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Unknown Iceland

Stay in a luxury viking house, embrace cold water therapy and traverse the Valley of Thor by super jeep  

Unknown Iceland

5 Days | From £3245

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About your trip

Iceland: it’s been travelled by many, but not like this.

Private super Jeep expeditions across the dramatic Valley of Thor – no other vehicles in sight. A remote hike and exclusive Icelandic lunch on a vast, shimmering glacier. Complete immersion in freezing waters with a cold water therapy guru, followed by the welcoming warmth of your 5* eco-viking house residence. And, of course, Northern Lights spotting every single night, be it from the warmth of a hot tub or the private vehicle you’ll have round-the-clock access to. 

From your expert local guide who happens to be an expert at photographing the Northern Lights to some of the best, most unique meals that the country has to offer; nothing on this five-day adventure is off-the-shelf.

Yes, it’s definitely still Iceland, but this is Iceland done differently.

What's Included

  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Hand-picked 4 star hotels and 5 star luxury
  • We offset your carbon emissions
  • Tips for the guide & driver
  • Private minibus, Jeeps & snowmobile
  • Arrival Airport transfer
  • Accommodation in twin rooms

Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Reykjavík and welcome dinner

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    Welcome to Reykjavík, Iceland’s coastal capital and your gateway to arctic adventure. Arriving into the city in the early evening, you’ll check in to the cosy Canopy Hotel, an unconventional boutique abode with past lives as a furniture factory, music venue, and arts hub. Settled and ready to get to know your fellow adventurers over some food, you’ll be taken to Sumac, one of the city’s best restaurants that fuses North African flavours with Icelandic cuisine. A perfectly unusual start for an inspiringly unusual trip. Sated, take a wander down to the waterfront for a quick peek at the skies – the Northern Lights have been known to appear over the city, even if the light pollution makes them a little harder to spot (something you won’t have to worry about soon enough).

  • Day 02 Dine on a glacier & 4* luxury

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    This morning it’s into the wilderness for your half day hike across the vast, blue hued Sólheimajökull Glacier. Your experienced guide will lead you through a series of ice caves and intriguing formations, and you’ll stumble across a labyrinth of crevasses and ridges (with a few Flash Pack surprises along the way…). Then, with no other tourists in sight, you’ll stop for an al-fresco Icelandic picnic right there on the ice, feeling as though these landscapes are yours alone. From one exclusive delight to another – after lunch you’ll move to your 4* lodgings at the famed Hotel Ranga. Set in a remote region of the Icelandic countryside, here you’ll have access to outdoor hot tubs (ideal for Northern Lights watching), luxurious rooms and world-class Nordic cuisine, which you’ll get to experience three-courses of this evening.

  • Day 03 Super jeeps & cold water therapy

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    Today will be truly thrilling as you embark on an off-road, super jeep adventure across the wild Valley of Thor. You’ll be in vehicles that can handle any terrain, and so have the ability to take you far, far from the crowds. We’re talking flying across unbridged rivers, through crevice passes and over mountainous areas that would be unreachable if it wasn’t for the huge wheels and sheer power of the Jeeps. Back at your luxury lodgings, you’ll have some time to settle your heart rate – but not for long. Soon you’ll be off to meet Andri, an Icelandic Cold Water Therapy expert. Renowned across Iceland – Andri will coach you as you immerse yourself in the freezing, cascading waters of a waterfall – teaching you about the many health benefits of the practice. Back and Hotel Range, warm up in your hot tub before another delicious three courses and some more Northern Lights hunting.

  • Day 04 Snowmobiling & a 5* Viking turf-house

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    Today you’ll have a guided tour through the Icelandic highlands and glaciers from the back of a snowmobile. Nothing but crisp cool air and spectacular scenery on this 60-minute chilled ride. Then you’ll enjoy an unusual treat, a tomato lunch at Fridheimar tomato farm. You’ll be delighted at the unique ways in which the Fridheimar owners use their fruit to craft delicious soup, bread, and dessert. The best part (aside from the flavours)? You’ll be dining in a greenhouse, which your group will have completely to itself. Now for the climax to your Icelandic adventure: a night at Torfús Retreat, a 5-star retreat within the Golden Circle, made up of a series of traditional viking turf-houses. Here you’ll enjoy an outdoor, geothermal hot pool amongst the snowy landscapes, a decadent final meal in a traditional Viking longhouse and one last opportunity to seek the Northern Lights in the most awe-inspiring of settings.

