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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- Overnight flight on Icelandair
- 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)
Special Women-Only Departure Highlights:
- Visit Bakkastofa, home of author, leader and storyteller Ásta Kristrún
- Friðheimar Greenhouse visit with the unique ‘Healthy Mary’
- Visit to a Geothermal Bakery
*Note: Sighting cannot be guaranteed, and the scheduled excursion from Reykjavik might be rescheduled locally due to weather conditions in order to maximize the chances of seeing the northern lights. You will also have an excellent opportunity in the remote Vik area in the countryside of South Iceland to see them.
- Round-trip, nonstop flight on Icelandair from New York (JFK)**
- 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
**Note: Icelandair does not provide meal service on this flight.
Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart from the U.S.
Your tour includes airfare from the U.S. You’ll take a nonstop overnight flight to Reykjavik on Icelandair. You’ll want to eat dinner prior to departure or be prepared to purchase a meal en route since Icelandair does not provide meal service on this flight. Also, as the flight is short, try to sleep as much as possible while in the air to avoid jet lag.
Arrive in Reykjavik/Welcome Breakfast/City Tour/Northern Lights Excursion
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, Asmundur Sveinsson…
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. There are several additional exciting optional tours available to book as well. B CenterHotel Plaza or Hotel Klettur or Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina (or similar)
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…
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…
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. B/D CenterHotel Plaza…
Reykjavik/Harpa Concert Hall/U.S.
Spend the morning at leisure before checkout. Before noon, your smarTours guide will take you on a short stroll to Harpa Concert Hall for a tour. Built in 2011, this unique building truly dazzles with its façade of multifaceted glass. We’ll then depart to the airport for the return nonstop flight to the U.S. and the end of your incredible Iceland adventure. B
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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Note: Northern Lights sightings cannot be guaranteed, and the scheduled excursion from Reykjavik might be rescheduled locally due to weather conditions in order to maximize the chances of seeing the Northern Lights. You will also have an excellent opportunity in the remote Vik area in the countryside of South Iceland to see them!
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499.
BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE:
Add $2495 from JFK (note: upgrade on request)
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Optional tours help make your visit to Iceland even more memorable. Please note that not all tours will be available on all departure dates. Pay in cash (USD or local). You may also pay with credit card, which may result in service charges. All rates are approximate and subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and supplier rates. Optional tours are nonrefundable.
Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion
- From approx. $190 Per Person, 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.
Take a Walk on the Ice Side
- From approx. $240 Per Person, transfers included
Experience Icelandic nature on a glacier walk at Solheimajokull glacier. On the two-hour drive from Reykjavik, you’ll pass under the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Just east of the volcano lies Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier from Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier, where you’ll take a safe, easy walk up onto the ice field. As we explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses, you will learn more about these disappearing giants. Our experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment necessary for this tour. On the way…
Lava Tube Caving
- From approx. $115 Per Person, transfers included
Explore the hidden underground system of lava caves on this guided tour. Equipped with lights and caving gear, you’ll enjoy the display of colors, shapes and textures, while the guide tells stories of trolls, elves and outlaws. Untouched for thousands of years, lava tube caves are underfoot in the vast ancient lava fields that cover much of Iceland. This tour is a rare combination of adventure and serenity, all in an otherworldly place!
Located in the main square, this hotel features comfortable rooms with free WiFi and a top-floor bar/restaurant commanding city and harbor views.
Aðalstræti 4 – 101, Reykjavik, Iceland
A five-minute walk from Reykjavik’s main shopping street, this recently refurbished hotel offers free WiFi, daily happy hour and a lounge/game room.
Mjoelnisholti 12-14, Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Myrargata 2, 101 Reykjavík
Countryside hotel set amidst mountains, black-sand beach and the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Access to relaxing outdoor geothermal hot tub.
Höfðabrekku, 871, Vik, Iceland
Icelandair Hotel Vik
Klettsvegi 1-5, 870 Vík
NOTE ON ICELAND’S TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE
Iceland is one of the most spectacular destinations on earth, yet the tourism infrastructure remains underdeveloped relative to other European destinations and typical American standards. In particular, the hotels in Iceland are much more basic in their amenities and typically have smaller rooms. That said, smarTours has planned an exciting, breathtaking trip to Iceland with clean, comfortable and centrally located hotels to help you enjoy your stay!
Flights are on Icelandair on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Icelandair does not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start with your independent check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after the guided tour of the Harpa Concert Hall on Day 7 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. If you wish to join the welcome breakfast and orientation briefing followed by a panoramic Reykjavik city tour, we recommend that you make your own arrangements to arrive at the Restaurant Vitinn (address: Vitatorg 7, 245 Sandgeroi, tel: (+354 423 7755) by 7:45 am on Day 2.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
During the winter months, temperatures range from the mid-20s to the mid-30s. In the spring and fall, expect temperatures from 30-50 degrees. Daylight hours vary greatly depending on the time of year, with 9-13 hours of daylight in September, October and March, and 4-7 hours of daylight November through February.
Your smarTours guide will be happy to offer suggestions for restaurants for non-included meals. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a restaurant is about $40-$80 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and most stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (some markets may accept U.S. Dollars). Your hotels will also be able to exchange cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.