NEW Coed Trip – Iceland – The Ring Road Tour: Northern Lights Edition – September 22-30, 2023

IT'S ROAD TRIP TIME!!! 

We LOVE a good road trip so that's why we put together the ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP for you to explore one of our most favorite places in the world - Iceland! Come with us on this exciting 9 day/8 night trip around Iceland's iconic Ring Road where you will get to experience the country's most impressive waterfalls, play on black sand beaches, walk across a huge glacier, explore quaint villages, and so much more!

Special considerations: This is a coed trip. Women booking this trip are able to sign up to travel with their partners, husbands, fathers, friends, etc. Men are able to book this trip as long as they are traveling with a woman who is also attending the same trip. All guests must be 18+.


DAY 1 - WELCOME TO REYKJAVÍK

Welcome to Iceland, the land of fire and ice! Meet at the Keflavik airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, by 11 a.m. Your trip leader will be there to meet you and together we will head to Reykjavik and check into our hotel for the evening.

The rest of today is yours to explore the world's northernmost capital city, Reykajvik. Admire the city's colorful and unique architecture, indulge in traditional cuisine, visit a one-of-a-kind museum, head out for an afternoon whale watching tour, climb to the top of the Hallgimskirkja church, shop till you drop or find your own way to explore the colorful city today. 

Tonight you will have the choice to dine with the group or enjoy dinner at the place of your choice. From fine dining to hot dogs to local breweries, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from within walking distance of your hotel. After enjoying a delicious dinner out, we will head back to the hotel to get some rest for our big road trip tomorrow.

We have an exciting week ahead as we explore Iceland's Famous Ring Road and head out in search of Northern Lights!

Please note that viewing the Northern Lights is not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are very unpredictable and heavily influenced by the local weather conditions, so before heading to bed each night we will check the forecast for the evening. If conditions are favorable, we will stay up to monitor outside and if requested we will wake you up when the lights begin to dance across sky!

DAY 2 - TIME TO ROAD TRIP! - GOLDEN CIRCLE, ICELANDIC HORSES & HOT SOAKS

Wake up and enjoy breakfast at our hotel before we depart Reykjavik. Today we are heading out to explore Iceland's famous Golden Circle. 

Our first stop is 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. 

Next up we will stop to visit the Strokkur Geysir. Also known as the Great Geysir, this is Iceland's most visited active geysir and has been active for approximately 10,000 years!

Visiting the Golden Circle wouldn't be complete without a stop at one of Iceland's most iconic and beloved waterfalls, Gullfoss. After taking in the power and beauty of this waterfall, we will make a stop at one of Iceland's hidden gems. 

Once we complete our morning tour, we will visit the Friðheimar greenhouse to enjoy lunch. Here we will learn about the processes and use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture which allows them to grow vegetables year round, even in the cold winter months.

We will spend the rest of our day in the Icelandic countryside as we settle into our guesthouse for the evening. Take time to unwind after today's adventure with a relaxing soak in the hot tub or explore the backyard and meet some friendly Icelandic horses as dinner is prepared for you. We will enjoy dinner together as the sunsets. 

Tonight is a great night for the Northern Lights as we are away from city lights. Weather permitting the lights will come out and we will get to experience a beautiful glow of green across the night sky.


DAY 3 -  SOUTH COAST - WATERFALLS & GLACIER HIKE

Wake up with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and enjoy a view of the countryside. Today we will make our way along Iceland's South Coast visiting some of the most iconic places.

Up first today we will visit two of Iceland's most well-known waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. We will spend time here exploring each place taking photos and soaking up all of the natural beauty.

On our next adventure today we will be taking a hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier. This glacier is an outlet glacier of the might ice of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland's fourth largest ice cap. On this easy glacier hike, take in the views of the surrounding mountains as you climb up for an incredible view of the South Coast. 

After this once in a lifetime experience, we will continue our journey exploring the South coast on our way to Vik. Along the way we will stop to visit the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Our day will finish with a picturesque drive as we descend down the mountains into Vik, a remote seaside village and Iceland's southernmost village on the mainland.

Tonight you will enjoy the Icelandic Lava Show, the only place in the world where you can safely experience hot molten lava in close proximity. This 50-minute show recreates a volcanic eruption and you will have a unique opportunity to watch lava flowing, hear it sizzling and feel the intense heat that radiates from it.  

The evening will end with dinner and time to unwind before tomorrow's exciting adventure! If the weather is favorable and with a little luck, the Northern Lights will dance for us over Vik.

DAY 4 - SOUTH COAST - CANYONS & GLACIER LAGOONS 

Wake up, enjoy breakfast and get caffeinated for the day! We will be continuing our drive around the Ring Road heading Southeast today.

