Explore Southern Iceland – May 14th – 20th, 2022

Check off this bucket list destination! Iceland is home to waterfalls, volcanoes, snorkeling between two continents, glacier hiking, and more! This 7 day/6 night experience is designed for the adventurer at heart. 

Day 1: Arrive to Iceland 

Welcome to Iceland, the land of fire and ice! We will meet at the Keflavik airport (main airport in Iceland) at 10 a.m. Your trip leader, Teddi, will be there to pick you up and we will be departing to Laugaras which will be our home base for the duration of the trip.

We will be stopping at a grocery store on the way, for you to stock up on any snacks you might want for the week as well as lunch for today.

We will spend the day getting settled into our luxury home which has an incredible view of the Hvita river and mountains surrounding the area. There will be an optional activity or you can spend the rest of the day relaxing with a book or taking in the views while soaking in the hot tub.

Tonight we will get to know each other over dinner and talk about the adventures that await us in the week ahead!

Day 2: Iconic Iceland - Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches and DB Plane Wreck

Today is a full day of EXPLORING! We will set out to see some of the iconic sights this beautiful country has to offer including two of Iceland’s famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. 

Our day will continue with a stop at the famous DB plane wreck. In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. The remains are still on the sand very close to the sea. Expect a 1-2hr hike each way.

We will end our adventure today by visiting the sea arch, Dryholaey with our final stop taking in the beautiful black sand beach of Reynisdrangar. This is another iconic place to visit in Iceland where gigantic sea stacks reside. Legend has it these rock formations are in fact petrified trolls. 

Tonight we will enjoy dinner together after we arrive back home and wind down with a nice soak in the hot pool.

Day 3: All the Glacier Things!! Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and Glacier Hiking 

Road trip time! We are off to the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. It's about a 4-hour trip to get there so we will definitely be having some carpool karaoke, snacks and laughs along the way. 

During the drive, we will pass through the picturesque village of Vik, the Eldhraun Lava Field, the largest lava field in the world, and experience the stunning and diverse scenery Iceland has to offer. 

When we arrive, we will spend some time exploring the Jokulsarlon Lagoon full of icebergs and seals; perfect photo ops! Next we will head across the road from the Lagoon to Diamond Beach, a beautiful black sand beach littered with small icebergs. 

In the afternoon we will head off to Skaftafell Nature Reserve for the incredible blue ice experience! We will be hiking on an outlet of Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier situated within Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in southeast Iceland. Our guides will lead us through a natural Eden of periwinkle blue ice ridges, deep crevasses and intricately formed ice sculptures. Throughout our tour, the surrounding scenery of Vatnajökull National Park is destined to take your breath away.

After this once in a lifetime experience, we will make our way back home with a couple stops along the way. The days are long in Iceland this time of year and if time permits, we will make a stop for a short 2 mile hike to experience the Fjadrargljufur Canyon and visit the village of Vik.

Once we arrive back to our accommodations, dinner will be prepared followed by some relaxing in the hot pool.

Day 4: Iceland's Hidden Gems & Ice Cave Tour

Today is a day of rest and recovery as we get to sleep in! Don't despair though, we have plenty of adventures for you planned. After a leisurely morning, we will be heading out to explore a few of Iceland's hidden gems along our way to our big adventure for the day!

In the afternoon, we will be jumping into a Super Jeep as we make our way across some of Iceland's crazy landscapes. Once we arrive at our destination, we will make our way on a snowy trek to find a unique ice cave to explore. If there is time and energy after this incredible experience, there will be an option to stop and take in one of the many sights along the way.

After the day’s adventure has concluded, we will head back to home base to relax with a hot soak while dinner is prepared.

Day 5: Explore Reykjavik & Secret Lagoon

We are off to Reykjavik, the capital and the largest city in Iceland. Our day begins with a trip on the water as we go in search of the ocean’s largest mammals, whales! Iceland is one of the premier destinations for catching a glimpse of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat with opportunities to see humpback whales, minke whales, orcas, fin whales, sperm whales, and even the largest animal on the planet, the blue whales. Alongside whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and seals are commonly seen, and occasionally basking sharks.

After admiring the city from afar, you’ll have time to explore all that Reykjavik has to offer including great food, cute shops and tons of museums! Don’t miss out on visiting the Hallgrimskirkja church, the highest building in town. If you are craving more adventure today, take a ride to the top of the tower for incredible panoramic views overlooking the city. 

