Trip Overview

Visit the island of Vikings and Norse gods with AdventureWomen in 2021 to explore Iceland’s amazing terrain by day then search by night for the hypnotic Aurora Borealis as they fill the dark skies with explosions of color and light!

Travel to Iceland with AdventureWomen for crisp winter nights watching the skies where, if atmospheric conditions are right, the Aurora Borealis will roar into view with a mesmerizing show: rippling ribbons of light radiate in neon green, red, and gold; the intensity of their displays will leave you awe-struck, and makes for extraordinary night photography.

At the Reykjavík airport, meet your guide and the women who will be joining you for this unforgettable winter adventure, then over breakfast and hot drinks, get to know one another and discuss the exciting days ahead. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way. Reykjavík is a hip city with an Old Europe feel. It’s highly walkable, so on your first day, stroll around to learn more about this charming small metropolis.

Winter’s shortened hours of light add an extra layer of mystique to your daytime ventures beginning with a visit to Snæfellsnes National Park. See the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier, learn about the roving female Viking, Gudridur Thorbjarnadottir, and enjoy a warming dip in a geothermal pool before heading into the night to look for the Lights. Experience the spine-tingling rush of driving a snowmobile to the top of Langjökull glacier then walking under the glacier into man-made ice caves; when illuminated, the ice glows blue. Can a person see in total darkness? Walk the tunnels of a huge lava cave to find out! Winter chills are chased out the Icelandic way with a thermal soak at Deildartunguhver, the largest natural hot springs in Europe before another enchanting night in search of Northern Lights.

On the South Coast, look for the active Strokkur Geysir, erupting almost every ten minutes, and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, then take a dip in the Secret Lagoon. At Skógarfoss, weather permitting, walk behind the waterfall for incredible photographs then drive on to the Sóllheimarjökull glacier and learn about the 2010 Mount Eyjafjallajökull eruption…and learn how to say Eyjafjallajökull. It’s a mouthful but with practice, you’ll get it!

At Friðheimar Farm, meet their prized Icelandic horses then enjoy a joyous dogsledding experience where, after some snuggles and photographs with the huskies, you’ll return to Reykjavík for one more night, a festive farewell dinner, then an afternoon lounging in the steaming Blue Lagoon before takeoff. Over dinner and the thermal soak, everyone can celebrate their incredible feats of daring, relive every eye-opening vista, and return home happy to know that sharing these amazing experiences with your fellow AdventureWomen travelers enriched every day of your journey.

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy nightly hunts for the Northern Lights spontaneously blazing across Iceland’s night sky
  • Discover Iceland’s dazzling winter beauty by dogsled and snowmobile
  • Explore glacier tunnels, geysers, waterfalls, lava caves, and meet iconic Icelandic horses
  • Dip into steaming thermal pools and indulge in the excellent local cuisine

What You'll See and Do

  • Historical Sites
  • Hot Springs
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Sightseeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Spa Element
  • Walking

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavík
Visit Iceland for crisp winter nights and a rare opportunity to search for the northern lights. If atmospheric conditions are right, the aurora borealis will roar into your view with a mesmerizing show: rippling ribbons of light radiate in neon green, red, and gold; the intensity of northern lights displays in Iceland will leave you awe-struck and always produces extraordinary night photography.

Get to know your expert Icelandic guide, who will help you learn about local traditions and foods, as well as guide you as you walk on a glacier, drive a snowmobile, and search for the northern lights. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

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, meet your guide at 10am in the lobby of the Skuggi Hotel. As soon as it gets a little bit lighter out, set off on a tour of Reykjavík on foot and by bus. Discover this small but charming Nordic capital, including its historic buildings, the main shopping streets, a sculpture garden, the Opera House, and the mighty Hallgrímskirkja Church which towers over the city center.

