IN THE LAND OF ELVES AND TROLLS
IN THE LAND OF ELVES AND TROLLS
Expeditions for everyone – good shape and physical fitness not required. Transport by comfortable hired means of transport (with or without a driver).
We will sleep in small local hotels or guesthouses, usually in rooms for 2-5. Bathroom in the room or shared on the floor.
Travelling with your loved ones to experience the adventure of a lifetime together is the idea for a dream expedition. An itinerary tailored to the youngest participants who take their first steps in the furthest corners of the world. Activities and attractions combined with relaxation and an educational form of discovering the world.
WHY GO WITH US?
The wildest and oldest hot springs! During our trip we will stop at several places for a blissful dip in hot springs, because what...
The wildest and oldest hot springs!
During our trip we will stop at several places for a blissful dip in hot springs, because what would a visit to Iceland be without a bath in the wild? Surrounded by impressive nature, we will relax after a day full of activity. With us, you will discover natural hot springs practically hidden from the world, totally off the beaten track, as well as the more popular but equally stunning ones. Relaxation guaranteed!
Fresh fish straight off a cutter and a rotten shark! Iceland is a fishing powerhouse, with its economy based mainly on the fishery...
Fresh fish straight off a cutter and a rotten shark!
Iceland is a fishing powerhouse, with its economy based mainly on the fishery. So get ready for delicious fish dishes like you’ve never tasted before. Fresh cod straight from the water from a fisherman at a port? By all means! And there is also something for those who crave extreme delicacies. You will certainly feel satisfied with rotten shark meat which can be bought almost everywhere here?
Trekking to the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls Iceland is a country abounding in waterfalls. This small island has severa...
Trekking to the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls
Iceland is a country abounding in waterfalls. This small island has several hundred of them, some truly mighty. Take a trip to Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. And try to walk behind the cascade and not get wet in the process!
Blue Lagoon – bath in silica Geothermal baths characterised by the contrast of the milky-blue water with the black-brown lav...
Blue Lagoon – bath in silica
Geothermal baths characterised by the contrast of the milky-blue water with the black-brown lava fields. The unique care and healing properties will make you never want to leave the water! The water in the springs contains a particularly high amount of silica and the biggest attraction, apart from the bathing and relaxation itself, is applying a silica mud mask to your face and body. The mud will beautify your skin and the bath itself will have a healing effect on your whole body. Feeling relaxed already?
JOURNEY ACROSS THE FAIRYTALE LAND
Iceland is a fairytale land that has become home to many magical creatures. Green meadows are where elves and fairies live, naiads have come to love high waterfalls and geysers, and caves, glaciers and volcanoes are occupied by mountain trolls and leprechauns. We will traverse the entire island in search of new and unforgettable adventures and feel like true explorers! As an aid in this quest, you will get “My Travel Journal” specially prepared for you, which hides many activating tasks, daily challenges or secrets to discover. We will see everything Iceland has to offer: impressive glaciers, peaceful rivers and lakes, scenic bays and fjords, and majestic volcanoes. Throughout the trip, we’ll travel in modern vans and spend our nights in the cosy Soloist Lodge – summarizing our daily expeditions during young conquerors’ evening gatherings, organising film nights, mini competitions and discos, and spending active time riding Icelandic horses, playing soccer, or relaxing in the wooden hot tub… under the open sky! “A smile breeds a smile” – so are you ready? 🙂
The Golden Circle offers the most beautiful landscapes, a variety of elements and an unforgettable experience! Iceland’s must-see. Impossible to get bored while covering this route!
GULLFOSS – A MAGIC WATERFALL
The huge Gullfoss waterfall lies in the heart of a national park and is a symbol of Iceland. It comprises two cascades, one 11 and the other as much as 21 meters high! The powerful cascade will impress children and their parents alike. Legend has it that Gullfoss has the power to make your innermost dreams come true….
Challenge of the day: Will you venture on a task that’s hairy to marvel a good fairy?
GEYSIR - THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS GEYSER
Geysir is an Icelandic geyser located in the Haukadalur Valley. All such geothermal springs in the world owe their name to it. Until the 1960s, Geysir was still ejecting water as high as up to 80 metres. Today, unfortunately, it is no longer active, but its remains still impress visitors. And still, being there, we will get enchanted by Strokkur – still active, it regularly throws impressive masses of water into the air.
Challenge of the day: Will you fly with the water high not to turn into smoke in the sky?
THINGVELLIR VALLEY – THE BORDER OF TWO CONTINENTS
Would you like to be in two places at once? During our expedition to Iceland you will have this opportunity! You will find yourself at the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The Thingvellir Valley area is home to a national park, inscribed on UNESCO list in 2004. It is inhabited by the largest number of troll families, which – according to Icelanders – can be found in rocky nooks and crannies.
