Iceland Family - Glaciers and Geysers Trip Notes

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Iceland Family - Glaciers and Geysers
Trip code: FIL
Validity: 01 Oct 2012 to 31 Dec 2014
Iceland’s dramatic natural landscapes are ripe for exploring with children and are sure to leave a lasting impression. Take the family on an action-packed week to experience the raw power of nature. Cross rugged terrain to gaze in awe at the ice elements which give the country its name, including enormous glaciers and frozen waterfalls. Then discover the underground heat of the volcanoes, steaming geysers and thermal pools which even the winter months can’t cool. Watch eyes light up and geography come to life on this exciting family holiday.
This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.
Table of Contents
StyleMoney ExchangeMeals
ThemesSpending moneyTransport
MapTippingGroup leader
ItineraryDeparture taxJoining point description
Also available to purchaseImportant notesJoining point instructions
Itinerary disclaimerGroup sizeArrival complications
Culture shock rating Your fellow travellersFinish point description
Physical ratingSingle travellersFinish point instructions
Included activitiesAccommodationEmergency contact
Optional activitiesMeals introductionEmergency funds
The Land of Fire and Ice is a stunning destination perfect for travellers thirsting for a grand adventure. Teeming with wild, glacial beauty and possessing a quirky culture full of myth and legend, there's much more to Iceland than vikings and volcanoes. Experience the eclectic arts and music scene of Reykjavik, marvel at geothermal geysers and spectacular waterfalls, visit isolated, coastal villages and see the surreal Northern Lights - Iceland is full of the unexpected.
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Themes
Family, Explorer
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Iceland Family - Glaciers and Geysers
Itinerary
Day 1 Reykjavik
Hallo! Welcome to Iceland.
Our trip starts at in Reykjavik where we will be based for the week. After independent arrival at the hotel, we will be taken for a tour of the city. The world's most northerly capital is also the largest city in Iceland and is a fascinating cultural centre. The old town of Reykjavik is instantly recognisable from the brightly coloured buildings and is an enjoyable place to wander around. There are a number of interesting buildings and architecture that we can see as we take in the sights of the town.
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik city tour
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 2 Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon
Today we can head out into the rugged wild south of Iceland. The Reykjanes peninsula is home to many active volcanoes and large lava fields, which ensures that little grows there. We can walk among the lava fields and soak in the dramatic landscape as the sea beats down on this barren shore in the morning, before heading to the world renowned blue lagoon.
One of the most famous and instantly recognisable thermal springs in the world, the blue lagoon is a geothermal spa caused by silica and sulphur in the ground. Temperatures in the swimming area can reach as high as 40 degrees, so if we do decide that you want to take a dip, make sure we are prepared for the heat! The lagoon is known for having healing properties, so after a long soak here we may come out feeling renewed and invigorated. (B)
On your return to Reykjavik, you have some free time to wander around the streets of this pleasant city.
Included Activities
  • Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 3 Monster truck tour
One of the most exciting parts of a visit to Iceland is surely a trip out on the frozen icy glaciers. And what better way to do this than by four wheel drive jeep? The super jeeps that are used in Iceland are specially designed so that they can get over the ice and around the frozen terrain with ease.This morning we depart to Pingvellir, a remarkable site and home to the world's oldest parliament.The beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the meeting point of two of the earth's tectonic plates, and the area's combination of natural phenomena and historical significance make it inseparable from the fabric of Icelandic life. Arrival at the Great Geysir area where we will discover the the famous Geysir and Strokkur, spouting up to 30 metres. Only a few minutes away is Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Next we take a mountain road up to Skalpanes, the eastern part of the Langjokull glacier.
Included Activities
  • Golden Circle and Langjokull Glacier adventure
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 4 Whale Watching
Take to the water today in Reykjavik bay as we voyage in search of whales, the largest mammals on Earth. In the harbour off the coast of the capital we can encounter minke or humpback whales. These majestic creatures are gentle giants, and their inquisitive nature can bring them close to the boats so we may well get to see them at close quarters.
This evening you may be able to see the northern lights. These naturally occuring phemonena are a true marvel of nature, and on a clear night we can see them light up the night sky in various shades of green, blue and red. Caused by the emmisions in the earth's atmosphere, the colours are determined by the change in oxygen and nitrogen atoms, and have been revered as mythical phenomenon by indiginous peoples all over the northern hemisphere.
