Iceland Wellness & Wilderness
Volcanos – Blue Lagoon – Waterfalls – Black Beaches – National Parks – Icebergs – Glaciers – Ice Caves – Diamond Beach – Northern Lights** – Golden Circle
Explore the land of fire and ice on this exclusive premium wellness and wilderness trip that will take you to the country’s most show-stopping sites
Highlights: See lava fields | Premium pass at Blue Lagoon | Seljalandsfoss waterfall | Reynisdrangar black beach | Viking Beach | Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, Skógafoss and Gullfoss waterfalls, geysers) | Northern lights** | Icelandic horse demo | Yoga / meditation sessions | Flower fields (only in summer) | Zodiac tour among icebergs | Ice cave tour | Glacier walk.
Activity level: Low, expect to walk 5,000 steps on most days on uneven and slippery surfaces. The day we visit the ice caves requires a 40min walk each way on rocky paths.
No single supplements* | 14 spots | Wellness | Premium accommodation
*Prices per person, we pair you with another traveler or upgrade to have your own room **Not guaranteed, only in October
Where we will go
Our itinerary in Iceland includes all the main highlights that makes this such a beautiful and incredible country to visit:
- Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik with a food tour
- Day 2: Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara Beach
- Day 3: Glacier Lagoon zodiac tour, Diamond Beach and Vestrahorn Mountain
- Day 4: Ice caves, glacier walk and optional waterfall hike
- Day 5: Fjadrargljufur Canyon, lava bread demonstration, thermal pool time
- Day 6: Golde circle (Gulfoss, Great Geysir, Thingvellir National Park), tomato farm visit, Icelandic horses demo, ice cream
- Day 7: Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon and farewell dinner
Day 1 : Arrive in Reykjavik
Arrive on your own time and make your way from the airport to the hotel which is located right in the city center, mere steps from the main shopping street and within walking distance of all main sights.
We will start the trip with a welcome orientation and a food walking tour of Reykjavik that will help you settle in and learn some of the quirks and interesting facts of one of the smallest capitals in the world as well as its very unique cuisine.
On the menu we will sample Iceland’s most popular dishes including fermented marine animals and a famoust hot dog and finish off at a female owned new age modern restaurant in one of Reykjavik’s most beautiful restaurants inside the Harpa auditorium building.
We will meet the chef and learn more about Nordic cuisine and the new movement started in recent years across Iceland and other Nordic countries to put the spotlight on gastronomy in this harsh and difficult weather conditions.
Inclusions: Welcome drink and food walking tour.
Overnight in Reykjavik
On our first night in Reykjavik, we will stay at one of Fosshotel Reykjavík, Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, or Radisson 1919, depending on availability.
Day 2 : South Shore
Today we will road trip to explore Iceland’s South Shore and some of its most famous waterfalls and landscapes.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the view through your window, as traveling across Iceland is as much about the journey as it is about the destination!
We will stop at Seljalandsfoss, the famous waterfall that often appears on brochures about Iceland because it is one of the few which can be encircled thanks to its narrow and tall fall and the caverns located behind it. It is a major highlight and our favorite!
This waterfall is part of the river Seljalandsá and originates in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano, that’s right, the volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused havoc across Europe. When you admire the waterfall, know that this is where the sea was in Iceland before.
Fun fact: This waterfall was featured in Justin Bieber’s “I’ll show you” music video.
After this waterfall, we will sneak into what used to be a secret waterfall when we started our tours to Iceland but is now well on the tourist path. This one will for sure get you wet which is why we give such detailed packing list tips, but it is SO worth it!
After Seljalandsfoss we will continue to another famous waterfall in Iceland, Skógafoss. This massive 60m waterfall will make you feel tiny in comparison and will show you the true power of nature.
If we are lucky and the sun takes a peek, we will no doubt see a rainbow thanks to the water spray that is permanently there (pack a rain-jacket for the spray!).
We highly recommend walking up the close to 400 steps to the top of the waterfall for a different view.
Nearby, we will find the open-air Skógafoss Folk Museum where we can observe the picturesque turf houses (torfbaeir in Icelandic) that are so typical of this part of the world.
The turf houses here have been moved from other parts of Iceland for preservation and admiration, so they are original.
Turf houses were built for maximum isolation from the cold by the Vikings who knew a thing or two about surviving in extreme climates and had ran out of trees to use as wood to build their houses.
