Iceland Explorer

Iceland · about Escorted or Guided Tour

When it comes to environmental wonders, there’s simply nowhere in the world like the top of the world. This trip brings you right up close to lava tube caves, volcanos and glaciers, set against the magnificent backdrop of Iceland’s natural beauty. Even with all this fire and ice, you’ll still stay comfortable with private transport and unique local hotels. Elemental elegance and epic memories guaranteed.

What's Included

Golden Circle tour with a walk in Thingvellir National Park. Visit Gulfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs. Walk behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Visit black sand beaches. Take an ice walk on Falljokull Glacier. Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon. Explore Myvatn’s geothermal Lake, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and geothermal area. Whale-watching excursion. Visit Godafoss Waterfalls. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Watch the living earth in action at lava fields and volcanoes, get up close and personal with fire and ice, relax in natural hot springs and rivers, take an ice trek on an active glacier, spot whales and unique northern wildlife

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

PACE OF TOUR
Please note that this is a very busy tour and there are some long drive days.

The landscape of Iceland is unique and unlike most things you’ve seen. So is the weather. It is unpredictable and changeable, so be prepared to experience a variety of conditions during your time in Iceland. It’s not uncommon to experience rain, sun wind and snow all in the same visit, so please pack accordingly. An Icelandic summer is also not what most people consider as summer temperature and in the highlands it can get quite cold.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, known as a CEO (Chief Experience Officer). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They 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 countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, Avg 12.

Transport

Private minivan/bus, walking.

About our Transportation

Private va n/mini-buses are used on this trip.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Comfort hotels (9 nts).

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

In Iceland we use small hotels, guest houses and Inns. They are comfortable and clean but do not have many amenities.

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions

Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day.

GETTING TO FOSSHOTEL BARON:

From Keflavík International Airport:

Upon arrival, you will see a big service desk marked BUS TICKETS where you can buy a shuttle ticket to your hotel in Reykjavík. The transfer company is called Iceland Excursions and they have airport express coaches running frequently from the airport to the city center both day and night. A one way transfer to the city from the airport costs roughly 2200 ISK per person and takes about 45 minutes.

As another option, you can always hop in a taxi located just outside the arrivals exit. The taxi ride from the airport to the city center costs around 16000 – 18000 ISK.

Fosshotel Baron is located at the corner of Skúlagata and Barónsstígur in the centre of Reykjavík, between the roads Hverfisgata and the ocean drive, Sæbraut, near the downtown harbour.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office, London, UK
After hours emergency number: +44 7817 262559

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

Our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a backpack, sports bag or soft compact wheeled suitcase, whichever you find easiest to carry, plus a small daypack is essential. Dressing in layers is recommended as weather can change dramatically, without notice.

Checklist

Suggested Items:
•Camera and extra memory card/film
•Extra batteries (recommended)
•Electricity Plug Adapter
•Flashlight or Headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
•Binoculars
•Concealable money belt
•Fleece top
•Windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swim wear
•shirts/t-shirts
•Sun hat
•1 pair of shorts
•2 pairs of long trousers
•1 pair hiking pants/track pants
•1 smart outfit for special evenings
•hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes
•Hiking boots/Sturdy walking shoes
-Socks
•Sport sandals
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Insect Repellent
•Pocketknife
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•Pre-departure information and trip details
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates if required

Laundry

Laundry facilities are are not easily accessed. If you anticipate needing to do laundry we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap for hand washing.

Visas

Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

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 and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

It is recommended to bring a combination of EURO cash, credit and debit cards.

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

Tipping in Iceland is not customary. In many cases, a service charge is added to the bill which means that it is not necessary to add a tip. If you wish to express your satisfaction with the service in a bar or restaurant, then a gratuity of 10% or to round up the amount of the bill is perfectly acceptable.

Tipping during the tour program is similarly not expected, but it can be a way to express satisfaction with the persons who have assisted on your tour. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from the equivalent of $3-5 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

At the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

Hveragerði
- Horse Riding 6200 ISK- 12400 ISK depending on duration
- Dry suit snorkelling in the fissure between Europe & N. America. 15990 ISK
-White water rafting. 9990 ISK

Hof in Öræfum
- Iceland erupts exhibition on the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. 750 ISK

Myvatn
-Nature Baths at Mývatn 2500 ISK

Akureyri
-Akureyri Museum 2500 ISK for Laufás old farm and museums in Akureyri

Borgarness settlement centre
- one exhibition 1800 ISK both exhibitions (two) 2400 ISK
-Glaumbær museum, old turf farm 800 ISK.

Reykjavik
-Blue Lagoon admission 5800 ISK

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

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. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any 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 our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our G Adventures for Good projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Local Dress

Weather can change dramatically, even in the summer months. It is best to layer clothing to ensure you are prepared for any extremes.

Feedback

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Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you’re interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.

Max Pax

Max 16, avg 12

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD530-690 for meals not included.

Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 1 dinner

PRODUCT_LINE: ELIE, ID: 23066

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavík

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting so feel free to explore the city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Reykjavík/Hveragerði (1B)

Explore the geological wonders that have shaped Iceland on the Golden Circle tour, including a walk in Thingvellir National Park and visits to the Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs.

Included Activities:
Thingvellir National Park Visit
Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
Geysir Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)

Day 3: Hveragerði/Núpar (1B, 1D)

Visit the island’s south shore beginning with a walk behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Stop at the black sand beaches then continue to Solheimajokull Glacier and view the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano. Option to visit the Iceland Erupts exhibition.

Included Activities:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit
Solheimajokull Glacier Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)

Day 4: Núpar/Fáskrúðsfjörður (1B)

Take an ice walk on Falljokull Glacier, then visit the scenic Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon with the option to take a ride on a ‘wheeled boat’ for a closer look at the icebergs. Continue to the east shore for the evening.

Included Activities:
Falljokull Glacier Hike
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 300km)

Day 5: Fáskrúðsfjörður/Skútustaðahreppur (1B)

Scenic drive around Iceland’s East Coast before heading inland to the northern lakeside village of Skútustaðahreppur in the Myvatn area. Visit the geothermal lake, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and Krafla geothermal area. Option to visit the local geothermal pools.

Included Activities:
Myvatn Geothermal Lake Visit
Dimmuborgir Lava Fields Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 400km)

Day 6: Skútustaðahreppur (1B)

Visit to the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon. Embark on a whale watching excursion in Húsavík, Iceland’s whale watching capital.

Included Activities:
Dettifoss Waterfall Visit
Asbyrgi Canyon Walk
Whale Watching

Day 7: Skútustaðahreppur/Akureyri (1B)

Tonight there is the option to check out one of the town’s many local bars and restaurants.

Included Activities:
Godafoss Waterfall Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 200km)

Day 8: Akureyri (1B)

Free day to explore or choose from the many optional activities in the area.

Day 9: Akureyri/Reykjavík (1B)

Depart early, returning to Reykjavik. Option to take a culture and history tour of Reykjavik or visit the Blue Lagoon this afternoon.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 400km)

Day 10: Reykjavík (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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