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.
Looking for a roommate or to connect with other women before your trip? Join our smarTours Women-Only Facebook group! Visit the group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145762302478350/) and click the + Join Group button!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.
- 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.
Max. Group Size: 20 Passengers
- Round-trip, nonstop flight on Icelandair from New York (JFK)** (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- 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.
Depart from the U.S.
Arrive in Reykjavik/Welcome Breakfast/City Tour/Northern Lights Excursion
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.
Reykjavik/Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls/Vik/Northern Lights Experience
Reykjavik/Reykjanes Peninsula/Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik/Harpa Concert Hall/U.S.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
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)
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made 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 $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. 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.
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. $136 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.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours has allocated time for the group to take the COVID-19 test. Due to privacy reasons, the test must be booked by the guest online. Additional information on how to do this and the timing will be provided in the final documents. Full details and requirements can be accessed here.
- Iceland Tour: The test is free of charge.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Iceland)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Iceland)
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.
|2021: Nov. 11
2022: Feb. 10
|2022: Nov. 3||Icelandair||TBA||TBA|
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 Viking World, Vikingabraut 1, 260 Reykjanesbae, Tel. (354) 422 2000 by 8am. If this does not work for you, please make arrangements to the hotel for check-in to meet with the group.
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.
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.