Summer Iceland Family Adventure Trip Notes

Summer Iceland Family Adventure

Last Modified: 20 May 2016
Summer Iceland Family Adventure
Trip code: BIFS
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2017
Make the most of the long summer days exploring Iceland’s natural beauty. Be amazed by the incredible demonstration of nature’s power and watch the children’s eyes light up at the dramatic and moving landscapes. After spending time relaxing in the famous Blue Lagoon, explore some of the island’s most stunning highlights with the family. From spouting geysers and plunging waterfalls to frozen glaciers and caves of lava tubes, soak up the unique spirit of this land of wonders and enjoy an unforgettable family experience.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesAlternate finish point
ThemesMeals introductionAlternate finish point description
Is this trip right for you?MealsAlternate finish point instructions
Why we love itMoney mattersEmergency contact
MapGroup leaderVisas
ItinerarySafetyWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerJoining pointHealth
Physical ratingJoining point descriptionTravel insurance
Included activitiesJoining point instructionsA couple of rules
Important notesAlternate joining pointResponsible Travel
Group sizeAlternate joining point descriptionThe Intrepid Foundation
Your fellow travellersAlternate joining point instructionsFeedback
AccommodationFinish point
Style
Original
Themes
Family
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip includes rafting on the Hvita River – there is a minimum age of 10 years old for this activity.
- There are also age limits for the optional activity of ice walking – 10 years for Sólheimajökull through Arcanum, and 8 years through Mountain Guides on Svínafellsjökull.
Why we love it
- Climb aboard a boat and glide through a unique glacial lagoon, getting up close and personal with incredibly coloured icebergs
- From volcanoes, to waterfalls, to geysers, Iceland’s natural performances will blow you away
- Explore Europe’s largest national park – climb up on a glacier in Skaftafell to walk through beautiful natural ice sculptures that make the perfect subject for any art project
- Ride the rapids on a rafting adventure along the Hvita River for a real life family adrenaline rush
- Head down into the heart of Iceland – discover the incredible caves and tubes formed when super hot magma pushed its way though the earth
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Reykjavik
Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. The world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter, and a sunglass-required 22 hours or more in summer! You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until 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. If you arrive early then maybe explore Viking history over at the National Museum, or join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.
Accommodation
Hotel Klettur (1 nt)
Day 2 Hvolsvollur and river rafting
Following the route of the 'Golden Circle' head out to Þingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains. Þingvellir was the location of Iceland's first parliament, founded in 930, and is also the home to a fascinating geological formation. This is where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia have pulled apart and have filled with fresh water. From there, drive to the Geyser geothermal area to see the spectacular show of a hot spring that shoots water 20-30 metres in the air. Continue on to the immense beauty and power of Gullfoss, the double Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above the waterfall. The geyser is so Icelandic that the ancient local word ‘geysa’ (meaning to gush) is now the name given to a high-pressure eruption of water from the land the world over. In the afternoon, head to the Hvita River for a rafting tour, which has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons, enjoyable waves, and rapids. You’ll then reach your accommodation in the Hvolsvollur area.

Notes: The minimum age for rafting is 10 years old. Total driving distance approximately 100 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Thingvellir
  • Hvita River Rafting Tour
    Accommodation
    Hotel Fljotshlid or similar (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast
    Day 3 Glacier Lagoon
    Start the day with a visit to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitors Centre, where you’ll learn more about the volcano that famously erupted in 2010, stopping flights all over Europe with its ash cloud. Here you can see a personal and emotive film that follows one family and their struggle to live with the lava during and after the dramatic explosion. Next, drive through the lava of the 1972 Laki eruption and black sand beaches towards Skaftafell National Park, a rugged landscape of glaciers and mountains. There are no roads in the park, but a series of hiking trails allow exploration of the area. You are following in the footsteps of James Bond in ‘Die another Day’, Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’, and Bruce Wayne in ‘Batman Begins’ – all movies that were filmed in this region. From there, drive to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) for a boat tour between the icebergs. Moving between the huge natural ice sculptures as they float past you on their way out to sea is pretty magical. Watch out for wildlife such as seals, eider ducks and maybe even a jumping salmon. From here, it’s not far to your guesthouse, which has volcanic cliffs on one side and the sea on the other.