We will continue our road trip to Reynisfjara, a stunning black beach that is located in front of Reynisdrangar, three famous basalt cliffs.
Popular legends tell the story of two trolls who dragged a ship to the beach and were petrified when the morning sun came. The rock formations were featured in Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
The basalt cliffs and beach are located near the village of Vík where we will make a stop for lunch at one of the small restaurants and enjoy some free time (or we may enjoy lunch at Reynisfjara).
We will then continue driving towards our hotel for the night, Foss Hotel where we will have time for a pre-diner drink or a soak in their outdoor thermal jacuzzi.
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, transportation, all stops in the itinerary, dinner at FossHotel.
Overnight at FossHotel Glacier Lagoon
FossHotel Glacier Lagoon is the most upscale accommodation option in the area and is conveniently located near the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach.
The hotel is contemporary, and we have booked upgraded sea facing rooms which are very cozy and have big windows, and the lounge is inviting and will be the best place for a pre-dinner drink.
The funky outdoor hot tubs are just what you need after a day exploring the glaciers and you can even spot the Northern Lights while soaking in.
Because of its location away from any permanent structures, FossHotel is the perfect place to spot the Northern Lights and we saw them twice on our last trip.
To get you out of bed excited for the day, breakfast is one of the best we have seen in the entire country (if not the best) so we will start the days with sea views and a healthy dose of energy.
Day 3 : Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Viking Beach
Today is all about the glaciers, icebergs and the incredible beauty of frozen nature.
We will start the day by exploring one of the most incredible sites in Iceland, if not the no.1, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a deep lake (almost 250m deep) made of glacier water.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is located at the edge of Vatnajökull National Park and is the lagoon formed by the melted and broken icebergs from Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, formed over 1,000 years ago and fast receding as a result of a general climate warming.
Today’s glacier lagoon is almost 4 times as large as the lagoon one could visit in 1970s and every year, the lagoon increases in size as the glacier melts away.
Icebergs break off in the warmer months and float off all the way to the sea which is mere meters away from the glacier’s edge forming a lagoon and a stream that meets the ocean and creates the famous Diamond Beach.
We will not only explore the lagoon on foot and from shore but get right up and close with the floating icebergs on a 1-hour zodiac tour.
We will see floating icebergs of any sizes that broke out and are floating from the glacier towards the sea and Diamond Beach and even spot resident seals that bask in the sun or fish in the area.
If you have been to Antarctica, you know what to expect, only better, because Iceland’s glaciers are made of layers of frozen water mixed in with layers of ashes from volcanic explosions so they are not just white and blue, they are also all shade of grey and black, you have never seen anything like this!
After Glacier Lagoon we will cross over to Breidamerkurjökull beach, better known as Diamond Beach where we will walk among the icebergs that floated off to the sea and got stranded on the black sand beach.
The contrast of the frozen ice against the black sand is breathtaking and as the sun reflects on the broken ice pieces, it resembles shinning diamonds, hence the name.
The most amazing part of Glacier Lagoon is that every day is different and the landscapes change as new icebergs break off, old ones float out and some new ones form.
Fun fact: James Bond’s movies Die Another Day and A View to a Kill were filmed at the lagoon.
We will enjoy lunch en route towards Vestrahorn mountain & Stokksnes beach, more colloquially referred to as Viking Beach, because of the ruins of an old Viking village constructed as a movie set that are also there.
Cinematic Vestrahorn mountain is one of those places in Iceland that feel straight out of a movie. If you didn’t see them with your own eyes, you would think they have been photoshopped.
We will finish the day at FossHotel again with a hot tub soak or a drink before enjoying a delicious dinner. The Northern Lights may make an appearance and if they do, you wil know because the entire hotel will rush outside.
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, zodiac tour of the lagoon, entry ticket to Stokksnes beach, all the stops on the itinerary, dinner at the hotel (only in 2023).
Overnight at FossHotel.
Day 4 : Ice caves and guided walks on glaciers
Venturing more into the glaciers of Vatnajokull National Park, we will take a half a day tour of the natural crystal ice caves, first on a super Jeep and then hiking along the volcanic paths until we reach the entrance of the cave.
Ice caves are formed when the glaciers melt and water carves tunnels around streams that evolve into full blown caves. The caves in Iceland are extra unique because of the ash deposits found trapped inside the ice.
During the summer time, caves melt and are dangerous to visit so we need to wait until the colder months of the year to visit them.
