Iceland: South Coast Explorer + Fimmvörðuháls Trail- (July 21st – 30th, 2019)
Strenuous Physical Activity
Be a Viking Princess! Let us help you connect with your inner warrior on this active, authentic Icelandic adventure! Laugh, eat, and move your way through paradise under the midnight sun.
Discover Iceland & Discover Yourself
Iceland women’s hiking tour and adventure is designed to challenge you and to give you breath-taking views of cascading waterfalls, magical green meadows, rainbows (so many rainbows) blue glaciers and steaming geysers. Now is your chance to experience the Iceland not many travelers will ever venture out of Reykjavik to see.
Iceland offers a massive, in-your-face, raw landscape to experience nature’s elements of earth, wind, fire, and ice and to interact with a culture over 1,000 years old! The food is delicious too! Many of the vegetables are grown in greenhouses powered by geothermal energy all year. Family farms raise farm-to-table beef and lamb in humane and environmentally friendly ways.
Participants will experience a variety of scenic and rewarding day hikes tailored to the group’s interest and skill levels, sea kayaking, glacier trekking, riding Icelandic Horses on black sand beaches, and soaking in hot springs. The grand finale is 15 mile hike over 3200 ft in elevation on Fimmvörðuháls pass, a trail National Geographic named one of the best hikes in the world. You will pass 24 waterfalls, lava fields, and between two glaciers. If you are looking for an active adventure with a like-minded group of travelers and future life-long friends, this is the trip for you.
This trip is open to all women. Some hiking experience suggested. Come solo or with a friend. There are no forced single supplements.
- See the lesser traveled parts of Iceland including the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a variety of scenic & off the beaten path hikes throughout the trip, and spend time in small towns and hamlets.
- Get up-close to puffins and shore birds on a North Atlantic Boat Tour.
- Experience Iceland’s treasures: The Golden Circle: Stukkur Geyser, Gollfoss Waterfall.
- Learn about Viking history at Þingvellir National Park.
- Don your crampons and get on ancient ice for a glacier trek.
- Feel blue! Take a thrilling zodiak trip into a glacier Lagoon to photograph towering icebergs.
- Explore the black sands and epic basalt columns of Vik, Rynisfjara, and Dyrholaey Nature Reserve.
- Paddle paradise via a 2- hour adventure kayaking trip through marshes into to the Atlantic Ocean.
- See geothermal energy in action, powering the country, and growing food in green houses.
- Relax in the Blue Lagoon and lesser known Secret Lagoon’s geo-thermally heated water.
- Ride Icelandic Horses for a tölt ride on a black sand beach.
- Hike to a hot river through a steaming valley.
- Challenge yourself on a 8-10 hour hike on Fimmvörðuháls Pass considered one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic.
Your Tour Guides
Trip Facilitator / Guide
Tara has 17 years of experience in eco-tourism, guiding and educating students of all ages in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Iceland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education/Interpretation. Tara has worked for notable educational, scientific, and conservation organizations and institutions such as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, USDA Forest Service in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska, and Wild Studies in the Bahamas. Tara is a PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and has specialty certifications as Underwater Naturalist, Deep Diver, Multi-Level diver and Night Diver.
Kristín Jóna Hilmarsdóttir
Guide / Icelandic Mountain Guides
Kristin (kristeen) has lived in Iceland her entire life, except for the two years she spent in the USA. Kristin loves all kinds of sports, including skiing, cross country skiing, mountain skiing, and alpine skiing and sharing her passion about Iceland with others. She is one of a small group of women who hike across Iceland over 30 days time. Additionally, she is an aesthetician and teaches Pilates. Kristin's secret to health is, "to always take the stairs." Our participants love Kristin's humor, caring guide style, and fun personality.
►Where Do We Stay?
►Day 1: Arrival at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) – Explore Reykjavik.
Arrival at Keflavik airport anytime. Transfer to Reykjavik on your own. Group dinner in town (not included) and overnight in guesthouse. Overnight at Reykjavik.
