tuesday, June 19, 2019 – Flúdir
Head to the farm Syðra-Langholt, where the young couple Arna and Steini and their team await you for a super ride on the famous, gaited Icelandic horse! Your destination is the natural hot springs, the Secret Lagoon, which is about a 2.5 hour ride. The pool’s steam rising into the air gives it a magical feeling, and the temperature of the hot springs water stays at 100-104 degrees Farenheit all year round.

Changing rooms with showers are on site, and a light lunch will be served at the premises. After a long and relaxing bath, saddle up again and ride back to the farm for a coffee and a last hug for your new four–legged furry friend! For those who would rather go back to the hotel after the Secret Lagoon, transportation is offered. For all others who want to ride, you will take a different route to the farm (approx. 2 hour ride).

End this wonderful day with an amazing lobster feast at Restaurant Mika, where they specialize in “… a culinary journey of famous lobster dishes and handmade chocolate.”
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 6

Wednesday, June 20, 2019 – Flúdir to Reykjavík
After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, go by bus to Friðheimar, a charming farm where tomatoes are grown in geothermally heated greenhouses, and the farm also breeds and raises prize winning Icelandic horses! Here you’ll see a beautifully arranged Icelandic horse show with music and Icelandic flags. Then after the horse show you are invited to have homemade soup in the cozy Greenhouse restaurant.

Drive just one hour back to Reykjavik and check into the hotel. For the afternoon, you can either relax, or choose to continue your adventure with various optional tours (at an additional cost) that you can do on your own from the hotel.

Enjoy a celebratory and festive Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of a fantastic adventure!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Skuggi Hotel

Day 7

Thursday, June 21, 2019 – Reykjavík and Depart
This morning you will have plenty of leisure time to shop, walk, and sightsee in Reykjavík.

Depart Reykjavík at noon and spend the rest of our afternoon at the famous Blue Lagoon, for a soak in the warm, mineral rich waters of this surreal outdoor spa.

Lunch is available at the Blue Lagoon, optionally served in the lagoon on floating tables, or in the dining room.

For those on Icelandair flights, which leave early evening, you will be transferred to the airport late afternoon from the Blue Lagoon Spa. If you are on a Delta flight, which departs in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport from our hotel in Reykjavik on the morning of July 22, unless you decide to stay longer in order to do the Blue Lagoon Spa experience.
Breakfast

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Traveling to Iceland



Arrive: Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) serving Reykjavík and Keflavík on June 15, 2019 by 6:30am

Depart: Depart Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on June 21, 2019 after 5:00pm

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active Adventures get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Iceland, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Iceland.

Money

Icelandic currency is the Krona. ATMs will be accessible most days of the trip. Credit cards can be used in most places; Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express. If you want to buy small souvenirs at the farms, such as homemade wool, you may need some local money in cash.

Suggested Gratuities: Gratuities are not common in Iceland.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before March 17, 2019.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

 

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages not included above
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Skuggi Hótel
Skuggi Hótel is a brand new hotel in Reykjavik's city center. Its timeless, modest and clear-cut design reflects the style of the hotel. All rooms are well designed and equipped with standard amenities for a comfortable stay. The hotel is perfectly located near one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik, Hverfisgata, and is within walking distance from Iceland’s main shopping street Laugavegur, which is home to a variety of designer shops, cafés, restaurants, gift shops and exciting nightlife.

Húsafell Hotel
Conservative architecture in harmony with mother nature were the guidelines in the planning of Hotel Husafell. It is a unique natural gem in a magnificent landscape.

Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Icelandair Hotel Fludir is located in the quiet and charming village of Fludir, with its rolling hills, streams, geothermal springs, greenhouses and mild weather. It’s the ideal location for our explorations of the Golden Circle, and to simply enjoy this area's beauty.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Iceland’s summer is from mid-June to mid-August, with average daily temperatures of 58 degrees F in July. (It can be warm enough to wear a light shirt, or cold enough to send you looking for your down jacket!). During this time, almost continual daylight illuminates the land, and occasional rain and drizzle can be common in the south. Light woolens, polypropylene fabrics, and wind and rain-proof clothing are essential. Dressing in layers works best in Iceland’s changeable weather. Casual clothes are ideal for all parts of this trip.

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • 1 pair medium weight hiking boots
  • 4-5 pairs wool socks
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts
  • 1 wool sweater/fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs hiking pants
  • 1 pair hiking shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinners
  • 1 waterproof/windproof jacket
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 2-4 sports bras
  • 1 wool/fleece hat
  • 1 pair wool/fleece gloves
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (identification documents, airline tickets, money)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686