Iceland Getaway Independent Adventure
If you’re looking for an extra-special long weekend, then there’s no cooler getaway than Iceland (pardon the pun). This quick trip packs a ton of activity into just four days, depending on what time of year you choose to go: a Northern Lights excursion in the winter, a glacier hike in the summer, and much more. You get three nights to explore around Reykjavík with a multitude of options for great things to do. Be sure to pack a camera – you’ll be making a lot of memories in a short period of time.
September 15th to April 15th: Super Jeep tour to view Northern Lights. April 16th to September 14th: Guided glacier hike. Assistance while in country to book any other optional activities. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Three nights to explore around Reykjavik as you please, choose the departure date that suits you best.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a natural phenomena and is highly weather dependent. During the winter season, the ability to view the Northern Lights during your trip will be dependent on the appropriate weather/atmospheric conditions.
Group Leader Description
This is an Independent itinerary which is operated on behalf of G Adventures by one of our local agents. This tour is not escorted by a G Adventures leader. All the information given in this itinerary is intended as a guide only. G Adventures or their agent cannot be held responsible for any changes that may occur due to local conditions or circumstances beyond their control including festivals and public holidays that may affect the itinerary.
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where to eat. Given the nature of an Independent-style tour, our G Representative can suggest restaurants during your trip but may not escort you.
Private minivan/bus, walking.
This is an Independent tour, and you will be travelling only with the people you have booked with. If you have booked this tour as a solo traveller, only you will be taking part in the included activities, along with your (our?) G Representative. Anything not included (dinners, optional activities, etc) will be on your own or with your booking companions (if applicable). Please ensure this is the experience you are looking for before purchasing this trip.
Standard hotels (3 nts).
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to your Reykjavik hotel on day 1, please be sure to contact the number on your welcome note to speak to a representative about your included activity on Day 2 and booking other activities for your stay.
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible.
What to Take
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
Dressing in layers is recommended as weather can change dramatically, without notice.
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•Pre-departure information and trip details
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates if required
•Small towel and swim wear
•1 pair hiking pants/track pants
•1 smart outfit for special evenings
•hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes
•Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
•Watch or alarm clock
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Reusable water bottle
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
The currency in Iceland in the Icelandic Krona (ISK).
It is recommended to bring a combination of cash, credit and debit cards.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Tipping in Iceland is not customary. In many cases, a service charge is added to the bill which means that it is not necessary to add a tip. If you wish to express your satisfaction with the service in a bar or restaurant, then a gratuity of 10% or to round up the amount of the bill is perfectly acceptable.
Tipping during the tour program is similarly not expected, but it can be a way to express satisfaction with the persons who have assisted on your tour. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from the equivalent of $3-5 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
At the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.
• Glacier Walking and Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull 21,990 ISK per person
• Golden Circle & Caving (winter only) 19,990 ISK per person
• Golden Circle & Rafting (summer only) 19,990 ISK per person
• Snorkelling and lava caving in Þingvellir National Park 24,990 ISK per person
• Snorkelling at Þingvellir National Park 17,990 ISK per person
• Lava Caving by the Blue Mountains 9,890 ISK per person
• Whale Watching from Reykjavík Harbor 9,900 ISK per person
• Horseback Riding on a Viking Horse 11,400 ISK per person
• South Shore sightseeing with a glacier walk on Sólheimajökull 23,990 ISK per person
• Super Jeep tour to Þórsmörk Valley 35,990 ISK per person
• Super Jeep and snowmobiling tour on Langjökull glacier. 45,990 ISK per person
• Landmannalaugar Super Jeep and Hiking Tour (summer only) 29,990 ISK per person
• Sea kayaking tour on Hvalfjörður (summer only) 26,990 ISK per person
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical Demand rating in this dossier for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on an Independent tour, please note that the G representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while travelling.
People of all ages travel with G Adventures. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our representatives work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the you at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our G representative has the right to terminate the tour if drugs are found in anyone’s possession or if anyone uses prostitutes.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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Weather can change dramatically, even in the summer months. It is best to layer clothing to ensure you are prepared for any extremes.
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G Representative, local guides.
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Day 1 Reykjavík
Meet the G adventures representative at the joining point in town. They can help arrange any optional activities you’re interested in for the next few days at that time.
See “Joining Instructions” for details on how to reach the meeting point.
Day 2 Reykjavík (1B)
Opt to take part in winter activities like lava caving, glacier walking and ice climbing, and a Golden Circle tour during free time.
Northern Lights Tour
Day 3 Reykjavík (1B)
Head out and enjoy this gorgeous area with a full free day.
Day 4 Reykjavík (1B)
If you’d like to stay a little longer, we can offer you post-accommodation to extend your stay in this stunning region.