Included Activities
  • Winter whale watching
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 5 Reykjavik
Today is a free day to relax and discover Reykjavik. There are a wide variety of optional activities available today if we are looking for some more activity or to explore further.
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 6 Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
In April 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull caused planes to be grounded all over Europe. Today, we head down to the south shore of Iceland, where this now world famous volcano is among the many sights.
We head down to the southern headland of Iceland , through small villages and farmlands with views to the majestic mountains towering over the coast . On the way, there are great views of snow shrouded Hekla volcano, and the towering, ice capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajökull This area is a paradise for geology, showing the forces of nature and creation of life very clearly.
Continuing on we walk past spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss, which tumble down over jagged rocks. Then its on to Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, before heading for the shore for lunch. On the way back to Reykjavik, we can admire the towering cliffs above us.
Included Activities
  • Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 7 Reykjavik
Today has been left free for us to enjoy the best that Iceland has to offer. There are a great many activities available to us in and around Reykjavik (additional charges can apply). Following on from our earlier visit to a glacier, we can try our hands at a glacier walk, or try horse riding along the rocky peninsula. Or, if we prefer, we can spend time in the city of Reykjavik itself, and enjoy the best that this cosmopolitan city has to offer.
Accommodation
Hotel Fron (1 nt)
Day 8 Return home
Today the tour ends with a transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
  • FIL - Glaciers and Geysers - Single supplement (FIL )
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
    Included activities
    Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
    Optional activities
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
    Money Exchange
    The official currency in Iceland is the krona (ISK).
    ATMs are available in most towns, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credi/debitt card. 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. In any case, some money should be taken as cash in case of emergencies - we recommend the equivalent of 400 USD per person.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Tipping
    If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is 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. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
    The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
    At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
    Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.
    Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 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.
    Departure tax
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
    Important notes
    AGE RESTRICTIONS:
    Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 7
    LOCAL PARTNER:
    This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.
    Group size
    Maximum of 20 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers 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. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit:
    www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
    Single travellers
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. On our Family Adventures, single relatives or friends are welcome to travel along with a family. These single travellers share with people of the same gender for the duration of the trip and in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Please note that 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 Comfort and Original style trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (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.
    Accommodation
    Hotel Fron (7 nts)
    Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.
    GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
    Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.
    Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.
    Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.
    Meals introduction
    While travelling 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. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the 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.
    Meals
    7 Breakfasts
    Budget for meals not included:
    ISK 60000.00
    Transport
    Truck
    Group leader
    All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours 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 travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues 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. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
    Joining point description
    Hotel Frón is a modern and friendly hotel situated in the heart of Reykjavik on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. The hotel is simple in design yet elegant and structured to suit all our guests’ individual needs. The hotel's aim is to provide total comfort in every room and a friendly atmosphere to make you feel right at home. Located just a few metres away are the centre’s bustling cafés, restaurants, shopping, galleries and theatres. The hotel encompasses a total of 90 rooms on four floors.
    Joining point instructions
    For those who have pre-booked your airport arrival transfer, please look out for your representative who will be waiting in the arrival hall holding a placard bearing The Adventure Company logo. You will then be guided to the waiting vehicle. If you cannot locate your representative or if your flight is delayed please call the following 24 hour number:+354 585 4300
    For those who have not booked a transfer, there are good transport links from Keflavik airport into the centre of town.If you walk outside of the arrivals hall - the taxi ranks will be in front of you. A taxi to the hotel Fron will take approximately 45 minutes and cost you 12,000ISK.
    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
    If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, following the Joining Instructions in these Trip Notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
    No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
    Finish point description
    Hotel Frón is a modern and friendly hotel situated in the heart of Reykjavik on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. The hotel is simple in design yet elegant and structured to suit all our guests’ individual needs. The hotel's aim is to provide total comfort in every room and a friendly atmosphere to make you feel right at home. Located just a few metres away are the centre’s bustling cafés, restaurants, shopping, galleries and theatres. The hotel encompasses a total of 90 rooms on four floors.
    Finish point instructions
    The airport transfer will take those who have booked it back to the airport after breakfast at the end of the trip. If you want to make your own way back to the airport it will take approximately 30 minutes by taxi, which can be booked through the hotel.
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.