After lunch at a local bistro, head to Perlan, a huge glass dome on top of a hill. Built in 1991 as water storage, it now also houses a museum, planetarium, and a restaurant. Enjoy amazing views over all of Reykjavík from the observation deck, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to see all the way to Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Visit the on-site planetarium before heading back into town. Dinner is on your own this evening, but your guide will give you some dining suggestions.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Skuggi Hotel

Day 2

Reykjavík to West Iceland
Head out of Reykjavík via the under-sea tunnel and spend most of your exploring in Snæfellsjökull 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.

Soak in the geothermal pool at your hotel this evening before dinner. Spend some time outside this evening looking for the Northern Lights – you’re in the perfect location to see them here, as there is very little light pollution.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Húsafell 

Day 3

West Iceland
Bundle up and 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. Enjoy lunch on your own today at a local restaurant.

Equipped with safety gear and led by a guide, you’ll head into one of Iceland’s largest lava caves in the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Experience the magnificent underground lava and, at some point, experience total and complete darkness.

Back up on the surface, visit the Hraunfossar lava waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the largest natural hot spring in Europe. Drawing on the geothermal reserves in 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. Next to the hot spring is the Krauma SPA, where you can enjoy a sauna, various hot tubs, and the relaxation room with a crackling firepace.

Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening, and make sure to spend some more time outside searching for the Northern Lights!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Húsafell 

Day 4

West Iceland to Flúdir
Your next destination is historic Thingvellir National Park. You will see the spectacular natural amphitheater, 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 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.

On your way to your 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 Fahrenheit all year round. Changing rooms with showers are on site.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 5

Flúdir
Set out to discover the waterfalls of Iceland’s South Shore. If the weather is good, you might be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and up the stairs to admire Skógarfoss waterfall from above, complete with stunning ocean views!

At the Skógar Heritage Museum, you’ll experience what it was like to live in an ancient turfhouse. Visit the Sólheimarjökull glacier and its beautiful lagoon, and then stop at the Lava Center, a brilliant multi-media exhibit about plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions.

Today’s lunch will be on your own in a local bistro.

Take an optional glacier walk on Sólheimajökull glacier. Your certified and experienced glacier guide will lead you through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice. The spectacular colors of the ice can be white, blue, or crystal clear. You will safely view deep crevasses and water cauldrons, along with other interesting features of the glacier. No technical skills are needed for this excursion and you will be provided with all the necessary glacier walk equipment. Additional cost (approximately $90) required, to be paid in Iceland.

For those who decide not to join the glacier walk, explore the Black Beach with your guide.

Enjoy the lovely hot tubs in the garden at your hotel this evening!
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 6

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! Enjoy lunch on your own at the cozy Greenhouse restaurant.

One of the highlights of your week is sure to be today’s 45-minute dogsledding excursion. Feel the crisp air on your cheeks as you speed across the snow! After some time with the dogs, head to a nearby restaurant for a late lunch.

Drive back to Reykjavík and check in at your hotel. For the afternoon, you can either rest and relax or explore Reykjavík a bit more.

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

Overnight: Skuggi Hotel

Day 7

Depart Reykjavík
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 early evening, you will be transferred to the airport late 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

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

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

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Traveling to Iceland



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on February 14, 2021 before 8:00am.

Depart Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on February 20, 2021 after 5:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. 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 with at least 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 and be prepared to hike for up to five hours, multiple days in a row, on uneven surfaces with some steep ascents and descents. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

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 on the FitForTrips website.

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.

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!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. 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). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

February 14th Final Payment Due Date: November 16, 2020

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

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What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • All transportation
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure
  • Drinking water available from taps to refill personal bottles
  • Gratuities for hotel staff and wait staff

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Iceland
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for main guide

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

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Accommodations

Skuggi Hotel

Skuggi Hotel is in Reykjavík’s city center. 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 Reykjavík, 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.

Amenities: En suite bathrooms with soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C or F); Wifi

Hotel Húsafell

Conservative architecture in harmony with mother nature were the guidelines in the planning of Hotel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. It is a natural gem in a magnificent landscape.

Amenities: En suite bathrooms with soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C or F); Wifi

Hotel Flúdir

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

Amenities: En suite bathrooms with soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (outlet type C or F); Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

 

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

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