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Girl Scouts: Iconic Iceland Camping (Young Alum) 2023

Experience Iceland's unique landscape, July 28-August 3, 2023


Discover the beauty and power of Iceland’s geothermal landscape in the most authentic way—by camping! Get up close and personal with the hills of Hvolsvöllur, Vatnajökull’s frosty glaciers, the bursting Strokkur geyser, and Reykjavík’s lively atmosphere.

7 days, from

$2,599

per person. Designed for 18-29's.

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
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TOUR DETAILS:

  • Departure Date: July 28, 2023
  • Countries Visited: Iceland
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nights), Camping (4 nights)
  • Single Supplement: $400
  • Transportation: Private Bus, Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Minimum 10

Travelers may not be exclusively female

HOTELS:

  • Guesthouse Aurora, Reykjavík
  • Smaratun Camping Site
  • Thorsmork Camping Site
  • Skaftafell Camping Site

Hotels are subject to change

 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Reykjavík

Halló! Welcome to Iceland. Once you are settled in, take some time to explore Reykjavík. This eclectic city is known for its art scene, its vibrant nightlife, and its many fascinating museums. Join your Local Leader this evening for your welcome meeting where you’ll meet your fellow travelers. After, join your fellow Girl Scout alums and supporters for a “Dessert and Chat” to enjoy some local sweets and bond over shared experiences.

*Please note, Club Adventures and Girl Scouts cannot guarantee that any departure will be exclusively female.

Day 2: Golden Circle > Hvolsvöllur Valley

Today, we’ll follow Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ for a day of scenic drives. Arrive at Thingvellir National Park and the Parliament Plains—the site of Europe's oldest parliament, founded in 930 AD. If you notice a big ridge of water in the landscape, you’re looking at the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly drifting apart. We’ll check out the Strokkur geyser in the Geysir area and hopefully catch when it blasts water through the air. Finally, swing by the Gullfoss double waterfall on the Hvítá River before heading to the Hvolsvöllur Valley. On our way to camp for the night, there’s the option to stop at the hot springs in the Secret Lagoon. (b)

Day 3: Thórsmörk Valley

Disappear into the green and black hills of Thórsmörk (Thor’s Valley—no promises you’ll see him, though) by public 4x4 bus, crossing many fast-flowing rivers on your way. This nature reserve is a favorite with walkers and once you see the oases and waterways below, it’ll be obvious why people keep coming back. The rugged and rocky ridges provide dramatic views of the rivers beneath, while the valley is sheltered on both sides by glaciers which gives an otherworldly feel. We’ll have time to walk among wooded surroundings and perhaps head uphill to the summit of Valahnúkur for some magnificent panoramic views from the top, or hike in the canyon of Stakkholtsgjá with a ravine waterfall at its end. In the evening, dig into a special barbeque meal prepared on an open fire. We’ll get the chance to taste some Hákarl—a famous dish made from fermented shark. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it! (d)

Day 4: South Coast > Gerdi (GerðI)

Today, en route to our next stop, we’ll get to explore Iceland’s beautiful south coast. After checking out some beautiful waterfalls, we’ll head to see Vik’s black sand beach. Afterward, we’ll see some scenic cliffside views of Dyrhólaey, known as ‘the arch with the hole’. It’s a stunning sight, but be careful, as it can get windy. Next, we’ll head to GerðI for the evening where w’'ll set up camp for the night.

Day 5: South Coast > Jökulsárlón > Gerði

Do you feel like you could tackle Europe’s largest ice cap? In that case, embark on an optional walk on the Vatnajökull glacier! Alternatively, you may want to visit Fjallsárlón, a glacier lake at the southern end of Vatnajökull. If a relaxing morning is in the cards, you could explore the surroundings of the farmstay and head to the Thórbergur Centre. Later, head to the famous glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, where you’ll have the option of sailing around the huge icebergs. After exploring this chilly countryside, return to the campsite at Gerði for the evening. Tonight, enjoy a Girl Scout closing ceremony to end our adventure camping in the Icelandic countryside.

Day 6: Sólheimasandur > Reykjavík

Now it’s time to get back to Reykjavík! But first we have to visit the crashed plane wreckage that still sits on the Sólheimasandur Beach. We’ll arrive back at Reykjavík in the early evening. Our Local Leader will take us around town on a short walking tour, and then it's up to you to explore at your own pace. Maybe go window shopping for a few souvenirs, or alternatively, there is always the option to visit one of Reykjavík’s quirky shops or cafés with your new friends. In the evening, join the group for a unique dinner in a “Viking” venue restaurant to enjoy the food and a show. (d)

Day 7: Reykjavík

Your adventure through Iceland ends with a departure transfer to the airport. (b)

Private Group Options

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Things to know before your trip

Currency

The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).

ATMs are available in most towns, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Some banks will allow a cash advance against a major credit card which will incur a service charge of 5% or more. Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels.

Iceland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to outdoor activities, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money. In remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Please stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at the guesthouse's restaurant.

Weather

The Icelandic climate is very unpredictable the whole year round thus we recommend to all our guests to bring good sturdy shoes for trekking, a warm wind and rainproof jacket and trousers, gloves or mittens, good head wear and sunglasses.

The destinations visited on this trip can be cold throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season and at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. There may be the rare occasion where your leader has to alter the itinerary and activities due to the weather. In this case an alternative will be offered.

The closer you travel to the second half of June, the shorter the nights are in this part of the world. As many of our accommodations may not have suitable curtains to block out light you may want to consider bringing an eye-mask, especially if you are a light sleeper.

Cuisine

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yogurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

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Girl Scouts: Iconic Iceland Camping (Young Alum) 2023

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