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ICELAND TRIP

August 23-28, 2021

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

Dates: August 23-28, 2021
Retreat Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights
Group Size: 15 womxn
Accommodation: Twin share accommodation in a cosy guesthouse

Cost: €1195

Travel with Girl Gone International to discover the sheer beauty and breathtaking nature of Iceland – a truly bucket-list destination! Join us for a once in a lifetime experience, to explore the quirky capital Reykjavik, view Iceland’s most magnificent waterfalls, stroll along breathtaking black pebbled beaches with magnificent basalt formations, take in the otherworldly beauty of dramatic landscapes, walk in the shadow of larger-than-life mountains, soak in the relaxing and rejuvenating waters of geothermal springs, see majestic whales in Icelandic waters, and marvel at power of Iceland’s geysers! Iceland’s mystical otherworldly landscapes will leave you breathless and totally enchanted, creating lasting memories.

ITINERARY

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DAY 1 – WELCOME TO ICELAND

Day  

Arrival at the accommodation in Reykjavik, to settle in and meet your fellow travellers! Relax, get to know one another, and begin exploring the surroundings. 

Optional Activities for Early Arrivals

Let’s explore the local neighbourhood together! Discover local flea markets to find the perfect pre-loved Icelandic sweater, view stunning public sculptures and street art, and maybe visit a museum or gallery!

Evening

Meet together in the evening for dinner, to get to know each other and for a trip introduction from GGI Travel Guide Violet Dove.

Included: transfers from the airport to the accommodation.

DAY 2 - REYKJAVIK

Morning

Meet for breakfast together in the shared kitchen or garden (not included).

After breakfast uncover local secrets with a guided walking tour of the fascinating city of Reykjavik – let’s get to know this amazing city through the eyes of a local, as they share the history and culture of Iceland with us! After the tour explore a local street food market for lunch together, with free time to relax and explore.

Afternoon

In the afternoon there are 2 incredible activity options to choose from:

Option 1: Experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a lifetime on a small group personal whale watching tour! Board a custom-made RIB fast boat for a private nature tour to view whales, dolphins and puffins, learning from our expert guide about Iceland’s whales and their importance to Icelandic culture. This unforgettable experience offers a fun and intimate chance to view these majestic animals as close as you can from sea level – great for those who love adventure!

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Option 2: Relax at the world-renowned Blue Lagoon for an otherworldly experience in the heart of a volcanic landscape, named one of National Geographic’s 25 wonders of the world! Treat yourself to an afternoon of relaxation and pampering at this truly unique geothermal spa. The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater is enriched with silica, algae, and minerals that heal, rejuvenate, and nourish – all while surrounded by a breathtaking landscape.

Evening

Free time to relax together and share a meal at a local Icelandic restaurant, or together at the Guesthouse.

Included: guided walking tour, and either a Whale Watching tour (subject to weather conditions) OR visit to Blue Lagoon.

DAY 3 - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Morning

Depart Reykjavik for a guided tour of one of the most spectacular drives in the world – The Golden Circle. 

Day

Travel directly over Hellisheiði mountain area to the town of Hveragerði for your first stop! Visit an exhibition to learn about the causes and the huge impact an earthquake in 2008 caused in Hveragerði. The exhibition shows the experience of residents, and how it affected the buildings and local environments.

View the gorgeous Faxi waterfall on the river Tungufljót, strolling through the area to take in the beautiful views of this southern region.

Marvel at the wonders of the Geysir geothermal area and discover the power of Strokkur – one of the most active geysers in the world!

After a lunch break in the area, head towards the Gullfoss “Golden Waterfall”, named for the golden glow that the glacial water creates as it roars over the cataract. Have your camera ready, this is one of Iceland’s most spectacular natural wonders and a truly spectacular sight.

Experience one of Iceland’s most fascinating geological wonders, the Thingvellir National Park. Explore an epic Icelandic landscape, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Notorious for its outstanding natural beauty, Thingvellir National Park was one of the main filming locations of Game of Thrones in Iceland.

Late Afternoon

Take a dip in the Secret Lagoon, relaxing in the natural hot springs while surrounded by the rugged Icelandic countryside. Located in the peaceful region of Flúðir, soak in the natural hot springs while surrounded by rolling green meadows and summer wildflowers – the perfect end to the day.

Evening

Free time to relax together and share a meal at a local Icelandic restaurant, or together at the Guesthouse.

Included: private transport, private local guide, and activities listed.

DAY 4 – THE SOUTH COAST

Morning 

Depart from Reykjavik for a private guided day tour of the South Coast with a local expert.

Day

The South Coast is rich in magnificent and diverse landscapes, ranging from vast farmlands, active volcanoes, numerous ice caps, glacier outlets and Glacier Rivers, amazing waterfalls, wide black sandy plains and beaches of black and fascinating basalt rock formations!

Stand below the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, both being amazingly beautiful and receiving their water directly from Eyjafjallajökull glacier!

