July 15-21, 2018 | 7 days / 6 nights | $3,995
Note: there are two trips to Iceland in the summer of 2018. This is trip #1.
“There is a reason Iceland is a destination receiving more attention, buzz and energy in recent years: it’s an epic country. The landscape is breathtaking, and in some places – otherworldly! Join me for this trip to visit some of my favorite places and experiences I’ve discovered on recent trips. From soaking in the Blue Lagoon, riding Icelandic horses, trying all the local foods, hiking to/above/behind waterfalls, trekking across a glacier and more — you’ll soon see for yourself why Iceland is such an amazing place to visit.” —— Mary, Living Big trip host for this adventure.
Day 1 – Sunday, July 15
Plan on arriving into Reykjavik International Airport (KEF airport code) by 8AM. You’ll be picked up at the airport and brought to our apartment in the heart of Reykjavik on the popular Laugavegur Avenue. We’ll drop our bags and then explore the city to fight the jetlag! Reykjavik has a rich culture and is right along the sea. After a traditional Icelandic breakfast you’ll soak it all in from the top of Hallgrímskirkja Church. Afterwards we’ll dive into the history of this former Viking community on a city tour and lunch stop (you have to try the famous Icelandic hot dog!) followed by some rest to prepare us for the evening ahead. We’ll have dinner along the Old Harbor, then take in an evening stroll through the city. This start date will require a U.S. departure on July 14. All meals included.
Day 2 – Monday, July 16
Today is dedicated to fully experiencing the Blue Lagoon — likely what you think of when someone mentions Iceland! After breakfast at our apartment we’ll have some downtime to further explore Reykjavik and its charming shops, then head out to soak in pristine geothermal waters with their iconic bright blue color. Here you’ll have the majority of the day to rest, relax, soak, and get an in-water massage if you like. Massages at the Blue Lagoon are not included, and require advance booking; contact your Trip Host for details. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 3 – Tuesday, July 17
After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to the city and head east to explore the three locations that make up “The Golden Circle.” Our private driver and guide will take us first to Pingvellir National Park, a historical and geological wonder; then to Gullfoss waterfall for a natural sight that will take your breath away; and then on to Geysir, an active geothermal area that erupts every few minutes. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in a beautiful spot and then settle in for the night at an old school that was recently transformed into one of the coolest overnight spots outside the city center. All meals included.
Day 4 – Wednesday, July 18
After a busy first few days we’re going to start this morning slow. You’ll need it, especially if the sun is keeping you up at night! In late morning we’ll head to an Icelandic horse farm, locally owned and run by a couple with a huge passion for teaching people about the horses that are truly unique to Iceland. Elwira, Svenni and their teams will teach us everything we need to know to embark on a ride around the beautiful area that surrounds their farm. After our ride we’ll head to the local geothermal bath to soak and rest before dinner. All meals included.
Day 5 – Thursday, July 19
On this morning we’ll continue east along Iceland’s south coast and explore some amazing natural sights. We’ll walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, hike in the rolling hills behind Skógafoss, walk on Vik’s black sand beaches and see Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, made famous for its 2010 eruption that impacted nearly 10 million travelers in 20 countries! After a full day of exploring and hiking we’ll settle in for a warm meal and rest. All meals included.
Day 6 – Friday, July 20
Be prepared for a full day! We’ll start bright and early with a hike that’s different from any you’ve ever done! We’ll lock into our crampons to explore the majestic landscape of the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, with its amazing ice sculptures, ice ridges and deep crevasses that will leave you in awe. After a picnic lunch near the glacier, we’ll head to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where we’ll explore massive icebergs and the glacier from a small zodiac boat. The size and scale of these icebergs are difficult to digest — but once you see them, you’ll have a better understanding of why the Titanic sank! All meals included.
Day 7 – Saturday, July 21
On this final day we’ll meander back from Skaftafell to Reykjavik. Along the way we’ll see a few additional sights, sneak in a little local shopping, stop for lunch and then head to the airport for our early-evening flights. Breakfast and lunch included.
Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQ section above for more information about this trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is going on the trip?
This trip is made up of 10 women: 9 guests and your Trip Host. A major tenet of Living Big is to make international travel more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.
Can I join the trip solo? Or can I invite a few of my friends to join me on the trip?
Yes and yes to both questions! Some women join Living Big trips on their own; there to make friends and see the world, and others join Living Big trips because they want to share the experience with their friends, sisters, mothers or daughters and don’t want to do any of the planning!
You’ll find that the trips are structured in a way that you’ll have a good amount of group time, but also a fair amount of independent time to explore on your own, with new friends you met in the group, or with the friends joining you on the trip.
