Trip Overview

Join us for an adventure in Iceland in June 2020 and create bold and lasting memories with your daughter as you experience the otherworldly beauty of Iceland – together! Get active while riding Icelandic horses across volcanic landscapes; delight on a wildlife cruise; explore Iceland’s caves, waterfalls, and glaciers; learn how to pilot an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and a snowmobile; and then soak your cares away in a warm thermal hot spring.

An unforgettable mother/daughter getaway in Iceland; this is the perfect way to love, laugh, and be a little bold together! After greeting your guide at the Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport, gather for introductions with the other mothers and daughters who are joining you on this blissful getaway, then head straight out to see Iceland in all her rugged glory!

Much of Iceland’s visual drama is due to millennia of erupting volcanoes and shifting continental plates. Visiting geothermically active Reykjanes Peninsula, you’ll see steam billowing up through cracks in the ancient lava beds and a real split between two continents. Return after breakfast on ATVs for a fun ride over the peninsula’s mossy lava fields, then up to an overlook where many sightings of elves have been made! Back in Reykjavík, rejuvenate with an Icelandic cheese tasting and visit an Icelandic chocolate factory.

In Snæfellsjökull National Park, you’ll experience bewitching landscapes that include visiting a glacier-topped volcanic peak and then a wildlife cruise around Breiðafjörður Bay, watching for puffins as they swim and nest. Explore the meandering tunnels of Víðgelmir Cave then visit the Snorrastofa Museum to learn about Iceland’s language, the beloved Four Sagas, and Icelanders’ belief in elves. Chilled Icelandic microbrews and a dreamy soak in Krauma Spa are the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Nothing says you’re an Adventure Woman like taking a thrilling journey on snowmobiles over the Langjökull Glacier and into a tunnel of blue ice under the glacier. We’ll then travel a “notorious” Icelandic mountain road to reach historic Thingvellir National Park. In this park, you will watch groundwater boil at the Great Geysir Hot Spring and see huge rainbows that shimmer over the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall.

Saddle up and fall in love with Icelandic horses on a delightful trail ride from Sydra-Langhold Farm, then slip into the thermal Secret Lagoon for a steamy soak, knowing that a sumptuous lobster feast awaits your return to Flúdir.

Your last full day in Iceland with your daughter begins with another opportunity for spending time with Icelandic horses at a lively horse show on Friðheimar Farm and ends with a festive farewell dinner, celebrating mother and daughter duos and true Adventure Women. Before flying home, bring your camera in for a few beauty shots and take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, an outdoor spa filled with milky-blue, mineral rich waters.

The breathtaking sights and discoveries on this active Iceland adventure for mothers and daughters in June 2020 is the perfect opportunity to bring you and your daughter closer than ever before!

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

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

Main Attractions

  • A week of active fun riding horses, ATV’s, snowmobiles with wildlife cruises, exploring caves, glaciers, and waterfalls
  • Soak in natural hot springs and take a dip in the Blue Lagoon
  • Taste Icelandic delicacies from skyr to seafood, chocolate to lobster
  • Best of all, do it all – with your daughter!

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

Saturday, June 27, 2020 – Arrive in Reykjavík
You’ll be met by your guide at the Reykjavík airport early this morning to start your adventure! If you are arriving into Reykjavík before the official start of the trip, be ready early – you’ll be picked up at approximately 6am to meet the group!

Explore the Reykjanes peninsula, with its vast lava fields and geothermal activity. Go from the bridge between the continents to the Reykjanes Lighthouse, situated on the breathtaking coastline, and then to Grindavik harbor for a welcome breakfast and cup of coffee in a local café.

Feel the thrill of riding an ATV through the rugged terrain of the volcanic peninsula. The ATVs are automatic and easy to drive, so no experience is needed, but you need to present your valid driver’s license to be allowed to drive the ATV. You’ll ride through rocky mountain paths toward the summit of Mt. Hagafell, with 360 degree panoramic views. Two women will go on each ATV, and you’ll have a chance to switch drivers halfway through.

