VELKOMIN TO THE ARCTIC…Come and enjoy the amazing highlights of this unique Arctic landscape.
This glamping style trip is a friendly, Community tour open to anyone. We welcome singles, couples, families, senior citizens and people from all backgrounds on our trips and aim to provide you with a trip of a lifetime. This tour enables you see the highlights of the Sudurlands region on a reasonable budget. It offers excellent value and includes £1400 worth of individual day trips if you were to purchase these separately.
Our aim is to have fun, whilst enjoying the incredible sights and experiences Iceland has to offer. Our evenings are spent listening to live music in the staff cabin (anyone can bring their instruments), karaoke, drinking and good fun together in this amazing land. If you prefer a quiet one, then why not simply relax in your jacuzzi and search for the aurora borealis.
In Iceland we only work with farmers, fishermen and locals, supporting local small businesses and cottage industries whilst giving you the chance to experience the real Iceland. We support women in business and our ethos is one of minimising our carbon footprint in Iceland and encouraging sustainable tourism.
This tour incorporates all the highlights of south Iceland.
Wednesday March 28th Collection at Keflavik Airport.
- Supermarket stop
- Bridge over the tectonic plates
- Gunnhaver Geothermal area
- Reykjanes Coast and lighthouse
- Strandakirkja church by the sea
Dinner: Icelandic Immersion
Aperitif: Rhubarb, Blueberry & Crowberry schnapps
- wild smoked trout on geothermal rye bread
- smoked lamb hanjakjott on bilinis with remoulade
- hakkarl stinky shark and brennevin schnapps (alcohol only to the over 20s)
- Blueberry sulta & curried rhubarb chutney on lava angelica crackers
- Hot Mountain lamb soup with vegetables and a local speciality, charcoal black bread
- Wild trout in lime butter marinade
- Roast lamb in red wine and garlic jus
- Cauliflower cheese
- Baked potatoes
- Salad Bar: coleslaw, cabbage salad, green salads
Thursday 29th March Golden Circle Tour
- Thingvellir National Park-visitor center-guided tour (or you can just go for a walk) (2 hours)
- Fontana Spa (2 hours)-relax in the algae baths, hot mineral waters or go for a swim in the warm lake under the mountains
- Geysir Geothermal Area- there is a great souvenir shop, pizzeria, restaurant and icecream bar and fast food place. Outside you need a good hour to visit the geysirs (1.5 hrs)
- Gulfoss waterfall -take in the awesome gorge and waterfall views. Magical. (1.5 hrs)
Dinner: Spanish-Iberico fiesta night
- Portuguese hortalica (V) or sopa alentejana (V) (coriander, garlic, bread and eggs with olive oil)
- Codfish cheeks in olive oil, lemon and arctic thyme.
- Chicken piri piri on the bbq
- Patatas bravas
- Moroccan chickpea chermoula salad
- Vegetable and apricot tagine
- Salad bar: green salad, goats cheese, tomatoes, bean salad
Friday 30th March Heimaey Island
- Herjolfur Ferry to Heimaey, westermann islands. Spend the day exploring the island where you can book horse riding or adventure boat tour if you wish. For families there is the option of going to the local swimming pool which is great for children.
- Hike the hills/mountains or just walk around this lovely place. The Eldheimar museum is worth a visit (payable) and has a puffin bird you can stroke.
- Return to mainland around 5pm
- Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Return to cabins
Each cabin will be given fresh salmon, rice and seasonal vegetables to cook themselves a group/family meal in their own cabin
Saturday 31st March Reykjavik
- We visit the Town Hall and see the giant map of Iceland. There is also a free tour of the old town by Louise.
- Louise can advise on where to buy the best quality wool at lowest prices & take you to the Icelandic handknitting association
- You are free to walk around the harbour/old town/new town, go up to the roof of the church as you wish.
