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Iceland Trip Details

Introduction

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 place 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, watch for Northern Lights and stay at a cozy guesthouse.

Duration: 5 days / 4nights

Start: Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
To ensure included transportation, plan to arrive Day 1 by 7:00 AM

Finish: Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
To ensure included transportation, plan to depart Day 5 after 3:00 PM

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

What's Included

-5 day / 4 night in twin/multishare room in a guesthouse
-5 Breakfasts and 4 dinners included
-Pickup and drop-off at Keflavik (KEF) Airport
-Glacier walk with mountain guides
-Ferry to Vestmann Islands (Midnight Sun trips)
-Lava Centre (Northern Light trips)
-Hot pools & rye bread experience
-Under30Experiences Icelandic trip leaders

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

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
-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 over here!

You will need water proof pants, a water proof 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 go to 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 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

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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 are enjoyed at the guesthouse where we'll be staying.

-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.

-Sample Dinner Menu:

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

Breakfasts and dinners can be modified to accommodate dietary restrictions
You’ll find vegetarian & gluten free options in most restaurants
Average price for a meal is $20-30 (all breakfasts & dinners INCLUDED in cost of trip)

Transport

You’ll be traveling on a private minibus throughout your trip

Our bus driver is Icelandic and speaks English fluently. Their role is also to be a tour guide and answer all the questions the travelers might have about Iceland.

There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

Accommodation

You'll be staying in shared rooms in a rustic Icelandic farm or guesthouse

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 hall.

Single travelers joining the trip are paired in with someone of the same gender for the duration of the trip
*Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality

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. 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.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders 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

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 certified organic when possible.

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with youYour 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 US Embassy 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

Please bring a sustainable water bottle to refill from the faucet; the water in Iceland is safe to drink and probably one of the best of the world!  Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and keep Iceland beautiful.

  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 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 innoculations.
  • More specific Health information for Travelers to Iceland can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).
  • Basically everywhere we go accepts credit card, so let your bank or credit card company know that you’ll be traveling overseas.
  • Card is the preferred method of payment, but it is recommended to have some cash on hand in the local currency for emergencies, or in case a machine is down. $200 (~ISK 20.000) should suffice.
  • ATMs are available in most towns and you can exchange money at the airport.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov.

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.

The average temperatures in March & April range from highs of 38-40°F to lows of 28-30°F.

The average temperatures in May, June, & July range from highs of 51-55°F to lows of 43-47°F.

The average temperatures in September, October, & November range from highs of 50-54°F to lows of 30-43°F.

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.

cultural information

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

Optional Activities

We suggest bringing about $200 USD (~ISK 20,000) for optional activities, lunches, and other personal expenses.

Blue Lagoon - $60 USD - $300 USD per person

If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon on the last day (Day 5), we strongly recommend you to book your ticket weeks in advance to make sure to have a spot. You would need to book your ticket after 1:00PM on Day 5.

You can book your ticket online: http://bluelagoon.com.

Horseback Riding - $85 per person

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 in your budget.

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 with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Accommodations and resources for Iceland if you are arriving early or staying longer:

Hotels & hostels in Reykjavik

Hotels/Hostels near Keflavik Airport

Activities to do while in Iceland

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Iceland

Still need to book your flight?

Check out this article on Travel Hacking

Read our Ultimate Guide to Traveling Abroad

Don’t know what to pack? Check out The Ultimate Packing List for Iceland

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