Event SnapshotCost: $1,800 per person
($800 deposit required when registering. Final payment of $1,000 due by 1 April 2015)
Physical Requirement Level: 5 of 10 - Moderate
Culture Shock Rating: 2 of 10 - Low
Length of Trip: 7 Days, 7 - 13 June 2015
Group size: 12 max
Included Activities: Horseback riding on local Icelandic horses, Fjord sea kayaking, hiking natural parks, swimming in hot springs, glacier trekking, Reykjavik cultural city tours, viewing active geysers, local bike tour, Reykjavik micro-brew/beer tours.
Experience: None! No prior experience needed, all levels of fitness and outdoor experience welcome.
Required Documents: Must have valid passport.
Why Travel with TAG?
Yes, many people travel to Iceland each year, we are sure your friends and family have given you a dozen different companies to travel with, so why travel with TAG?
You're in luck, we have an answer for that exact question. We are not a travel agency; we simply love adventure, so leading adventure-seeking groups is what makes us smile!
Along with doing what we love, we choose places that feels just as strongly about adventure, exploring, and maintaining an eco-friendly environment. You could ride a tour bus with 40 others around the country of Iceland, but you wouldn't even begin to see what Iceland is really about. This is the best Iceland has to offer visitors, and specifically visitors who love to explore new adventures. Get Ready for an out-of-this-world amazingly unique vacation and multi-adventure in a beautiful destination.
If physical challenge is what you want… it’s here. If rest and relaxation is what you need… it’s here, and there’s everything in between!
We welcome you to Iceland!
- With TAG, you receive an exclusive TAG guide during every step of the trip, ensuring every moment is a relaxing vacation for you, eliminating any worries you may have to deal with, we do the heavy lifting (bookings, verifying events, checking on transportation, dealing with vendors/lodging...) so you don't have to.
- Custom TAG-built welcome to Iceland information packet covering local customs, weather, history, and important cultural information, emailed to you after registering.
- All-day pass to the famous Blue Lagoon thermal pool unique geothermal spa situated in Iceland's youngest lava field.
- Icelandic horseback riding in Hafnarfjörður through lava fields and along beautiful green hillsides on the unique and beautiful Icelandic horse.
- Kayaking the serene and beautiful waters of the Hvalfjörður fjord where the North Atlantic and Norwegian Seas meet.
- 4 Hour guided hike through the amazing Reykjadalur valley of hot springs and around dormant volcanos.
- 3-4 hour trek across Mýrdalsjökull glacier, one of Iceland's largest glaciers then hiking around the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
- 3 hour Reykjavik city tour on bicycle by a local tour guide showing all the main sites and features of the capital of Iceland.
- Iceland's best brewery tour "Ölgerðin", guided by Iceland’s oldest brewery, invites you on a unique journey tasting from the time of mead to today's micro brewed beer.
- Comfortable transportation to all activities and returning to the hostel in clean and reliable shuttle services with bi-lingual drivers.
- 7 days / 6 nights with shared rooms (4 people per room) in one of the newest Hostels in Iceland, the beautiful Loft Hostel in downtown Reykjavik with walking access to pubs, restaurants, and shopping. (Single private room available for an additional $1550.00 per room)
- Healthy Icelandic breakfast included each morning located in the cafe area near your lodging.
- Taxes and Entrance Fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest are included unless otherwise specified.
- Professional digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the entire trip, images are uploaded and sent to you on a flash-drive for you to keep.
- Pre-event meet-up in Tampa, Florida (optional)
- Friends and family can follow your location online during the entire trip on Google maps.
- TAG's quality adventure promise: worry free fun; relax and enjoy the trip.
*Subject to change due to sever weather or other events.
Welcome to Iceland!
Day 1 - Sunday, 7 June 2015
After disembarking the plane, follow signs to immigration to have your passport checked and stamped. Next, continue to baggage claim and customs. Once you've retrieved your luggage and cleared customs, you will need to take a taxi to the Loft Hostel located at Bankastræti 7, 101 in downtown Reykjavik.
Once at the Loft look for the TAG guide in the lobby or lounge area to check in and get a tour of the area. You are free for the rest of the evening to relax, catch up on sleep from traveling, or explore the local area.
Famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Pools and Spa
Day 2 - Monday - 8 June 2015
Today you will start off your trip to Iceland by relaxing with a visit the Famous Blue Lagoon Thermal Pools. The lagoon is a unique geothermal spa situated in the youngest lava field in west Iceland. Once there, you have many recreational options such as walking around the Blue Lagoon's spectacular surroundings, bathing in the milky blue-green water, relaxing in a geothermal steam bath, or release the stress from your shoulders under a Blue Lagoon waterfall.