►Day 2: Reykjavik – Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Breakfast at guest house. Early morning departure from Reykjavík. We set course to Snæfellsnes, a volcanic peninsula that stretches out from the Icelandic west coast and is divided by a chain of mountains that lies from east to west. The peninsula is dominated by the majestic Volcano Snæfellsjökull. We will stop at Búðir to visit the beautiful little black church, the yellow sand beach and the rock lava formations. Our next stop is at the hamlet of Arnarstapi where we go for a short walk among the basaltic rock formations. We have Lunch at the tiny beach café at Hellnar (included). After lunch we enter the National Park and stop at the Djúpalónssandur beach. We continue to the north coast with tiny fishing villages and arrive to the beautiful small town of Stykkishólmur where we will take the Viking Sushi Boat Trip on the Breidafjörður Bay. Overnight on the south coast of Snæfellsnes. (B,L)
►Day 3: Snæfellsnes-Borgarfjörður-Þingvellir
Today we head to the beautiful Borgarfjörður region. This is the home of Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland (and even in Europe) and the lush waterfalls of Hraunfossar a row of waterfalls that emerge from underneath the lava field, and Barnafoss. From there a short drive takes us towards the National Park of Thingvellir where we walk along the faults and fissures of the area that make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust and hear about the major historic events that have taken place at this UNESCO world heritage site. Night in Selfoss hostel in Selfoss. (B)
►Day 4: Thingvellir, Gullfos and Geysir
We return south towards the National Park of Thingvellir where we walk along the faults and fissures of the area that make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust and hear about the major historic events that have taken place at this UNESCO world heritage site. From there a short drive brings us to the famous greenhouse Friðheimar where we have their renowned tomato soup for lunch (included). After lunch, take a bath in the secret lagoon nearby (bring your own towels) and we visit two of Iceland’s most famous natural treasures the waterfall Gullfoss and the Geysir hot spring area. The famous hot spring is the namesake of all sprouting hot springs, and his neighbor, the reliable Strokkur geyser, spouts hot water up as high as 15 – 30 m, every 5 – 10 min. Overnight in guesthouse in Selfoss. (B,L)
►Day 5: South Coast – Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Our first stop today will be the the beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss and we will walk behind it. A little bit further east we stop at the black beach of Reynisfjara and the beautiful village of Vík where we can take a short walk on the black beaches, admiring the power and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. The high cliffs dominate the black beach below and just off the coast pillars of rock rise from the Ocean’s surface. Legend says that these are trolls that turned into stone after staying up past sunrise. After an hour drive across the vast sand desert of the south and the lava field of Eldhraun, one of the biggest lave flow coming from one single eruption, we take a walk at the gorgeous Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon before heading for our accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur. (B)
►Day 6: Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón
We continue further east to Skaftefell were we have go on a glacier walk on the glacier and hike up to the Svarifoss waterfall. We will stop at Fjallsárlón a lagoon filled with icebergs where we will have an exciting boat tour and sail around the icebergs. A short drive takes us to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lake, one of the marvelous features of this region, a lake scattered with Icebergs that break off from the great Overnight at country guesthouse Hali (rooms with private facilities). (B)
►Day 7: Jökulsárlón – Skóga
On the way back we will stop on the Diamond beach and go horseback riding in Vík. We visit the majestic waterfall Skógafoss Overnight in Skógar or Farmhouse Lodge Skeiðflöt near Vík. (B)
►Day 8: Hike over Fimmvörðuháls
Today we will do a fantastic 8-10-hour hike over the Fimmvörðuháls pass. Voted by National Geographic as one of the world´s best hikes, the Fimmvörðuháls Pass* from Skógar to Þórsmörk is one of Iceland´s most popular hiking routes. The trail takes us up from Skógar, along Skógá River and its many waterfalls and up between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. There we will discover the recently formed lava and some of the world´s newest new craters, Magni and Móði. The fresh lava is still steaming under the surface and the heat of the lava can still be felt. Heading down from the craters to the magnificent Þórsmörk glacier valley we continue to enjoy more geological features as well as some amazing views over the highlands and the surrounding glaciers. In Þórsmörk, we enjoy the fairy-tale landscape that surrounds the valley before we head back on a public bus to Seljalandsfoss. A short drive to Selfoss guesthouse Garun for overnight stay (B).
*This is a physically challenging hike due to the duration and gradual incline. The hike is weather permitting and if we are not able to complete the hike due to weather, it will be 16 mile waterfall hike (still breath-takingly beautiful). You do not need to be sherpa or athlete to do this hike. You should be healthy and moderately active with the ability to walk for the duration carrying a backpack with 2-liters of water and some personal food & supplies for the day. You can opt out of the hike. An alternative will be provided for a self-guided day.
►Day 9: Selfoss- Kayaking- Hot Spring Hike-Reykjavík
We drive to the small village of Stokkseyri where we will have an exciting two-hour sea kayak tour down to the sea. On our way, back to Reykjavik we stop at of the geothermal village of Hveragerði we go for a short hike among the numerous hot springs and boiling mud pools of Grændalur, a magical place. Arrival in Reykjavik in the afternoon. Overnight in guesthouse Snorri. (B)
►Day 10: Blue Lagoon & Airport Transfer
Transfer to Keflavik airport for a return flight. On the way we will stop at the Blue Lagoon to have a relaxing 2-hour bath its spa-like milky hot water. Considered one of the 25 wonders of the world, the geothermal water originates 6,000 feet below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant, Svartsengi, to create electricity and hot water for nearby communities. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C (100°F). Perfect for a relaxing and re-energizing bath.(B)
** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **
Inclusions & Exclusions
- Stops at breath-taking waterfalls, geysers, and black sand beaches.
- A variety of guided hikes with unbelievable beauty.
- Entrance to the Secret Lagoon hot pool.
- 2 hour kayaking adventure
- Guided glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park.
- Zodiak Boat trip into a glacier lagoon.
- Ride Icelandic Horses on the beach in the shadow of trolls in Vik.
- See puffin and experience Viking Sushi on a North Atlantic Boat trip.
- Entrance to the famous Blue Lagoon.
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches.
- English speaking Icelandic driver and guide for 8 days from day 2 to day 9.
- Return trip group transfer from Reykjavik on day 9 to Keflavik international airport.
- Lodging in cute guesthouses, cabins, B&B style accommodations in double twin rooms with clean shared facilities.
- Airfare to Reykjavik
- Airport transfer from Keflavik to Reykjavik day 1.
- Most meals except breakfast & 2 lunches.
- Optional excursions, visits to museums.
- Personal spending money.
- Travel Insurance
Deposit due by: January 1st, 2019
Installments: Four installments of $981.25 due Feb 15, March 15, May 15, June 15th.
Spots Available: 14/14
All payments are non-refundable if cancelled by the participant. Participants are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances that may interrupt or cancel the trip. In the unlikely event that Green Edventures is unable to fill the trip due a full refund will be given.
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