Be spellbound by the otherworldly scenery of Iceland in the wintertime.
Got five days to spare? They won’t be wasted in Iceland. It’s an inimitable adventure playground of a country. Think otherworldly glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes. Yours to explore as extremely as you dare. But it’s not all glacial escapades: this Icelandic adventure gets to know capricious Reykjavik, where you’ll mingle with the locals, try their local dishes, and sample their stellar beer. And with any luck, you’ll tick the Northern Lights off your bucket list.
All breakfasts and one dinner included. Veggie friendly.
Once you arrive in Reykjavik, you’ll share a bus transfer to your hotel, Fosshotel Baron. This evening, it’s a ten-minute stroll to eat and drink at Bastard, a downtown restaurant that brews their beer on-site. Try the beer flight to sample all four blends. Feast on a Fat Bastard (that’s a seriously massive burger with all the trimmings) or a Skinny Bastard if you’re feeling more virtuous. Hey, we’re not judging.
Prepare to unwind today. You’ll spend some time at the Krauma geothermal baths. There’s a cold bath to get your circulation firing, but five warm ones to soothe achy limbs. Pure. Utter. Bliss. You’ll hit the road next, heading to a fishing village to climb to the top of a lighthouse for panoramic views. Bring your walking shoes for a 6km hike to the Eldborg Crater. Then it’s on to a secret waterfall. You’ll dine at your hotel in Reykholt tonight. This is the town where Snorri Sturluson lived, a medieval chronicler of Norse sagas and histories and his influence can still be felt around Reykholt. In the winter, the mood darkens with unpredictable weather, bringing a captivating moodiness to Iceland. It'll be dark, and that means the Northern Lights may appear. Your leader will be on the lookout but don't forget to glance up just in case…
It’s a busy day today, but you’re used to a packed schedule, right? You’ll venture further into Iceland today, first visiting the Thingvellir National Park. The Thingvellir plain is in on the boundary where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates are pulling away from each other, creating dramatic rivers and fissures across the landscape. Next, you’ll see Geysir, known as the original hot water geyser which gave all the others their name. You’ll look over a valley of eerie blue pools and mud pots, then continue to Gullfoss on the Hvita River to see a two-tiered waterfall cascading into a canyon. The waterfall may be partially frozen, testament to the brutal climate this country endures in its darkest months. At Fridheimar Greenhouse, you’ll see how they grow Mediterranean vegetables in the Icelandic climate using clean geothermal energy. This is where you’ll stop to eat, sampling their home-grown tomatoes. Dinner is served at Olverk Pizzeria and Brewery tonight. You’ll get a tour and tasting before feasting on delicious pizza and sinking a well-earned G&T, poured over 500-year-old glacier ice. Later, you’ll take a midnight dip in the Reykjadalur Hot Creek – it’ll be a welcome cocoon of warmth again the brutal winter weather. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights will emerge.
Today you’ll hunt down two of Iceland’s spectacular waterfalls: Skogarfoss and Kvernufoss. You can get up close and personal, standing near the bottom to appreciate their thunder, or climb the steps to the top. Fully kitted out with crampons, an ice axe and helmet, you’ll unleash your inner adventurer on a glacier walk. The adventure continues on an ATV tour. It’s similar to a quad bike, and you’ll drive it over black volcanic sand to the abandoned wreck of a 1973 US Navy plane. Tonight, you’ll dine alongside the locals in a Reykjavik restaurant.
It's a relaxed start today. You’ll head to the exquisite Blue Lagoon for a day of silica mud masks and relaxing in the milky-blue, mineral-rich waters, before taking an afternoon flight back to London (with enviably silky skin!).
* All breakfasts and one lunch included * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
With over 45 years’ experience of taking people on amazing adventure holidays, Exodus can help you reach some of the most incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across more than 90 countries around the world. All staff at Exodus have a passion for travel and adventure, and some team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus. But that’s not all. This reputable company is a Which? recommended escorted tour provider and has won many prestigious awards, including Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company at the 2018 British Travel Awards.
Exodus is all about adventure and helping others to achieve their travel dreams by offering a fantastic range of guided group holidays, self-guided trips, tailor-made getaways and escorted tours. So, if you’re looking to discover different countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts or even jungles, the expert team at Exodus can help you plan an unforgettable solo, group or family adventure.
Each tour and adventure has been created to give you maximum value for money, often including authentic activities, as well as flights, accommodation and a tour guide. And as the team has developed one of the very best and most exciting collections of guided-group tours and self-guided holidays, you’re guaranteed the adventure holiday of a lifetime, no matter which one you pick. Trips include everything from family adventure holidays and walking and cycling tours to mixed-activity tours and seasonal getaways. You can also ask Exodus to plan a tailored itinerary from scratch or tweak an existing one, which means you can book a bespoke holiday that is designed just for you.
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When it comes to travelling together as a family with Exodus, all family holidays are specifically designed to offer a mix of education and exploration, with plenty of downtime. Each adventure and tour has been created with one of three age ranges in mind, but children outside of the 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 age bracket are welcome to travel too. Plus, the price for children up to the age of 16 is 25% lower than the adult cost for Exodus guided holidays to help make your trip more affordable. From canoeing and cycling in the Dordogne to safari tours in Africa and dolphin watching in Costa Rica, Exodus offer family adventures all over the world.
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At Exodus, they make sure that everyone travels respectfully and courteously in a small group to minimise their impact and to ensure each holiday is a beneficial experience for all those involved. Where possible, they believe in putting money directly into the communities they visit by eating locally produced food and using locally owned and run accommodation. They also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as possible to make it simple for you to experience a memorable holiday, your way.