Today's adventure begins with time to explore the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur and Múlagljúfur canyons. After plenty of time to capture all the beauty in each of these places, we will make our way over to one of Iceland's natural crown jewels, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This lagoon is Iceland's deepest lake which began forming in 1934 when the Breidamerkurjokull glacier began retreating, leaving the lagoon in its path. Today the lagoon is known for its icebergs that are composed of ice that is over 1,000 years old.

We will enjoy a 40-minute Amphibian boat tour where you will sail between the magnificent towering icebergs passing through the lagoon as they make their way to the ocean. After our boat tour, we will enjoy lunch at the lagoon.

After all that, our day isn't over yet! Our final stop for today is Diamond Beach. Littered with icebergs from the Jökulsárlón lagoon, this black sand beach is a one-of-a-kind and definitely a 100 photos worthy spot.

Tonight we will stay nearby Höfn and enjoy dinner as we chat about the day's adventures. Tonight we will keep our eyes out on the forecast in hopes of an incredible Northern Lights show!


DAY 5 - SOUTH TO EAST - ICELANDIC VILLAGES & MYSTICAL ELF CITY

Time to rise and shine... get your coffee and eat your breakfast because today is your day to experience life like the Viking!

After breakfast, we will take some time to explore Stokksnes Peninsula paying a visit to a viking village. As we continue our journey around the Ring Road, we will make our way taking in views of the enchanting Eastfjörds and stopping along the way for lots of photo ops. 

In the afternoon, we will hike to Hengifoss, the third highest waterfall in Iceland. Surrounded by basaltic strata featuring with thin red layers of clay between the layers makes this waterfall simply unique and incredibly stunning. 

After a few hours exploring Hengifoss and enjoying our lunch, we will make our way to Borgarfjörður Eystri, a fjord known famous for wonderful scenery, hiking and mystical Elf City. This is also the home of the infamous Icelandic Puffin which can be found nesting here during the summer months of July and August. After settling into our accommodations and taking a little time to relax, we will head our for a short nearby hike or you can stay at our resort and relax 

Tonight we will be staying at a stunning resort surrounded by beautiful mountains and Iceland's unique nature. The evening is yours to enjoy a spa treatment, massage or relax with a book under the evening skies. Tonight we will keep watch for an appearance from the Northern Lights.


DAY 6 - FROM EAST TO NORTH - CANYONS, WATERFALLS & NATURE BATHS

Wake up and enjoy coffee taking in the beauty surrounding you. We will enjoy breakfast before heading out on our adventure.

Today we are exploring one of Iceland's newest photo worthy spots. Stuðlagil canyon is one of the world's most enchanting basalt rock formations. With towering basalt columns looking over a turquoise glacial river, this canyon is one of the most stunning sights in all of Iceland.

Next we will hop in the car to make our way to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. This true powerhouse flows from the second longest glacier river in Iceland, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which  flows from the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull.

As we continue along the Ring Road, our next stop is the Mývatn area known for its unique scenery and abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife. Here we will visit some of the highlights in the area and also take a dip in the the Mývatn Nature Baths.

Our final stop of the day is another one of Iceland's spectacular waterfalls, Goðafoss before settling into our accommodations in Akureyri for the evening. We will enjoy dinner in town this evening. After a delicious local meal, we will head back to our accommodations and keep watch for the opportunity to watch the Northern Lights dance in the sky.

DAY 7 - NORTHERN COAST - WHALE WATCHING OR BEER SPA & TROLL PENINSULA

Our day begins in Akureyri, Iceland's capital of the North. Enjoy a warm breakfast with a cup of fresh brewed coffee under the warm summer sun.

Today begins with a choose your own adventure! You'll have the choice to enjoy the morning soaking away in the local Beer Spa or you can choose to head out on a 3-hour whale watching tour from Dalvik. With species such as humpback whales, blue whales, mike whales and even dolphins, this is the best time of year to encounter these majestic creatures in Iceland. 

We will reconvene after our morning adventure and make our way to Troll Peninsula. Keep a look out for hidden folk and magical beings as we explore the dramatic landscape sprinkled with mossy meadows, remote farmhouses and gorgeous views.

After a full day of exploring, we will settle into our accommodations for the evening and enjoy dinner together.  Weather permitting and with a little luck, tonight we will enjoy a beautiful Northern Lights from our accommodations before snuggling into bed for the evening.


DAY 8 - BACK TO REYKJAVIK

Can you believe that there is still more to explore? After breakfast and a cup of fresh brewed coffee, we will head south to Snæfellsnes peninsula on our way back to Reykjavik.

If you are a fan of Game Of Thrones, then this day is for you! Today we will visit sites where this popular show was filmed including Kirkjufell mountain, Djúpalónssandur beach, finishing with a walk along the Arnarstapi sea cliffs to try and spot some seals at Ytri Tunga. 

