Looking for something a bit off the beaten path? Explore the best of what Iceland has to offer with this package from Dreams Voyager. Iceland is so much more than just a destination; it’s a place of exciting possibilities surrounded Read more…
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Looking for something a bit off the beaten path? Explore the best of what Iceland has to offer with this package from Dreams Voyager. Iceland is so much more than just a destination; it’s a place of exciting possibilities surrounded by incredible landscapes, where countless adventures and natural wonders await. Iceland is a place where you will be illuminated by the unending daylight of summertime or the spectacular Northern Lights during the winter.Its time to capture the experience of lifetime!
Fixed Departure Tour: 30th October 2019 to 04th November 2019
Trip Type: Group trips (Min 1, Max 12) Persons
Starts/Ends: Reykjavik, Iceland
- The aurora borealis is the best light show on Earth, and this trip is your ticket. Stay up late to see the northern sky dance with green light (subject to weather conditions)
- There’s a lot more to Iceland than ice and vikings. Follow the scenic ‘Golden Circle’, visiting geothermal springs and geysers, the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss and the site of the nation’s first parliament at Thingvellir
- Discover Iceland’s fascinating history on a walk around Reykjavik, which includes a visit to the massive Lutheran church of Hallgrimskirkja
- Drive along the island’s spectacular South Shore past the Reynisdrangar Rocks and volcanic black sand beaches
- Head to Skaftafell National Park and get adventurous with a hike to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier
This 6 day tour starts and ends in Reykjavik. This trip will offer fabulous way to explore some of Iceland's best sights and some incredible natural wonders. The famous Golden Circle attractions, great waterfalls, glaciers, an erupting geyser, black beaches, hot springs, the stunning icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and a glacier hike on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. You also get a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
ReykjavikYour adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm today – see reception for more details. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. You can check in at the joining point hotel anytime after 2pm. While early check-in is not guaranteed, feel free to store your luggage until needed. Please note that the guest rooms may be spread across a number of buildings all situated along a quiet street in central Reykjavik, a 5-minute walk from each other. (Included: Accommodation)
Reykjavik / Golden Circle / Hvolsvollur AreaThis morning take a short guided walk of Reykjavik, and visit the old harbour, the city center and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church. Following the route of the 'Golden Circle', visit Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland's first parliament, founded in 930, and a geological wonder where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Next, head to Iceland's Geysir geothermal area, where you'll see the Strokkur geyser shoot water 30 metres into the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss Waterfall, also know as Golden Falls, before continuing on to the Hvolsvollur Valley, where you'll spend the night on an Icelandic farm that has been converted into a guesthouse. The Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) are a natural display of coloured lights in the night sky that are often visible in the high northern hemisphere. Colours of the Northern Lights vary from person to person, with most people seeing them as pearly-grey with hints of greens and reds. Far away from the city lights, the guesthouse is an ideal Northern Lights base. If the skies are clear tonight, why not take a stroll out into the snow and look skywards for the dancing green lights. (Included: Accommodation, Golden Circle Tour, Reykjavik Walking tour)
South Coast / Jokulsarlon Glacier LagoonStart the day with a trip to the eerily beautiful Skógafoss waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Skógafoss is a giant of a waterfall, 25 metres wide and also dropping down 60 metres. You can get up close and feel its power, and also climb a (long) windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. On a sunny day you should be able to spot a rainbow or two in the spray. Continue along Iceland's South Shore to take in more of the country’s renowned natural wonders. From the stepping-stone rock formations of Reynisdrangar, the promontory of Dyrhólaey, and the night black sand beach of Reynisfjara, this is one of the country's most scenic regions. En route you will pass the lava of the Laki eruption of 1782 to 1783. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a stunning sea of floating icebergs whose blue contrast with the charcoal coloured sand of the beach. Stop for the night at a farm stay on the South Coast. Weather permitting, there will be another opportunity to step outside and witness the natural wonders of the Northern Lights tonight. (Included: Accommodation, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon tour, Skogafoss waterfall visit, Dyrholaey & Reynisdrangar tour)
Skaftafell National Park / VikToday drive to Skaftafell National Park, where you'll have the option take a walk on Europe's biggest ice cap – Vatnajokull – which has around 30 glaciers flowing out from it. No experience is necessary to partake in the hike. Alternatively just embark on a hike to the glacier's tongue. It’s sobering to think that the glacier is retreating due to rising world temperatures, and in some years the glacier may be gone. Later on today, journey on to the black sand seaside town of Vik for lunch and some free time to explore. With the sea on one side and high cliffs on the other, this dramatically positioned quaint little village is Iceland's most southerly mainland settlement. (Included: Accommodation, Skaftafell Glacier Walk)