Challenge of the day: With two continents under your feet you might make Earth turn a bit!
PUFFINS – A SYMBOL OF ICELAND
Iceland is where the largest flocks of puffins – beautiful water birds – can be observed. The bird’s likeable, “cartoonish” appearance (large head, short legs, red beak and black and white round body) has earned it its Latin name, Fratercula arctica, which can be freely translated as “little Arctic bro”
JÖKULSÁRLÓN – A GLACIER LAGOON
Our trip will take us to the picturesque glacial lake Jökulsárlón, created by water flowing from the melting Vatnajökull glacier. This is one of those places where winter never ends and permafrost can be admired all year round. The lake is located within the Vatnajökull National Park – the largest national park in Europe. We will take a walk on the “diamond beach” to marvel at huge ice crystals dotting the black sand….
Challenge of the day: Black sand? Is this magic? Give me glasses ‘cause I want to take it to my classes.
SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK – STUNNING VIEWS OF A GLACIER
A national park in Iceland with an area of 4,807 km² located on the south coast of the island, in an area of high volcanic activity. The place has often been hit by various disasters: volcanic eruptions or flood waves. At present, nearly 80% of the national park’s area is occupied by the Vatnajökull glacier – the largest in Europe. Truly breathtaking views!
Challenge of the day: Make a snowman that adorns, otherwise you may grow horns. Are your folks aware for real what this land here might conceal?
SELJALANDSFOSS AND SKOGAFOSS - TWO SPECTACULAR WATERFALLS
In the southern part of the island we will see two breathtaking waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Their waters cascade down from a great height to a picturesque green pool, and in summer a permanent double rainbow is formed there, creating a unique scenery. We will be able not only to approach the waterfall at very close range, but to walk behind it as well!
Challenge of the day: Go behind the cascade and see what you can trade! And search for the treasure, too, ‘cause the Viking will soon come to you!
SKÓGAR MUSEUM - ALL ICELANDIC HISTORY IN ONE PLACE
Skógar Museum in South Iceland is a regional folk museum with a unique collection of memorabilia from the past. Visiting it, you will see a huge number of folk craft artefacts. What’s more, they are displayed in beautifully preserved old farmhouses with turf roofs (green grass roofs). And there is an additional attraction for children. While visiting the Skógar open-air museum, they will be able to take an English lesson at a real Icelandic school and feel like a native Icelander.
ARNARSTAPI – THE MAGIC OF ICELAND!
The real charm of Iceland will reveal itself to us on its western edge – the charming fishing villages and seaside towns will satisfy parents as well as the most demanding kids! We will go in search of a troll – allegedly hiding inside an intriguing cave… 🙂 In Arnarstapi we will also see many birds that come here to nest. In summer you can spend hours and hours just watching them – the view of parents with their chicks in nests set up on numerous cliffs is truly remarkable.
Challenge of the day: A statue made of stone has been standing here alone. Now it’s time for us to tell – is it a dragon, troll or bear?
REYKJAVIK – VISITING EUROPE’S SMALLEST CAPITAL
What would a trip to Iceland be without a visit to Europe’s smallest capital city? We’ll marvel at the local concert hall, Harpa, whose building mimics ice crystals, we’ll be sure to pop into a local fish & chip diner and see if Bill Clinton’s hot dogs are really that delicious. Reykjavik is a bustling minimetropolis, and yet a cosy town as well, full of souvenir shops. Of course, we could not miss its must-see – the island’s most peculiar church, Hallgrímskirkja.
Challenge of the day: Icelandic conversations and photo situations 🙂
DYRHÓLAEY - A MEETING WITH PUFFINS
Dyrhólaey offers one of the most gorgeous views in Iceland. It is believed that around 80,000 years ago this rocky peninsula was a separate island, in time attached to the mainland by a volcanic eruption. Today, it attracts visitors with its beautiful high cliffs and… puffins! These funny birds arrive here in large numbers to nest and raise their babies 🙂
Challenge of the day: Everyone is simply dying to take a picture of a puffin flying!
REYNISFJARA – A BLACK SAND BEACH
We won’t exaggerate naming Reynisfjara a beach unique in the world. It forms an amazing landscape – covered in basalt black sand with picturesque cliffs looking much like church organs. We will take a walk along this one of the most beautiful beaches and try to climb the basalt columns.
Challenge of the day: Climb high on top of that rock and let your traveller’s bravery shock!
