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Iceland Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Velkomin til Ísland!

We recommend booking pre-trip accommodations if you'd like to fully immerse yourself in Reykjavik's vibrant atmosphere.

Morning:

  • Arrive at Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) before 7:00 am where your Trip Leader will pick you up and drive you to Reykjavik to enjoy breakfast (45-minute drive).
  • Depart for Thingvellir National Park where you will see where the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian tectonic plate meet. 

Afternoon:

  • Head to Laugarvatn to relax in geothermal pools and enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Laugarvatn from the steam baths.
  • Drive to the South Coast and arrive at your guesthouse, your home base for the week. 

Evening:

  • Enjoy a delicious Icelandic meal at our opening dinner.
  • Get to know your other like-minded travelers and begin to settle into Iceland together.

Day 2

Vestmannaeyjar Islands or Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Vestmannaeyjar Islands -- Midnight Sun trips (May-August)
Morning
  • Wake up in the Icelandic countryside and enjoy your freshly made breakfast.
  • Start the day by visiting Seljalandfoss Waterfall.
  • Your Trip Leader will also show you the “hidden” waterfall right around the corner.
Afternoon
  • Take a ferry off the coast of Iceland and spend the afternoon exploring the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.
  • Hike Eldfell, a volcano that erupted in 1973 and enjoy breathtaking views of the island and the North Atlantic Ocean.
  • Don't want to hike? We suggest visiting the Volcano Museum of Eldheimar!
Evening
  • Have a delicious homemade dinner at your guesthouse.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach -- Northern Lights trips (September-November)
Morning
  • Wake up in the Icelandic countryside and enjoy your freshly made breakfast.
  • Stop at the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
  • Drive along the South coast and stop at Dyrhólaey, the southernmost point in mainland Iceland.
  • Stop at the famous black sand beach in Reynisfjara to see basalt columns and lava caves.
Afternoon
  • Have lunch in the town of Vik.
  • You will have the option to ride Icelandic horses in the local area. Not your thing? Hike the surreal landscapes instead.
  • Watch the sunset from the famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach while you and your new friends check out the basalt columns and lava caves.  
Evening
  • Return to the hotel for another home cooked dinner.
  • Cross your fingers for a clear night and hope to catch a glimpse the Northern Lights with your new friends.

Day 3

Adventure Day in Thorsmork

Morning
  • Enjoy another Icelandic breakfast before starting a full day of adventure. 
  • Hop on a super Jeep with your Trip Leader who will drive you to the Valley of Thor. 
  • The Valley of Thor or "Thorsmork" is one of the most popular hiking places in Iceland. You will experience volcanic terrain, glaciers, icecaps and unbridged rivers! 
Afternoon 
  • After a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon exploring Thorsmork and hiking in this beautiful valley with your Trip Leader.

Evening 

  • Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner with your group.
  • Enjoy some local Icelandic drinks while looking up at the picture perfect nightsky.

Day 4

Skógafoss & Glacier Walk

Morning
  • A homemade breakfast will be served at your guesthouse.
  • Visit Skógafoss, a beautiful waterfall connected to the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier.
  • Climb the steps that will take you to the top of the waterfall and go for an optional hike.
Afternoon
  • Refuel at a local restaurant with your group before your next adventure.
  • Drive over to Sólheimajökull glacier where you'll meet your mountain guides and hike onto the face of the glacier.
  • Learn about glaciers and the work that local Icelanders are taking to preserve nature.
Evening
  • Take part in a tree planting project led by a local Icelandic farm. The goal of this project is to lower our carbon footprint and reforest Iceland. You will have the unique opportunity to personally plant trees.
    Please note that this project is only available from May-September and will depend on weather conditions.
  • Enjoy your last night in Iceland with your new friends and a delicious final dinner at your guesthouse.

Day 5

Departure

Morning
  • Say goodbye to your guesthouse and take included transportation to Reykjavik (~1.5-hour drive).
  • You will have time to have lunch and explore the capital for a couple hours.
    Suggestions: Hallgrímskirkja Church, National Museum of Iceland, the Settlement Exhibition...etc.

Afternoon

  • Take included transportation to Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF).
  • If you're flying home today please be sure your flight departs after 3:00 pm.
  • If you wish to go to the Blue Lagoon, please book your ticket online as soon as possible. Pre-booking is required. Transportation to Blue Lagoon is not included on your trip but you can easily get there by taking the Blue Lagoon shuttle from Reykjavik BSI Station. Make sure your booking is for after 12:00PM on Day 5.

Day 6

Day 7

Morning

  • After breakfast in Wanaka, say goodbye to the wonderful little mountain town as you continue your journey toward Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
  • On the way, stop at the famous Cardrona hotel and the quirky Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by these historic New Zealand treasures and gold rush icons.

Afternoon

  • Grab lunch in Arrowtown and discover the little gems that this town has to offer.
  • Visit Kawarau Bridge where the bravest in your group can take a leap off the World's First Bungee Jump.

Evening

  • Arrive in Queenstown in the evening and check into your accommodations located just steps from the city center.
  • Take in the sights and sounds of Queenstown before having an included group dinner at one of the most delicious restaurants in town.

Day 8

Morning

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast steps away from your hotel at a local cafe.
  • Depart for a guided mountain bike adventure taking you from Queenstown city center, through the Queenstown gardens, and around Lake Wakatipu, before ending at beautiful Jack’s Point.
  • This a laid-back bike ride on a mostly flat trail. The bikes also come with an electronic pedal assist option to get up those pesky hills even quicker. It's accessible for anyone who is up to the challenge!
  • Soak in the views from your mountain bike as you stand beneath the jaw-dropping Remarkables Mountain Range and learn about the European and Maori cultural influence of the area from your local guide.

Afternoon

  • Arrive back in Queenstown in the afternoon and take advantage of the rest of the day.
  • Take a leap of faith off a bridge, go skydiving, or take an exhilarating jet-boat ride through Skippers Canyon.
  • If you prefer less adrenaline in the afternoon, hike Bob’s Peak or play a game at Frisbee Park.

Evening

  • After a full day of adventure, enjoy a final included dinner with your group where you can humbly brag about your day's adventure.
  • Reflect about your time in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
  • After dinner, enjoy Queenstown’s famed nightlife for a last night out with your Under30Experiences family.

Day 9

Morning

  • Have a final breakfast with your group before you fly back home. Don't forget to grab a few souvenirs to remember this incredible adventure.
    For those staying later, we recommend taking an iconic day trip to Milford Sound where you’ll have a very early morning departure before making your way into the Fiordland National Park
  • Airport transfers are included for your flight departing at anytime today.
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