ReykjavikThis morning we make our way back to Reykjavik. Iceland's capital has an eclectic arts and music scene, an abundance of quirky cafes and a laid-back vibe. Perhaps browse some of the city's great art galleries. If you feel like something more active, you can take an optional ride on an Icelandic horse or see killer whales just off-shore on a whale watching expedition. Alternatively, if you haven't had enough of the Northern Lights yet, you could head out of town to chase them again this evening, or while away the hours with a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Whatever you choose, tonight perhaps gather together your fellow Icelandic adventurers and celebrate the end of this Northern Lights Escape. (Included: Accommodation)
ReykjavikToday is departure day and time to say 'sjaumst'. As there are no activities planned, you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time is at midday. If you are departing later, you can arrange to store your luggage at the hotel.
– Accommodation: Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
– Meals Included: 5 Breakfasts
– Transport: Private Minibus
– Included Activities:
- Golden Circle (Thingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
- Reykjavik Walking Tour
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Dyrholaey & Reynisdrangar
- Skaftafell National Park
–International & Domestic Flights: Any flights cost are not included and can be arranged by us separately for an additional cost.
– Visa: Visa cost is not included. Visa can be arranged by us for an additional cost.
– Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in this tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. It can be arranged by us with additional cost.
– Airport Transfers within Iceland.
– Miscellaneous expenses, Souvenirs etc.
– 5% GST on Total Package.
– Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Trip Includes”
Bring with you:
Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Spikes which fit onto your shoes are very useful in icy conditions (ice grips or traction cleats). Good hiking boots are essential, ice crampons are provided for the glacier hike, it is not possible to fit them to any other kind of footwear. If you don´t have good hiking boots you can buy them.
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The Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) are a natural display of coloured lights in the night sky of the northern hemisphere. While Northern Light displays can never be guaranteed, as they are a natural phenomenon, you have a higher chance of seeing them in locations at high latitudes, such as Iceland. Please note that weather conditions and overall activity can affect visibility. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies during your visit. There are a number of apps you can download that show current and forecast activity of the aurora around the world. Some of these apps have a function that allow you to be alerted at night when the aurora becomes visible in your current location.
Iceland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to visiting a cafe, but especially in terms of eating out. To provide you with an example, a main meal outside of Reykjavik can be around the ISK 4,000 mark. 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 guesthouses' restaurants.
Iceland can be extremely cold at this time of year. 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.
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.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travelers will share a room with another traveler of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement can be requested at an additional charge. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Please also be aware that most guesthouses in Iceland offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities. Rooms in Iceland can be small, and at times you may be accommodated a short walk away from the main building. This applies to sharing travelers as well as travelers who have booked a single supplement.
The flight cost are not included in this trip. We recommend to book them well in advance to save cost.
The tour requires that you have a travel insurance covering emergency evacuation and repatriation. If you do not already have a travel insurance please do get in touch with us after booking and we will help you.
For this tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveler. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary. If you do not already have a visa, please do get in touch with us after booking and we will help you.
This is a non-refundable tour!
Phone: +354 4401600
Hotel Klettur is a stone's throw from downtown. The hotel’s look and interior get their inspiration from Icelandic nature, and its name is derived from the rock that bursts through the wall on the first floor. It is said that the rock has been integrated into the building in order to keep the elves happy that live within the rock. From Hotel Klettur it is a short walk to the main shopping area of Laugavegur street, and Iceland's highest building, the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church, is a 10-minute walk away. The hotel offers modern brightly decorated guest rooms with free Wi-Fi, TV and private bathrooms. A continental breakfast is available in the mornings.
