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Iceland

Winter wonderland

You awake in a plush king bed and stretch your arms overhead. You notice that for the first time in as long as you can remember nothing creaks or cracks. A grin spreads across your face as the memory of yesterday’s trip to the thermal hot springs at the Blue Lagoon flood back into your conscious. You’re in Iceland, and it is not a dream.

You call down for coffee to be sent to the room as you dress for the day. Later is the raw foods workshop, but first a stroll through town with a few of the girls to check out that adorable gift shop that keeps grabbing your eye.

There are 13 other ladies with you on this magical rejuvenation experience, and you truly feel like you’ve already made a connection with each one. Lost in thought with how lovely it is to make such easy friendships with women you just have met, you don’t even notice that the smile hasn’t left your face, it has grown.

Travel to Iceland to heal your body and refresh your disposition.

Per person

$3,200

WOOCS 2.1.9
Dec 15 – 20 2018
Available

14 spaces left

Highlights

  • Golden Circle – Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss
  • Northern Lights Cruise
  • ‘Premium Experience’ at Blue Lagoon
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Indulge in local cuisine at Restaurant Sea Baron
  • Glacier Wonderland Experience – Glacier Langjokull
  • Exploring the South Coast

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Skógafoss waterfall

Visit the village of Vík

Volcanic black sand beach

  • Dinner with a  local Icelandic family – Traditional Christmas setting 
  • Farewell dinner at the famous Fishmarket Restaurant 
  • Roundtrip private transfers 

Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive Reykjavik

Welcome to ICELAND!

Meet and assist on arrival to Reykjavik International Airport also known as Keflavik International Airport.

Private transfer to your hotel.

At 6pm meet your Tour Leader and fellow travel companions. What a better way to get to know each other than sharing a big table! During our Welcome Dinner you will be well acquainted with the week ahead.

Hotel Óðinsve | Welcome dinner

Day
2

Golden Circle Tour | Evening Northern Lights Cruise

After breakfast your private transport awaits in quest of the Golden Circle, a geological paradise. During our tour you will visit three of the most impressive places in Iceland; Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. In the early evening, try some of nations specialties. The city centre has an abudnance of cuisisines to satisfy all taste buds. Got something in mind ? We are happy to make some delicious recommendations. Later in the evening we will embark on the Northern Lights Cruise. Following a stroll to the Reykjavik harbour, we will board the cruise in pursuit to admire the exquisite Aurora Borealis from the Atlantic Ocean.

Hotel Óðinsve | Meals: B

Day
3

Blue Lagoon Premium Experience 

Today we will spend the entire morning at Iceland’s popular geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon.

Replenish your mind, body and spirit in this magnificent natural wonder. A truly revitalizing and therapeutic experience. After your relaxation the group will indulge in some of Iceland’s local
cuisines at Restaurant Sea Baron.

Now that you’re in locale spirit, let us take on you on a tour of Reykjavik City. Take in the city’s thriving coffee culture as you stroll down the pretty streets and peruse through little boutique shops. The city is filled with Nordic art and history.

Tonight we’ll share dinner with a local Icelandic family. Listen to old folk tales about this land of fire and ice, laugh amongst new friends and indulge in cuisine so delicious you’ll want to take the recipes home with you. Experience this ultimate feast in a traditional Icelandic Christmas setting

Hotel Óðinsve | Meals: B, L, D

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Day
4

GLACIER WONDERLAND

Today you will be taken to Glacier Langjokull. This is Europe’s second largest glacier that sits 1200 meters above sea level. You’ll be taken on a guided tour in monster trucks to the entrance of the man-made cave, stepping into what looks like the ‘Ice Ages’.

Between exploring geothermal areas and waterfalls; this is sure to get the heart pumping!

“While there are a few man-made ice tunnels and caves in various places around the world, there is nothing quite like Ice Cave Iceland, either high up in a remote area of a glacier, or on such a scale.

Never before has anyone been able to see the beautiful glacial-ice at the heart of a glacier. It is not quite a Jules Verne journey to the centre of the earth, or even to the absolute centre of the glacier, but it feels like an exciting and magical journey, deep within the glacier, and it is deep enough to reach another world, a world of magnificent, stunning glacial-ice” – Extreme Iceland

Remember to bring your hiking shoes and warm clothes!

Hotel Óðinsve | Meals: B, D

Day
5

THE SOUTH COAST | MAJESTIC WATERFALLS AND VOLCANIC BEACHES 

Our itinerary of Iceland wouldn’t be complete without exploring the South Coast.

We head to the Vatnajokull region where we will spend the entire day visiting some of Iceland’s most famous majestic wonders. We will see the fairy-tale like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and for those prepared to get a little wet you can walk right behind the misty cascade. We’ll then reach the equally stunning 60 meters high; Skógafoss waterfall. You will visit the village of Vík and also stop at the volcanic black sand beach for spectacular views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves.

Our goodbye dinner at the Fish Market Restaurant will be the golden brooch to close a trip that we hope will be imprinted in your memory forever.

Hotel Óðinsve | Meals: B, L, D

Day
6

DEPART REYKJAVIK

Return transfer to Reykjavik international airport for your departure.

Meals: B

Important Notes

Visa Information

Nationals of countries in the Schengen area are exempted from the obligation to carry a visa on arrival in Iceland for a stay of up to three months.

• Citizens from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ireland that hold a valid passport do not require a visa at present to enter Iceland for touristic purposes for a stay of up to 90 days. The validity of the passport or recognized ID card must be at least three months beyond the proposed stay.