Riding on a Super Jeep is a very cool experience that will help us get closer to the cave entrance.
From the spot where we will park our Super Jeep until the entrance of the caves we will be hiking through (mostly flat) volcanic paths and enjoying the beautiful views.
Before entering the caves, we will don protective hats and put on our waterproof jackets, it rains inside the caves as the ice ceilings are constantly melting.
We will spend time inside the caves, take photos and marvel at the amazing formations, the deep blues, the lighter see through frozen ice and the art installations nature has created.
Note: The ice caves we visit are natural and not man-made and that means their location constantly changes. New ice caves form, old ones melt out and disappear. In case of an unexpectedly warm year, ice caves may not be open yet in which case we will visit a glacier instead.
After the tour and a casual lunch in the area we will head back to the hotel for free time.
You can stay the hotel, chill, read a book or soak in the outdoor hot tub, or join our guide on guided walks in the area, including visiting glaciers and other cool spots.
FossHotel Glacier Lagoon is located right by the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Vatnajokull National Park which consist of several glaciers most of which are readily accessible by car and a short hike. Our guide will pick the most suitable depending on everyone’s fitness level and interest.
At night, we will again have a chance to spot the Northern Lights from the hotel’s outdoor terrace, or even your room.
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, guided ice cave tour, optional afternoon hikes, dinner at the hotel (only in 2023).
Overnight at FossHotel.
Day 5 : Fjadrárgljúfur canyon and lava bread demo
After breakfast with a view once again, we will say goodbye to the South Coast and head back to Reykjavik
On the way, we will stop at the stunning Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon where we will be able to walk all the way to the edge and stand on a platform overlooking a majestic waterfall.
The canyon was made famous by Justin Bieber (again!) because it is featured in the opening images of his videoclip I’ll show you and we can’t wait to show you.
What makes the canyon unique is it’s deep gorge and the moss and turf-covered walls that make it seem look like fluffy cushion.
After the canyon, we will continue driving back towards Reykjavik and will make a special stop at a female owned farm to learn all about Icelandic sheep and living in the countryside in Iceland by the hand of a female herder / farmer.
Our journey will take us to Vik where we will stop for lunch before continuing for a very special demo and lunch at Laugarvatn Fontana.
Laugarvatn Fontana is in an active thermal area and includes a series of pools right by the side of a lake. But we will not be visiting the pools this time, we will be going on a private tour and lava rye bread making.
This super cool demo includes explanations on how to cook your very own fluffy rye bread underground in the thermal volcanic soils of the area. We will bury a new bread and dig out one that was buried the day before.
Luckily, the demo doesn’t end there, we will then cut the bread and enjoy the moist slices with local butter and smoked trout.
After the demo, we will drive to ION Adventure Hotel for free time to explore the area, go on hikes or simply soak in their fabulous outdoor pool until we meet for a delicious dinner.
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, all stops in the itinerary, coffee and cake at a local farmer’s house, private demo tour of the rye bread experience, dinner at ION Adventure Hotel.
Overnight at ION Adventure Hotel
For the next two nights we will be staying at one of Iceland’s most prized and talked-about design hotels: the female-owned ION Adventure Hotel.
“Nestled in the magical lava landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, this unique design hotel is constructed very much with nature in mind. It features a slick restaurant and bar, an outdoor hot tub and spa, and comfortable, high-end rooms.” – The Telegraph.
Fire and ice. Hot and cold. This abandoned inn turned luxury boutique hotel is where modern design meets Iceland’s incomparable natural landscape.
From the volcanic marvels of Mount Hengill to the urban sophistication of Reykjavik nearby, the unique landscape plays a pivotal role in the rich design of the hotel, which leans heavily on sustainable practices and the natural features of the island.
The outdoor heated pool has some of the most incredible views over Thingvellir National Park and is a real treat and highlight of this trip.
In the guest rooms, one can expect a mellow mix of concrete chic and earthy ambiance, combined with the warm accents of locally salvaged driftwood and lava, all deftly handled by design studio Minarc.
Beyond this, the farm-fresh cuisine at Silfra Restaurant & Bar, view-heavy Northern Lights Bar, and partially exposed Lava Spa all ensure that visitors have the ultimate Icelandic experience before even stepping foot outside.