Stroll also the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, which gets its name from the cool hardened lava that the sand was formed from. Its beautiful black sand, powerful waves, and the impressive Reynisdrangar sea stacks make Reynisfjara a truly unique and memorable place to visit.

Stop for lunch at the picturesque coastal village of Vik (Iceland’s southernmost village), which offers a glimpse of old Iceland with its beautiful wooden churches and old-world charm.

View the Sólheimajökull Glacier (The Home of the Sun Glacier), which is the southernmost glacier of Iceland and an outlet glacier from the main ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. 

Evening

Free time to relax together and share a meal at a local Icelandic restaurant, or together at the Guesthouse.

Included: private transport, private local guide, and activities listed.

DAY 5 – THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Morning

Depart Reykjavik for a guided private tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula!

Day 

Drive to the northern coast of Snaefellsnes to visit the spectacular 4000 year old lava field named Berserkjahraun after one of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja-Saga. The dramatic and alien landscape is filled with green moss-covered black lava stones and surrounded by pyramid-shaped mountains and fjords, making it a truly unique landscape.

Marvel at the peninsula‘s iconic landmark Kirkjufell, known as “church mountain” for it’s remarkable shape – the beautiful stop is the most photographed mountain in Iceland and it’s easy to see why! View the nearby Kirkjufellsfossar waterfalls to take in the picturesque beauty of the mountain.

Travel around the tip of the peninsula to enjoy the extraordinary landscape. Enjoy an amazing view of the volcanic crater Saxhóll, before arriving at Djúpalónssandur. This epic, black-pebbled beach offers stark views out to the ocean, hair raising rock formations and fascinating histories of shipwrecks.

Visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi fishing village to take a walk through the extraordinary landscape and admire the coastal rock formations. While in town visit the Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural stone arch off the coast. Just east of the town our next stop is by a tiny, 19th-century wooden church called Búðakirkja.

Heading back to Reykjavik there is one final stop to take in the view of the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes that run along a cliff on the southern side of the Snӕfellsnes Peninsula.

Evening

Free time to relax together on our final evening and share a meal at a local Icelandic restaurant, or together at the Guesthouse.

Included: private transport, private local guide, and activities listed.

DAY 6 - EXPLORING REYKJAVIK AND DEPARTURES

Morning

Meet together in the shared kitchen or garden for breakfast (not included), followed by a relaxed morning preparing to leave. For those with flights in the evening there will be a chance to revisit the city centre and explore more of the fascinating city of Reykjavik together.

(Please note that some of the activities included are subject to weather conditions, and the itinerary may alter)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Twin share accommodation in a cosy guesthouse, with shared bathrooms. 
  • Return airport shuttle transfers.
  • Breathtaking whale watching experience* OR Blue Lagoon experience (includes return transfers, spa entrance, Silica mud mask, Use of towel, 1st drink of your choice).
  • Discover the Golden Circle – Faxi Waterfall (Vatnsleysufoss), Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and the stunning Thingvellir National Park.
  • Explore the South Coast – Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, visit the picturesque coastal village of Vik, see the Sólheimajökull Glacier.
  • Experience the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Berserkjahraun Lava field, Kirkjufell (Church Mountain), Kirkjufellsfossar Waterfalls, view the volcanic crater Saxhóll, Djúpalónssandur black pebbled beach, visit the idyllic Arnarstapi fishing village, see the basalt columns at the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg.
  • Soak in healing geothermal waters at the Secret Lagoon.
  • Guided walking tour of Reykjavik with a local expert.
  • English speaking local guide for the Golden Circle, South Coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula private day tours.
  • Transportation in private bus for Golden Circle, South Coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tours.
  • Hosted by Girl Gone International Global Leader and travel expert Violet Dove to make your trip super fun and enjoyable!

* Whale Watching tours are dependent on weather and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals and drinks
  • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
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ACCOMMODATION

  • Twin share accommodation in a cosy guesthouse in the heart of Reykjavik
  • Features a private garden with picnic area and outdoor furniture
  • Shared bathrooms with shower and hairdryer
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Free high speed Wi-Fi
  • Free luggage storage

 

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TRIP

  • Discover the land of Fire and Ice, experiencing the ethereal and untamed beauty of Iceland’s landscapes.
  • Chase waterfalls with us, including the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, and the Gullfoss “Golden Waterfall” – Europe’s second most powerful waterfall!
  • Soak in Iceland’s oldest open-air geothermal natural spring as we take in the rugged charm of the Icelandic countryside.
  • Witness natural wonders at the Geysir geothermal area, one of the most active geysers in the world.
  • Experience the wildlife and nature adventure of a lifetime on a small group personal whale watching tour OR Experience the world-renowned Blue Lagoon for an otherworldly experience in the heart of a volcanic landscape, named one of National Geographic’s 25 wonders of the world.
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Iceland’s most significant and beautiful place.
  • Visit world renowned black pebble beaches, with amazing basalt rock formations and black volcanic sand.
  • Create genuine connections and real friendships with your GGI travel companions!

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