Keflavík International Airport (KEF) is located about 50 kilometers southwest of the capital. Taxis are readily available outside the terminal and cost between 14,000 ISK and 19,000 ISK. Gray Line and Flybus both offer regular coach transfers to the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavik (from 2,500 ISK one way), from where you can change to a shuttle that will drop you at your hotel (from 3,000 ISK one way). You are able to purchase single or return tickets in the arrivals hall at the airport.
Pre booked arrival transfer from the airport: If you have pre booked an arrival transfer, your transfer driver will be holding a board with our partner Logo or your name at the arrivals hall. Maximum waiting time: 1 hour from the actual arrival time of the flight.
Phone: +354 4401600
If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
If you have pre booked a departure transfer you will be collected from your hotel 3 hours prior to your flight departure time. Please reconfirm your departure transfer with your tour leader. Maximum waiting time: 30 minutes from the expected time of pick up.
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
For Hotel stays - you will have En-suite Bathroom
For Guesthouse - You might have to share Bathroom with other Guest.
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.
On this trip we are traveling in our own private minibus as this allows us to reach some more off the beaten path destinations and gives us flexibility which would not be possible by public transport. Please note that there are some long travel days and some rough stretches on gravelly and windy roads. On some days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time. All our vehicles in Iceland have complimentary Wi-Fi.
The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).
Please note that credit cards are virtually accepted everywhere throughout Iceland, and you can get by without withdrawing any cash. However if you do need an ATM, they are available in most towns. 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. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash.
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information.
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. We suggest ISK 45,000 for meals not included on this trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less. Please remember that Iceland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to visiting a cafe, but especially in terms of eating out. To provide you with an example, a main meal outside of Reykjavik can be around the ISK 4,000 mark. 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.
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. You may consider tipping your tour leader/driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline 300ISK-600ISK per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. Tipping is not a way of life in Iceland for meals, hotels or taxi drivers though.
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.
What you need to bring will vary according to when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. We also recommend you take a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. As well as your clothes, passport and toothbrush and other items you always need to pack for travel, below are some items that you specifically need for this trip.
During the winter months in Iceland, temperatures can drop to well below zero. We recommend to all our guests to bring good sturdy shoes for walking across snow or ice (good waterproof walking boots with a good grip), a warm wind and rainproof jacket and trousers, gloves or mittens, thermals and base layers, fleece, good head wear and sunglasses. You may also want to consider to rent gear upon arrival in Reykjavik. If the streets are iced over we recommend you purchase ice crampons, available in supermarkets in the centre of Reykjavik.
In order for you to be able to experience Iceland's famous thermal baths please don't forget to bring your swimsuit and a spare towel for use in the baths.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Cold tap water is safe and good to drink so you can avoid the purchase of bottled water by refilling from the tap.
- Rain gear, including jacket with a hood and waterproof trousers
- Gloves or mittens, thermals and base layers, good head wear. This trip is operated in the winter months, but please bear in mind the weather may vary. Remember that quality winter clothes and footwear as well as rain gear is essential for this trip. You’ll enjoy your holiday to the fullest if you’re prepared for all kinds of weather!
- You may also want to consider to rent additional winter gear upon arrival in Reykjavik. If the streets are iced over we recommend you purchase ice crampons, available in supermarkets in the centre of Reykjavik
- Personal medical kit. Your leader will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as blister relief, mild pain killers and bandaids.
- Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
- Swimwear - for the optional visits to Iceland's thermal springs
- Camera with spare batteries. You won't be able to recharge during the day
- Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
All group trips in Iceland are accompanied by one of our group leaders, who will also be the driver. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We endeavors to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of traveling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
While traveling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
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, yoghurt, 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.
There are some basic breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar).
For more isolated stays on this trip there will be a limited selection of places to eat, in some cases meals will be taken at the overnight accommodation.
All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveled is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group,We reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
– Age Requirements: Minimum 15 (Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.)
– Guiding Method: Live Guide Instructor
– Guide Language: English
– Trip Type: Group trips (Min 1, Max 12) Person