If the hotel’s design and location weren’t enough, guests are treated to optional nightly wake-up calls if the Auroras come out to play. And you don’t even need to get dressed to Iceland’s sub-zero temperatures because ION has its own indoor Northern Lights viewing lounge from where you can admire them against the dark sky.
Day 6 : Golden Circle
Our trip wouldn’t be complete without a tour through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle.
After waking up in the most bewildering of landscapes at ION Adventure Hotel and enjoying an amazing yoga / meditation class, we will indulge with the hotel’s incredible breakfast and get ready for some of Iceland’s most famous sites.
We will start at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed Heritage Site and the location of the annual Parliament from the 10th century until the end of the 18th century and is a fantastic place for a leisurely and pleasant stroll along the well marked and maintained paths.
From a geological perspective, the park is located on a rift valley at the meeting of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and is relatively green and flat.
The park has a visitor center where you can get more information about the historical importance of the area and several hiking trails to explore.
We will then stop at Gullfoss (meaning “golden falls”) Waterfall, perhaps the most photographed site in Iceland.
This stunning waterfall travels from the Langjökull glacier and then drops through rapids and a narrow canyon, down 11m first and then another 21m further down.
Unlike other waterfalls in Iceland which can be seen from the bottom, Gullfoss has several suspended paths at the top of the waterfall so you see it from around and above because at the bottom is the canyon and the continuation of the river.
Besides being a popular stop on the Golden Circle tour, Gullfoss is a historical place in Iceland for being the site of the first environmentalist fight in the country, between the daughter of a farmer who owned the land and a British businessman who wanted to profit from its might and power.
The legal battle to nullify a contract signed by her father made Sigríður a famous Icelandic and her lawyer, the first President of independent Iceland in 1944.
After Gullfoss, we will continue to the geothermally-active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the well-known Great Geysir and Strokkur geysers.
Though Great Geysir has been inactive for a long time, if it went active, it would shoot up water up to 70m in the air!
Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt at every 5-10 minutes intervals so you are sure to catch it when visiting.
The area is dotted with several other geysers, yellow sulphuric stains surrounding fumaroles, bubbling mud pools, hot springs and other signs of thermal activity.
We will spend some time in the area waiting for the geyser’s to explode and taking photographs before we head for lunch, which today, will be a very special affair in a typical Icelandic greenhouse.
Did you ever wonder how the country manages to grow fresh vegetables and fruits in such inhospitable climate and harsh terrain?
Your questions will be answered during our visit to an organic greenhouse where we will enjoy a unique fresh farm to table lunch at its cozy cafe, you can even pick your own salad!
This visit will be an eye opening and fascinating stop that remains a hidden gem in Iceland very few know about (Shhh!).
In the same farm, we will also learn more about the beautiful (and famous!) native Icelandic horses who live on site through a private demo with a female rider.
These smaller, almost pony-sized, and sturdy horses are native to Iceland and can survive the coldest of weathers but are pretty friendly. We will get up and close with this gentle horse breed and their fluffy manes.
After the horse demo, we will head to a local farm to enjoy freshly made ice cream – one of the creamiest you have ever had, promise!
We will then drive back to our luxury cocoon at ION Adventure Hotel where we will have time for some moss-covered walks around the hotel, to relax in their thermal pool as we see the sun set or to book a massage at their fabulous spa.
We will meet again for dinner at the hotel’s farm to table restaurant and hope for the Auroras to come out that night from the comfort of our warm and comfy beds.
Note: The order of the stops during the day may vary.
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, morning yoga class, all stops in the itinerary, lunch and tour at the greenhouse restaurant-farm, visit and private demo at an Icelandic horse stable, dinner at ION Adventure Hotel.
Day 7 : Reykjanes Peninsula, Volcano and Blue Lagoon
We will start the day with a morning meditation or yoga class at the hotel to set the right intention and mindset for the amazing day ahead.
Breakfast will be enjoyed at the hotel before departing for Reykjanes Peninsula where we will get up and close with lava fields and explore this awesome part of Iceland.
First off, we will stop at the site of the 2021 volcanic eruption, Fagradalsfjall, which is on a fissure of about 500-700 metres long (1,640-2,300ft). The site is adjacent to the July 2023 eruption which created a new fissure and more lava fields.
The last eruption there was some 800 years ago and experts believe that this is a shield eruption that may continue for years to come. While the volcano will most likely not be active, we will stop there to see the lava fields created by the eruption, a real cool sight.
After the volcano, we will visit the rest of the Reykjanes Peninsula which is most famous for its very active geothermal activity.