    Notes: Total driving distance approximately 270 kilometres.
    Included Activities
    • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour
    • Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
    • Glacier Boat Tour
    • Skaftafell National Park
    • Volcano Visitors Centre
      Accommodation
      Gerdi Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast
      Day 4 Vatnajokull - Glacier Walk
      Today, after breakfast drive back through the beautiful scenery of Iceland's South Shore towards the oasis at Skaftafell National Park, close to Vatnajökulll, Europe's biggest glacier. The national park is home to some of Iceland’s best scenery: breath-taking landscapes of towering mountains, beautiful glaciers, and a vast variety of plants and wild life. In the park lies half of the largest ice cap in Europe – Vatnajökull – and it is surrounded by glaciers on three sides. The views here are astonishing and vast, with the park making up 13% of Iceland. From far away it looks pristine and smooth, but up-close you’ll discover a world of deep crevasses up to 10 stories deep, along with glacial ice sculptures and wonderful shades of blue. On a 2-hour walk across the glacier’s ice-strewn expanse, you’ll get a true sense of its scale. This is a truly exciting and unique experience, and it’s sad to think that the glacier is shrinking due to rising world temperatures, and in some years it may be gone. Drink in the incredible views before today's journey ends in the seaside township of Vík, Iceland's most southerly village, located on a black sand beach, and where you'll spend the night.

      Notes: Total driving distance approximately 200 kilometres.
      Included Activities
      • Skaftafell National Park
      • Glacier Walk
        Accommodation
        Hotel Edda or similar (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast
        Day 5 Reykjavik
        Head back towards Reykjavik, but before you get there you’ll first go on a ‘Hot Spring hunt’. Head towards the small town of Hveragerði, where you’ll begin a hike with a difference. Walk through the phenomenal Smokey Valley – or Reykjadalur – and find endless places to bathe in naturally heated water. In summer there’s an explosion of green in the area, and you’ll walk through grass and aromatic flowers for a total of around 2 hours, dipping into crystal clear water from the hot springs which, when mixed with that from the mountain springs, is the ideal temperature for bathing. The valley has an amazing abundance of geothermal phenomena, like mud pots, fumaroles and hot springs. You’ll then continue your exploration of Iceland’s amazing natural creations with a trip underground. There are cave systems throughout the country, underground tubes formed by magma making its way through the earth thousands of years ago. Exploring the caves, you’ll see an endless variety of colours and magical rock formations, and discover more about how Iceland was created. Return to Reykjavik for the night.

        Notes: Total driving distance approximately 180 kilometres.
        Included Activities
        • Summer Hot Springs Hunt
        • Lava Cave Hike
          Accommodation
          Hotel Klettur or similar (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 6 Reykjavik
          Today is free for you to explore by yourself, or to join one of the numerous optional activities on offer. Iceland's capital has an eclectic arts and music scene, loads of quirky cafes and a great laid-back vibe. Perhaps browse some of the city's great art galleries. If you feel like something more active, you can take a ride on an Icelandic horse, see killer whales just off-shore on a whale watching expedition, or pull on a dry suit to snorkel between two tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure, a unique experience that you can't find anywhere else in the world. If you can’t get enough of the nearby waterfalls and geysers then maybe take another trip out to get your fix, walk along another glacier or head to an ice cave, jump in a special jeep to navigate the steepest and rockiest of terrains, or get up close and personal with a volcano. There are so many options to get as active, or be as relaxed, as you like.
          Optional Activities
          • Whale Watching - ISK9000
          • Horse Riding - ISK9600
          • Golden Circle Sightseeing & Snorkeling Adventure - EUR250
          • South Shore Glaciers and Waterfalls walk - EUR149
          • Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park - EUR115
          • Super Jeep Tour and Þórsmörk Volcano Hike - EUR250
          • Volcano Safari - EUR256
          • South Shore Super Jeep Safari - EUR277
          • Reykjavik Summit Helicopter Tour - EUR202
          • Golden Circle Super Jeep Safari - EUR243
            Accommodation
            Hotel Klettur or similar (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast
            Day 7 Reykjavik
            This morning you will visit one of the most famous and instantly recognisable thermal springs in the world – the Blue Lagoon. The world-renowned Blue Lagoon is filled with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. The high natural levels of silica, algae and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour. The silica and minerals are also given recognition for the healing powers of the Lagoon, which help cure skin diseases such as psoriasis. The modern facilities have been developed into a wellness complex including saunas, a warm flowing waterfall, and in-water treatments and massages using the all-natural Blue Lagoon skin care products. A visit here will easily soak away life’s daily stresses and you will most likely come out feeling renewed and invigorated. Temperatures in the swimming area can reach as high as 40 degrees, so if you do decide that you want to take a dip, make sure you are prepared for the heat! After the dip, you’ll head to the airport, where the trip finishes.
            Included Activities
            • Blue Lagoon
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Itinerary disclaimer
              ITINERARY CHANGES 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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! 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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

              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 approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
              Physical rating

              These trips are setup to involve and include all the family so no real physical preparation is necessary. The trips all have some degree of physical activity but nothing that is too strenuous. Please check the physical rating on the trip notes and if you need further explanation please contact one of our sales consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.
              Included activities
              Thingvellir
              Hvita River Rafting Tour
              Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour
              Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
              Glacier Boat Tour
              Skaftafell National Park
              Volcano Visitors Centre
              Glacier Walk
              Summer Hot Springs Hunt
              Lava Cave Hike
              Blue Lagoon
              Important notes
              A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN 14 YEARS AND UNDER AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL.
              Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
              Minimum age for children on this trip is 11 years old.

