Let's go chase the Northern Lights!

Halló! I'm Annette and I'm excited to be your host on this Premium Icelandic Adventure! I'm the founder of the fat positive travel community Fat Girls Traveling and an activist in the fat space. This adventure will be unique because it's open to adults of all sizes! That means you can share the memories and a hotel room with your straight size partner, friend, or family member! There were some unique considerations made when planning this trip. For example, we're getting a larger bus so that there is plenty of space! We will be spending some hours in transit so comfort is key. I have lots of surprises up my sleeve so I hope you're excited! 

About

Available Dates:

  • March 13, 2022

Price: $4000.00 USD per person based on twin share

Single supplement: additional cost

Rooming requirements: Twin share (single supplement available upon request)

Deposit Amount: $400.00 USD per person

Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Private minibus with free Wi-Fi

Start Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Finish Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Accommodation: 5 nights hotel, 2 nights guesthouse

Rooming Requirements: Twin Share

Maximum Group Size: 15 travelers (including 1 host)

Leader/Guide: English-Speaking leader/driver throughout

Exclusions

  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal insurance
  • Optional activities

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Your Itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital and the starting point of your Icelandic adventure. Enjoy a complimentary shared airport shuttle to your hotel and settle in before meeting your tour leader and fellow travellers for a 6pm welcome meeting. If you arrive early, this little city punches above its weight when it comes to things to see and do. Perhaps take a trip to the National Museum, where you can see its permanent exhibition depicting the history of Iceland, or hit the city’s brightly coloured streets to explore an exciting display of shops and cafes. After the welcome meeting, celebrate the start of a new adventure with an included dinner with your group, where your tour leader will introduce you to the best of Icelandic cuisine.

Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. The shared airport shuttle is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel. Arrival Transfer

Included Included Activities
Welcome meeting with Tour Leader
Welcome dinner

Accommodation 
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (Standard room, 20m2) or similar 

This morning head to the geologically and historically important Thingvellir National Park. To those not in the know, the national park may seem to simply be a stunning natural wonder, but your leader will be on hand to provide historical context and explain that this was the original site of Iceland’s old parliament from AD 930. Visit the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur before driving to the spectacular Gullfoss, Iceland’s largest waterfall. After your visit, head to your base for the evening in Fludir. This afternoon you may like to pay a visit to the Secret Lagoon, a natural geothermal pool warmed by the nearby hot springs – this is a classic Icelandic experience. This evening will be a good opportunity to turn your head to the skies in search of the Northern Lights.

Special Information
You will cover a distance of approximately 150 km today / 2.5 hours. Please note that while there is a good chance of seeing the lights of the aurora this far north, there is no guarantee, as they are a natural phenomenon and weather conditions can affect visibility. There are a number of apps you can download that show current and forecast activity of the aurora around the world. Some of these apps have a function that allow you to be alerted at night when the aurora becomes visible in your current location. Remember to pack warm clothes, as temperatures can drop to below –5°C.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities
Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir & Gullfoss Waterfall
Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)

Accommodation 
IcelandAir Hotel Fludir (Standard room, 21m2) or similar 

Begin the day by travelling through the lava fields of the Laki volcanic eruption in 1783, as your leader explains how this devasting event shaped not only Iceland’s landscape, but also its culture. Next is Skaftafell National Park where you’ll come face-to-face with Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. Carry on to some of the country’s most impressive, uninterrupted scenery and wander past the enormous basalt sea stacks at Reynisdrangar. Later discover the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, your feature stay for this evening. This modern and contemporary hotel carefully considers its surroundings as spacious rooms with huge windows show off views of the mountains and sea, while stylish interiors reflect the colours of the world outside. This evening you’ll enjoy an included dinner at the excellent on-site restaurant serving up a creative list of dishes made with local Icelandic produce.

Special Information
You will cover a distance of approximately 350 km today / 4.5 hours

Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner

Included Activities
Skaftafell National Park
Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
South Coast - Laki Lava Fields

Accommodation 
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (Standard room, 20m2) or similar 

 

Start the day with a short drive on to Jokulsarlon, also known as the Glacier Lagoon. Take a walk around this astounding glacial lake and learn a little more about its history. Continue through the beautiful scenery of Iceland’s South Shore, marvel at the colours of the glaciers spilling down the mountains in the distance and admire the spectacular Skogafoss, a waterfall on the Skoga River. At 60 metres high and 25 metres wide, it's one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. The otherworldly topography you see today is bound to inspire questions, and your leader will be on hand to explain how these geographical wonders came to be. Continue to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the stream of rushing water to see it from another angle. Next, return to Reykjavik and enjoy a free evening. Perhaps head to the Old Harbour to try the famous lobster soup, or if you’re feeling brave, the infamous fermented shark washed down with a shot of Brennivin (Icelandic Schnapps).