We will start at the rainbow colored Seltún geothermal site which includes thermal and mud pools bubbling with the hot air and water that is escaping from the center of the Earth, and continue to Gunnuhver hot springs which include fumaroles, vents and all sorts of cool thermal action.
We will finish off with a quick visit to the Reykjanes lighthouse and the nearby cliffs which are extremely cool because of the views around the area.
For lunch, we will head over to a local fishing village which has one of the best lobster stews you’ve ever tried (vegetarian option available) and then drive to the Blue Lagoon to end our wellness escape at Iceland’s most famous thermal pools.
Note: The stops will vary due to weather, opening times and group preferences.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool of seawater born in volcanic aquifers 2,000 meters underground where freshwater and ocean water converge in a tectonic realm of searing heat and immense pressure.
Endowed with silica, algae, and minerals, the water cleanses, heals, rejuvenates, and undoes the effects of time, bringing radiance, in all its forms, to the mind and body.
The water temperature is generally between 37°C and 40°C even as the snow falls down, creating the enchanting and incredible views that have made it famous.
The lagoon’s seawater is naturally renewed every 40 hours and because of its composition, chlorine is not needed. In essence, the lagoon is a self-cleaning ecosystem.
Our Premium Blue Lagoon package comes with a few added goodies:
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
- Silica mud mask
- Use of towel
- 1st drink of your choice from the In-water Bar
- Second mask of choice from the In-water Mask Bar
- Use of bathrobe
Spend the afternoon exploring the lagoon, relaxing and trying out the two masks that come with the Premium package as you take it all in.
After a shower and change of clothes, we will head to the Blue Lagoon’s Lava Restaurant, built into a magnificent lava cliff on the western shore of the Blue Lagoon, where we will end the day and the trip.
The restaurant combines stunning views through the double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows, organic architecture, and Icelandic cuisine made from fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.
We will enjoy a glass of bubbly and one last dinner with wine with our newfound friends before driving back to Reykjavik for our last night at FossHotel Reykjavik.
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, morning yoga class, all stops in the itinerary, entry ticket to Blue Lagoon with Premium Package, gourmet coursed dinner at Lava Restaurant in the Blue Lagoon including welcome sparkling wine.
Day 8 : Reykjavik and departure
We will wake up in Reykjavik and have breakfast at the hotel, check out and say our goodbyes.
If you are flying out in the evening, you can store your luggage and go out to explore the city.
Some of our suggestions for the last day in Reykjavik include:
- Go whale watching (requires a booking a tour)
- Explore the Whales of Iceland Museum ($23, walking distance), or the Aurora Reykjavík – The Northern Lights Center ($16, walking distance), and learn about these two very traditionally Icelandic topics
- A visit to the very unique Icelandic Phallological Museum (aka Penis Museum) ($20, walking distance)
- Climb to the top of expressionist Hallgrímskirkja Church for great city views (free admission but access to the tower at $8, walking distance)
- Take photos at the rainbow street (in front of the church).
- Visit the city’s flea market, Kolaportið, which happens only in the weekends (free, walking distance)
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel.
A note on the weather: All of the activities on this itinerary are weather dependent and if there is something that is guaranteed in Iceland is that the weather is unpredictable and this means that we may have to replace visits or change the order of stops.
Our guide, Sigga A.
Sigga lived for some years in the UK and The Netherlands where she studied and later worked in research as a molecular biologist.
When she returned back to Reykjavik, she completed a degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences and developed and launched a healthy and environmentally friendly berry juice containing whey and wild herbs under the product name “Islandus“.
In 2016 she launched her own tour company focused on culture and food and began her official guiding career. However, she has been a tour guide for more than 20 years and has extensive knowledge of travelling in Iceland, especially off-road and to the less explored parts of the country.
She always feels privileged to show guests the great natural beauty Iceland has to offer and to give an insight into the life and culture of Icelandic people.
Jin – “Highly recommend any solo females to join the trip. I just got back from Iceland for a one week vacation, what a trip! The trip leader was wonderful & pleasant. The itinerary was excellent. The accommodations were extremely lovely. They took all my travel stress away. I just need to sit back & relax & enjoy the trip!! Cant wait for the next trip!!! Thank you!”
