Introducing : Active Travel

By April 15, 2019Adventures, Featured

We are so excited to launch a program years in the making – Active Travel! While we’ve always been happy to be your go-to place for all the gear and clothing needed for every adventure, we are thrilled to now offer trips of our own, just for our customers. First up is a trip to Iceland in January of 2020. Stay tuned for more trips to come. To officially sign up for the trip you can do so here.

At the place where two continental plates brush up against each other is Iceland, land of fire and ice. Get up close to this unique country on a nine-day exploration of its natural highlights. Make your way through lava tube caves. Watch the living Earth in action at some of the island’s volcanoes. Explore the rocky, mountainous landscapes of the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Relax in incredible hot springs and keep your eyes peeled for whales off the coast. Find your element in a place of extreme elements.

Arrive at any time.

Discover the beauty of Iceland’s south shore, catching views of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Its eruptions in 2010 produced massive clouds of ash that disrupted air travel throughout Europe for several days. See the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and follow a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of Gljúfrabúi. Stop in Hveragerði, a hot spring village, where you will have the opportunity to taste bread baked in a hot spring. Then visit the Lava Center for an overview of how Iceland’s volcanoes and earthquakes shaped this island.

Meals included: Breakfast

Continue exploring the south shore, passing sandy plains and moss-covered lava fields and stopping along the way at historical and geological sites. Visit Crystal Beach, scattered with icebergs that wash up on the black sands, and see iridescent ice formations in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Hike in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss waterfall, framed by basaltic lava columns. Stop at the historic farmstead Hof in Öræfi, home to one of Iceland’s best-preserved turf churches.

Meals included: Breakfast

Embark on a guided walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Strap on a pair of crampons and get up-close views of intriguing ice formations, deep sinkholes, and rugged crevasses. Later, stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach.

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the Skôgar Folk Museum and visit the picturesque Skogafoss waterfall. Opt to climb 400 steps to the top of the falls for spectacular views. Then set out on a tour of the celebrated Golden Circle. Visit the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and then see Geysir, the hot spring for which all other geysers are named. Tour the G Adventures-supported Solheimar Ecovillage, a sustainable community of over 100 people dedicated to helping people with disabilities. After touring the non-profit community and learning about the various workshops and programs, enjoy a local meal in their restaurant.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your G for Good Moment Sólheimar Ecovillage Visit and Community Lunch
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Begin the day with a walk in Thingvellir National Park, the last stop on our Golden Circle tour, where we’ll see the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continue to a traditional Icelandic farm — located in the narrow fjord of Hvalfjörður — where we’ll learn about rural Icelandic life and enjoy a traditional farm-to-table lunch. Continue to the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Icelandic Farm Experience
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Spend the day exploring the peninsula, including Snæfellsjökull National Park and its mystical glacier-topped volcano, which Jules Verne wrote about in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. See Búðir Church, the Lóndrangar sea stacks, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell. We’ll also visit the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, founded and run by world-renowned volcanologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Haraldur Sigurðsson.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Continue to Borgarfjörður, where many Icelandic sagas have taken place. See the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls; and step into Reykholt, the homestead of the 12th-century writer Snorri Sturluson. We’ll also visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring whose water heats most buildings in western Iceland. Stop at Krauma Spa for a relaxing soak before continuing to Reykjavík for our final evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s included in this trip:
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Icelandic Farm Experience, Hvalfjörður
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, Snæfellsnes
Your G for Good Moment: Sólheimar Ecovillage Visit and Community Lunch, Selfoss
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Visit the lava Centre
Hveragerði geothermal garden
Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon
Take an ice walk on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park
Visit black sand beaches
Explore Vatnajökull National Park
Golden Circle tour including Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula including Snaefellsjokull National Park, Sagaland and Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotels (8 nts).
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Allow USD435-565 for meals not included.
Private minivan/bus, walking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

What’s not included:
1) Airfare – S David Travel can book air for you or you can choose to book air yourself

2) Travel Insurance – It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD we also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.

3) Transportation to and from airport

4) My Own Room (single supplement) USD 1,459.00

Cancellation policy:
* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit
* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss
* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss

During winter months (generally November through early March) the itinerary and inclusions are highly subject to change based on weather conditions and less “daylight “hours. Your CEO will go over the schedule and advise you of any alterations on a daily basis. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding that this is completely outside of G Adventures control.