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Iceland Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Iceland!

Explore an island in the middle of the North Atlantic known for 24 hours of daylight all summer, spectacular Northern Lights in the fall, and amazing landscapes all year long.

Home to more horses than people, and the country where Game of Thrones was filmed, Iceland is packed with waterfalls, glaciers, rainbows – and sometimes looks like the surface of the moon.

You'll travel with experienced local guides, explore volcanos and glaciers, while staying in a cozy guesthouse.

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Start: Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) -- Keflavík, Iceland
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 7:00 am on Day 1.

Finish: Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) -- Keflavík, Iceland
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 3:00 pm on Day 5.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 5 days / 4 nights in shared accommodations in an Icelandic guesthouse
  • 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Walking Tour of Reykjavik
  • Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall + a secret waterfall
  • Ferry to Vestmann Islands & Eldfell Volcano hike (Midnight Sun trips)
  • Lava Centre Experience & Reynisfjara Beach (Northern Light trips)
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park
  • Relax in Lake Laugarvatn
  • Rye bread baking experience
  • Experience Gullfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
  • Hike Skógafoss Waterfall & River
  • Glacier walk with mountain guides
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Icelandic Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Attendees are responsible for international airfare to and from Iceland.

Highlights

  • Explore stunning volcanic islands and hike a volcano
  • Stay at a rustic Icelandic guesthouse and enjoy delicious meals
  • See the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in 2010
  • Hike a glacier like a Viking
  • Relax in hot pools and learn how to bake bread in hot springs
  • See some of Iceland's magnificent waterfalls
  • A chance to see the Northern Lights (only in the Fall & Winter)
  • Learn Icelandic words from the locals

Is this Trip for You?

Ever wanted to experience all four seasons, a volcano, a glacier, AND a bunch of waterfalls all in one day? Then get yourself to Iceland!

You will need waterproof pants, a waterproof jacket, and waterproof hiking boots. It will not be the most fashion forward outfit you’ve ever worn... But staying dry as you walk behind waterfalls and experience some of the greatest rainbows of all time will be SO worth it!

Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip but this will be the great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and get to know your new friends.

Iceland is an expensive destination but your Trip Leader will give you advice on how to save money and can stop at the most affordable supermarkets. 

Since we are staying in a remote area, the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse. You will have the opportunity to stock up on snacks at local grocery stores throughout the trip.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and are neither guaranteed nor 100% predictable. Our accommodations are in the countryside of Iceland away from city lights, thus increasing the chances that we'll see the lights on any night of our fall or winter trips.

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 20 max, average 15
-Physical Activity: Moderate. There are a few hikes throughout the trip as we explore the rugged Icelandic landscapes

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed at the Icelandic guesthouse where you'll be staying. The restaurant where you'll enjoy most of your meals has a zero-waste policy and the food is locally produced.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  •  Hard-boiled eggs, cold cuts, cheese, toast, jam, pastries, cereal, skyr (Icelandic yogurt), fruit, coffee, tea, orange juice, apple juice.

Lunch will be enjoyed at local restaurants recommended by your Trip Leader. The average price for a meal is in Iceland is USD $20-30.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Lamb, beef, fish (cod/salmon), lasagna, potatoes, rice.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You’ll be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation throughout your trip. There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private transportation to and from the airport (Included)
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel (Included)
  • Private transportation to and from all included activities (Included)

Our bus driver is Icelandic and speaks English fluently. He/she is also to be a tour guide and will be happy to answer all the questions you may have about Iceland.

Accommodation

You'll be staying in shared rooms in a rustic Icelandic farm or guesthouse for the duration of your trip.

Please be aware that many guesthouses in Iceland often offer shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities. Rooms in Iceland can be small but they are cozy. There may be a short walk from your room to the dining area.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or 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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 
We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders. Your Trip Leader in Iceland will be an Icelandic local who will deliver an authentic and unique experience.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to refill from the faucet; the water in Iceland is safe to drink and some of the best of the world!  Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and keep Iceland beautiful.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.

We recommend using a travel 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 the bus, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Helpful Packing Posts

Ultimate Packing Guide for Iceland 

What to Wear When Traveling to Iceland

Essential Guide to Packing like a Pro

Essential items:

You will need prepare for sun, rain, wind, and snow regardless of the season you travel. Be sure to pack waterproof gear!

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Iceland is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Iceland beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into Iceland however the CDC recommends routine inoculations.

More specific Health information for Travelers to Iceland can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing USD $200 in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Credit cards are the preferred method of payment, but we recommend having some cash on hand in the local currency for emergencies, or in case a machine is down. ATMs are available in most towns and you can exchange money at the airport.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas since most of Iceland will accept credit cards.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100 USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. You will probably experience rain, wind and cold temperatures and should pack accordingly. Please reference our 'Ultimate Packing List for Iceland’ for what to pack and what to wear in Iceland.

Iceland is known for its weather that changes very quickly. Please make sure you have clothes you can layer. For more specific weather information about Iceland during our travel dates, be sure to check out Wunderground for more detailed and up to date information.

Midnight Sun months of May - August

  • Average highs of 51-55°F
  • Average lows of 43-47°F

Northern Lights months of September - November

  • Average highs of 50-54°F 
  • Average lows of 30-43°F

cultural information

Iceland is one of the most sustainable countries of the world using renewable energy and preserving the environment.

Iceland is a highly modern and progressive society for gender equality and LGBT rights.

It ranks first for the most gender equal country in the world. Iceland was also the first country of the world to directly elect a female President in 1980!

Some Icelanders also believe in elves, trolls and fairies.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Halló
  • Thank you -- Takk
  • Cheers -- Skál
  • “Everything will work itself out” -- þetta reddast (Iceland’s Motto)

Optional Activities

The activities below will be paid in Icelandic Krona. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

  • Blue Lagoon: $60-$300 USD
    If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day, we strongly recommend you to book your ticket weeks in advance to make sure to have a spot. You would need to book after 12:00PM on Day 5. You can book your ticket online here.You’re responsible for your transportation back to the airport or Reykjavik.
  • Horseback Riding: $85 USD
    Ever wanted to ride an Icelandic horse for an hour and a half through the majestic countryside? Well there will be an opportunity to do just that on your trip. If that’s something you’re interested in, be sure to talk to your Trip Leader about it, and include an extra $85 USD in your budget.
  • Volcano Museum on the Vestmannaeyjar Islands (Midnight Sun Only): $23 USD

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip without a refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

For activity recommendations check out our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Iceland.

Accommodation recommendations in Reykjavik

Accommodations near Keflavik Airport

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