  • Day 05 One last hot spring

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    Spend a lazy morning at your luxurious hotel, enjoying a slow breakfast and some time to either wander the icy landscapes or bask in the geothermal waters beneath softly falling snow. Then, it’ll be back to the bright lights of Reykjavik to catch your flight home, but not before a quick pre-flight rejuvenation at the iconic Blue Lagoon. Sometimes the bigger icons are hard to resist, and the Blue Lagoon is one of them. Bathe outdoors together as a group and reminisce on the beauty of the adventure you’ve enjoyed together, quietly confident that you’ve experienced something completely different to the other travellers around you.

Our Favourite Hotels

We have secured rooms in these hotels for all of our departures

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HOTEL RANGA

Geothermal tubs, volcanos, and an observatory for viewing and photographing the elusive Northern Lights are just some of the things that make Hotel Ranga so special. Their restaurant boasts a menu of fresh, local, gourmet cuisine and you can dine while you gaze across the uninterrupted glacial landscapes before you. 

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Torfús Retreat

This 5-star is like nowhere you’ll have stayed before. Living turf roofs, buildings in traditional viking style, a geothermal hot stone pool and a remote location in the Golden Circle ensure your time here is completely unique, and entirely luxurious. On top of all this, the retreat is eco-conscious and passionate about sustainability. Just one night here and you’ll feel connected with nature and Icelandic culture – it’s the ultimate place to simply be.

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CANOPY HOTEL, REYKJAVIK

This sophisticated boutique hotel is lodged in the heart of Reykjavík. Its striking decor is influenced by the building’s former uses as a furniture factory, a music venue and an art hub, creating a stylish eclectic vibe with easy access to the buzzing city life in Reykjavík. 

Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into and out of Reykjavik-Keflavík International Airport (KEF).

What time should my flight arrive? (so arrive in time for the welcome meeting)

Please arrive in Reykjavik before 5pm on day 1. We suggest arranging a flight home after 4:30pm on day 4, to ensure that you don’t miss out on the Blue Lagoon experience.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

You can see the Northern Lights from late August to May, but it’s best to visit between October and April.

The night skies will be much darker, improving your chances but please note that sightings are never guaranteed.

Do you include airport transfers?

For this trip, no. Normally we include an arrival transfer, however, in Iceland, it is more affordable and easy to organize a taxi when there, or to use public transport to get to the first hotel.

We don’t include a departure transfer either as the airport is approximately 20 minutes away from the Blue Lagoon, with the cost in a taxi being around 9,000 Icelandic Króna for 1-4 people, the equivalent of approximately £55/$70.

If you and some other flashpackers are all getting the same flight, we recommend splitting the taxi journey. Or, you can make use of the convenient SmartBus coaches located nearby which will take you directly to the airport and are much cheaper if traveling alone.

 

Can I drive a snowmobile?

You’ll need a driving license from your home country to ride a snowmobile. If you don’t have one, you can still participate in this experience by riding pillion (you just won’t be able to drive ).

How much should I budget per day for extras?

This trip is nearly fully inclusive and guide and driver tips are included in the cost.

We recommend budgeting 7,000 ISK, the equivalent of 40 GBP / 55 USD per day.

What fitness levels do I need for this trip?

This adventure is fast-paced and it will challenge you during the glacier hike especially. However, no specific level of fitness is required, we just want to ensure you are happy partaking in the activities like the glacier hike and the cold water therapy session. We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.

Will the itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

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THE GUIDES

We only work with trusted local guides who know their destinations better than anyone. We include guide and driver tips to make sure that our team are well looked after

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