Become a dóttir in Iceland

Tour itinerary - Become a dóttir in Iceland - 7 - 16 July 2020

Come with us to N-Iceland!  We will take you to all the hidden places far away from the crowded tourist areas.  Join us for horse back rides, whale watching, waterfall crusing and hikes in spectacular pristine nature. We want you to meet the locals, learn about the sagas and take part in the arctic handicraft and design exhibition. We want you to taste the most fabulous food in local restaurants, try the local beer, have the glass of wine and that piece of chocolate. And how about meeting a female phrophet and take dip in a beer-bath. Yes you heard right, a beer-bath!

Day 1:  Take it easy!

Travelers arrive very early at the airport in Keflavik (KEF) and meet the tour leader and local guide. After collecting luggage, the group will enjoy breakfast at the Viking Museum in Keflavik. There you will have a short lecture on the settlement of Iceland where your local guide will focus on the settelment of women in Iceland. Travel via coach into Reykjavik where we will visit the Perlan for a beautiful view of the city and lunch. After checking into our guesthouse, we’ll enjoy a stroll around town. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Sagas and Textile Museum

After enjoying breakfast at the guesthouse, we will head north towards Borgarnes where we will learn about Icelandic history at the Settlement Center. After lunch, our journey continues north to the town of Blönduós where we will visit the textile museum and learn about womens handicraft. Dinner in a local restaurant and settle into our guesthouse in rural North Iceland.

Day 3: Blöndós - Fortune tellers and pristine pools

Visit the Museum of Prophecies where a fortune teller will ‘predict’ your future using ancient runes. Icelandic women are known for their spiritual mind and have over the centuries told each others fortune throuch cards or coffee cups! Learn the story of Þórdís the fortune teller who was the first inhbitant of Skagaströnd in the 10th century. After lunch by the pristine coastline you will have a swim in the beautiful pool at Hofsós. A pool given to the municipality by two local women. Head to Siglufjörður for an evening of Morracan food (yes, we said Morracan) and bar hopping! Overnight at Siglunes Guesthouse in Siglufjörður.

Day 4: Siglufjörður - Herring Museum - Beer baths

Peruse the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður. A local guide will give you the insight into the life of the "herring girls" that helped with increasing Icelands wealth in the 40's - 60's by working around the clock packing herring into barrels for export. Drive to Hauganes to imbibe in beer (extra) and a beer bath! When bathing in beer, you’ll sit in a big tub filled with beer, water, hops and yeast. The beer is in the early stages of fermentation, so the low pH will tighten and soften your hair follicles and cleanse your hair and skin. Beer is also a great source of B vitamins and many other nutrients and has anti-inflammatory effects. After we complete our spa treatments and have lunch, head to the beautiful “Capital of the North,” Akureyri, for the evening. Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 5: Godafoss Waterfall, Myvatn Lake, Dimmuborgir Lava

After breakfast, we continue east for a stop at the beautiful and historic Godafoss waterfall. Enter the mystic Lake Mvvatn area where we’ll hike in the geothermal and unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir.  After our hikes, refresh in the healing waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 6: Canyons, Waterfalls and Whale Watching

Heading further east, experience the most powerful waterfall in all of Iceland – Dettifoss. The breathtaking power of this waterfall will blow you away (literally)! Wear your rain gear too as the spray from the massive falls is prominent! Then, don your hiking shoes for an amazing hike through the awe-inspiring geology of Ásbyrgi and the Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon. Ásbyrgi translated to “Shelter of the Gods” and legends claim the steep walls of this canyon were created by Odin’s eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology. Jokulsargljufur means glacial-river-canyon and it is aptly named for Iceland’s longest river canyon. It contains beautiful vistas, echo caves and unique rock formations.  Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 7:  Whale Whatching - Free time in Akureyri

We will depart from the Akureyri harbor after breakfast for a morning whale watching tour where you get a chance to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoise as well as puffins and all kinds of sea birds. After lunch you have a free afternoon at Akureyri. Check out handicraft, the botanical garden, art, shops, cafés and restaurants in this capital of North Iceland. Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 8: Horse back riding and Burial Rites

You can’t spend time in Iceland and not take a ride on the famous Icelandic Horses – the only breed of horse in Iceland! You can choose from a 1- or 2-hour ride on these gentle beasts as we explore the countryside around the Syðra Skörðugil farm. Later, explore the restored turf houses at the Glaumbær museum before visiting the valley where Agnus Magnúsdóttir lived and died. Learn about her story and the culture of this remote part of Iceland. After a brief stop at the amazing Grábrók Volcanic Crater, we return to Reykjavik for the remainder of our tour. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 9: Reykjavík - Explore on your own - Farewell dinner

After breakfast at the guesthouse, you will have a free day to explore Reykjavik to do more sightseeing, take some photos, do some shopping, visit a museum, attend a concert at Harps, go to a local swimming pool, take a shuttle to the Blue Lagoon, eat a hot dog or cinnamon roll… the day is yours to have fun! (Lunch on your own). Your local guide Herdís Friðriksdóttir will assist in planning your day.  Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 10: Exploring Reykjanes Peninsula and Depart for home 

After breakfast at the guesthouse, we will explore the Reykjanes peninsula, including the beauty of Brimketill and Gunnuhver and the unique Bridge Between Continents. A quick lunch in Keflavik before we are dropped off at the airport for our afternoon flights home. :( 

If you are curious about this trip, we would love to hear from you! 

Cost and details

COST: 3950* (total USD) * Min 12 participants. Due to the high cost of Iceland tourism ad the volatility of the Krona (Iceland's currency) the filan cost will depend on the number of travellers and exchange rate at the time of the final payment (and will not exceed an additional $450).

INCLUDED: The cost includes all lodging, based on double occupancy, all meals (except one lunch during your free day in Reykjavik,) all group land transfers with motor coach, a local guide with you at all times. All group activities (as listed above), all equipment rental, traveler’s handbook and orientation.

NOT INCLUDED: Roundtrip airfare, extra activities/sites, extra purchases (such as souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, snacks and lodging sundries), local driver and guide tips, laundry services and travel insurance.

 

PLEASE NOTE: With weather and other uncontrollable variables, some activities/lodgings/schedules/meals may change prior to or during the tour. This tour will accommodate a variety of fitness levels; however, it is best to be in fair physical/mental shape.

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