Iceland Winter Adventure + Northern Lights 2.0 – March 9-14, 2023

A WINTER WONDERLAND & NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE!

Join us for a an epic 6 day adventure as we explore the land of fire and ice! 

You’ll experience the best that Iceland's winter wonderland has to offer with a group of adventurous like-minded women. On this trip, we will visit some of Iceland's iconic waterfalls, take a hike on a glacier, learn the techniques of ice climbing, take a journey on a Super Jeep to a unique ice cave, visit black sand beaches, soak in hot lagoons, keep an eye out for that magical glow of the Northern Lights in the sky and more!


Day 1: Welcome to the Land of Fire & Ice!

Welcome to Reykjavík! Your adventure begins at the Keflavik (KEF)international airport. Please arrive in Iceland, by 11 a.m. Your trip leader will be at the airport to meet you along with your local guide. Together you will head to Reykjavik and check into your 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, climb to the top of the Hallgimskirkja church, shop till you drop or find your own way to explore the colorful city today.

At 6 p.m. we will all meet in the hotel lobby before meeting up with our guide to enjoy a welcome dinner together. Tonight we will enjoy getting to know our fellow explorers and chatting about the adventure ahead over a delicious dinner. Afterwards we will head back to the hotel for a good night's rest before our exciting week of adventures ahead!


Day 2: The Iconic Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon 

Wake up and enjoy breakfast before we hit the road for today's adventure. We are kicking off this trip with a tour of the Golden Circle. This 190-mile route will take us to three of Iceland’s major natural attractions. Walk in the seismic rift valley of the Thingvellir National Park, marvel at the highly active Geysir Geothermal Area, and feel the drizzle of the 105-foot-tall Gullfoss, also known as the golden falls.

Our next stop is the Friðheimar greenhouse. Here we will learn how geothermal heating is used in Iceland to grow vegetables. You'll have the opportunity to pick fresh tomatoes from above your table while we enjoy lunch together.

We finish the day by unwinding at the Secret Lagoon, the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland surrounded by natural hot spring baths. To top off our day, we’ll be out on the hunt for Northern Lights tonight and every single night after!


Day 3: Glacier Hikes, Ice Climbing & South Coast Waterfalls

Wake up and enjoy a cup of coffee and breakfast before we head out to explore Iceland’s Iconic South Coast. Our adventure begins with two of Iceland’s most infamous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss. If weather allows, we will be able to walk behind the 200-foot-high Seljalandsfoss for an epic photo opportunity.

Next we head to Sólheimajökull glacier where we will spend the afternoon hiking and ice climbing. On your hike across the glacier, you will have the opportunity to see incredible ice formations, crevasses, and tunnels up close. You will also have an opportunity to learn how to ice climb from a certified glacier guide. No experience is required for this activity.

We will finish the day with a stop at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. We will spend some time enjoying the beach, rock formations and basalt columns. After that we will head to our accommodations, enjoy dinner and keep our eyes on the sky to watch for Northern Lights.

Day 4: Ice Caves, Glacier Lagoon, & Diamond Beach

It’s a new day with new natural phenomena! Today is a day you will always remember as we head east from our accommodations to explore more of the South Coast. 

With an off-road drive in a massive super jeep, you’ll head out in search of ice caves formed inside a glacier. Take a tour of 700-year-old ice formations with an expert guide and see turquoise-tinted crystal caves. 

Our next  stop is the Glacier Lagoon, and after a bit of time exploring the lagoon, we will head over to Diamond Beach. This is a special black sand beach littered with glistening icebergs, it's like no other place on Earth. 

Finally we will retreat to our hotel for the evening, enjoy dinner and watch for the Northern Lights to dance in the sky.


Day 5: Glacier Snowmobiling & Bathe Like A Local

Rise and shine, it’s adventure time! After breakfast we will be heading to the majestic Mýrdalsjökull Glacier for a dose of adrenaline-fuelled snowmobiling today. The glacier is the fourth largest in Iceland, reaching up to 1510 m (5000 ft), and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Iceland. A qualified snowmobile guide will take you whizzing across the wild and open expanse of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap offering breathtaking views over the South Coast of Iceland.

After a thrilling morning on the glacier, the afternoon will be spent relaxing at a local outdoor community pool. Fun Fact! Iceland is known for its  swimming pool culture. Early settlers in the 9th and 10th century started using geothermal waters for bathing and washing clothes and in the 13th century, the first Icelandic pool came to be. Since then Icelanders have enjoyed bathing in geothermally heated warm pools all year round and this continues to play a big role in their weekly, even daily routine.

After a nice long soak, we will head back to Reykjavik to check into our hotel for the evening. We will head out for dinner tonight at a local restaurant as we enjoy our final evening soaking in our adventures from the past week. If we are lucky, tonight we will be dazzled with a final Northern Lights show.


Day 6: 7-Step Ritual Experience & Goodbye Iceland
 
Book your flight for an afternoon departure. Enjoy breakfast, pack your bags and check out of your hotel before our last adventure together. 

Today we are heading to the Sky Lagoon. As a perfect ending to your trip, enjoy the 7-step ritual experience and  relax in the thermal pool while taking in the  view. We will head to the airport around 1 p.m. in time to catch your flight back home.


Inclusions:
- An experienced, local female guide with extensive knowledge of the areas we will be visiting.
- 6 days/5 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. 
- Welcome and farewell dinners along with meals as noted in itinerary. This equates to 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, not included 3 dinners and 4 lunches.
- Transportation to and from the Keflavik international airport (KEF) at designated arrival and departure times.
- In-country transportation by a local driver throughout the duration of the trip
- Free time to explore Reykjavik museums, restaurants and gift shops
- Daily guided excursions exploring waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sand beaches, EPIC views and so much more!
- Sky Lagoon 7-step ritual experience and activities noted below
- Pre-travel checklists, packing list and support from your Women Who Explore trip host
- Small group; maximum of 11 individuals plus your trip host and guide/driver.

Activities Included:
- Thingvellir National Park
- Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
- The Great Geyser Viewing
- Friðheimar Greenhouse Visit + Lunch
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Walk
- Skogafoss Waterfall Visit
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Visit
- Sólheimajökul Glacier Hike + Ice Climbing Adventure
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Diamond Beach Visit
- Ice Cave and Super Jeep Experience 
- Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Snowmobile Adventure 
- Visit to an Icelandic Swimming Pool
- Secret Lagoon Entrance + 7-Step Ritual Experience
- 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 will visit local restaurants and supermarkets for dinners and lunches not included. 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:
$2,595 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 $400 per person (limited space). A deposit of $500 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 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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