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities
South Coast - Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
South Coast - Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon

Accommodation 
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (Standard room, 20m2) or similar 

After breakfast, see Reykjavik’s through the eyes of a local on a tour of the city with your leader. Learn the history of the Old Harbour and pass through the city centre. Reykjavik celebrates its uniqueness with stand-out pieces of architecture, which you’ll witness first-hand during visits to the Hallgrimskirkja church and the dome-shaped Pearl. Then head to the remote and geographically fascinating Snaefellsnes Peninsula, your home for the next two nights. On your way visit the Borgarfjordur area and be amazed by the stunning waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, then continue to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Reap the benefits of your surroundings during a relaxing dip in the Krauma thermal pools, where waters from the hot spring mix with glacial waters to create the perfect bathing temperature. This evening you’ll enjoy a comforting dinner at your accommodation before looking to the skies in search of dancing lights.

Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner

Special Information
You will drive approximately 300 km today / 4 hours. Please don't forget to have your swimwear and towel handy today for your visit to the geothermal pools of Krauma. Swimwear, towels and bathrobes are also available for hire at an additional cost on site.

Included Activities
Krauma - Geothermal Baths Visit
Borgarfjordur - Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
Borgarfjordur - Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
Reykjavik - Walking Tour

Accommodation 
Guesthouse Langaholt (Comfort room, 15.5m2) or similar 

Today you will explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning with the Snaefellsjokull glacier, an icecap that covers a dormant volcano. Travel to the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs will reveal rich birdlife. Stop by Djupalonssandur, a basaltic pebble beach framed by strange lava formations, then visit the charming village of Grundarfjordur, famous for its million-dollar views of Mt Kirkjufell. Travel to the horse farm of Lysuholl where a local will welcome you in for a delicious home-made dinner. Head back to your accommodation, and depending on the weather, rug up in warm clothing and head out in search of the northern lights.

Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner

Included Activities
Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Liston's Stone Carving Workshop

Accommodation 
Guesthouse Langaholt (Comfort room, 15.5m2) or similar 

Today you will return to Reykjavik. On the drive, your leader may share some stories of Norse mythology, so keep an eye out for elves and fairies along the way. Iceland's capital has an eclectic art and music scene, and this afternoon you may like to browse some of the city's excellent art galleries and museums. If you feel like something more active, you can take a ride on an Icelandic horse, or see killer whales just offshore on a whale watching expedition. Alternatively, if you are after another look at the Northern Lights, you can head out of town to chase them again this evening. Ask your leader for more information on these activities. Tonight you may wish to join your group for a final dinner at one of the city’s great restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Special Information
You will drive approximately 200 km today / 3 hours.

Accommodation 
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (Standard room, 20m2) or similar 

Your Icelandic journey comes to an end today, but not for visiting the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. Special Information
Please note that today’s transfer to the Blue Lagoon and airport is a private transfer and only other members of your group might be travelling with you. If you have an early departure flight booked, it is possible to include the Blue Lagoon stop on Day 1 instead (if your arrival flight time aligns with the Blue Lagoon operating hours).

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activities
Blue Lagoon admission

Departure Transfer
Included

Booking information

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. If you are ready to book now, please complete the reservation request form below. 

Travel insurance is required for anyone travelling with us.

Due to COVID-19, all trips are subject to cancellation. See the Terms and Conditions for more information. 

Reservation request

There is a high demand for spots on this exclusive trip. Annette Richmond will contact you with confirmation of your enquiry submission and next steps for booking on this trip.

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Intrepid’s booking conditions will apply to your reservation. By making payment you are agreeing to our Booking Conditions as well as our COVID-19 policy.

Exclusions

Pricing excludes: International airport, borders and port departure tax; services not mentioned in the itinerary; late check out at hotels; expenditure of personal nature; and increasing of taxes, fuel, entrance fees and flight tickets. This trip does not qualify for Intrepid's COVID Protection.

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(a) a 100% credit of monies paid for your trip; or

(b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

If the cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:

(a) 100% credit for the days that remain on your trip; or

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does not have an expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us;

are not redeemable for cash;

exclude flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions.

In such circumstances there will be no claim for damages by either party against the other and we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

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