- We recommend Cafe Loki by the church for icelandic food that is reasonably priced or Saegreifinn mariners restaurant by the old harbour for fresh fish of the day.
- About 3.30pm we offer anyone the chance to visit the Reykjavik swimming pool (hot outdoor pool) which is relaxing and fun. Payable locally. We return about 6pm to collect the rest of the group before returning home.
We don’t recommend going whale watching in March from the harbour as its too early and you are not likely to see anything. The companies lie and claim you can. It is expensive and you don’t get your money back and often the sea is very rough. Last time we went 23 of us were sick!
Dinner: Mediterranean Night
- Vegetable soup
- Red peppers in lemon juice & wild oregano
- Aubergine and courgette fritters with icelandic moss salt
- Greek pasta with tomato and garlic sauce
- Lamb keftede meatballs on the bbq
- Grilled meats with pitta breads
- Aubergine, sweet potato and courgette bake
- Baked sweet potato wedges
- Salad Bar: Tsatsiki, feta cheese salad, dolmades, selection of mediterranean salads, potato salad
- For children there are also hotdogs/hamburgers
Sunday April 1st South East Iceland
- Skogarfoss waterfall
- Turf houses
- Reynishverfi black sand beach & coast
- Jokulsarlon lagoon
- Fjallsjokull glacier
- Skaftafellnational park
Dinner in a local restaurant (fish, lamb or vegetarian)
Monday April 2nd Relaxation day
- Blue Lagoon Spa (3 to 4 hours) we go in the morning when it is quiet so you can appreciate the beauty of the place. You can book and pay for treatments via their website
- Kryusivik geothermal vents
- South shore villages
Dinner: International Night
We ask everyone from each country to prepare a dish from their country
Tuesday April 3rd
- Gunnarsholti soil conservation center late morning
- New lava centre in Hvolsvollur
- We stop in Selfoss on the return so you can explore life in a small Icelandic town.
- Selfossi swimming pool (option/payable locally) or take in a coffee in the little cafes
Chilli con carne with rice/vegetable con carne rice and tortilla baskets with salad
Time to pack
Wednesday April 4th
If we take the afternoon flight we will visit some other places of interest on Reykjanes peninsula. Transfer to Keflavik Airport.
Departure back to the UK
Dates: Wednesday 28th March until Wednesday 4th April, 2018
All passengers will have an additional £2.50 ATOL fee applied in addition to the cost below to offer full atol protection. An atol certificate will be issued at the time of booking.
Adult £1650 single occupancy
Adult £1500 double occupancy room (£3000 for two adults in 1 double)
Children £900 single occupancy
Children £800 in shared rooms with parents (or in another room with other children)
Family Cabin: If you are 6 or more then you are guaranteed your own cabin.
A family of 6 in one cabin 3 adults/3 children £6600
A family of 7 in one cabin 4 adults/3 children £8100
A family of 8 in one cabin 5 adults/3 children £9600
Additional children (more than 3 in one family cabin) £700 each
Additional adults (more than 5 in one family cabin ) £1200 each
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We run an annual Community Visit every year for anyone who wants to go to Iceland, but doesn’t have a group, or just has a small group of people interested. In 2018 we are planning to take a group of around 35 to 49 people again. Accommodation is provided in spacious 4 star rated luxury cabins at Minniborgir (www.minniborgir.is). These are some of the nicest cabins in Iceland. The program includes all the highlights of South Iceland. You may get to see the Aurora borealis (Northern lights) as we are staying in an area of good visibility.
We have run two of these visits in 2015 (42 people) and 2016 (30 people) and they were very successful, fun, trips of a lifetime. You can read the testimonials on the testimonials page. We will be adding more over the next few weeks.
We work with Safe Travel.is in Iceland and we will be compliant with BS8848 standard by September 2017 so you know you are in safe hands. We will give you copies of all risk assessments and send you information on the type of clothing you require.
