ICELAND WELLNESS RETREAT
May 22-28, 2022
June 19-25, 2022
July 17-23, 2022
August 14-20, 2022
September 11-17, 2022
September 25 - October 1, 2022
This experience begins at $2999 per person not including airfare. Only a $350 deposit per person to confirm your space. These are small group adventures ONLY. Once the space is gone, it's GONE!
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Please note that the weather near the Arctic Circle can be variable. Occasionally this will mean that we need to amend our itinerary to keep you safe. We will always endeavour to deliver a tour as close to the itinerary described as possible and ensure you see as much as possible, despite any bad weather.
Reykjavík-Arrive at any time. Enjoy an included airport transfer to your Reykjavik hotel and join the group for a welcome meeting. Take this opportunity to set your intention for the trip ahead.
Shuttle transport-Keflavík International Airport – Reykjavík, 45m Please go to the Flybus booth inside the arrival hall before exiting the airport, and advise staff about your name and that you're doing a G Adventures trip. They will then hand you a ticket for the bus that brings you to your start hotel. The bus shuttles leave regularly (approx. every 30 minutes) from the airport to Reykjavik and you can take any of them with this voucher.
Meet Your CEO and Group activity 1h Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travelers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Enjoy a CEO-led morning hike to Öskjuhlíð Hill. The rest of the day is yours to explore Reykjavik. Opt to visit the Nautholskvik Geothermal beach or Vesturbaejarlaug pools. Hop on a bike for a city tour of Reykjavik or go whale watching.
Free time activity-There's plenty to see and do in Reykjavík. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like hiking over glaciers, whale-watching off the coast, and snorkelling between two continents. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Wellness Moment: Öskjuhlíð Hill Walk activity Reykjavík-Follow your CEO on a walk up Öskjuhlíð Hill. Reward yourself with panoramic views of Reykjavik and the tranquility of the surrounding trees and nature.
Leave The City Behind
Reykjavík/Hveragerði-Leave the city behind and explore the famous Golden Circle. Explore and practice yoga in Þingvellir National Park. Afterwards, take some time to relax and soak in natural pools and hot springs, then visit a local bakery for a rye bread geothermal baking demonstration. Later in the afternoon, visit the Geysir Hot Springs and the Gullfoss waterfall.
Private Vehicle transport-Reykjavík – Hveragerði, 5h-6h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Thingvellir National Park Visit activity Þingvellir Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930. The park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and snorkelling between the tectonic plates.
Wellness Moment: Yoga Practice in Thingvellir National Park activity-Þingvellir Enjoy a session of hatha yoga in one of the most extraordinary geological sites in Iceland. Practice yoga postures and breathing exercises where the Eurasian and North America tectonic plates meet. Achieve peace to the mind and body in this energy filled site.
Foodie Moment: Rye Bread Cooking Class activity-Laugarvatn Learn to make rye bread in a geothermal bakery. Watch first hand as bakers dig out a pot of fresh bread from hot black sand. Taste the bread, served hot from the ground with some butter and take home the recipe for Iceland's famous rye bread.
Wellness Moment: Geothermal Baths activity-Laugarvatn-Experience the healing powers of geothermal springs. Soak in natural pools and allow your body and mind to relax and unwind. Listen to bubbling hot springs, warm up in steam rooms or take an arctic dip in a nearby refreshing lake.
Wellness Moment: Gullfoss Waterfall Visit activity Gullfoss Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.
Geysir Visit activity-Geysir See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.
Explore a Volcano
Enjoy a morning hike around the Reykjadalur area. Take in the stunning landscapes, explore natural hot springs, and enjoy a CEO-led meditation. In the evening, visit a nearby horse farm and enjoy a dinner of locally-sourced produce.
Private Vehicle transport Hveragerði – Laugarvatn Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Wellness Moment: Reykjadalur Hike & Meditation activity-Reykjadalur Hike along the scenic Reykjadalur trail. Walk along the rolling hills and pools of bright blue water. Follow the steaming pools that line the footpath until you come to the hot springs - natural pools heated by geothermal activity. Enjoy a CEO-led meditation session.
Meet Icelandic Horses at a Farm activity Brautarholt The Icelandic horse is a very unique breed. Although small and at times pony-sized, Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. At our guesthouse, stop by the farm and learn all you need to know about the Icelandic horse, with a focus on its gait and unique character.
Foodie Moment: Locally-Sourced Farm Dinner activity Hveragerði Enjoy a meal at the farm, which emphasizes local dishes made with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding area.
Hveragerði-Start the day strapping on your crampons for a glacier hike on Solheimajokul glacier. Later, enjoy a mantra meditation practice on the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Explore some of Iceland's most famous waterfalls, including Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss and take time for inner reflection with a guided meditation session.
Private Vehicle transport Hveragerði – Vik, 5h-6h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Fitness Moment: Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike activity- Sólheimajökull Equipped with crampons and an ice axe, hike through the dramatic glacier valley and along the black sand flood plains to the edge of the ice. Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The guide will explain the volcanic history of the area and the effects of global warming.
Wellness Moment: Black Sand Beach Mantra Meditation activity Reynisdrangar The black sand and ominous rock formations offshore provide an intriguing backdrop for peaceful meditation. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the jet black shores and let the landscape unfold its secrets as you meditate.
Reynisfjara Beach activity Reynisdrangar Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don’t get too close, the waves here can be extremely powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks.
Dyrhólaey Cape Visit activity Dyrhólaey, 15m Explore Dyrhólaey Cape, a small peninsula originally formed as a volcanic island. Check out the view from the top with glaciers and black lava heading into the sea. In the summer, keep an eye out for nesting puffins.
Skógafoss Waterfall Visit activity Skógafoss, 1h Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit activitySeljalandsfoss, 1h-1h30mSeljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.
Wellness Moment: Waterfall Guided Meditation activity - Seljalandsfoss Calm the mind and set intentions while participating in a guided meditation session set to the flow of cascading water.
Hveragerði Start the day with a yoga practice at the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula, renowned for its depth. Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful Reykjanes peninsula, including colourful geothermal areas, dramatic coastal cliffs, and a footbridge spanning two continents, before enjoying a farewell dinner together.
PrivateVehicle transport Hveragerði – Reykjanes Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Wellness Moment: Geothermal Rift Lake Yoga activity Kleifarvatn The incredible depth of Kleifarvatn lake, which has no visible outlets, makes the perfect backdrop for a peaceful Vinyasa yoga practice. Take some time to be still before discovering the connection between mind and body as you move through a series of poses.
Hveragerði/Reykjavík Following a morning restorative yoga practice, head to the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy one last soak or opt for a treatment, before heading to the airport with your included transfer.
You will arrive at the Blue Lagoon by 11:00am. An included airport transfer to Keflavik airport will depart at approximately 2pm from the Blue Lagoon. We advise to only book onward travel after 4:30pm.
Wellness Moment: Restorative Yoga activity Hveragerði Slow down and open your body through a series of passive stretches allowing complete relaxation and rest.
Private Vehicle transport Hveragerði – Reykjavík, 45m Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Blue Lagoon Transfer and Entrance activity Reykjavík A trip to Iceland isn't complete without a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon. Spoil yourself by taking advantage of the lagoon's geothermal seawater known for it's positive effects on the skin. Bathe in the mineral-rich hot water of the famous outdoor spa surrounded by rugged lava landscape. Take advantage of the included entrance and return transfer back to Reykjavik or to Keflavik airport.