Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle
Most people that go to Iceland go in the summer, but there’s a whole other side to this place in the winter months. (It is called “Iceland,” after all.) Spend five days doing really cool things like hiking glaciers, snowshoeing through Þingvellir National Park, reflecting on life under the Northern Lights, and warming up in Geysir Hot Springs, all the while staying in a character-filled renovated farmhouse. See another side of this amazing country.
Lava caving (Leiðarendi Cave). Golden Circle sightseeing. Þingvellir National Park visit. Geysir Hot Spring visit. Gullfoss Waterfall visit. Northern Lights hunting (2 nts). Snowshoeing and/or hiking (Reykjadalur). Glacier hike (Sólheimajökull Glacier). Southern coast drive including Skógarfoss Waterfall and Seljalndsfoss Waterfall. Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations.
Explore Iceland’s glaciers and waterfalls, keep your eyes peeled for dazzling displays of the Northern Lights, live like a local in a charming farmhouse, soak your muscles in natural hot springs.
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.
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 14, avg 12
Private vehicle, snowshoes, walking.
Hotels (2 nts), renovated farmhouse (2 nts, shared facilities).
KEA Skuggi Hotel
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
When you arrive to the Keflavík International Airport, you will have several options to get to the hotel:
If you have pre-arranged an arrival transfer, look for the driver holding a G Adventures sign in the arrivals hall. Please approach them, and ask them who they are supposed to be picking up (do not tell them your name, they should have this information already). Once they give you the correct name, have your passport ready to show them and you will be on your way!
We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel (in the native language as well as English if available), to show to your taxi driver.
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.
•Camera and extra memory card
•Extra batteries (recommended)
•Electricity plug adapter
•Flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries and bulbs)
•Concealable money belt
•Fleece top and other layers
•Winter jacket- preferably windproof and waterproof
•Small towel and swim wear
•1 pair hiking pants/track pants
•hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes
-Winter shoes or boots appropriate for cold, wet and snowy weather
•Watch or alarm clock
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•Pre-departure information and trip details
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates if required
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.
The currency in Iceland in the Icelandic Krona (ISK).
It is recommended to bring a combination of cash, credit and debit cards.
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.
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
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
Weather can change dramatically so it’s best to layer clothing to ensure you are prepared for any extremes.
Travel Forum - The Watering Hole
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Allow USD140-185 for meals not included.
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
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Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Day 1 Reykjavík
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Reykjavík/Drumboddsstaðir (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel from Reykjavík to a lava cave in the Bláfjöll Mountains. Explore the cave before continuing on to Þingvellir National Park. Visit the park including sights like Geysir Hot Spring and Gullfoss Waterfall. In the evening, enjoy a Northern Lights hunt in the Golden Circle before returning to the farmhouse in Drumbó.
Day 3 Drumboddsstaðir (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike or snowshoe in the Reykjadalur area. Opt to visit a spa or secret lagoon. Enjoy cooking dinner together in the farmhouse before another evening Northern Lights hunt.
Day 4 Drumboddsstaðir/Reykjavík (1B, 1L)
Travel to the Sólheimajökull Glacier for a stunning hike. Drive the scenic southern coast and visit the Skógarfoss and Seljalndsfoss waterfalls on the way back to Reykjavík. Enjoy a final night in the city.
Day 5 Reykjavík (1B)
Depart at any time.