Iceland Explorer

Glaciers, geysers and geothermal hot springs


A living example of nature’s true power – thundering waterfalls, mighty glaciers, black sand beaches, and hot springs make this land of fire and ice an unforgettable experience. Discover the stunning landscapes and natural wonders in this land of geological wonder.

from

$2,999

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Get a Quote or call 1-844-205-6226
Trip code: 8ICEEXPL

Details

  • Countries Visited: Iceland
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $750
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, ferry
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure Transfers available for purchase
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

HOTELS:

  • Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik
  • Hotel Fljotshlid, Hveragerdi
  • Gerdi Guesthouse, Hofn

Hotels subject to change. 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Reykjavik 

As Icelanders say, Halló og velkomin til Íslands! Reykjavik is the northernmost capital of the world and the gateway city to adventure. Upon arrival, the city is yours to explore. Your Local Leader and fellow travelers await you later for dinner. (d) 

Day 2: Reykjavik 

Today we travel out to Children's Waterfall to learn about the legend behind the name of this enchanting spot. Enjoy the scenery before heading out to the warmest thermal in Europe spring where you will have a chance to soak and relax in Krauma Thermal Baths. Afterwards we'll make our way back to Reykjavik. The evening is yours to explore! (b) 

Day 3: Golden Circle - Hveragerdi 

Today, explore the world-famous Golden Circle. Begin in Thingvellir National Park, home to the oldest active parliament in the world — and the meeting place of two tectonic plates. En route to the famed Geysir, we stop at a geothermal bakery for a unique culinary experience. Take in the stunning Strokkur geyser and Old geyser; our last stop is the iconic Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Our home tonight is an eco-farmhouse in the town of Hveragerdi. (b) 

Day 4: Westman Islands 

The Westman Islands are home to an awe-inspiring landscape of volcanoes, lava and windswept cliffs. We journey there by ferry, getting to know the history and the locals. To complete our experience, we visit the Eldheimar Museum, made to commemorate the 1973 volcanic eruption, before returning to the mainland. We enjoy dinner at our farmhouse accommodation tonight. (b, d) 

Day 5: Hvolsvöllur > Skaftafell > Hofn 

Visit the stunning Skogafoss waterfall, where you can journey up a nearby staircase for some breathtaking views. Enjoy the unique landscape of Reynisfjara before we travel onwards to Skaftafell National Park.  From here it is not far to our overnight lodge stay, picturesquely located by the edge of Vatnajokull glacier. (b) 

Day 6: Þakgil Canyon > Hofn  

Discover one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls on a morning hike up to the elegant Svartifoss. This afternoon, we'll cruise between jagged icebergs in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Tonight is yours to relax in the countryside.(b)  

Day 7: Hofn > Reykjavik 

We'll journey back towards the capital today, stopping along the way at a sheep farm and wool tannery to learn about this country's age-old methods. After, we'll view the results at a mill where we witness how the naturally-colored yarn is used to create famous Icelandic textiles. We also visit a horse farm, where you can learn more about the Icelandic horses. Once back in Reykjavik, enjoy the final night of your Icelandic adventure. (b) 

Day 8: Reykjavik 

Our adventure ends today in Reykjavik. (b) 

Extend the Adventure

BLUE LAGOON EXTENSION

Extend your Iceland adventure with a visit to the Blue Lagoon. Ask your Club Adventures specialist for more information.

Private Group Options

Adventure is better together. With private groups as small as 6, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an exclusive departure, just for your crew! Rest assured you'll get the best of small group travel in a big way, plus the security and peace of mind of traveling with a brand backed by AAA.

Things to know before traveling to Iceland

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.

Drive Time

Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group.

Volcanoes

Katla Volcano has been showing growing activity in recent months. An eruption would most likely be accompanied by a flash flood which would affect the floodplains to the west or east of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Authorities warn that travellers could have as little as 15 minutes to get to safety (higher ground) in the case of an eruption. Text messages will be sent to all mobile devices in the affected area, advising residents and travelers to evacuate or move to safety. Therefore please make sure that your mobile phone is turned on and international roaming is enabled while in the area.

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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Iceland Explorer

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