Who is the Trip Host? And what is her role?
On this trip your Trip Host is Mary. To learn more about Mary, click here.
The role of the Trip Host is to be there to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, even when the inevitable travel bumps come our way – such as an unexpected rainy afternoon, traffic, missing luggage, etc. But more importantly, to be a resource that will give you the space you need to really enjoy the experience. So if throughout the trip there is something your Trip Host can do to support you in this regard – please let her know. For example, if you’re not feeling well, having trouble sleeping, not getting along with someone, not satisfied with something, etc. please please share these concerns. No one needs a ‘Mother’ on this trip – that’s not our intention, but if there are small adjustments that can be made to create more space for you to enjoy the experience —- the Trip Host will see what she can do!
How much does the trip cost? And what is included/excluded in this price?
The total price per person is $3,995. This includes the following:
- Planning: all trip logistics, including pre-trip negotiations with all hotels and vendors, onsite coordination, useful information leading up to your trip such as advice on what to pack, how much to budget for spending money, a cheat sheet for learning the local language, advice on local currency, etc.
- Hotels: 6 nights accommodation based on a shared room.
- Meals: see the daily itinerary for meals included each day. Dinners will include a limited amount of hosted beer and wine.
- Transport: all ground transportation, including airport transfers and hired ground transportation, are included.
- Activities: all activities, unless specified in the itinerary, are included.
- Gratuities for local guides and partners.
The following are not included in the trip fee:
- Round-trip airfare is not included, but gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles or extending your trip as you wish. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities.
- A set amount of wine and beer will be purchased with each hosted dinner, but each guest will be responsible for alcoholic beverages beyond this amount.
- While not required, each guest is encouraged to consult their existing insurance policy to determine what is covered while on the trip, and if needed, secure an individual insurance policy for the trip.
- Any additional activities you want to book along the way: spa visits, private tours, cooking classes, etc.
- Spending money, additional tips for your Trip Host and excess luggage fees.
What are the health and physical fitness requirements to join on the trip?
Guests should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate in all group trip activities, such as hiking, trail and glacier walking, hiking at high altitudes, riding small boats, riding horses, swimming in warm water, walking on uneven surfaces, carrying luggage, and getting on/off various modes of public transportation. The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.
Is there a minimum/maximum age to participate?
Women over the age of 21, that are physically able to participate in the trip itinerary, are welcome to join for this adventure. Please see the detailed itinerary and FAQ on minimum physical fitness requirements to learn more.
What should I do to secure my spot on the trip?
The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online (click here.) Once you request a spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big, etc. If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver. Please note: registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is airfare included in the trip fee? What do I need to know before I book my flight?
Round-trip airfare is not included in the trip fee, but this gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles, to extend your trip any way you like, and to select the routes and airlines you prefer. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities.
- Inbound flights should arrive into Keflavik Airport (code: KEF) on July 15 before 8AM
- Outbound flights should depart from Keflavik Airport (code: KEF) on July 21 no earlier than 4PM
If you would like to extend your stay, please contact us for advice!
You will be required to share flight details at least eight weeks before the adventure commences.
Will I be sharing a hotel room? Can I choose my roommate?
Yes, everyone will be sharing a room with at least one other person. In most instances, you will have your own bed. You can request a roommate preference on forms that you’ll be asked to fill out 10-12 weeks before your adventure begins.
Can you tell me about the type of accommodations we'll be staying at?
You betcha! We’ll be staying at a range of properties throughout the trip. In Reykjavik we’ll be staying in shared apartments in the center of town. On the south coast (central) we’ll be staying at an old school that has been updated and converted into a hotel (very cool!) and further east on the south coast we’ll be staying at a three-star hotel.
What kind of ground transportation will we use?
When we leave Reykjavik we’ll be traveling in a mini-bus with a hired driver. The roads are generally well maintained, but we could experience bumps in the road and/or uneven surfaces. We’ll travel by mini-bus for up to four hours at one time, but don’t worry – we’ll make plenty of stops!
What should I pack?
Prior to the trip, you’ll receive a packing checklist and advised on what type of clothes and supplies you’ll need.
Do I need to carry my luggage?
Yes, plan on carrying your bags to/from the airport, on/off buses and vans and in/out of lodging.
I don't speak the local language. Is that OK?
Don’t worry about mastering the local lingo to join our trips. When traveling internationally, locals do appreciate it when visitors know at least a few key phrases. We’ll provide a quick language lesson and cheat sheet.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in the summer is relatively cool, with temperatures averaging between 45 degrees and 55 degrees fahrenheit. There might be occasional light rain and strong winds.
