The land of fire & ice amazes travelers at every turn with breathtaking landscapes found nowhere else on Earth. We’ll discover Iceland on a road trip that will take us to its most iconic spots, from thundering waterfalls to exploding geysers. Nature puts on a real show here, and we’ll have first row seats. But this isn’t your stock trip to Iceland; this is a restorative wellness trip to one of the last places on the planet to be settled by humans. Your wellness adventure couples the world famous Blue Lagoon and traditional Icelandic sights with daily yoga and meditation, walking meditation, as well as a unique tea meditation experience. Plus with a professional photographer on board, you can benefit from some photography lessons if you so desire and you’ll be guaranteed to go home with some incredible portraits taken of you and the group. This unique trip is befitting of a place like no other you’ve ever been. You’ll walk away amazed and restored.
Your wellness guide in Iceland will be Sarah Scarborough, the Tea Huntress, who has devoted the last a twenty years of her life to discovering the history, agriculture and culture of tea. She has followed tea’s journey around the world to learn the ancient traditions of tea and source high vibrational, ancient and ceremonial varieties. As a registered yoga teacher, she offers yin, restorative and vinyasa classes. She has led wellness retreats in Iceland several times.
Your driver and guide Mangus is a local and will regale us with stories and a bit of history as we travel from waterfall to lava field and beyond!
Your GG2P Facilitator will be Krystal Kennedy, an expat who lives in Paris and is a professional photographer. She is the author of Paris, a Life Less Ordinary and creator of the podcast La Vie Creative. She has worked with GG2P for many years and is a whole lot of fun!
Arrive in Reykjavik and take a taxi to your hotel, Blu 1919, which is located near the harbor and the famous Harpa music hall. Most flights to Iceland from the US are overnight, so take the day to relax, walk around Reykjavik a bit, and recover from your travels.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy an optional welcome yoga session to get the kinks out and ease into the trip as well. Then we’ll stroll over to a wonderful local restaurant for a wine pairing dinner.
After a morning yoga session and breakfast, we’ll meet our driver and start our first day of exploration visiting the lava fields left by the most recent volcanic eruption in Fagradalsfjall. Lava fields are created when flowing lava cools off and forms artistic designs on Iceland’s landscapes. With time, the lava fields are covered in green moss and integrate into Iceland’s landscapes.
We’ll walk on, around and along the most recent lava fields practicing a walking meditation technique that you can practice for the rest of the week on your own. After, we’ll drive to a nearby fishing village to enjoy a warm bowl of lobster soup (vegetarian options available) that is often remembered as one of the highlights of a trip to Iceland.
After lunch, we’ll continue to what is perhaps the most famous thermal pool in the country: The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool of seawater mixed with freshwater that is generally between 37°C and 40°C. There’s something very special about immersing yourself into the warm thermal waters of a hot spring when it is chilly outside, as it usually is in October in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon contains silica, algae, and minerals which are thought to cleanse, heal and rejuvenate, and we’ll do just that thanks to the 3 face masks included in our Premium Package.
Our package will also include a bathrobe, towels and slippers, and a drink of choice from the swim up bar. Toast to the fabulous experience with a glass of bubbly before rinsing off and getting ready for dinner at Lava Restaurant, right by the Blue Lagoon.
Dinner will start with a glass of sparkling wine followed by a seasonal Icelandic dinner using the finest local ingredients.
After an invigorating yoga session at the hotel followed by breakfast, we’ll start our road trip. Today we’ll head all the way to the south shore to explore some of the mightiest waterfalls and most striking landscapes. In Iceland, the journey is often just as spectacular as the destination. The landscapes are so majestic that you can spend hours mesmerized by the abruptly changing weather, the otherworldly lava fields, the moss-covered hills and the volcanic rocks.
Our first stop of the day will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the famous waterfall you can walk behind thanks to the large caverns that are behind the tall but narrow drop. Dressing in waterproof clothing will be key because the force of nature is apparent the moment you approach any of the waterfalls.
Here we’ll enjoy a refreshing waterfall meditation, practicing mindfulness to really soak in the moment.
After Seljalandsfoss we’ll continue towards another waterfall, perhaps the most impressive of them all, Skogafoss. Skogafoss is famous because of the sheer amount of water that pours down right in front of you. The water spray here is at its strongest and often results in beautiful rainbows – sometimes doubles or even triples! You can admire Skogafoss from the bottom or walk up the 400 steps to get to the top.
