Trip Overview

Travel to Iceland in the Winter of 2020 to experience the magic of the Northern Lights and visit the island of Vikings and Norse gods. Explore Iceland’s volcanic terrain by day, then search by night for the hypnotic aurora borealis as this natural light show fills the Icelandic night sky with dynamic explosions of color and energy!

Visit Iceland with AdventureWomen in January for crisp winter nights and a unique opportunity to search for the Northern Lights. If atmospheric conditions are right, the aurora borealis will roar into your view with a mesmerizing show as rippling ribbons of light radiate in neon green, red, and gold. This light show is awe-inspiring and produces extraordinary night photography. This is an Icelandic winter adventure which will leave you breathless!

At the Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport, meet your Icelandic guide and the women who will be joining you for this unforgettable week of adventure, then, over breakfast and hot drinks, get to know one another and discuss the exciting journey ahead. Reykjavík is a hip city with an Old Europe feel and very walkable so, on your first day, stroll around town exploring and learning more about this charming city.

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 search for the Northern Lights.

The next day, you’ll experience the spine-tingling rush of driving a snowmobile to the top of Langjökull Glacier then walk under the glacier through man-made ice caves. When illuminated, the glacier’s ice glows blue. Have you ever wondered whether you “see” total darkness? You’ll walk the tunnels of a huge lava cave to find out! Then winter chills are chased out the Icelandic way with a thermal soak at Deildartunguhver, the largest natural hot springs in Europe before you spend another enchanting night in search of aurora borealis.

Your journey continues on the South Coast of Iceland where you will experience the active Strokkur Geysir, erupting every 6-10 minutes and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall. Afterwards, you’ll take a relaxing dip in the Secret Lagoon. At Skógarfoss, weather permitting, you’ll walk behind a gushing waterfall for incredible photographs then drive onto the Sóllheimarjökull Glacier and learn about the recent Mount Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in 2010, and you’ll even learn how to say “Eyjafjallajökull”. It’s a mouthful for sure but with practice, you’ll get it!

At Friðheimar Farm, you’ll 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, spending your last afternoon lounging in the steaming Blue Lagoon. Over your farewell dinner, everyone can celebrate this iconic Icelandic experience, made richer by sharing this amazing feat of nature with your new, adventurous friends.

Main Attractions

Iceland Northern Lights Winter Highlights:
  • 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

  • 4x4
  • Cave Tour
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Dog Sledding
  • Glacier Exploration
  • Hot Springs
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • Natural Hot Springs
  • Snowmobiling

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, January 25, 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 8am to meet the group!

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: Hotel Skuggi

Day 2

Sunday, January 26, 2020 – 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.

After lunch, you’ll check into your hotel. Enjoy a soak in the geothermal pool 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

Monday, January 27, 2020 – Reykholt
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 fireplace.

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Reykholt to Flúdir

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.

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 Farenheit all year round. Changing rooms with showers are on site.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 5

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – 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.

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

Overnight: Hotel Flúdir

Day 6

Thursday, January 30, 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.

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 into 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: Hotel Skuggi

Day 7

Friday, January 31, 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 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

 

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Traveling to Iceland



Arrival/Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on January 25, 2020 by 8:00am

Depart: Depart Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on January 31, 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) on or before October 27, 2019. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

The weather in Iceland is notoriously variable and often very windy; you should expect daytime temperatures ranging from 10°F to 40°F. Good layers of thermal underwear and ideally woolen sweaters in combination with a windproof jacket will keep you warm and snug even in colder temperatures. Good gloves, warm and windproof hats, and wool socks are important as well. Sturdy shoes with good soles – ideally hiking shoes are highly recommended. A hiking stick and crampon-style traction will be provided for you in Iceland, which will help when walking on icy paths. We also recommend bringing some chocolate or other small snacks for quick bursts of energy.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Sturdy winter boots you can hike in
  • 2-3 long underwear tops
  • 2-3 long underwear bottoms
  • 1-2 wool, fleece, or synthetic mid-layer tops
  • 1 down or synthetic winter jacket
  • 1 pair synthetic pants (jogging or hiking pants work)
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof jacket
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof pants
  • (insulated or shell pants)
  • Warm winter hat
  • Warm gloves/mittens
  • Neck warmer
  •  Bathing suit
  • Light bathrobe/slippers for
  • Spa visits (optional)
  •  5-7 pairs underwear
  • 4-5 pairs of wool hiking socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Water bottle or thermos
  • 1-2 casual outfits for evenings at hotels
  • 1 nicer outfit for farewell dinner

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries or cell phone
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (optional; 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 (you do need this in winter!)
  • 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 (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
  • 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