Once we have experienced the city life, we will make our way back for an evening soak in the hot pool and a delicious dinner.

Day 6: Snorkel Between Continents & The Golden Circle 

Today we are heading out to the gorgeous Thingvellir National Park, the birthplace of Iceland as a nation and the place where North America and Europe split along tectonic plates. We will take some time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site and take in the history of this place. 

We will be checking off a major bucket list experience here as we immerse ourselves in the clearest water in the world and float between the North American and European continents! A snorkeling adventure in the famous Silfra fissure is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

We will spend the rest of the day visiting part of the famous Golden Circle including Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir and Kerid Crater.

After a full circle, we will head back to home base for dinner and a relaxing evening for a final soak in our traditional Icelandic hot pool.

Day 7: Blue Lagoon and Goodbyes

Sadly today is time to return to the airport. We will be departing at 7am from the house in order to be at the Blue Lagoon for a final Iceland experience before we head to the airport. The Blue Lagoon is the perfect way to end our Iceland adventure! 

We plan to be at the airport by 1 pm in order for you to catch an afternoon flight.
Inclusions:
- Accommodations in luxury home with mountain and lake views. There are a total of 3 bedrooms which means you will be sharing a room with 1-2 other women. Each room has a combination of twin and/or queen beds. Prices vary based on room selection.
- Meals from dinner on day one through breakfast on day seven (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners).
- Transportation throughout Iceland including pickup and drop off at the airport at designated times.
- All activities, guide tours and entrance fees noted below.
- .Hot tub (traditional Icelandic hot pool, no jets) soaks at the house!
- Small group: 7 women plus your trip host Teddi. 

Activities Included:
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Walk 
- Skogafoss Waterfall Hike
- DB Plane Wreck Hike
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Visit
- Thingvellir National Park
- Silfra Snorekling Exprience
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach Visit
- Glacier Hike Vatnajökull National Park
- Fjadrargljufur Canyon Hike
- Super Jeep Ice Cave Experience
- Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
- The Great Geyser Viewing
- Kerid Crater Visit 
- Secret Lagoon Visit
- Blue Lagoon Visit
- Iceland's Hidden Gems 

Exclusions:
- International Flights to/from Iceland
- Airport transfers outside of designated times noted above
- Alcohol, speciality beverages and meals as noted (breakfast and lunch on day one)
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included above
- Visas and entry requirements (Pre-Registration Form)
- Traveler's Insurance (required)
- Medical expenses, immunizations, and Covid-19 required testing

Meals: All meals will be provided as noted above. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: $2,595 - $3,295 per person for double occupancy which includes a shared room with either queen and/or twin beds. Prices vary based on type of accommodation chosen at booking. You must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to book this trip. 

Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of this trip, payment is non-refundable at the time of purchase. If you can no longer attend, you are able to transfer your ticket to another guest. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds. Please get in touch with the Women Who Explore to discuss the transfer of your ticket. We may be able to assist if there is a wait list.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: As of November 15th, 2021 all trip participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before traveling with Women Who Explore on any trip. When traveling from international destinations, the United States currently requires that all travelers returning to the country from abroad show proof of a negative PCR or rapid Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of their return flight. For all trips outside of the United States, your trip host will help you get a Covid-19 test before your flight home. The cost of this test is not included in the trip price and will need to be paid by trip participants. Any additional related expenses including but not limited to testing, vaccinations, treatment, quarantines, and travel costs incurred as a result of a positive Covid-19 will be the responsibility of the trip participant. More information on this requirement can be found here. If returning to any other destination outside of the United States, the trip participant is responsible for being informed of that country's re-entry requirements.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

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Meet Your Trip Leader - Teddi Anderson

Teddi is an ER nurse, artist and fly-fisherwoman! She has the blood of two bad-ass grandmothers in her veins, and it shows!! Teddi and her sister were raised by their mom in rural Montana. Teddi loves her home but was always dreaming of the adventures that lay beyond. 

Teddi has been determined to see the world her way, and she has through lots of solo hiking, camping adventures and cross country road trips. Women often told her they wished they could do the same and it is her goal to encourage them to just go for it! Thanks to WWE she now has a way to do that. Her first WWE adventure was a trip to Joshua Tree with Melissa, and it changed my life beyond imagination. She can't wait to share that same experience with you!