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, & 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. It basically looks like the surface of the moon.
You'll travel with experienced local guides, explore volcanos & 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.
Attendees are responsible for international airfare to and from Iceland.
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: 18 max, average 14
-Physical Activity: Moderate. There are a few hikes throughout the trip as we explore the rugged Icelandic landscapes
Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.
Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom Facebook Group and connect with others members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a country after their trip.
During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.
After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our larger online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours, to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.
More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.
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.
Breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed at the Icelandic guesthouse where you'll be staying. The restaurant has a zero-waste policy and the food is locally produced, sometimes even on the premises.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
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:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
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 your itinerary.
Our bus driver is Icelandic and speaks English fluently. He/she is also to be your Trip Leader and will be happy to answer all the questions you may have about Iceland.
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 is mandatory in order to participate in 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 $200,000 USD 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.
We recommend using either Wanderwell or World Nomads to purchase your policy. The Wanderwell “Preferred Plan” or the World Nomads “Explorer Plan” will cover all included activities on U30X trips. Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, thoughtfully selected by Under30Experiences.
If you have travel insurance with your credit card we require proof of purchase of the trip in the form of a receipt or credit card statement on a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
With the increased concern surrounding the spread of the coronavirus we've implemented a temporary cancellation policy that you can reference on our FAQs.
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.
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 time 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 country, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.
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.
You will need to prepare for sun, rain, wind, and maybe even 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.
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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.
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.
We suggest bringing $200 USD (~ISK24.600) 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 XE currency exchange app.
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.
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.
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
Northern Lights months of September-November
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.
Tipping isn’t expected in Iceland as many bills have the gratuity or service charge included. While tipping is not customary, it is certainly appreciated especially when you have received great service. Be sure to tip in the local currency (Icelandic Krona) to ensure the recipient does not have to pay additional fees when exchanging.
The activities below will be paid in Icelandic Krona. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.
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.
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.
For activity recommendations check out our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Iceland.
Accommodation recommendations in Reykjavik:
Accommodations near Keflavik Airport:
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