Be sure to remember to bring your bathing suit and towel, or you can rent one for a small price at the Spa's shop.
Duration: The pick-up and transport to the Blue Lagoon from the Hostel takes 60-75 minutes, you will spend 3-4 hours at the lagoon then return on the shuttle to the Hostel.
What to Bring: Towel, baithing suit, change of clothes, waterproof camera. Cash/card for drinks or spa treatments.
Included Meals: Breakfast at Hostel
Trek through Fire and Ice
Day 3 - Tuesday - 9 June 2015
Grab a big breakfast, and stock up on snacks, today will be a longer day but full of first time adventure for us all. This is a tour that combines two of Iceland's natural highlights, hot springs and glaciers and should not be missed.
This tour combines two of Iceland’s natural highlights, hot springs and glaciers, along with the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano! After you board your transportation at the Loft you will drive to the Hengill geothermal area, located at the foot of an old volcanic cone. There you will take a 2 - 3 hour walk past a series of beautiful hot springs en route either to the Reykjadalur valley where we can enjoy a bath in a beautiful geo-thermal warm stream.
The tour then continues by car right past the Eyjafjallajökull volcano towards the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, one of the largest in Iceland. Driving through the region affected by the eruption and seeing how this outburst of nature’s forces has changed the appearance of the landscape is a very unique experience. A glacier walk on the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue between ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses will complete your day.
Duration: 11-12 hours total including transportation.
What to bring: Backpack, warm clothing for glacier hiking, rain gear, strong hiking shoes or hiking boots, bathing suit and towel. Cash/card lunch can be bought on the tour.
Meals included: Breakfast.
Icelandic Horseback Riding
Day 4 - Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Riding an Icelandic horse is something you have to experience at least once in your life. From the Íshestar Riding Centre in Hafnarfjörður you can enjoy the friendly horses on excellent riding paths. Ride through lava fields and along beautiful green hillsides looking for different rock formations in the lava while experiencing the special Icelandic horse gait, tölt. This tour is ideal for both beginners as well as for more experienced riders
After breakfast at the Loft you will meet your transportation in the lobby to the Icelandic horse ranch just outside of town. After a brief tour, you will meet your new friend; the icelandic horse. Horses will be paired up with the rider's experience level.
Duration: 4 - 5 hours including round trip transfer time and riding time.
What to bring: Warm clothes, camera, snacks, drinks. (No backpacks can be worn while riding the horses)
Meals included: Breakfast at the Loft, Cultural lunch or dinner at the ranch
Sea Kayaking in Serenity Fjord
Day 5 - Thursday, 11 June 2015
After breakfast you will depart to kayak along one of the most breathtaking fjords in Iceland. This trip will take you sea kayaking on the serene and beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord. This deep fjord is framed in by mountains that stretch from the sea up to more than 1000 meters. The kayaks are stable and easy to use. You do not need prior experience since your guide will teach you the technique on location. You will paddle along the coast and enjoy the magnificent views then return to shore and relax in the quiet Icelandic countryside for lunch.
Duration: 5-6 hours including transportation and lunch.
What to bring: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), bathing suit and a change of clothing.
What's included: Kayaking gear, life jacket, kayaking instructions, wetsuit or dry splash guard top, lunch after kayaking.
Included Meals: Breakfast at the Loft, lunch after kayaking.
Cultural Bike Tour of the City
Day 6 - Friday- 12 June 2015
You will start the day off with a classic Reykjavik popular biking tour. The route may include but is not limited to the following places; Reykjavik’s south facing beach - Ægissida, University of Iceland campus, Nordic House, Reykjavik’s Catholic Cathedral, Parliament building, Reykjavik's Old Harbour, Tjörnin City Lake and City Center. You will also pass the home of some of Iceland’s most famous people.
The best part of this tour on bike are the guides. The local bi-lingual guides on this tour love Reykjavik and happily share their personal stories and insights with you. They'll show you places only locals know and do their best to entertain you with their knowledge.
Duration: 2-3 hours
What to bring: Warm clothes, comfortable shoes, rain jacket, small backpack, camera.
Meals included: Breakfast
Icelandic Brewery Tour and Tastings
Iceland is known for its amazing local beer. One of the top brewery's in the country is Ölgerðin (e. The Brewery), Iceland’s oldest brewery invites us on a unique journey through the drinking saga. Taste the quirkiness of Iceland while listening to stories about the drinking culture as it once was in the past and is today. You will visit and tour the brewery, dive into the drinking habits and experience the Icelandic spirit, all in this one entertaining stop at Ölgerðin, at their new and stylish headquarters in Reykjavík.