              Group size
              Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
              Your fellow travellers
              GROUP TRAVEL
              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.

              SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
              A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
              Accommodation
              Guesthouse (3nt), Hotel (3nt)
              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 a vast array of dishes, beverages, dining experiences, ingredients and produce.

              To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, the trip price does not include all meals. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility – whether you wish to partake in budget, mid-range or high-end dining options. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. Generally, our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company, however there's no obligation to do this.

              For travellers wanting to eat at a particular high profile and/or ‘fine dining’ restaurant, there will be specified free nights in certain locations where you can make your own restaurant reservations. It is recommended you make reservations for high profile and/or ‘fine dining’ restaurants well in advance of your departure, as there can be long lead times for booking in some instances.
              Meals
              6 breakfasts
              Money matters
              CURRENCY
              The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).

              CASH
              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.

              SPENDING MONEY
              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 (that's this document).

              TIPPING
              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. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 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. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

              All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

              Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

              EMERGENCY FUNDS
              Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
              Group leader
              Family Trips

              All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, 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 countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

              Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.
              Safety
              Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

              We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

              Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

              For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

              TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
              Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
              Joining point
              Hotel Klettur
              Mjolnisholti 12-14/105
              Reykjavik
              ICELAND
              Phone: +354 4401600
              Joining point description
              Hotel Klettur is a stone's throw from downtown. The hotel’s look and interior gets its 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.
              Joining point instructions
              Keflavík International Airport (KEF) is located about 50 kilometers southwest of the capital. It is 45 minute drive from Reykjavik.

              Taxi: Taxis are located outside the terminal. It can cost between 14000 ISK and 19000 ISK. These can be pre booked before you travel.

              Airport Shuttle bus: Reykjavik Excursions and Iceland Excursions both offer coach transfer into the city centre. You are able to purchase single or return tickets at the airport once you are through the arrival doors. The buses are located just outside the terminal doors. Due to the narrow streets in the city centre, the buses are unable to drop everyone one off at their hotels. The buses stop at their own bus stations. From here you are able to transfer to a smaller mini bus and be transferred to your hotel. You can pay for either the transfer to the bus terminal (From 1950 ISK one way) or a transfer to the bus terminal and then another transfer to your hotel (From 2500 ISK one way).

              Pre booked arrival transfer from the airport: If you have pre booked an arrival transfer, your transfer driver will be holding a board with the Family Adventure Company Logo at the arrivals hall. Maximum waiting time: 1 hour from the actual arrival time of the flight. In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number + 354-561-1110.
              Alternate joining point
              For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.
              30 Jul 2016 (BIFS160730)
              Reykjavik Lights Hotel
              Sudurlandsbraut 12 108
              Reykjavik
              ICELAND
              Phone: 35 4513 9000
              Alternate joining point description
              Alternate joining point instructions
              Finish point
              Reykjavik

              Reykjavik
              ICELAND
              Alternate finish point
              For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
              13 Aug 2016 (BIFS160813)
              Hotel Klettur
              Mjolnisholti 12-14/105
              Reykjavik
              ICELAND
              Phone: +354 4401600
              Alternate finish point description
              Alternate finish point instructions
              Alternate finish point
              For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.
              30 Jul 2016 (BIFS160730)
              Reykjavik Lights Hotel
              Sudurlandsbraut 12 108
              Reykjavik
              ICELAND
              Phone: 35 4513 9000
              Alternate finish point description
              Alternate finish point instructions
              Emergency contact
              In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, our partner in Iceland - Fun Travel can be reached on Tel:+ 354-690-0047.

              While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

              We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

              You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

              Peak Marrakech (Europe): +49 8677 9186 657
              Visas
              Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

              Visas for Iceland are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.
              What to take
              PACKING
              On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb. 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 to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf

              The Icelandic climate is very unpredictable the whole year round thus we recommend to all our guests to bring good sturdy shoes for trekking, a warm wind and rainproof jacket and trousers, gloves or mittens, good head wear and sunglasses.

              WATER BOTTLE: 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.
              Health
              All Intrepid 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 traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid 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 and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
              Travel insurance
              Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

              When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

              If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
              A couple of rules
              Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

              Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
              Responsible Travel
              We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

              The Intrepid Foundation
              Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

              The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

              http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

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