Iceland: Women’s Winter Weekend Escape

 

Glaciers, geysers and (hopefully) the Northern Lights await!

 

 

Embrace winter on this frosty foray. Together we’ll explore the snowy countryside on a Golden Circle tour with stops at Gullfoss Waterfall and the Great Geysir. We’ll surmount a glacier, stroll the frigid black sand beaches and throw back pints at the country’s only women-owned brewery. Our tour heats up with a steamy dip in the Blue Lagoon and at a house party hosted by two queens of the local lesbian scene. Perhaps most importantly, this exciting short-haul includes a chance to check out The Northern Lights—one of travel’s great treats.

If you’re more of a warm weather gal, perhaps our Icelandic summer tour is of more interest.

QUICK FACTS

  • Who's it for? Lesbian women, friends and family

  • Countries visited: Iceland

  • Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days

  • Starts in: Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Ends in: Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Group size: Min 4; max 16

  • Accomodations: 3-Star+ Hotels

  • Physical Rating: 3/5

  • Theme: Culture

  • Activities: Food Tours,Hiking,Hot Springs,Local Festivals,Swimming,Wildlife

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kick off your Iceland tour with Culture Night, one of the biggest festivals in Reykjavik

  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at a restaurant run by a lesbian sommelier

  • Visit an installation by artist Roni Horn

  • Check out a goat farm and cuddle up to the cute local critters

  • Sample the offerings of a female-run brewery

  • Celebrate your last night with a house party hosted by two legendary locals

  • Soak in the Blue Lagoon before catching your return flight home

TOUR MAP

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 Reykjavik / Arrival Day

 

Halló – welcome to Reykjavik! After checking in to your room please join us for a Welcome Meeting at 5PM. You’ll meet your guide Ziggy, who will explain what the queer scene is like in this remote and sparsely populated country. Our Welcome dinner is just across the street, where the lesbian sommelier and manager will give us top-notch service. To wrap our first day we’ll partake in Reykjavik Culture Night, when museums, theatres and other institutions kick off their annual programmes. Attracting 100,000 people it’s easily one of the city’s biggest events. NOTE: The first day of our tour is also the Reykjavik Marathon. Why not arrive a day early and take part? You can sign up for the 10K, 21K, or full 42K marathon, so you don’t even have to be an avid runner. Since we’ll join a larger LGBT group there will also be lots of fun and camaraderie en route.

 

Day 2 Snæfellsnes

 

For our first full day together, an epic road trip brings us to the dramatic Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The drive includes a visit to a farm where you’ll meet purebred Icelandic goats – cuddly creatures that are on the brink of extinction. The goat breeder, Jóhanna, will explain how she helps keep the stock alive. See the glacier-topped volcano Snæfellsjökull, the symmetrical basalt columns of Gerðuberg, and possibly some seals at Ytri-Tunga Beach. We’ll also check out the Library of Water art installation by Roni Horn. Finally we’ll walk along the coast between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, and marvel at the grandeur of Kirkjufell (aka Arrowhead Mountain from TV’s Game of Thrones).

 

Day 3 The Golden Circle

 

Today is dedicated to one of the most popular drives in Iceland: the Golden Circle. You’ll see hot springs and geysers, and learn how geothermal energy lets Iceland grow tomatoes and strawberries in artificially-lit greenhouses. After an included lunch at the farm we’ll hike to see Brúarfoss waterfalls.

 

Day 4 Paradise Valley

 

A drive to the outskirts of the Icelandic highlands brings us to a pastoral landscape full of rivers, ponds and waterfalls. We’ll hike into Gjáin, aka The Gorge, and enjoy a rugged 4X4 journey to Háifoss waterfall. Our day ends at the Hrauneyjar Highland Centre, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 5 Landmannalaugar and the Icelandic Highlands

Today we’ll hike a breathtaking but generally uninhabitable part of the country. Once we arrive at Landmannalaugar, geothermal baths will help limber us up before we return via Fjallabak, where the landscape is laden with moss-covered craters. Tonight we’ll stay in a cozy but modern guesthouse.

 

Day 6 Glacier Lagoon & Hike

 

Today we visit the magical Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Witness the mighty power of Iceland’s  glaciers, and even trek the glacier under the guidance of a trained professional. In Skaftafell National Park you’ll also be able to hike up to beautiful Svartifoss Waterfall, before we return to the guesthouse for one more night.

 

Day 7 South Shore Adventure

 

This morning we’ll drive back to Reykjavik along the South coast, with stops to admire waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches. We’ll even visit Ölvisholt brewery, where we’ll meet their female Brewmaster. Our trip ends with a Farewell Dinner and a quintessential Icelandic experience: a house party hosted by some local lesbian legends (and friends of Out Adventures), Eva and Birna.

 

Day 8 Reyjkavik / Departure Day

 

It’s our last day together, but we’re sending you off in style. En route to the airport we’ll visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon and soak in the healing waters. To ensure you don’t miss a moment of fun, please book a return flight that departs after 4PM.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel via shared shuttle. For full details, please see ‘A Special Note On Arrival Transfers’ in Important Information.

  • Lesbian group leader from beginning to end of tour

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

  • 3-star or higher accommodation (7 nights)

  • Reykjavik walking tour

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula Tour including entry to the Library of Water and a visit to Háafell Goat Farm

  • Golden Circle Tour

  • Guided tour of Paradise Valley

  • Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak Highlands tour with float experience

  • Visit the world-famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, then hike the glacier itself

  • South Shore Tour, brewery tour &amp

  • Blue Lagoon entrance/towel/drink/algae mask

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare

  • Meals & Activities not mentioned

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Visa fees

  • Entry fee for the Reykjavík Marathon (optional)

  • Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.

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