The brew masters will introduce us to Icelands original idea of mead, what the Vikings brewed, give you a taste of beer substitute, what Icelanders drank during the prohibition years and also pour you a shot of Brennivín, produced in their very own local distillery, among other extraordinary Icelandic beverages.
You will try the top Icelandic beer; Gull beer, Malt & Appelsín, different kinds of spirits and history. This tour will surely make your day brighter and we promise that you will leave with a smile on your face. If you haven't experienced Icelandic local brewed beverages you are in for a treat!
Duration: 2-3 hours
What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7 - Saturday - 13 June 2015
Wake up for breakfast, then you are free to packup by 11AM. You can hang out at the Loft or get a shuttle/taxi to the Airport. Safe travels.
An after trip email will be sent with links to photos and other information.
Meals included: Breakfast at the loft.
Loft Hostel - Newly Built
Top Ratings on TripAdvisor and HostelWorld.
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed on 10 Aug 2014
This was my first hostel experience and it was SO much better than I expected. During my stay in Reykjavik I also stayed at 1 hotel and 1 other hostel (which I won't name) and Loft Hostel blew it out of the water. The rooms were clean, staff was so incredibly friendly and willing to help... I forget their names but shout out to the girl with the dark hair and straight cut bangs. Very pleasant and accommodating.
“Best Hostel in Reykjavik!”
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed on 4 Aug 2014
I stayed at the Loft Hostel from 18th of August 2014 until 22nd of August 2014 and I can say that my overall stay was pleasant. The best thing about the Loft Hostel is that it is indeed in the centre of Reykjavik and everything is close by /walking distance. Busstation, bars, restaurants, shops, everything! Loft Hostel is very clean, every room has a separate big clean shower and toilet and the breakfast for me was good. They have excellent service at the reception and go beyond their way to help you with everything you need in any kind of way.
Perfect location: Downtown, on Reykjavík's main shopping street, and within walking distance from most of Reykjavík's monuments and attractions, pubs, and restaurants.
4 Beds to a room, private room available for additional costs
- Café on site
- Full Bar on site
- Information desk with travel assistance
- Self-catering kitchen
- Breakfast buffet
- Full wheelchair access
- Lockers in rooms
- TV room
- Event calendar
- Balcony patio
- Live music
- Free WiFi
- 24 hour reception
- Linen included in price
$1,800 per person
$800 deposit due upon registration to reserve your tours and hotel rooms.
Event cost does NOT include airfare to or from Iceland, alcoholic beverages, some lunches and dinners, any personal or travel emergencies, excess baggage, tourist visa costs, and personal purchases.
$800 due at registration
Final payment of $1000 due by 1 April 2015
Partial payments are accepted after the initial deposit. Make $200 payments per month for 5 months if you want.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $100-per-person service charge.
If the event is canceled, your payment(s) will be returned to you via paypal or mailed check.
Methods of Payment
Register for the event and follow the instructions online to make your payment.
Please call to make a payment over the phone or if you would like to mail in a check or money order. Call 1-855-8000-0824
What to Pack
The weather in Iceland in June is still damp, cool, and windy. Please pack for windy 60 degree Florida-like weather in December. In June Icelandic night time temps are in the 40's, and cool daytime temps may reach into the 60's.
Dressing in layers is the key. Pack pants, both short- and long-sleeved shirts, a light jacket and a sweater. You also will need rain gear that covers both your upper and lower body. Summer is not Iceland's rainiest season but still brings significant precipitation, and an umbrella will not cut it in Iceland's winds. A sturdy pair of broken-in hiking boots is essential for outdoor adventures along Iceland's rocky, rough terrain.
The following items are strongly suggested. They are a must for your safety and comfort. When packing think about what will keep you warm in cool windy environments. Try to avoid jeans for hikes or during the different tours. Jeans get wet and keep you cold. You can find non-denim non-jean moisture-wicking clothes at most sports stores.
Iceland's water is heavy in minerals, so throw in extra conditioner and styling gel to keep your hairstyle adjusted.
To save money bring some non-perishable snacks to save you from shopping for them in Iceland, where their prices are heavily taxed and inflated.
- Warm jacket
- Warm long pants (no jeans on hikes)
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Thick warm socks
- T-shirts for base layers
- 2 x swim suit or swim shorts
- 2 x dress shirts or blouses
- 1 x dress pants
- Pajamas or gym shorts/shirts for sleeping in the mixed rooms
- Snacks (trail mix, cliff bars, etc...)
