Iceland 11-Day Trip

$4,200 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

A deposit of $1,400 is needed to secure your spot. 

I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like a single room throughout the tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $650. If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

What is included :

  • 10 nights accommodation (Double occupancy, breakfast included)
  • Local guide throughout
  • Private ground transportation in private 4×4 mini-bus
  • Most activities (As noted in the itinerary)
  • Blue Lagoon visit
  • All breakfasts
  • Airport pick-up

What is not included :

  • Most dinners & lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Airport drop-off
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 11 travelers.  We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival that they would like to attend, and it is not covered in the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary.

  2. The minimum age on our tours is 18. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were one of the highlights of the trip.

    Check out the pictures from our last trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While most daily activities are already included in the trip price, you will have some free time which the guide can recommend and/or help arrange any activity that might interest you. Most of the activities can be arranged with little to no notice. Optional activities are not included in the trip cost and will be paid at your own expense. Any optional activity can be paid for by credit card.

  4. The official currency of Iceland is the Icelandic Króna (ISK).

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using a currency converter online.

  5. We strongly recommend that you use ATMs while in Iceland as they usually offer the best exchange rates. The easiest way is to pull money out from the ATM at the airport upon arrival and throughout your trip.  It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you upon arrival in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card.

    You can find ATMs at almost all bank branches, as well as at most large supermarkets, some petrol stations, in shopping malls, airports, and some post offices.

    It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Iceland. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

    Cash is NOT KING here, credit card is! Everywhere in Iceland, even the public bathrooms take credit/debit cards. (Most bathrooms are free, but there will be 1 or 2 during your trip you must pay for). The only time you will need cash is for tipping guides.

  6. As most activities of your tour have been prepaid, you will only need money for lunches and dinners and any optional activity you may want to participate in. If you are an avid shopper or enjoy a cocktail in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

    We suggest having access to $1,200 – $1,600 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card.

    Iceland is an expensive country and most meals could cost upwards of $70 for one person. We will do multiple stops at grocery stores for snacks and alcoholic beverages (see packing list for more information). Most nights we will eat dinner at the hotel as we are not in a city but surrounded completely by nature. You will need to plan to spend $40 – $80 for dinner. On a positive note, past travelers have said they have never had such delicious food as they did in Iceland!

  7. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Iceland, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls and texts in that country. See the example below :

    Welcome to Iceland! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts and data. Otherwise, all hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.

  8. Adapters will be necessary to adapt your plug into the outlet. Plug facilities have 2-prong outlets with two round prongs in line, which look like this:

    In Iceland, the power plugs and sockets are of type C, E and F. Type C are also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and F.

  9.  

    Iceland weather

    The weather in Iceland in October is nothing short of unpredictable. You could experience four seasons in one day and go from glorious sunshine for the first half of the day to overcast and rainy for the second half. The average temperature for Iceland in October is between 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2°C) and 45 degrees (7°C), but with the wind and rain that you can often encounter, it can feel a lot colder. That being said, you very well also have a couple of days to enjoy fabulous sunshine and temperatures in the 60s Fahrenheit.

    There won’t be large amounts of snow, but you very well may experience a light dusting. There are about 9 hours of daylight in early October.

  10. Absolutely! October is, in fact, one of the best months to see the northern lights in Iceland! ​With an average of 15 hours of darkness, October is ideal to see the northern lights.

    *Notes: Please don’t plan your whole trip around seeing the Northern Lights. You can follow this Northern Lights forecast – and IF the lights are active during your stay and you get so lucky to see the aurora borealis then it will be a bonus!

  11. You’re likely to hear the famous saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes”. The climate is constantly changing and it can rain at a moment’s notice—as it often does. Rain gear is extremely important, otherwise, you’ll be cold and miserable. A raincoat, waterproof hiking pants and water-resistant boots are all items you’ll want to bring.