Explore by bus and go on a local food walk through the Old Harbour area. You will taste Icelandic delicacies and take a short tasting course at a local Icelandic cheese shop. Lastly, you will visit a chocolate factory for dessert! 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 Reykjavík’s many restaurants.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Skuggi Hotel

 

Day 2

Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Reykjavík to Reykholt
Head out of Reykjavík via the under-sea tunnel, and spend most of your exploring in Snæfellsnes National Park, enjoying 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. Explore with the other women on your trip on foot for different vantage points in this amazing natural setting.

Enjoy lunch on your own today in a local café.

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.

Leave the park and drive about two hours to your hotel. Enjoy dinner as a group when you arrive!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Húsafell

Day 3

Monday, June 29, 2020 – 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 unrivaled. Just shy of 5,250 feet, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth.

Stop for a visit with Johanna Bermann at her Icelandic goat farm. In the year 2000, Johanna secured the last four 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!

Pay a visit to the Snorrastofa Museum, where you will learn about Snorri Sturluson, a famous 13th century Icelandic historian, poet, and politician.

Enjoy lunch on your own today at a local restaurant.

Visit 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.

End the day by soaking in the Krauma Spa at Deildartunguhver, the largest natural hot spring in Europe. 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.

Enjoy dinner as a group at the hotel. If you haven’t had enough time at the spa, hop in the hotel’s hot tub after dinner!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Húsafell

Day 4

Tuesday, June 30, 2019 – Reykholt to Flúdir
Start today with a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime 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! Two women will be on each snowmobile, and there will be a chance to switch drivers halfway through. You will need a valid driver’s license to drive the snowmobile.

Drive through the haunting and barren beauty of the Kaldidalur Valley; 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, you’ll get spectacular views of the glaciers.

Your next destination is historic Þingvellir National Park. You will see the spectacular natural amphitheater, where almost every important moment in Iceland’s history has taken place.

Today Þingvellir is still regarded with reverence by Icelanders, its historical weight reinforced by a serene natural beauty. Þingvellir 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, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 5

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – Flúdir
Head to the farm Syðra-Langholt, where you’ll get to take an hour and a half ride on the famous, gaited Icelandic horse! Head out on a trail from the farm, and you might even cross a river on your sturdy horses!

From the farm, drive toward the Þjórsárdalur Valley, enjoying a stop at the beautiful Hjálparfoss waterfall along the way. Stretch your legs at the Viking ruins (Stöng) and walk along to the paradise valley Gjáin. Gjáin is a tiny valley with lots of small picturesque waterfalls, clear, tranquil ponds, and amazing delicate volcanic structures. It is a perfect example of the natural beauty that Iceland has to offer.

Enjoy a picnic lunch in an Icelandic forest today.

On your way back to the hotel, stop for a soak in the natural hot springs of the Secret Lagoon. 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.

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

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – Flúdir to Reykjavík
Head to Friðheimar, a charming farm where tomatoes are grown in geothermally heated greenhouses. 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. Enjoy lunch at the cozy Greenhouse restaurant.

Drive back to Reykjavík and check into your hotel. For the afternoon, you can either relax, explore Reykjavík, or choose to continue your adventure with various optional tours (at an additional cost), including whale watching or a bike rental, that you can do on your own from the hotel.

If you are interested in taking an optional tour, please let us know, and we can get you information and prices. You will need to choose your tour one month before your trip, and you can pay for it in Reykjavík.

Enjoy a celebratory Farewell Dinner with your new friends to celebrate the end of a fantastic adventure!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Skuggi Hotel

Day 7

Friday, July 3, 2020 – Reykjavík and Depart
This morning you will have plenty of leisure time to shop, walk, and sightsee in Reykjavík.

Depart Reykjavík and spend some time 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 in the early evening, you will be transferred to the airport late in the afternoon from the Blue Lagoon Spa. If you are on an earlier flight, you will be transferred to the airport from your hotel in Reykjavík in the morning, 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 27, 2020 by 6:30am

Depart: Depart Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on July 3, 2020 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 29, 2020.

A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

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.

Hotel Húsafell
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.

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 (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • 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
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • 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