Iceland Luxe Wellness & Wilderness Autumn

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 | Zodiac tour among icebergs | Ice cave tour | Glacier walk

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

Iceland in the Spring: Not a fan of the cold weather? Not that Iceland is ever warm, but we have an Iceland in Spring itinerary that will see the beautiful flowers in bloom and puffins at a time of year when temperatures are slightly warmer. Check it out here.

 

Trip Overview

  • 1 – 8 October, 2022
  • 8 – 15 October, 2022
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Max. 14 guests

Saga Líf

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 depending on the weather.


Detailed Itinerary

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 short 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.

After that, we will have a reception dinner in one of the great restaurants in town including wine pairing. This is your chance to meet the rest of the group and enjoy a wonderful fresh meal with great wines.

Inclusions: Welcome pre-dinner walking tour, dinner with wine pairing. Guests need to make their own way to the hotel from the airport. Pick up can be organized upon request.

Overnight at Canopy Hotel

We like Canopy Hotel because of its modern yet warm and cozy atmosphere and the many amenities that make it an ideal base in Reykjavik.

From the moment you walk in you feel cocooned and welcomed; whether you sit by the vertical fire place to read a book or decide to relax at the lounge, you’ll feel right at home.

What is more, Canopy offers the only twin beds in the city that are not single beds, like every other hotel in town (it’s an Icelandic thing!) so you’ll have more space and feel more grown up in our shared rooms.

Tip: If you land early in the morning, Canopy has a traveler’s lounge where you can relax and wait for your room to be ready.

 

 


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 a secret waterfall most tourists don’t visit that is just 10min away. Shhh! 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.

On our way to lunch, and provided time allows and the transfer buses are running, we will make a pit stop at an eerie location: the site of abandoned DC plane on the black beach at Sólheimasandur.

This Instagram-famous plane wreck is the remains of a 1973 US Navy DC that crashed when it ran out of fuel and since there is nothing else around, it makes for surreal pictures against a desolate and very Star Wars landscape.

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, with very cozy rooms and 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 FossHotel.

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 Saga 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. Saga will pick the most suitable depending on everyone’s fitness level and interest.

Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, guided ice cave tour, optional afternoon hikes, dinner at FossHotel.

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 but take a detour 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 followed by lunch.

After lunch 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, private demo tour of the rye bread experience, lunch at Laugarvatn Fontana, 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, a visit we started on Day 4 at Thingvellir National Park.

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 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 most recent volcanic eruption, Fagradalsfjall, which is on a fissure of about 500-700 metres long (1,640-2,300ft) and started on March 19th, 2021 with follow up eruptions in the weeks after.

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.

ON our way, we will also stand on the bridge between continents which separates the Eurasian and American tectonic plates for a cool group shoot.

We will finish off with a quick visit to the Reykjanes lighthouse which is cool in itself but mostly for 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 order of the stops varies and may change due to weather or opening times among other reasons.

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
  • Slippers
  • 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 the Canopy Hotel.

Back in Reykjavik, Saga will take those who are keen on a night out in town so you can finish the trip with live music.

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:

Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel.

 


About Your Host

Saga Líf was born and raised in Iceland and has been working as a guide for the last 6 years, most recently focusing on women only trips via her Viking Women adventure company.

She loves to connect travel with wellness, adventures, empowerment, music, team building and of course the breathtaking nature that Iceland has to offer.

Saga is passionate about the outdoors and has explored her country extensively. Introducing Iceland to solo female travelers gives her great joy and she is ready to show you its best parts through our fabulous itinerary.

Besides being a very knowledgeable guide, Saga is also an experienced driver (very important in Iceland!), a trekking and glacier guide and a wilderness First Responder so you are not only going to be inspired but also in very good hands.

Our October 1st departure will also be accompanied by our Co-Founder, Mar Pages.