• South African passport holders can obtain a visa prior to arrival for touristic purposes, for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that there is no Iceland Embassy in South Africa, you will need to apply at the Royal Danish Embassy in Pretoria.

Embassy of Denmark
iParioli Office Park
Block B2 1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083
Pretoria
South Africa
Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340
http://sydafrika.um.dk/

What type of trip is this?

With ‘Iceland for the body’ we want you to heal your body and refresh your disposition. The combination of the proposed activities has that objective, and in addition, wants you to discover some of the most magical places in this country.

Physical Rating

We require good general health and normal physical condition. Beginners level and upwards are welcomed for the Yoga class.

Airport Transfers

You will need to provide flight information so we can arrange your private transfer to our hotel in Reykjavik (Hotel Ódinsvé).

Our drivers will be waiting for you with a sign holding your name in the arrivals area.

Meeting Point

Hotel Ódinsvé
Thorsgata 1, 101 Reykjavik
+354 511 6200

Meeting Instructions

Check in is from 2pm and our meeting time is 6pm on the first day of the tour. If you want to arrive earlier this is absolutely fine, however please note that you may not be able to check into your room until 2pm. You are more than welcome to leave your bags in the foyer; the hotel staff can provide recommendations whilst you wait.

Money Exchange

Icelanders use cards much more readily than cash, even for very small purchases; visitors may as well do the same. We recommend following this example: you will probably have less fees paying with your card than exchanging money.

The most extended are Visa and MasterCard/EuroCard. American Express, JCB and Diners are far less common. Visa, Delta, Maestro/EDC and Electron debit cards are widely accepted. Cash may be obtained against these cards in all banks and automatic cash machines displaying the relevant logos. The simplest way to obtain Icelandic króna is to find an ATM – plentiful in Reykjavík.

Banks will change foreign currency or travellers’ cheques – US dollars, sterling and euros are all easily exchanged. Some tourist shops will accept payment in euros and US dollars, but usually at unfavourable rates.

Outside normal banking hours 24-hour exchange facilities are available at Keflavík Airport: look for Landsbankinn in the arrival hall for arriving passengers. There are also a few ATMs throughout the airport. You should change back all unused króna before leaving Iceland (this can be done at the airport departure lounge).

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Iceland and is not expected.

Tipping your tour guide at the end of the trip is expected and appreciated should you feel they made your tour enjoyable. The amount is to your personal discretion however the recommended guideline is between $35-$40USD per person per week.

Tax-Free Shopping

Value Added Tax (VAT) is refunded on all purchases exceeding 6000 ISK upon request, subject to the conditions of regulations. VAT is included in the marked-up price, and is collected in two brackets, 11% and 24%, depending on the goods and services purchased.

The VAT refund will therefore be 20% (19.35%) for the higher bracket or 10% (9.91%), for the lower bracket. Maximum refund is 15% of the retail price.

To be eligible for refund all of the following conditions must be met:
• The buyer must have a permanent address outside of Iceland
• The buyer will bring the goods out of the country within three months of the purchase.
• The purchase price of the goods with VAT is a minimum of ISK 6,000.
• The articles along with required documents are produced at departure.

GET IT

Look for stores displaying Global Blue Tax Free Shopping signage in the window. When paying for your purchases ask the shop staff for a Tax Free Form. Tax Free Forms are available in two versions, one blue, and one white. Fill in all the required fields in block letters, using the Latin alphabet. Remember: Incomplete Tax Free Form = No refund

CASH IT

At the airport, please allow enough time for the refund process before your flight departs. Go to a Refund Office displaying the Global Blue logo before your check in. Present your completed Tax Free Form, passport, receipts/invoices and purchases to get a stamp on your form.

Make sure the goods are unused. Don’t pack them away in your check-in luggage as you will need to show them at the Refund Office for export validation.

NB: The refund you receive is the VAT minus Global Blue’s handling fee.

More information: globalblue

Safety and Weather

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world. Crime rate is extremely low and medical care is excellent. However, it is necessary to take precaution when travelling in Iceland due to natural hazards caused by weather and nature, where conditions can change at a moment's notice.

If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes. This little pun is often told at the expense of the Icelandic weather. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate; refreshing summers and fairly mild winters.

For Tours throughout the year don’t forget warm & waterproof clothes and sturdy walking shoes.

What should I pack?

Documents:
o Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
o Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
o Passport (required) (With photocopies)
o Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)

Essentials:
o Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
o Cash, credit and debit cards
o Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
o Waterproof day pack cover
o First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters,
tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, sewing kit,
extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
o Power adapter & voltage converter (if needed).
o Reusable water bottle
o Locks for bags
o Watch and alarm clock

 

Clothes:

o Waterproof & windproof jacket
o Warm coat
o Sturdy/waterproof walking shoes
o Wool sweater or similar
o Long pants/jeans
o Fleece tops/sweaters
o Wool hat
o Wool gloves
o Shirts/t-shirts
o Sleepwear
o Small travel towel
o Sunglasses
o Toiletries
o Smart outfits (For evenings out)

Spa:
o Sandals/flip-flops
o Swimwear

Flights Keflavik International Airport
RKV
Timezone GMT + 0
Climate
Health Requirements
Voltage 230 V Type C or F (European)
Currency Icelandic Króna
ISK

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Per person

$3,200

WOOCS 2.1.9

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Discount automatically applied in booking
Dec 15 – 20 2018
Available

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