Kristina – “This was my first solo/group travel experience, and it exceeded my expectations in every way. Everything was so well planned and thoughtful. The size of the group was perfect — and I really felt like I was getting an insider’s look at Iceland, not like a tourist. The other travelers in our group were so open and friendly – we became fast friends even though we were all from different places, different ages and at different life stages. If you are worried about touring with people you don’t know, don’t be – the vibe is super casual and accepting, and you’ll feel right at home. It really was the perfect trip, and I can’t wait to go on another one!”
Tiffany – “I just completed my first tour with SFTT to Iceland and can truly say it was a life changing experience. Everything from the destination itself, our itinerary, our amazing guide, and last but certainly not least the amazing group of women I was with made this an adventure I will never forget! When they say it’s a luxury tour, it truly felt that way. I have booked 2 more tours and can’t wait to see what’s in store. Highly recommend!”
Elena – “The organisation was really great: there were no issues, no delays, no need to worry about anything, amazing locations for dinners, everything booked and taken care of in advance. I felt very relaxed, comfortable, welcomed, taken care of, entertained, well-fed, well-nourished and absolutely at ease 100% of the time. And we had so much fun with our local guide: I feel like it was the coolest summer camp of my childhood – but in a more luxurious setting!”
Guest – “Yes. It’s difficult to put into words how wonderful this trip to Iceland is/was. Truly one of the best experiences to date for a single traveler. The way in which the local guide and the rest of the women on the tour interacted and opened themselves up to this beautiful country was magical. I’m so grateful this organization supports and empowers women travelers. Thank you!”
Guest – “Iceland is a magical place. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the country and the people. I embarked on the trip just hoping I could make it through my first solo trip and came home feeling more whole and empowered then I thought possible!”
Jenni – “I just came back from the Tanzania value tour, after having already joined the tour to Iceland back in October. i can highly recommend both tours. Every single day was a highlight. there is nothing i would change about the itinerary, accommodation or food”
Carolina – “My daughter and I have just finished the trip to Iceland. This is our 2nd trip with Solo Female Traveler. The first one was last year to Tanzania+Zanzibar. And we just simply LOVE THEM. They are PERFECT!! We are already thinking about our 3rd trip!! They are super well organized, many different activities, super safe and 100% worth it!! Thank you for all your effort!!”
Akanksha – “I just returned from the Iceland trip which was from Oct 1st-8th. For me, it was a once in a lifetime trip and I never wanted it to end . There are a zillion memories that I made in this trip.
At one time I was awestruck by the Glacier Lagoons, and next moment I am amazed looking at the lava ashes from recent volcanic eruptions. On one hand, my eyes were dazzled by shimmering glacier crystals lying all around on the Diamond beach and next moment I am listening to inspiring anecdotes from a local Icelandic farmer in her home sipping coffee and feasting on her home-made cookies. One day I am seeing a seal relaxing in the lagoon and next then I am petting the Icelandic horses. I am eating gourmet dinners and then I am having best possible authentic tomato soup in a greenhouse farm – right were they are being grown.
I am hiking inside a natural ice cave and then next I am scaling the slopes of a cliff. I have seen couple of waterfalls in my life but here I get to go behind them! I not only see them, I get to feel them as well. The Blue Lagoon and the northern lights sighting – I don’t want to get started on that… I am at loss of words. Who gets to do all these and much more in just a week ! Well I did For me the highlights were:
– a well planned itinerary which was covering all I wanted to see and more
– Our cool guide. I guess if I recorded what all she shared, we can have a book written with that information on Iceland Mar – who was not just ensuring everything is planned, but was a super fun company as well.
– the tour plan wasn’t just written on papers but executed with perfection and details. We were given surprises on the tour too ! For example, meeting a women farmer of Iceland.
– our places of stay were awesome and trust me some were fancy !
– I am not a foodie but couldn’t help gorging on the meals we were served. All the dietary restrictions were already taken care of. Nowhere I felt any issue because of my vegetarian diet.
– The trip gave me lots of flexibility. For e.g. I could have my own little explorations and hikes after done with the day’s itinerary.
– The details shared for trip preparation (what to pack, what weather to expect, airport transfers etc.) were super detailed and explanatory. Every day we were detailed with plans for the next day, so it was easy to plan our timings.
– Immense patience that Mar & Meg have. They never backed down from answering any questions I had before or while taking the trip. This was my 1st overseas vacation, and Mar and Meg ensured that it was a special one.