What if I don't need every hotel/activity/etc. on my trip?
Unfortunately, refunds aren’t possible for unused hotel rooms, meals or activities. The total trip price is a package deal; credits are not given for services not used. Please contact Living Big if you have questions or concerns about any trip activities due to a physical condition. If there is a reasonable alternative, we can explore it.
How do I communicate information like allergies, injuries, etc?
About 10-12 weeks before we begin our adventure, you’ll receive a pre-trip packet of information. This includes forms, questionnaires and waivers that you’ll need to submit no later than 8 weeks before the trip begins. These forms allow you to share these important details. Living Big will provide meals as outlined in the official trip itinerary and will work with you to try and accommodate special dietary requirements; however, Living Big is not required to provide such meals, supplements and/or any special requests beyond what is outlined in official trip itinerary.
Do I need a U.S. Passport or Visa for this trip?
Yes, a U.S. Passport is required to visit Iceland. Your U.S. Passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date and have two blank pages for entry stamps. A Visa is not required. Entry requirements may change. While Living Big will keep you informed of changes, you should take personal responsibility to ensure you can satisfy entry requirements. Click here to learn more about entering Iceland with a U.S. Passport. If you plan to visit another country before or after your this trip contact Living Big to discuss any additional entry requirements.
Do I have to pay for the entire trip up front or can I make payments?
No, you do not need to pay for the entire trip up front. (Although you can, if you prefer.) Check out the Trip Pricing tab (click here) for payment details.
What is Living Big's policy on non-discrimination and violence?
What if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide you need to cancel your trip the following refund schedule applies upon written notice of your cancellation:
- Cancellations made on or before February 28, 2018:
- Your trip deposit is nonrefundable. If you paid in full for the trip the deposit is $500.
- You will be reimbursed 50% of what you have paid to date, less the nonrefundable deposit.
- As an example, if you made a $500 deposit, then made two additional payments each for $250 (total paid = $1,000) then the amount you would receive back is $250.
- Cancellations made on or after March 1, 2018:
- All payments made to date are nonrefundable.
Travel insurance helps protect against last-minute cancellation, trip interruption, and to cover medical treatment or emergency medical evacuation during your trip. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance in advance of your trip. To learn about travel insurance, click here for a quick lesson!
What if the trip doesn't fill up or is cancelled?
The trip requires a minimum number of participants in order to take place at the stated price, since it takes into account group discounts, shared accommodations and other factors that create cost efficiencies. Once an adequate number of participants sign up for the trip, you will be notified. If a trip does not have enough participants, or if someone unexpectedly cancels, you will be refunded your deposit or you will be given the option to pay a trip supplement to continue the trip with fewer participants. Should additional participants sign-up after you have paid the trip supplement, this fee will be refunded. Your air travel itinerary is yours to decide, and we recommend you purchase flight cancellation insurance. Living Big is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip including non-refundable air tickets, gear, medical equipment or travelers insurance.
What if I can't make payments according to the payment schedule?
If unusual circumstances arise and you can’t make payments on time please contact Living Big (click here) to discuss. Generally speaking, failure to make payments according to the schedule may result in losing your spot on the trip.
Oh no! The trip is sold out -- but I really want to go!
Because all Living Big adventures are kept to small groups, it’s highly likely that the trips will sell out. If we had our way everyone would be able to join (but we can’t grow that fast!) Be sure to sign-up to receive Living Big trip announcements by email (click here to sign-up) to hear about future trips to Iceland. Alternatively, you can work with Living Big to plan your own trip to Iceland that mirrors the Living Big trip, or make any modifications you like! To learn more about Living Big’s custom travel design services, click here.
Trip Pricing + Payment Options
See below for key details and next steps to request a spot on this adventure!
This trip is nearly all-inclusive of meals, all lodging, all ground transportation, and all activities outlined in the itinerary (click here), all the planning and booking (so you don’t have to do ANY work but show up!) and advice on what to pack, tips on international travel and a go-to resource who is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the trip, and on the trip, to help ensure that you have an amazing experience!
If you’re interested in requesting a spot on this trip please make note of the following booking process and payment terms:
- The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online (click here.) Once you request your spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big, etc. provided there are spots available on the trip.
- If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver.
There are two options for payment:
- Pay the full amount by credit card or by check.
- Break your payments into equal monthly installments. Make a deposit of $500 to formally register for your spot, and then on the first of each month (following the month you made your deposit payment) your credit card will be automatically charged a set amount, so that the final payment is applied on April 1, 2018. If you decide to make monthly installment payments, you will receive a payment schedule based on when you register.