Because we have a professional photographer on tour with us, Krystal will be happy to show you tips of how to get the best shots of these wild natural landscapes.
We’ll continue driving to Reynisfjara black beach where we’ll enjoy a simple yet hearty, freshly prepared lunch at a local cafe. After lunch, we’ll enjoy free time at this mythical black sand beach, flanked by the Reynisdrangarbasalt cliffs on one side and the wild ocean waves on the other. The area, and the beach in particular, are steeped in legends around trolls frozen by the morning sun. Look out for the rock formations in the ocean.
After exploring the area and trying to capture its raw beauty, we’ll drive back towards Reykjavik and stop for an early seasonal dinner at a cozy country hotel located right by a stream and a hot spring.
We’ll arrive back in Reykjavik in the evening, on time to hopefully catch the Auroras in the streets of the city as they are often spotted in October.
Today we’ll wake up to another fantastic yoga session followed by breakfast and a more relaxing day. We’ll leave Reykjavik a bit later than usual to allow for a bit of free time to do some last-minute shopping in town, and then we’ll head over to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed site and the heart of Iceland’s birth.
Thingvellir is known as the location of the annual Parliament from the 10th century until the end of the 18th century. Today, its a pleasant and very well-maintained park with a network of trails and well-marked paths to walk on.
We’ll enjoy some free time and then continue to the beautiful ION Adventure Hotel. ION is located far away from any nearby urban development and enjoys the peace and quiet that makes Iceland so special. The outdoor pool is a favorite spot, as is the glass observatory lounge from where you can enjoy sprawling views of the area surrounding the hotel and relax with a book.
We’ll enjoy a welcome tea with a ceremonial meditation. Something our guide specializes in. Then we’ll head to the restaurant for lunch followed by some time in the afternoon to discover the nearby hiking trails, soak in their heated thermal outdoor pool or book a massage at the spa.
We’ll reconvene for a group dinner at the hotel’s premium restaurant where beautiful locally sourced meals are served with a side of the same panoramic views.
After dinner, why not enjoy one last dip into the thermal pool?
If the Northern Lights are spotted, the hotel will wake you up to let them know to head over to the observatory lounge, so you don’t have to wait outside in the cold.
We have saved perhaps the most famous day of the trip for the last. Wake up to a wonderful yoga session at ION”s beautiful yoga room as well as meditation practice and then enjoy a leisurely breakfast by the window to start the day on the right foot.
Today is all about finishing the rest of the Golden Circle. We’ll start the day off at the strongest of all the waterfalls, Gulfoss, which you can enjoy from above. Water drops around 31m here and passes through raids and a narrow canyon that truly shows you the force of nature. You can see the waterfall from the main drop off point or walk a few steps up to a viewing platform for a wider view.
After Gulfoss, we’ll continue to see the Great Geysir and Strokkur geysers. On a good day, and depending on the weather, the geyser can explode high into the air surprising all those around it. Surely Krystal, who specializes in portraiture, will be able to capture some superb group shots as well as individuals. This always makes for one of the best souvenirs.
A visit to Iceland could not be complete without learning more about two uniquely Icelandic things: its horses and its greenhouse agriculture. We’ll enjoy lunch and a tour at a tomato farm housed inside a greenhouse. Because of the weather, growing vegetables and fruits in Iceland can be a challenge so the local growers have designed a system of greenhouses that allow them to grow the kind of vegetables and fruits that grow in warm climates with the help of bumblebees.
Lunch will consist of a soup buffet with plenty of creamy butter and bread and a separate a la carte menu you can order from. The tomato beer is an intriguing choice.
After lunch, we’ll be graced with a private Icelandic horse demonstration of this indigenous horse breed not found anywhere else in the world. You can also stroke and get up and close with the horses at the stables.
We’ll return back to ION with free time to enjoy the outdoor pool or hiking trails before our final farewell drink and dinner.
Day 6 – October 12th, Wednesday
After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Reykjavik and will be dropped off at the Radisson Blu 1919 around 11am where our lovely time together in Iceland will end. Depending on when your flight back home is, this day can be a final exploration day. Some of our suggestions for the last day in Reykjavik include:
Afternoon or evening flight home. Or why not stay another night in Reykjavik. Today’s optional adventures are not included in the budget.
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