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Iceland Retreat: Golden Circle

Iceland Retreat: Golden Circle

From $ 1,650 AUD

Description

Iceland is a land of contrasts – of steaming hot springs and icy glaciers, of endless landscapes and cosy, little villages. On this journey around the Land of Ice and Fire, you’ll have the chance to see the highlights of the iconic Golden Circle including stops at Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. You’ll be staying on a sustainable, working farm where you’ll be treated to paddock to plate meals and the opportunity to learn about how a working farm operates. Relax in the countryside, even enjoying a soak in the famous hot springs, before spending some time exploring the capital of Reykjavik, guided by your local host.

Trip Name
Iceland Retreat: Golden Circle
Last Updated
2020-12-01
Days
4
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Stay on a sustainably run, working farm and enjoy farm to table meals.
  • See the iconic sites of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, including Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
  • Take a guided quad biking tour of the Icelandic countryside, driving through rolling hills and visiting a remote cave.
  • Relax and unwind with a soak in the hot springs at the Secret Lagoon.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Reykjavik, where your local host will show you some of the hidden gems.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Reykjavik / Seltun / Hvolsvollur Valley
Welcome to Iceland, commonly known as the Land of Fire and Ice. This morning you’ll meet your local host and group in the hotel lobby for a welcome meeting at 10 am, before heading off to explore the island. Your first stop will be a colourful geothermal area known as Seltun. The hot springs and vibrant mud pools are located close to the road, so you’ll be treated to exceptional photo opportunities. As you continue on your journey you’ll stop at the remote Strandar Church, built on the Angel’s Cove. Legend has it that a group of fishermen lost at sea made a pledge to build a church wherever they found land, and then suddenly saw a bright light on the coast, which guided them to safety. From here, you’ll continue to your accommodation for the night, a sustainable working farm that doubles as a hotel. Enjoy a farm to table dinner and get to know your group a little better.
Day 2 - Golden Circle / Secret Lagoon / Hvolsvollur Valley
Today will be spent touring Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Head to Thingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains and the location of Iceland’s first parliament. Thingvellir also contains the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart. The resulting gap is partly filled with fresh water and is clearly visible. From here head to the Geysir geothermal area, checking out Strokkur and watching as the geyser swells with blue water before erupting and shooting some 20-30 metres in the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) double waterfall on the Hvita River. When you’ve had your fill of wandering through the picture-perfect landscapes, you’ll head to the Secret Lagoon, where you can soak in the hot springs and unwind from a full day of sightseeing. Once back at your farmstay for the evening perhaps get together with the group and prepare a self-catered dinner.
Day 3 - Hvolsvollur Valley
If you are visiting Iceland in summer, your morning will begin by heading out on to the farm and planting a tree, to help support your host’s commitment to sustainability and carbon offsetting efforts. Your guesthouse is the leader in responsible tourism and sustainability in Iceland. Since the arrival of the first settlers to Iceland, deforestation has taken place in order to make space for pastures. Overgrazing has then led to soil erosion. With this in mind, the owners had the idea to start a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering CO2 and counteract soil erosion. Join the effort to counteract this and head out into the hills surrounding the property to plant trees. During the colder winter months, when the ground is frozen, it’s not possible to partake in this activity, but never fear – you'll have the chance to head out in search of the elusive Northern Lights later in the evening. This afternoon, you’ll explore the countryside on a quad bike, led by a local guide. Travel on the paths and across the hills in the valley and visit a remote cave. Here, it’ll be time to warm up over a cup of tea and hear stories about the area and local life from your guide.
Day 4 - Hvolsvollur / Seljalandsfoss / Reykjavik
Today is the final day of your journey. After saying goodbye to the farm, you’ll set off on the journey back to Reykjavik. On the way, you’ll have the chance to stop off at the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Once back in Reykjavik your host will take you on a final walking tour of the city, before your retreat comes to an end and you say your goodbyes.

Trip Dates

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05-02-202108-02-2021AUD $ 1,650-
19-02-202122-02-2021AUD $ 1,650-
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06-08-202109-08-2021AUD $ 1,650-
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12-11-202115-11-2021AUD $ 1,650-
26-11-202129-11-2021AUD $ 1,650-
10-12-202113-12-2021AUD $ 1,650-

Accommodation

Remote farmstay (3 nights)

Transport

Private minibus with free Wi-Fi

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