A Taste of Iceland: City Sights, Nature Tours & Nightlife with Ria

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Ria

Hello, I’m Ria! I’m an avid traveler with a huge appetite for wandering off the beaten track and getting lost in the wild. I love hiking and adventure, but I also love exploring big cities and absorbing the history and culture of a place. I’ve always wanted to see Iceland and discover its waterfalls and glaciers, so I've created this itinerary to travel with like-minded individuals who are just as keen to make the journey and get exploring!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 18 – 22, 2022

Activity Level

Strenuous

Group Size

6 – 9

Transportation

Van

Tour Price

USD 549
/ person
USD 199 deposit only
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Age range

22 – 30

Travel interest

Hiking, adventure, nature, off-the-beaten-path places, culture & history

Your Local Guide

GJ Travel are true experts in their field. Having pioneered Iceland’s tourist industry in the 1930s, their founder Guðmundur shared his knowledge of the country’s landscape with both NASA and Sir Edmund Hillary. Today, their guides’ skills and experience remain second to none, and their knowledge of the wilderness is unrivalled. Every trip you’ll take with GJ Travel is a thrill from beginning to end — providing a premium service is in their DNA and their love for Iceland at the forefront of everything they do.

Iceland>A Taste of Iceland: City Sights, Nature Tours & Nightlife with Ria

Iceland’s lands of ice and fire are like nowhere else on Earth. With glaciers, mountains, lava fields and hot springs, the country offers a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. Here you’ll combine city, culture and a thriving nightlife with volcanic beaches, waterfalls and a trek to the top of a glacier. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the capital city of Reykjavik, live like the locals and partake in a host of other activities. Whether you like to party or go on adventures, Iceland has it all covered! The majestic landscape is full of mystery and the ever-changing scenery has to be seen to be believed. Choose Iceland for an unforgettable adventure and an experience to last a lifetime.

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Ria

Hello, I’m Ria! I’m an avid traveler with a huge appetite for wandering off the beaten track and getting lost in the wild. I love hiking and adventure, but I also love exploring big cities and absorbing the history and culture of a place. I’ve always wanted to see Iceland and discover its waterfalls and glaciers, so I've created this itinerary to travel with like-minded individuals who are just as keen to make the journey and get exploring!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 18 – 22, 2022

Activity Level

Strenuous

Group Size

6 – 9

Transportation

Van

Iceland>A Taste of Iceland: City Sights, Nature Tours & Nightlife with Ria

Iceland’s lands of ice and fire are like nowhere else on Earth. With glaciers, mountains, lava fields and hot springs, the country offers a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. Here you’ll combine city, culture and a thriving nightlife with volcanic beaches, waterfalls and a trek to the top of a glacier. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the capital city of Reykjavik, live like the locals and partake in a host of other activities. Whether you like to party or go on adventures, Iceland has it all covered! The majestic landscape is full of mystery and the ever-changing scenery has to be seen to be believed. Choose Iceland for an unforgettable adventure and an experience to last a lifetime.

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Reykjavik
  • Arrive in Keflavik
  • Transfer to Reykjavik
  • Check-in at Kex Hostel (or similar according to availability)
  • Relax and unwind
  • Welcome dinner
  • Pub crawl
  • Overnight stay in dorm rooms
  • Day 2 · Reykjavik
  • Breakfast
  • Free day for optional activities
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Overnight stay in dorm rooms
  • Day 3 · South Coast
  • Breakfast
  • South Coast glacier hike (non-private tour)
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Overnight stay in dorm rooms
  • Day 4 · Reykjavik
  • Breakfast
  • Free day for optional activities
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Magic Ice Bar
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Overnight stay in dorm rooms
  • Day 5 · Departure
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to Keflavik Airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Iceland, the land of ice and fire!

