From: March 18 to March 22, 2018

Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Northern Lights and Natural Beauty of Iceland - FULL

    The Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) is one of the most unforgettable of natural phenomena. While a sighting is never guaranteed anywhere, Iceland in March is one of the best places to see the shimmering curtains of light. But our five days will pack in much more than just looking for Northern Flights: we'll tour Reykjavik, walk on a glacier, ride an Icelandic pony, feast on Icelandic specialties, and see evidence of Iceland's geothermal activity in all its many forms, from geysers to volcanoes. We'll hope to see the Northern Lights but even if we don't, we'll come away with a deep appreciation of this most magical of countries.

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  • Day 1, March 18:
    Note: You will need to leave the evening of March 17 to arrive in Reykjavik on March 18. If you can afford the time, we highly recommend coming a day early so that you have time to adjust to the time zone and adequate time in Reykjavik. We'll be happy to make reservations for you for a pretrip night and getting into town from the airport is extremely simple. There is more than enough to see in Reykajvik to keep you occupied. Wednesday, March 18: We'll be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland and the world's most northerly capital. On the way to our hotel we'll have a driving tour of the city so we can get oriented and stop for a sumptuous buffet breakfast with a variety of Icelandic foods. We may not be able to check in until later but we'll be able to stow our luggage. We're leaving the rest of the day free to relax or explore on your own. There are numerous shops, museums, and galleries nearby and popular sights such as the "Pearl", Hallgrimskirkja Church, the harbor and the famous 101 Reykjavik neighborhood, including the Parliament and the Cathedral. Your guide will have an informal tour planned and you are welcome to join her or meet up later for dinner, or to strike out on your own. B

    Day 2, March 19:
    After enjoying an extensive buffet breakfast, our guide will pick us up for what promises to be the start of four very full days. Today's tour is commonly known as the Golden Circle, one of the most popular tours in Iceland. And no wonder! It showcases Iceland's dramatic scenery, human history, and geothermal activity. We begin with a drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland's Parliament between the years 930 and 1798. Thingvellir is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. We will spend about 1 - 2 hours walking and viewing in the Thingvellir area. Next we visit the Geysir hot springs, known for bubbling hot springs and spouting geysers. We'll gaze in awe at Strokkur, the most active geyser of the area, spouting up to 75 - 100 feet. We'll also enjoy a buffet lunch with hot and cold Icelandic specialties. Then it's on to Gullfoss waterfalls, one of Iceland's most dramatic waterfalls where the Hvita River plunges steeply down into a deep, meandering gorge. From Gullfoss a drive through classic Icelandic farmland brings us to Hotel Fljotshlid on the farm Smaratun where we will stay for two nights. This family-run farm and hotel Smaratun is located in the beautiful Fljotshlid area with views of Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The people who run the farm are wonderful AND they have an amazing cook. The farm, with no light pollution around, is a great location to look for those famous Northern Lights! At some point during our stay at Smaratun we will visit a neighboring farm to meet and ride the beautiful and friendly Icelandic horses. The sturdy and sure-footed Icelandic breed is the original Viking horse and is famous for its fifth gait, the smooth tolt. B, L, D

    Day 3, March 29:
    Today we'll explore Iceland's South Shore. After a hearty breakfast with homemade bread and other wonderful selections, we start our adventure along the south coast of Iceland. First we stop at the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Then it's on to Solheimajokull glacier, where we'll go on a glacier hike. Equipped with crampons and other glacier gear, a professional glacier guide will teach us how to walk safely in the crampons and then lead us in an exploration of the amazing world of the glacier. We'll refuel with a hearty lunch in the small village of Vik, and then have time for a visit a woolen goods store and the black-sanded beach. On the way back to Smaratun, we'll stop at Skogafoss waterfall and Dyrholaey promontory. Another delicious dinner, comfy bed, and - maybe - the Northern Lights, ends our day. B, L, D

    Day 4, March 21:
    Today our mountain bus (a 4x4 bus with large tires) picks us up in the morning for a daylong journey into the Thorsmork Wilderness Area. Packing a picnic lunch we head into this dramatic wilderness area on the north side of Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010. Getting there is half the fun! Our mountain bus will need to cross a series of unbridged streams and rivers - in March some of them will be filled with ice - before reaching its destination: run-off glacier Gigjokull. It is here that the effects of the massive eruption of 2010 are most clearly visible: hills covered with ash, flood debris scattered across the valley floor, steam rising from tunnels in ice dozens of meters thick. We'll take a short hike across an otherworldly landscape leading to the site where floodwaters gushed out from under the glacier during the eruption. Later in the day, and depending on conditions, we'll either hike to one of many view-points in the area or explore one of the countless gullies and ravines that dissect the north face of the volcano. Before returning to Reykjavik, we will stop in Stokkseyri fishing village and have a delicious langostine lobster dinner at the renowned Fjorubordid restaurant located by the ocean. Yum! We will return to the Hotel Marina and Reykjavik for our last evening. B, L, D

    Day 5, March 22: 
    But wait, there's more! On our way back to the airport for an afternoon/evening flight home, we'll stop at the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland's most well known destinations. But we'll do more than look! We'll soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the fresh air while relaxing in the warm geothermal seawater. What a fitting way to end our Iceland journey! We'll return to the airport in time for our afternoon flights. And if we haven't seen the Northern Lights? We'll just have to come back for another try. B,
  • $2885 for double occupancy (see this page for travel discounts). $400 deposit. There are a total of 3 single supplements available at an additional cost of $390 You can read our cancellation policies here.

    Trip Includes

    • One English-speaking Icelandic guide and one Adventures in Good Company leader
    • Four nights double occupancy accommodation
    • All breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
    • Airport transfers within Iceland as indicated in the itinerary
    • Private vehicle and driver
    • One hour ride on an Icelandic pony
    • Glacier hike with crampons
    • Admission to the Blue Lagoon

    Not included: Airfare to/from Iceland, alcoholic beverages, 1 dinner and 1 lunch, guide and driver gratuities

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    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Exploring Iceland's stunning landscape, including seeing the scars of the 2010 volcano
  • Visiting bubbling mud baths and spouting geysers in one of the most geothermally active areas in the world
  • Riding an Icelandic horse and learning why they are so popular
  • Experiencing walking on a glacier as we learn how they are made
  • Looking for the Northern Lights

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