Our day ends in Reykjavik where we will settle into our hotel for the evening. The rest of the evening is yours to spend as you like, shop, eat or just relax. For those who would like to join, we will head to Hlemmur Food Hall, Reykjavik's first food hall, where every one will be able to get their own dinner of choice. 

Spend the evening enjoying one of Reykjavik's local pubs, make a stop at the Big Lebowski Bar, or take an evening stroll along the waterway. Don't forget to look up...even under the city lights you can see the Northern Lights here when weather permits!


DAY 9 - GOODBYE ICELAND...UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

Sadly today is our last day in this beautiful country. After enjoying your morning breakfast, you will have some free time to walk around the city before we head to the airport.

We plan to leave at 11 am to arrive at the airport by 12 pm in order for you to catch an afternoon or evening flight back home. 


Inclusions:
- An experienced, local female guide with extensive knowledge of the areas we will be visiting
- 9 days/8 nights accommodations in a variety of hotels, guesthouses and fancy hostels around Iceland. Double occupancy includes a twin bed in a shared room. Single occupancy upgrade available. As a reminder this is a coed trip. If you are traveling solo and request a roommate, you will be paired with someone of the same sex.
- Meals and snacks provided. This equates to 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, not included 2 lunches and 3 dinners.
- Transportation to and from the Keflavik international airport (KEF) at designated arrival and departure times
- In-country transportation throughout the entire Ring Road Tour
- Free time to explore Reykjavik museums, restaurants and gift shops
- Daily guided excursions exploring waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sand beaches, Icelandic villages, EPIC views and so much more!
-  Pre-travel checklists, packing list and support from your Women Who Explore trip host
- Small group; maximum of 13 individuals plus your trip hosts and local guide.

Activities Included:
- Thingvellir National Park
- Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
- The Great Geyser Viewing
- Brúarfoss waterfall
- Friðheimar greenhouse visit with lunch
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Walk
- Skogafoss Waterfall Visit
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Visit
- Sólheimajökul Glacier Hike
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach Visit
- Fjadrargljufur Canyon Hike
- Múlagljúfur Canyon Hike
- Hengifoss Waterfall Hike
- Visit Borgarfjörður Eystri to see puffins
- Stuðlagil Canyon
- Dettifoss Waterfall Visit
- Mývatn area visit
- Whale Watching Tour or Beer Spa Visit
- Troll Peninsula Tour
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula Game of Thrones Tour
- Icelandic Lava Show
- Amphibian Boat Tour
- Mývatn Nature Bath
- Iceland's Hidden Gems

Exclusions:
- International flights to/from Iceland
- Airport transfers outside of designated times or locations as noted above
- Alcohol, speciality beverages and meals as noted above 
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included above
- Visas and entry requirements if applicable
- Traveler's Insurance (required to travel with Women Who Explore)
- Guide tips - the value of the tip is up to the client
- Medical expenses, immunizations, and any Covid-19 required testing if applicable

Meals: 
All meals will be provided as noted in the itinerary. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We always 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 group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided along with pre-travel support. 

Cost:
$3,895 per person for double occupancy. This includes a twin bed or queen bed in a shared room. If you are traveling solo, we will assign roommate upon request. There is an option upgrade to a single occupancy for $500 per person (limited space). A deposit of $675 is due at booking with a payment plan. 

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: Iceland's current Covid Policies as of October 15, 2022.
“All infection prevention rules for COVID-19 have been lifted at the Icelandic border, regardless of tourists’ vaccination status. However, it varies what rules apply at the borders of other countries." Up-to-date information can be found here: Iceland Travel

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

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.

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Meet Your Trip Leader - Lindsey Egan - CEO

Lindsey is a happy dog mamma who loves getting outside and exploring new places!

Her love for travel and adventure began after her first experience abroad in Chile where she was introduced to hiking while visiting Patagonia. Believe it or not, she wasn't hooked on the outdoors immediately and that didn't become an important part of her life until years later. 

After moving to the Oregon in 2014, Lindsey found herself
spending all of her free time exploring trails, chasing waterfalls and sleeping under the stars every chance she got.

Since then she has had an opportunity to travel and hike to some incredible places around the world. Iceland is one of her favorite places she has visited. The jaw-dropping scenery, waterfalls a plenty and hot springs are a few of her favorites and she is looking forward to sharing this magical place with you! 
Meet Your Icelandic Guide - Saga

Born and raised in Iceland, Saga has been working as a certified guide for the past 6 years. She is very passionate about the outdoors and traveling, and she loves meeting new people.

Being able to introduce and explore her home with travelers gives her great joy.
She has travelled extensively throughout Iceland and is looking forward to showing you the breathtaking nature Iceland has to offer!

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Eleanor Roosevelt