We’re thrilled to welcome you to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city. Once you’ve landed in Keflavik Airport, you’re just a 45 minute journey away. Hop on you arrival transfer (non-private), which will take you straight to your accommodation. Kex Hostel is situated in the center of Reykjavik, with a gorgeous view across the sea to Mount Esja, and a short walk to bars, restaurants and places of interest. Relax and unwind, go explore the city for yourself, or chat to our guides and start planning your agenda for day 2! We’ll get together for a welcome dinner. After, partake in the famous Reykjavik Pub Crawl in the evening! A perfect way start to your time in the city!

Day 2

Free day for exploring, adventures and fun

Take in the city’s sculptures, visit the harbour or sip on some lip-smacking hot chocolate and just soak up the vibe. Those wanting to explore further might consider a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon — Iceland’s most famous hot spring, situated in the middle of a lava field. Ease yourself into the hot water and rejuvenate your mind and body in a matter of minutes. For something completely different, why not take a lava field tour on horseback and get to know Iceland’s special horses? Reykjavik also has a thriving nightlife scene and you’ll find much to eat, drink and observe simply by going for a wander. Of course, you may even get the rare chance to catch the exquisite Northern Lights for yourself if the conditions are just right! Don't forget to cram some sleep in — it’s a big day tomorrow...

Day 3

Full-day South Coast trek and Sólheimajökull Glacier climb

After breakfast, it’s time to get acquainted with Iceland’s breathtaking South Coast! A full-day tour lasting approximately 11 hours, we’ll set off early and visit the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Look out for the basalt sea stacks, caves and lava formations, as the Atlantic Sea crashes against the shore. Next we’ll visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall — it’s even possible to walk behind the water and into a small cave to gain a truly unique viewpoint. Move onto the equally dramatic Skogafoss Waterfall. At 60m high, it’s one of Iceland’s biggest and best, and a wonderful place to catch rainbows! Then stretch out those legs and prepare for the heights — it’s time to trek up the Sólheimajökull Glacier. This ever-changing mountain is a glacier tongue of the larger Mýrdalsjökull. The climb will reward your efforts with jaw-dropping alpine scenes throughout. Look out for Katla Volcano, hiding silently below the ice cap. After a day of exploration and mountaineering, return to Reykjavik and take in some much-needed rest and relaxation. Note: This is a non-private day tour.

Day 4

Set yourself free in Iceland’s capital city

After sleeping off yesterday’s exertions, take breakfast and prepare to spend the day as you please. A must-see is Reykjavik’s Magic Ice Bar. An art gallery with a difference, every sculpture you see is carved from ice, even the glasses at the bar! Don’t be afraid of the sub-zero temperatures you’ll find inside — all visitors are given a thick winter poncho and gloves on entry, so you can enjoy the experience with a toasty glow. If your legs are still working after yesterday, consider another trek to the erupting Fagradalsfjall Volcano, combined with the world-famous Blue Lagoon — where else can you experience flowing lava combined with a dip in a natural hot spring?

Day 5

Farewell to the land of ice and fire!

After an overnight stay in Reykjavik, arrange your transfer back to Keflavik. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in our unique country and come back to visit us again soon.

Accommodation

  • Kex Hostel Reykjavik (or similar according to availability)

    The cozy and super-cool Kex Hostel was once a biscuit factory — and they’ve respected this tradition by naming themselves after the Icelandic word for biscuit. You’ll find a brand-new pop-up bar and restaurant, with a scrumptious pizza menu and superb selection of beers. In the basement, they even have an onsite barber, so if you’re feeling a little hirsute, you can get a hair or beard trim without even leaving the building. Book lovers will enjoy the bar’s library, containing everything from biographies to poetry, Icelandic sagas and guidebooks. If you need further inspiration, you’ll find tour experts at the hostel to help you plan your adventures. The hostel provides secure luggage storage, 24-hour access, in-room lockers and free WiFi throughout. Room type: Multiple occupancy.

Included

  • 4 nights in Kex Hostel Reykjavik (or similar)
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • Pub crawl
  • South Coast day tour with glacier hike (non-private tour; all equipment provided)
  • Entrance to Magic Ice Bar (includes free welcome drink)
  • Bilingual guides during activities
  • Non-private transfers between activities/accommodation/airport
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome dinner (day 1)
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 549
Per person