Explore the best of Iceland's natural beauty
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Group Size: Avg 25
Trip code: CTIC
Duration: 6 days
Explore the land of fire and ice on this amazing group tour of Iceland’s unique natural beauty. From explosive geysers and thundering waterfalls to vast glaciers, black sand beaches and the Northern Lights, it’s a landscape like no other. Start in colourful, quirky Reykjavik, before exploring the wonders of the world famous Golden Circle. We’ve got rooftop hot tubs, gourmet Icelandic experiences and visits to Game of Thrones filming locations on the menu. You’ll need to pinch yourself to check you’re not dreaming.
- Explore the Golden Circle including the epic Thingvellir National Park and Game of Thrones filming locations
- See Strokkir geyser erupt with impressive geo-thermal force in the fields of Geysir
- Uncover the magic of Vatnajökull – the largest glacier in Europe
- Discover the black sands and unique rock formations of Reynisfjara beach
- Keep your eyes on the skies come nightfall –the Northern Lights will blow your mind!
- Tuck into an Icelandic feast in Reykjavik, ahead of some of the best nightlife in the Northern Hemisphere
Day 1: Reykjavik. Velkommin to Iceland! Your first stop is the colourful capital where we’ll kick things off with a lip-smacking 3-course Icelandic feast. Get to know your travel buddies over dinner, before discovering Reykjavik’s legendary nightlife together!
Day 2: The Golden Circle. Our first stop is Thingvellir National Park, spectacular filming location for Game of Thrones. Then we’ve got a ‘farm to table’ presentation at Efstidalur, before the awe-inspiring geo-thermal fields of Geysir – wow! Spend the evening relaxing in the rooftop hot tub at Midgard Base Camp.
Day 3: Waterfalls & Reynisfjara beach. Our first slice of Icelandic magic today is the thundering majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Soak up the spectacular views before heading to Reynisfjara beach. Wander down the black sands, check out the crazy rock formations, and remind yourself that you’re not in a fairy-tale! Our home tonight is Skaftafell nature reserve.
Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park. We’ve got ice on the brain today as we head to Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe . Discover the caves and crevasses of Svinafellsjökull (an impressive glacial outlet) or take an optional glacier hike for even more frozen magic. Last stop today is the dinky seaside village of Vik.
Day 5: Reykjanes Peninsula & Reykjavik. Head towards the Reykjanes Peninsula for vast lava fields and volcanoes, then take a soak in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon (optional). This evening, we’re back in Reykjavik for a modern Icelandic dinner by the harbour followed by a last shot at Reykjavik’s wild nightspots!
Day 6: Trip end. Pack your bags and say your goodbyes. It’s time to travel home with a head filled with glaciers, geysers and folk-tales. Iceland, you’ve been amazing!
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Arrive into Reykjavik on day 1. The welcome meeting takes place at 4pm, so we recommend you arrive in the morning.
The trip ends back in Reykjavik on day 6. You can depart at any time.
Airport transfers are not included, however public shuttle bus transport from the airport is easily arranged. Please contact us for more information
We have selected some unique places for you to stay during your trip. 5 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip, and you will be staying in single-sex quad share rooms.
Below are some examples of the hotels that you may stay in on this trip:
- Kex Hostel, Reykjavik
- Midgard Base Camp Hostel, Hvolsvollur
- Fosshotel Nupar, Skaftafell
- Hotel Katla Vik, Vik
A limited number of twin room upgrades are available at extra cost. Please contact a travel advisor to check availability.
5 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals yourself. Iceland’s food scene is having a bit of a moment, with dishes inspired by the ingredients the locals find around them (think free-range lamb, berries, seafood and wild herbs) so it’s a great place for culinary exploration. Reykjavik in particular, is right up there as a foodie destination.
The minimum age to join trip is 18. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area (including Iceland) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your departure.
All visa, passport and entry requirements are subject to change so we recommend travellers check the most up to date information with the relevant embassies before travel.
Please note, this trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.