The price includes return flights with Icelandair or British Airways, flights on scheduled airlines, accommodation, all evening meals, entrances to two spas, coach in Iceland, one evening meal out at restaurants, a guide (offers short tours of places-included in the price if you want them), we make our own entertainment on the karaoke machine, disco, lights etc. Alternatively, you can relax in your cabin or jacuzzi, so you are under no obligation to join in. There is a bar on site and also a restaurant if you want to opt out of dinner with the group (payable locally). Other providers are doing a comparable 6 day tour for £3300 which does not include many of the places we visit.
What’s not included: Health and travel insurance, any soft drinks or alcoholic drinks (except a limited supply of Icelandic beers for a beer tasting and brennivin/rhubarb/blueberry schnapps during the icelandia fest), any other entrances to museums and pools. Breakfast and packed lunch items.
Accommodation, food and flights
Accommodation 4 star shared cabins.
We will be staying at the Minniborgir Cabins (www.minniborgir.is.) 40 km north of Selfoss in cabins that sleep up to 9 people (a few more if young children) in 3 bedrooms. Cabins are shared. You can see the 80sq metre cabins and the sleeping arrangements (under cottages on the menu) on the website. They are of a high standard for cabins in Iceland.
- There is one double bed in bedroom 1
- There is one double and one single bunk in bedroom 2
- There are two double beds on the mezzanine floor upstairs and there are also some additional mattresses available for teenagers/students.
- Wifi, dishwasher, tv, jacuzzi, fridge/freezer are provided in each cabin. There is a lounge and dining area and outdoor furniture.
- There is one bathroom with basin, toilet and shower and entrance lobby area with room for shoes, boots and coat hooks.
- The accommodation is rated 4 stars and reviews can be read on Tripadvisor.
- There is bar/coffee shop on site.
We have personally stayed and vetted the accommodation. They are really some of the nicest wooden cabins we have stayed in. There is a restaurant and bar on site, a kids park and football pitch. 5 minutes across the road there is a local geothermal outdoor swimming pool.
BREAKFAST & PACKED LUNCH
We take you to a local supermarket to purchase breakfast items and items to make a packed lunch. They can be purchased reasonably cheaply. You prepare your own in your cabin.
EVENING MEALS Wild trout, salmon, codfish, halibut, mountain lamb….
At least one evening meal is provided at a good restaurant.
All other nights we provide all food in the form of bbq parties. Our food consists of fresh sustainable food. You can see typical dishes on our food page. We ask you to cook one meal of salmon, rice & vegetables one evening and another evening we host an international party/pot luck supper so we ask each cabin to prepare some dishes (we provide ingredients). We provide entertainment most nights in the form of parties. We are planning:
- A spanish-iberico fiesta night with salsa dancing
- Icelandia fest night with icelandic craft beer tasting (for people aged 20 years and older) karaoke night
- International Party with 70’s disco night
- Salmon night
- BBQ Americana night burgers and hot dogs. Live music (where we have people willing to play)
- Much more!
- Vegetarians are catered for
- For a full meal plan in detail please send an email and I will forward it to you
- This tour is ATOL protected. There is an additional £2.50 charge for this. You will be issued an ATOL certificate upon booking.
- Flights will be with Icelandair or another scheduled airline from Heathrow.
You must provide your own travel and health insurance. Icespiration does not offer insurance. We do not advise going to iceland without it. A European Health Card is not sufficient. Icespiration Ltd does not accept any liability for any costs you incur.
You must have ski wear/polar gear for this visit. A list can be seen under clothing list on the home page menu on this website.
BRITISH STANDARD COMPLIANT
From September 2017 we are BS8848 Health and Safety compliant. We will host an information evening for you and issue you with the risk assessments so you are fully informed about all risks in Iceland. We are self -assessing annually and these are currently being updated for the second time this year. We will show you the method layer for dressing appropriate for the climate.
All photography is kindly supplied by Alex Harbige www.alexharbige.co.uk