    Below are a few things that we suggest bringing to make your trip more comfortable:

    • Hiking shoes/boots (waterproof) *This is a must-have item!
    • Wool or waterproof socks
    • Hiking pants (water-resistant or water proof)
    • Jacket (water-resistant or water proof)
    • Leggings (fleece lined)
    • Long sleeve shirts
    • Sweater and/or light jacket
    • Bathing suit
    • Beanie
    • Gloves
    • Buff
    • Scarf
    • Flip flops (for the hot springs)
    • Swim cap (the lagoons have high levels of silica)
    • Snacks (food is expensive in Iceland and good to have for the road)
    • Walking/Hiking sticks
    • Portable charger/battery pack for phone
    • Waterproof phone case (for Blue Lagoon)

    When it comes to packing clothes, think layers, layers, layers. The unpredictable weather in Iceland can be difficult to dress for but layers are the solution. Long sleeves, fleeces and water and wind-resistant jackets are the way to go. When packing clothes for Iceland, waterproof is key. Having waterproof or water-resistant boots are 100% essential to have. Even if there is little rain, the mist of the waterfalls will get you pretty wet so a waterproof jacket and pants are also must-haves. We will be in the same minibus for the duration of the trip so you can leave extra layers on the bus and put on things when needed.

    Jeans are not recommended, but if you want to bring a pair for dinner, then they are nice to have, but are not for daily sightseeing.

    You will more than likely wear the same thing every day of the trip.

    All of our hotels will have a hairdryer in the room so you do not need to bring one with you.

  12. Iceland does not have a strong tipping culture, but many dining and drinking establishments will add a service fee to the bill. In restaurants, taxis and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion and if you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is recommended.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $15 a day.

  13. A few of the hotels on this trip offer laundry services, if needed. We change hotels almost daily on this trip so we suggest bringing enough of everything with the expectation you will not have time to do laundry.

  14. Iceland offer a wide variety of foods. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the trip although options might be limited.

  15. Yes, we offer private tours to Iceland for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs while you will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides and your friends and family.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

Nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit Iceland.

If you are not a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Iceland.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Reykjavik (KEF).

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

 

Iceland weather

Most of the hotels we stay at are family-owned farm hotels. The minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic is reflected in most of the properties we stay at. Think clean lines, minimal decor and amazing views. Rooms and bathrooms can be on the smaller side so please be aware of this.

Reykjavik – Old Town

This casual, contemporary hotel is 4 minutes walk from Laugavegur shopping street.

The relaxed rooms feature Scandinavian-style furnishings and an amazing breakfast buffet.

Hvolsvöllur

This hotel has outdoor saunas and hot tubs to relax in and take in the views. The hotel has a restaurant that serves a fusion of traditional Icelandic and international cuisine and a bistro bar.

Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Simple, yet modern décor is featured at this hotel.

There is an in-house restaurant offering a breakfast buffet and a dinner menu. The restaurant features spectacular mountain views. In the evening, guests can relax with a drink in the bar’s cozy armchairs.

Höfn

Featuring views of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, this hotel offers heated rooms with a modern design with hardwood floors, stylish interiors, a satellite TV and private bathrooms with showers.

At their restaurant, the ingredients come from local farmers and fishermen where the spotlight is on the langoustine, the fjord’s most renowned dish.

Fáskrúðsfjörður

Cozy rooms on a rural farm featuring an informal restaurant offering homemade food, seeing traditional Icelandic rural culture and the coolest part is the accommodation is in turf cottages (where grass grows on the roof).

Its location is unique as the highest settlement in the whole country.

Husavik

Situated at the heart of Húsavík, this hotel is well- equipped and offers modern rooms, just walking distance from the harbor of Skjálfandi bay. At their whale-themed restaurant, they always try to work with the local community, the menu is mostly based on local ingredients.

Akureyri

This hotel is only a 5-minute walk into downtown with many restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.

Reykholt

A family-run and homey country hotel in Southwest Iceland.

There’s a restaurant at the hotel, where courses are prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The menu includes traditional Icelandic food, like skyr and lamb. Farmers here grow their own vegetables and farm pigs, and all eggs are free-range.

There’s a small farm shop by the restaurant, where farmers sell handicrafts and produce from the region. Postcards for sale with drawings of nearby elf dwellings!

Insurance

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

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Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Iceland.

CDC Iceland