I was initially skeptical in signing up, as the photos I looked from the Iceland trip gave me the impression that this might be limited to women from Europe/America. But I was so very wrong. I am from India and this trip was for me too. It is for every woman who wants to travel.
The cherry on the cake was the awesome group of women that I had. It was a perfect blend of women coming from different places, different stages of life with inspiring life stories who had just one thing in common – their love for travel. All I can say is I am so glad I took the trip. If in future if I plan anymore trips, I now know whom to reach out
Guest – “My Iceland trip with Solo Female Travelers Club was the best trip ever!!!! Everything was planned and top notch! Luxury hotels, delicious food, seeing the best Iceland has to offer!
We were so lucky to have Mar on our trip and our local guide, made the trip extra special by adding personal touches by visiting her best friends sheep farm, told all the myths, and her childhood stories of growing up in Iceland.
Leave the family home and take a trip for yourself! You’ll meet women from all over the world. It’s seriously the best way to travel.”
Donna – “I just returned from a tour of Iceland with solo female travelers club. This was my first ever trip with a group. I highly recommend it.
Getting to Know all of the special women on this tour was amazing. I have new friends for life.The tour was very organized. We saw many things in a very short amount of time. The accommodations Were very nice and in great locations. The activities and guides were outstanding. I am already planning my next trip.”
Guest – “Iceland was the trip of a lifetime!
The Solo female travelers team were fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed every stop on the itinerary, the hotels, the restaurants, and the amazing scenic drives in between! I am always the one planning out each and every detail for my trips and it was SO nice to have everything planned out already for a change! Can’t wait for the next one! Thank you so much for the memorable experience!.”
Marta – “This trip is just amazing and choosing to visit Iceland with female solo travelers is a great decision”
Guest – “Wow! The trip was absolutely incredible! It exceeded my expectations in every way.
Iceland is a wonderful country – the landscape is stunning; the people are friendly; the environment felt safe; and the food was fantastic. Our agenda was packed, and it was fast-paced, but it needed to be to get in everything.
I think the itinerary was perfect – it included all of the “must-see” things on the South Coast. And the tomato cafe was heavenly.
Top it off with a phenomenal local guide – Sigga! She was absolutely wonderful – warm, friendly, cheerful, and extremely knowledgeable. We all fell in love with her.
She even squeezed in a little surprise visit to a woman-owned sheep farm, which became one of my favorite stops of the trip.
I swore I was not coming home with an Icelandic sweater, but I just couldn’t resist the perfect sweater made by a member of Kidda’s family. And to buy it directly from her on her farm was so special.”
✔️ 7 Nights in chosen package (twin shared or single occupancy) in premium hotels
✔️ All stops as mentioned in the itinerary (weather permitting)
✔️ 1 hour Glacier Lagoon zodiac tour
✔️ Half a day ice cave Superjeep tour
✔️ Icelandic private horses demo and tomato farm tour
✔️ Visit to a local female owned farm
✔️ Private rye bread making demo
✔️ Premium package at the Blue Lagoon
✔️ Daily Breakfast. Lunch on day 6. Gourmet dinners on most nights as specified in the itinerary
✔️ Welcome drinks and food tour dinner
✔️ Transportation to and between all activities in a small minibus or van
✔️ Local female guide and driver
✔️ Yoga / Meditation sessions while at ION Adventure Hotel (only in 2023)
✘ Optional activities not included in the program that you may book yourself
✘ Meals not specified
✘ Transportation from and to the airport in Reykjavik
✘ Visa, if required
✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)
✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)
✘ Alcoholic drinks at meals unless specified (eg. Welcome and Farewell dinners)
✘ Yoga mat, please bring your own
✘ Tips for the Guide (At your discretion)
✘ Departure COVID Testing if required which we can help organize
Prices start at:
- Deposit: 30% non refundable deposit to reserve your spot
- Balance payment due 90 days before departure
*The initial deposit is refundable if the minimum number of guests is not reached. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.
The Solo Female Travelers difference – What makes us unique
All our tours follow the same values and philosophy that makes us who we are which you can find here. In Iceland, a few things set us apart from others: We travel in Northern Lights season, support women and take you on premium activities.
Traveling to Iceland in the summer is beautiful but October has the added benefit of being Northern Lights season and, fingers crossed, all guests on all our tours to date have seen them shine!
We will spend lots of time time with our female guide, visits a female farmer, chat with a female horse trainer, and supports women in Iceland as we her more about the local culture through their eyes.
