Trip Overview

Discover Iceland’s wild beauty, unique culture, and delicious cuisine on this active adventure in the land of “Fire and Ice” in Summer 2020! Learn how to pilot an ATV and a snowmobile, taste Icelandic delicacies, ride Icelandic horses, and discover what “relaxation” really means as you soak away your cares in natural Icelandic hot springs.

Much of Iceland’s dramatic landscapse is due to centuries of erupting volcanoes and shifting continental plates. You’ll begin your Iceland adventure tour on Reykjanes Peninsula where hot steam escapes from ancient lava fields and a Continental Divide erupts in front of you. After a delicious breakfast, return on ATVs for a fun ride over the peninsula’s mossy lava fields, then up to an overlook where (local lore reports) many sightings of elves have taken place!

Back in Reykjavik, you’ll tour the Old Harbor, sample some Icelandic cheeses, and visit a chocolate factory. In Snæfellsjökull National Park, you’ll walk among bewitching landscapes including a glacier-topped volcanic peak, and learn the story of female Viking and renowned traveler, Gudridur Thorbjarnadottir. Boating around the islands of Breiðafjörður Bay on a wildlife cruise, we’ll look for puffins, and then finish the day with some local microbrews and a dreamy soak in Krauma Spa.

Nothing says you’re Adventure Women like an invigorating ride on snowmobiles transporting you over the Langjökull Glacier and into a tunnel of blue ice, then driving a “notorious” mountain road to reach historic Thingvellir National Park and the heavenly mists of the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall. An hour and a half riding Icelandic horses is enough time to fall in love with them before driving to idyllic Gjáin, where glacier-fed waterfalls make a perfect backdrop for photographs! Women who’d like to ride more may skip the afternoon tour and drop their horses off at the Secret Lagoon where the rest of the group is enjoying their thermal soak after a vigorous day.

A gourmet lobster feast awaits your return to Flúdir. Spend more time with Icelandic Horses at Friðheimar Farm before ending your week with a festive farewell dinner and a celebration of your adventures together in incredible Iceland. Before flying out, don’t miss having a good soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, an outdoor spa of milky blue, mineral-rich waters.

Iceland’s natural wonders, history, culture, and cuisine will be the fodder for many memories and stories that will stay with you forever!

 

Main Attractions

  • A week of active fun in Iceland riding horses, ATV’s, snowmobiles to hot springs, lava fields and waterfalls
  • Soak in natural hot springs and enjoy a dip in the Secret and the Blue Lagoons
  • Taste Icelandic delicacies from skyr to lobster, chocolate to microbrews
  • Be wowed on a wildlife cruise in Breiðafjörður Bay

What You'll See and Do

  • ATV Ride
  • Boat Cruising
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Glacier Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Springs
  • Jetboating
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Natural Hot Springs
  • 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

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 towards 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

Reykjavík to Reykholt
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.

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

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!

Enjoy 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

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, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 5

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! We ride for 1.5 hours on a good trail from the farm and might even be crossing a river on our sturdy horse.

From the farm we drive toward the Þjórsárdalur valley with a stop at the beautiful Hjálparfoss waterfall. We leave our car 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 beautiful sample of everything Icelandic nature has to offer. Enjoy a special picnic lunch in an Icelandic forest.

On our way back to the hotel we soak into 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

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

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 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

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/Departure Information

July 14 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on July 14, 2020 by 7:00am

Depart: Depart Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on July 20, 2020 after 5:00pm

July 27 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on July 27, 2020 by 7:00am

Depart: Depart Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on August 24, 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.

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 at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

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

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.

July 14 Departure Final Payment Date: April 15, 2020
July 27 Departure Final Payment Date: April 28, 2020

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 located 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.

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

Hotel Fludir
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.

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
  • 2-3 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/phone alarm clock
  • 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 insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • 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 (in original containers)
  • 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
  • Anti-diarrheal 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