REYKJAVIK, VIK AND THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
On this special women-only departure to Iceland, we’ll not only journey through the country’s picturesque landscapes and have opportunities to witness the miracle of the spectacular Aurora Borealis, but we’ll enjoy immersive experiences that allow us to learn more about local women and Icelandic traditions. We’ll visit author, leader, and storyteller, Ásta Kristrún and her husband, husband Valgeir, one of Iceland’s foremost songwriters at their home. During our visit, they’ll share stories and legends and Ásta who has a background in politics and teaching and can speak to the current state of women in Iceland. At Laugarvatn Fontana we’ll truly experience the power of geothermal energy as we dig freshly baked bread from the hot, black sand as our hosts share with us more about this Icelandic tradition, and we’ll sample a “Healthy Mary” at Friðheimar Greenhouse that cultivates produce year-round while we learn more about their project. Our tour begins in Reykjavik, visiting the Hallgrimskirkja church, museums, and more. Explore the spectacular South Coast, stopping at the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, sea cliffs of Dyrholaey, Black Sand Beaches (Reynisfjara), and the quaint coastal town of Vik. Along the way, we’ll hunt for the Northern lights, and discover the Golden Circle’s top highlights—Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall. After these exciting adventures around the country, unwind in soothing mineral-rich hot spring water at the Blue Lagoon.
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Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.
- 2 nights in Reykjavik
- 1 night in Vik (South Iceland)
- 2 nights in Reykjavik
- Return flight on Icelandair
- Opportunities To See Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*
- Reykjavik City Sightseeing
- Black-Sand Beaches (Vik)
- Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls (Near Vik)
- Thingvellir National Park
- Blue Lagoon (Near Reykjavik)
- Visit Bakkastofa, home of author, leader and storyteller Ásta Kristrún
- Friðheimar Greenhouse visit with the unique ‘Healthy Mary’
- Visit to a Geothermal Bakery
Your Tour Includes
- Optional round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations at centrally-located, Scandinavian-style hotels (simple)
- 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
- Experienced, English-speaking guides
What to Expect
Max Group Size: 20 travelers
Activity Level: Recreational
Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 3 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day) on easy terrain with some light stairs. Learn More
Pacing Level: Moderate
Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More
No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.
Thingvellir has stairs and hills. There are uneven surfaces in Reynisfjara, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, and Gullfoss. Due to local ordinances in Reykjavik, tour buses are not allowed to stop directly in front of the hotel. You are responsible for carrying your luggage from the bus stop to the hotel and then porters will bring your luggage to your room. Porterage is not offered at the Vik property.
With the short Transatlantic flight, jetlag can be difficult for some on the day of arrival.
The Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik departs at approximately 8:30 pm and may not return until after midnight.
For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.
Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.
Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.
For flight details, see Before You Depart.
Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik/Welcome Breakfast/City Tour/Northern Lights Excursion
Welcome to Iceland! Travelers who purchase our air-inclusive program should get ready for a full day after an early arrival in the world’s northernmost capital, known for its creative soul and eye-popping design. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to a restaurant in a nearby village for a welcome breakfast and orientation briefing with your group. Now energized, we’ll head to Reykjavik for a city tour. Highlights range from historic spots (like one of the oldest parliaments in the world) to the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church with its impressive tower, as well as the dazzling “Pearl,” a museum with a rotating glass dome (entrance to Observation deck included), Asmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hofdi House, where presidents Reagan and Gorbachev held a summit that marked the end of the Cold War. After checking in to our centrally located hotel, you’ll have free time in the afternoon and evening to relax and explore. Tonight will be our first opportunity to view the magical, colorful display across the night sky known as the northern lights. Again, we must stress that there is no guarantee you will see the northern lights, but your smarTours® guide will make every effort! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the excursion will be rescheduled for another evening. And don’t forget, your overnight in Vik affords the chance to see the northern lights at their best.Accommodations: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina (through Spring 2023) Grandi Hotel Reykjavik (Fall 2023 Onward) or similar
Day 2: Reykjavik/Optional Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion
Today is a free day for independent exploring in or around Reykjavik, or you can join a fascinating full-day optional excursion to the spectacular Snaefellsnes peninsula. See optional tours for more details on this must-see destination.Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Reykjavik/Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls/Vik/Northern Lights Experience
Our journey takes us through the stunning and diverse landscapes of Iceland’s south coast. This is the land of Njal’s Saga, a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. Today’s first visit will be to Bakkastofa, where author, leader, and storyteller, Ásta Kristrún and her husband Valgeir, one of Iceland’s foremost songwriters, live and work. They’ll share stories and legends referencing the history and politics of Iceland before inviting us to enjoy coffee and Icelandic cake on the second floor of their home. Ásta just published a new novel, and she also has a background in politics and teaching and can speak to the current state of women in Iceland. Next, we’ll encounter the dramatic sea cliffs of Dyrholaey and spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, as well as unforgettable views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajokul volcanoes. Tonight’s destination is the remote village of Vik, known for its black-sand beaches and considered one of the most magical places to see the northern lights. After dinner together in our countryside hotel, we can simply stroll outside to view this amazing phenomenon!Accommodations: Hotel Katla or Icelandair Hotel Vik or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Vik/Geysir/Gulfoss/Thingvellir/Reykjavik
We'll depart this morning for our full-day tour. First, we'll travel to the Geysir hot spring area with the lively Strokkur, which spouts water every 30 minutes. We'll get our cameras ready for an exciting show! After an independent lunch, we'll continue to the famous Gullfoss (translated as "Golden Falls") with its spectacular two-tiered cascade. We'll continue to Friðheimar Greenhouse where they cultivate tomatoes year-round. Here we'll enjoy a greenhouse tour with tastings of food and drink made with the produce cultivated and grown on the farm. Sample the greenhouse's unique "Healthy Mary" drink with time to discuss the meaning behind this project. From Friðheimar we make our way to Laugarvatn Fontana, where we'll see the power of geothermal energy first hand. We'll dig out a pot of fresh bread from the hot black sand with the chance to enjoy a taste as we learn more about this Icelandic tradition. Next, is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the ancient Viking parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Here, we’ll witness the geological phenomenon of tectonic plates drifting apart. Later, we’ll return to Reykjavik for an evening at leisure.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina (through Spring 2023) Grandi Hotel Reykjavik (Fall 2023 Onward) or similar | BreakfastAccommodations: Note: We recommend you bring water shoes on today's excursion.
Day 5: Reykjavik/Reykjanes Peninsula/Blue Lagoon
Today you’ll dip into Iceland’s fascinating history, unique geothermal wonders and one of its most popular attractions. Our exploration includes Hafnarfjordur, built on an ancient lava flow; the deep, mysterious Lake Kleifarvatn; geothermal areas at Krisuvik and Gunnuhver; the fishing village of Grindavik; and the country’s oldest lighthouse. We’ve saved the most relaxing stop for last, the famous Blue Lagoon, where you’ll bathe in mineral-rich, 102°F waters like the Icelanders do! After our return to Reykjavik, our day concludes with a farewell dinner.Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Depart Reykjavik
Spend the morning at leisure before checkout. Then, your smarTours guide will take you to the Whales of Iceland Exhibition. The Whales of Iceland is the largest museum dedicated to whales in Europe and possibly the world. A team of expert craftsmen has sculpted 23 lifelike cetaceans found in Icelandic waters both to scale and based on specific individuals found in the wild! Our tour of Iceland comes to an end. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will transfer to the airport for our return nonstop flight to the U.S.Meals: Breakfast
Guided Tour Pricing
Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion
- $171, transfers included
Join a fascinating full-day optional excursion to the spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you’ll see white- and black-sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains, volcanic craters, and charming fishing villages. The area has attracted global attention and has been the filming location for Journey to the Center of the Earth and the recent version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!