The highlight of the tour for many guests, is the two exclusive activities around the Glacier lagoon: A zodiac tour among floating icebergs and seals and a hike inside a natural ice cave.
We keep the group to a maximum of 14 guests so don’t wait up to book, this is one of our best selling trips and one which sells out every time! Select the date and package you wish to book and then click on the Book button. Or pick a time and date to speak to us live on the calendar below. Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed.
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Book 5th to 12th October 2024
Book 13th to 20th October 2024
Book 26th October to 2nd November 2024
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Frequently Asked Questions
This is a trip of a lifetime and we know there are many things you’d like to know more about.
All COVID-19 measures at the Icelandic border have now ended. Therefore, there is no need to show a negative test at the border, however please be sure to keep up to date with the official Iceland Covid website HERE should anything change.
We require guests who develop a cough or cold-like symptoms to use a mask and separate themselves from the rest of the guests. COVID testing is not mandatory though it will be encouraged. Being vaccinated will not be a requirement to join our tours from 1st of January 2024.
Payments are not refundable if the trip goes ahead. This is why we require all guests to purchase travel insurance that covers unforeseen circumstances that would prevent them from traveling.
In the event that the trip needs to be postponed for reasons beyond our control such as a global pandemic or COVID after the the 30% deposit is due, any payments made will be put towards a similar trip in the future.
We recommend checking with an aggregator such as Travel Insurance Master to compare quotes and coverage.
Most travelers do not need a visa for Iceland. In cases where a Schengen visa is required it will be issued by the Icelandic embassy in your country of origin.
All inclusions and exclusions are detailed in the section above. All activities that are part of the itinerary are included. The only optional activities are those in Reykjavik that you may decide to participate on.
The Northern Lights are best seen during the months of September to March and sightings are never guaranteed. The advantage of our winter itinerary is that we will sleep in the remote ION Adventure Hotel and FossHotels, thus avoiding the need to go out from Reykjavik into darker parts of the country in the middle of the night with the possibility of seeing them. The Northern Lights will not be visible in the summer.
A minimal level of fitness is required for this trip. We will be walking to the ice caves, doing optional hikes on glaciers and walking around some of the sites may require going up quite a few steps.
Yes, single rooms are available on this trip. Please click on the booking buttons to see the packages and prices available.
This is a female-only small group trip specifically designed for women traveling on their own. If you wish to travel with a female friend, partner, family member, etc. they are absolutely welcome, however we are not able to book male travelers on this trip.
How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.
Yes, this trip will be hosted by a local female guide. The guides for the ice cave tour and the zodiac tour may be male, though we always request female guides.
We believe that travel can be a force for good and wherever possible, we work with local travel companies in the country who can help us make a difference and ensure that the tourism dollars benefit local communities.
For this trip, we have partnered with a local female guide and work with local hotels. ION Adventure Hotel is a female owned while FossHotel is a family-run business.
Iceland has an excellent healthcare system and you do not need to get any special vaccines to visit. However, it is a good idea to visit your doctor and get refreshers for vaccines such as tetanus and to make sure that you carry all your medicines and prescribed drugs as well as the official prescriptions from your doctor which you may be asked to show at the border.
Our detailed packing list can be found here.
The most important idea to remember when packing for Iceland is to waterproof yourself and bring layers and to dress for a weather that can change in minutes from sunny to extremely windy, to freezing cold, even in the summer. October is a month of change when the country goes from summer to winter and that means you can experience 4 seasons in a day, though if we are honest, it’s never warm in Iceland!
Bringing appropriate clothes is essential on this trip, as is having the adequate footwear which usually consists of proper walking boots that can keep your feet warm even when walking on snow and ice. A warm jacket is key and wearing waterproof clothes (from head to toe) is essential at all times but especially in October. And don’t forget your swim suit!
The prospect of getting sick while alone in a foreign country is daunting, and this is why we require all our guests have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes international evacuation. Should you fall sick, we will escort you to the nearest medical facility so you can get the help you need.
While the cost of medical healthcare in Iceland may be more affordable than in other countries such as the US, travel and medical insurance is mandatory to come on our trips and we recommend you get the most comprehensive coverage that includes international evacuation. We recommend checking with an aggregator such as Travel Insurance Master to compare quotes and coverages.
You can make any instalment payments from the time of the first deposit until the final balance is due by directly accessing your guest portal.