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Croakies or a strap to keep glasses secure on your head
- Warm beanie or knit cap
- Warm gloves
- Sports water bottle or canteen
- Backpack or small day-pack to carry gear around
- Camera with batteries and cards and chargers
- Rain jacket (lightweight and breathable)
- Rain pants
- 1 x dry bag
- 200volt international electric outlet converter/adapter U.S. plugs will not fit Iceland plugs without an adapter.
- Waterproof camera, charger, memory cards
- Phone and phone charger (service not guaranteed)
- Ipod/MP3 music for chilling out
- Medications, bring enough to last your entire trip.
- 2 x prescription glasses or contacts with cases and solution
- Toiletries as needed
- Shaving toiletries
- Toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste
- Extra conditioner
- Brush or comb
- Women sanitary items
Other Items Items
- Eye covers for long hours of daylight
- Ear plugs are a must, there may be music at the Loft Hostel
- Books for reading while driving around Iceland or for relaxing around the Loft
- Cash for tips and drinks
- Mesh bag for wet clothes (do not bag up wet clothes or they will spoil)
- Passport (with photo copies)
- Drivers license
- Cash, credit/debit card
- Insurance card and contact information.
- Emergency contact information of family and friends
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What's a Hostel and can I have my own room?
Lodging in Iceland is very expensive, which is why we have chosen to stay in a hostel, plus hostels are so much fun, you meet locals and have a better overall experience.
A hostel is a "shared" hotel of sorts, everyone hands out in common areas much like a regular hotel, the only difference is the rooms. Each room will have 4 beds, two bunk beds. Men and women will be split up into separate rooms except one room where it may be mixed men and women.
Yes, you can reserve your own room. A single room is available for an additional $1550.00 per person. Contact TAG if you are interested in a single room. Rooms are subject to availability, and less are available the closer we are to the departure date.
What flights should I book? How much will flights cost?
Do not book flights until this event has met its minimum required registration. You will receive an email when its ok to book flights, with flight options.
There are two main flights from JFK in New York to Keflavík (Keflavík International Airport) Reykjavik, Iceland. One flight departs JFK at 2:10PM and lands in Iceland at 11:40pm. The other flight departs JFK at 8:40PM and arrives in Iceland at 6:15AM
Other flights to Iceland depart from Canada.
Average prices of flights from Tampa, FL to Iceland are $950-$1050.
What is Icelandic food like?
For centuries, hunting, fishing and foraging sustained Iceland. The island, just south of the Arctic Circle, is so remote, and its growing season so short, that people would take whatever they could from the land and the sea, surviving on puffin jerky and fermented shark. Today, Iceland's geographic isolation plus strict government environmental regulations helps it produce some of the purest foods on the planet. Grass-fed cows with a lineage that goes back to the Norwegian herds brought by the Vikings in 874 AD make milk that's high in beta carotene, creating exceptional butter and cheese as well as the yogurt-like skyr. Family farms sell tender meat from lambs that have grazed in the mountains all summer on moss, scrub and wildflowers. Fish farmers raise arctic char without chemicals or antibiotics in eco-friendly saltwater tanks.
What will the weather be like in June?Cool with daily high's of 59 degrees and daily lows of 40 degrees. Daylight lasts 21 hours each day with just 3 hours of twilight. Expect a 40% chance of rain each day with most days being cloudy or partly cloudy.
Should I bring cash?Yes, please bring some cash with you so you can purchase drinks at the bar. Major credit cards are accepted at all restaurants, bars, and shops. Money can be exchanged in any major airport. Iceland uses the Icelandic Króna, 123 Krona to every 1 U.S. dollar.
Is there a bar on the property?Yes, you will have access to the bar within The Loft and amazing nearby pubs within a short walk.
Will it rain when I am in Iceland?There is a 40 -50% chance it will rain while you are in Iceland during your your stay on the island. Please remember to bring a good quality rain coat and rain pants, not a poncho which will fall apart.
Will my cell phone work, will I have internet access?Overall, we recommend trying to stay unconnected, but you may have coverage within the city if your phone operates on the GSM network. To avoid costly bills, make sure you disable all roaming before you leave the U.S. Iceland has very advanced technology and has great cellular networks. Please contact your cellular provider to see if you can make international calls in Iceland.
Free WiFi will be available 24/7 within the Loft, we suggests you use the free WiFi to make calls over Google, Skype, or Facebook to avoid costly international charges or roaming.
Will I need a special Visa to get into Iceland?
Since your trip to Iceland is under 90 days, no visa is required for passport holders in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries.
Your passport will only be accepted if it expires 90 days or more from the day of arrival in Iceland. Passports must not expire within 90 days of visiting Iceland.
What's not included in the cost?Costs of obtaining passports, visas, or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; personal expenses such as room service, beverages, and laundry; personal communications charges; international airfare; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage, gratuities.
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