Women-Only: Spirit of Iceland with Northern Lights

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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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight flight on Icelandair
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • 1 night in Vik (South Iceland)
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • Return flight on Icelandair

Tour
Highlights

  • Opportunities To See Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*
  • Reykjavik City Sightseeing
  • Black-Sand Beaches (Vik)
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls (Near Vik)
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • 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

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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.

Tour Itinerary

Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.

Map

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. Note: If the Harpa Museum is not available for guided tours, the group…

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. *Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in…

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…

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.

| Breakfast

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…

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…

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/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. Note: If the Harpa Museum is not available for guided tours, the group…

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

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.

2022 Tours Tour Only With Flights  
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November 3
Wednesday
November 9
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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, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

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 

  • Reykjavik
  • 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.

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