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Gay Group Trip: Iceland's Volcanoes and Vikings

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TRIP SUMMARY

This trip is perfect for those who are looking to explore Iceland’s nordic history and discover some of the world’s greatest geological features. Trek on glaciers, bathe in natural hot springs and discover some of the many incredible waterfalls. Discover the vibrant city of Reykjavik and explore the local shops and plazas or stroll along the peaceful waterfront. This trip will educate you about Iceland's rich Viking history and how influential it was on modern day life. 

time difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

1 hours behind the UK

flight time

FLIGHT TIME

3 hours direct from UK

Available Dates : 12th August 2018

Day 1

Arrival

Arrive in Iceland in the morning. You will be met by our local representative who will take you to your hotel. You will then be driven through some of Iceland’s beautiful landscape. Proceed on a moderate trek on some lava fields up to the Burfell Volcano Crater, created about 7,000 years ago. You will be blessed with some incredible views at the top. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this beautiful place and afterwards, you will proceed on the second trek of the day which included a visit to a lava tube.

A trip to Iceland must include a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon! The water here is heated by the thermal activity which occurs below the earth’s surface, which also means the water is rich in minerals which have been known to have age-defying properties.

Lava tube in IcelandLava tube in Iceland
Day 2

Geysirs, waterfalls and tectonics 

Today is a geology day. Take a trip to a Geysir and watch it perform as water is projected 30 m into the air. You will visit some of the rifts in the earth’s crusts which have appeared due to tectonic activity. Be amazed by the Gullfoss waterfall in all its splendour.

You will then visit Thingvellir which is where Vikings formed the world’s oldest true parliament. After a jam-packed day, you will head back to Reykjavik for the evening.

Day 3

Fire and Ice 

Today you will proceed on a longer hike into a geologically active area, which contains several hot spots, hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots, and steaming rivers. After the tiring hike, soak your body in one of the more secluded hot springs. 

Day 4

Westman Islands, Volcanoes and Glaciers

Today after breakfast, you will be driven 45 minutes to Heimaey which is the main town of the Westman Islands. You will be provided with several options of things to do whilst on the island including:

  • A tour of the natural sites

  • A visit to the natural history museum

  • A visit to “Pompeii of the North” which is the buried section of the town

  • A hike up Heimaklettur, at the top of which you are blessed with breathtaking views

  • Puffin patrol, see if you can spot any puffins wandering about. Some babies often wander off and need to be returned to their nests

After you will continue to Eyjafjallajökull which is the volcano which disrupted all of Europe’s air traffic.

You will then head to the bottom of a nearby glacier called Sólheimajökull. Here you will be met by our expert glacier guide who will teach you how to walk on a glacier safely. You will observe several crevasses, ice caves, and towering seracs. After this, you will visit another magnificent waterfall called Skogarfoss, which drops a couple of hundred feet in a mass of water. 

You will then return to the mainland where you will then visit two further waterfalls including Seljalandsfoss which is special because you can actually walk behind it. After this, you will be taken to a wilderness lodge where you'll stay the the next couple of nights.
Westman Islands Iceland
Day 5

Landmannalaugar

After breakfast, you will be driven across more of Iceland's intriguing landscape. Eventually, you will arrive at Landmannalaugar which is very different to any of the volcano collections you would have seen earlier in the week. You will spend the day hiking in the area. The area is also blessed with some wonderful natural hot springs, which of course, you with bathe in as a reward from all the hiking!

Landmannalaugar in Iceland
Day 6

Highlands region

Today you will explore the rest of the Highlands region, where you will walk through native Icelandic forests and farm ruins. Here you will visit a towering set of twin falls 400+ feet high before heading to the naturescape of Gjain known for its series of springs and falls from all sides, before wandering down to the Viking ruin of 1103 at Stöng. Tonight you will be staying in Reykjavik.

Day 7

Reykjavik

Today you are free to explore Reykjavik as you please. With lots to do and see, it is easy to fill a whole day with activities. Stoll around the streets, plazas, and waterfront and soak up the Icelandic atmosphere. Reykjavik also has several outdoor, naturally heated pool complexes which are popular amongst the locals, and are perfect if you are seeking a few moments of relaxation.

If you are seeking some nature discovery then there are several whale-watching trips you can go on, or if you are seeking adventure then you can return to the countryside to scuba dive in one of the tectonic rifts or try for a horseback ride. Tonight you will have a lovely evening meal together, where you can share your favourite memories of the trip. Then, Reykjavik’s gay disco awaits those who still have some energy!

Day 8

Departure 

Today is where you will bid your final goodbyes to your new friends, say good bye to Iceland as you head onto your next destination.













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It's important to be up-to-date with the latest travel advice to Iceland and the laws in every destination.

LGBT RIGHTS IN Iceland The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth office provides information to LGBT travellers through its 'Travel Aware' campaign.

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