Inclusions

✔️ 7 Nights in shared twin accommodation in luxury hotels, we pair you with another traveler so you don’t have to pay a single supplement

✔️ 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

✔️ Private rye bread making demo

✔️ Premium package at the Blue Lagoon

✔️ Daily Breakfast. Lunch on Day 5 and 6. Gourmet dinners every night

✔️ Welcome wine pairing 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

✔️ Credit card payment fees

Exclusions

✘ Optional activities not included in the program that you may book yourself

✘ Lunch with the exception of days 5 and 6

✘ 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)

✘ Souvenirs

✘ Yoga mat, please bring your own

✘ Tips for Drivers and Guides (At your discretion)

✘ Departure COVID Testing if required which we can help organize

Payment Info

Only 14 Spots Available

$4,895 USD

Payment Plan:

Deposit: $200 to reserve your spot

1st payment: 30% payment is due upon trip confirmation, this can be as early as 180 days before departure

2nd payment: Balance due 60 days before departure

*The initial $200 USD is refundable if the minimum number of guests is not reached. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.


Book your spot

This trip will only host 14 guests so don’t wait; book now or reach out to us with any questions.

Ready to book your spot on this incredible Luxury Wellness & Wilderness Autumn trip?

Click on the button below and you will be taken to a booking page to make payment.

Note: If you want a single room and they appear sold out, please email us and we are usually able to accommodate.

Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed.

Interested in joining us in Iceland but have some questions? Let’s chat!

Contact us at community@solofemaletravelers.club or Pick a convenient time and date below to talk to us, we’d love to meet you!

 


Frequently Asked Questions

This is a trip of a lifetime and we know there are many things you’d like to know more about.

What are the COVID measures in Iceland and how will you ensure everyone is safe?


We care deeply about the wellbeing of our guests and our trip follows all local regulations. We require our guests to be fully vaccinated to join the tour so that we ensure the safety of everyone on the trip. This is also a requirement for many nationalities willing to enter Iceland at present time.

Iceland is officially open since the 6th of April 2021 to all vaccinated travelers or those who have successfully recovered from COVID, the official Government website with details and requirements can be found here.

In case a departure negative Covid is required to return to your country, we can help you organize it but you should allow for enough time between your return to Reykjavik and your departure flight to receive the results.

What if I cannot travel because of COVID restrictions?


Once the 30% down payment is made, the trip is non refundable unless there are travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Iceland that force the cancellation of the trip. In that case, the trip will be moved to a later date. We require all guests to purchase travel insurance that covers unforeseen circumstances which would prevent them from traveling, and this is how you would recover your costs from needing to cancel. Please read our Terms and conditions here.

Do I need a visa for Iceland?


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.

What is included in the trip?


All inclusions and exclusions are detailed in the section above. This trip includes 6 breakfasts, all dinners and 2 lunches. Depending on your arrival and departure times, there may be other meals that you should consider (eg. if you arrive in the morning of Day 1 or depart in the evening of Day 8). Alcoholic beverages are not included except for the drinks during the Welcome and Farewell meals.

The only optional activities are those in Reykjavik that you may decide to participate on, or if you decide to book any spa services or excursion at ION Adventure Hotel.

Are the Northern Lights guaranteed?

The Northern Lights are best seen during the months of September to March and sightings are never guaranteed. The advantage of this trip 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.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

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.

Can I have a room to myself?


All costs above are considered on a sharing basis with two guests per room in twin bedding; we will pair you with another solo female traveler on the trip. If you wish to have your own room, a single supplement of $735 applies.

I want to bring my partner to the trip


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.

I want to bring my daughter


How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.

Will the guides be female?


Yes, this trip will be hosted by Saga Lif. The guides for the ice cave tour and the zodiac tour may be male.

How does this trip help local communities in Iceland?


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 Saga and work with local hotels except for the hotel we stay at in Reykjavik. ION Adventure Hotel is female owned while FossHotel is a family-run business.

What medication do I need to take for a trip to Iceland?


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.

What should I pack for this adventure?


Our detailed packing list can be found here.

The most important idea to remember when packing for Iceland is to bring layers and to dress for a weather that can change in minutes from sunny to extremely windy, to freezing cold. 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 you should consider a waterproof one in case of rain or spray from the powerful waterfalls. And don’t forget your swim suit!

What happens if I get sick?


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.

What travel and medical insurance should I get?


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.

Can I make various instalments for this trip?


Our payment plan includes 3 instalments: a $200 USD deposit to book a spot, a 30% payment when the trip is confirmed (this can be as early as 180 days before departure) and the remaining balance 60 days before the trip. If you wish to make more payments that is also possible.

Can I pay by credit card?


Yes, payments will be made via credit card when you book a spot.

 

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