Iceland: South Coast Explorer w/ Becoming an Outdoors Woman – (July 12th – 20th, 2019)
Moderate Physical Activity
This is the Iceland trip you have dreamed about with Becoming an Outdoors Woman. Let us help you explore Iceland’s natural treasures while you connect with nature in the company of a great group of women.
Join us in Iceland on this women-only group travel adventure that will introduce you to the island of fire and ice. Be immersed in the elements of Iceland: dramatic scenery, geothermal energy, and massive glaciers!!
This women’s trip to Iceland is active, informative, and covers a lot of area in 9-days. We start in Reykjavik and then branch out west to the Snaefellsness Peninsual, back south through the Golden Circle, and along the south coast as far East as Jokullsarlon (the glacier lagoon). The itinerary will take you to Iceland’s popular treasures like Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geyser, and some of it’s off-the-beaten-path trails, guest houses, and thermal pools.
We have partnered with Becoming an Outdoors Woman to offer this active educational travel adventure for women of all ages and backgrounds.Participants will experience a variety of scenic and rewarding 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. 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. All skill levels welcome. No experience necessary. Solo women travelers, friends, sisters, partners, mothers and daughters. All women ages 18+ are welcome.
- 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.
- Meet Icelandic Horses for a tölt on the beach.
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)
Arrival at Keflavik airport anytime that is most convenient and economical for you. Transfer to Reykjavik is not included but we will help participants arrange transportation. Meet and greet. Introductions and a walking tour of Iceland’s largest city. Dinner in town (not included) and overnight in guesthouse. Overnight at Reykavik.
►Day 2: Reykjavik – Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Breakfast at guest house. Early morning departure from Reykjavík. 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 head straight to the beautiful town of Stykkishólmur where we will take the Viking Sushi Boat Trip on the Breidafjörður Bay at 11:00 am. After the boat trip, we explore the northern coast of the peninsula, visit the village of Grundarfjörður and enter the National Park. Stop and walk to the Djúpalónssandur black beach. Overnight on the south coast of Snæfellsnes for 2 nights. (B)
►Day 3: South Snæfellsnes
Today we will explore the South coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. We 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 walk among the basaltic rock formations. We have Lunch at the tiny beach café at Hellnar (included). If we have time we will explore the gorge Rauðafellsgjá. (B.L)
►Day 4: Explore the Golden Circle
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 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 will walk on the black beach, 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. (B)
►Day 7:Jökulsárlón – Selfoss
On the way back we will stop on the Diamond beach and go horseback riding in Vík. We visit the majestic waterfall Skógafoss before returning back to Selfoss. (B)
►Day 8: Skaftafell-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. If the weather is nice, we can take a dip in the hot river. Arrival in Reykjavik in the the evening. (B)
►Day 9: Blue Lagoon & Airport Transfer
Group 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 easy -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 7 days from day 2 to day 8 plus.
- Green Edventures/BOW Representative from day 1 to day 9.
- Return trip group transfer from Reykjavik on day 9 to Keflavik international airport.
- Lodging in guesthouses in double twin rooms with shared toilet and shower 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 15th, 2019
Installments: $685 Feb, Mar, Apr, May, & Jun 15th, 2019
Spots Available: 9/12
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.
Registration & payment processing for this tour is handled through the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Continuing Education & Outreach
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