BLUE LAGOON - GEOTHERMAL SPA
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon SPA is one of the most popular destinations in Southwest Iceland. Taking a dip in the geothermal pools is a perfect option for those who wish to relax after an intensive sightseeing, and the icing on the cake among the places visited in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon itself is surrounded by volcanic landscape and the bright blue water adds to the unique atmosphere of the place
PUFFINS, SHEEP AND ICELANDIC HORSES, or ANIMALS IN ICELAND
Although perhaps Iceland cannot boast of a great number of species inhabiting it, those present definitely stand out in the Icelandic landscape. There are twice as many sheep as people in the country, so these cute fluffy animals will accompany us during almost every our escapade. We will also go in search of puffins, which can be met in Iceland mainly in summer, and admire Icelandic horses. They are sure to be running freely in Icelandic fields, but can also be seen from the windows of our Soloist Lodge
MY TRAVEL JOURNAL – EXCESS MEMORIES IN YOUR OWN JOURNAL!
This unique travel journal has been designed to activate our youngest Soloists. Created with numerous adventures in mind, it aims to capture as many of them as possible! In addition to adventures to complete and tasks to perform, it will feature Instax photos and treasures of nature collected along the way. Each day brings a different challenge, each page offers a new curious detail. Who would have thought that in the era of smartphones and tablets, a tiny book could become the most attractive form of entertainment while travelling? Its robust workmanship and suitable size will allow us to take the journal anywhere. Soon it will become our inseparable friend and finally, when we come back home, it will serve us as a unique album of memories!
WELCOME TO OUR LODGE!
Overnight stays will be at our Soloist Lodge, located in a very beautiful Icelandic setting about 1.5 h drive from Reykjavik. There you may choose from double, triple or quadruple rooms with bedding, where the level of cosiness will reach its zenith (both single and double beds). The lodge can accommodate up to 2 Soloist groups, but it is large enough and comfortable enough to allow even a significant number of people to rest and relax freely
The lodge comes with a fully equipped, spacious kitchen, where we will cook gourmet dinners! There is a cooker, oven, two fridges, kettle, all kinds of pots, pans and everything you need to make a tasty home-cooked meal. All the rooms are provided with bed linen and towels for everyone. Each room is also equipped with a washbasin with a mirror. And if after the entire day of sightseeing you come back wringing wet, a washing machine and a dryer are also available. In the evenings, there will certainly be no shortage of time for a bath in a round wooden hot tub. WiFi is available in the house, however we advise you to put your phones aside during the trip and enjoy the beauty of nature instead.
EXTRAORDINARY SURROUNDINGS – ON A REAL ICELANDIC FARM
The Soloist Lodge is owned by Arnes. Arnes is an incredibly nice Icelandic woman with a passion for horse riding. The lodge is a part of a larger farm where the very Icelandic horses can be found – perfectly fit and beautifully groomed, they will greet you every morning, as their corral is located almost opposite the lodge. Additionally, anyone willing may test themselves riding one of Arnes’ horses, with our hostess showing them the ropes.
RELAXATION IN A WOODEN HOT TUB
A day in Iceland is very eventful. We explore this beautiful country from the very morning to see as much as we can. Rest assured that it is going to be a very intense week! But we have also allowed for a bit of relaxation during the expedition. Later in the evening, having returned, tired but satisfied, to the Soloist Lodge, we can make use of the wooden hot tub. Above us, just the Icelandic sky where in September mesmerising northern lights (aurora borealis) appear sometimes, the cool Scandinavian air all around, while we’ll be warming up in hot water, regenerating for the next day full of adventures!
Prices in Iceland count among the things that can make your head spin, so on a day-to-day basis we will primarily be using our fully equipped kitchen at the Soloist Lodge. This is where we will cook our meals together. We will bring some products with us, but there is no need to take a huge amount of food. On the road, we will be stopping at local supermarkets offering a full range of products for quite affordable prices. See here for examples of basic food product prices. Our experience shows that about 70 to 100 euros for food should suffice. Eating in restaurants is rather expensive, but for those willing we will propose a few local diners worth trying. Iceland’s hit is fish bought directly from a cutter – amazing taste and very good prices.
Iceland can surprise with its cuisine. Traditional dishes and delicacies include, of course, in addition to fish soup, skyr – an Icelandic dairy product resembling fromage frais or Greek yoghurt. However, Iceland’s most traditional and rather controversial dish is the so-called hákarl, or fermented shark. Iceland is also the kingdom of fresh fish. Nowhere else will you eat such delicious fish that was swimming in the sea just a few minutes before!
COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT BY MODERN VANS
During the entire trip, we will be travelling in Renault Trafic 9-passenger vans (or similar) and Dacia Logan 5-passenger vans (or similar). We cooperate with a reputable car rental in Iceland and the vans come with full insurance coverage.
This Icelandic company has a large fleet of vehicles and convenient car pick-up points, which ensures comfort and smoothness in organising trips. What is more, the hired cars are covered by an additional Platinum package, so any participant with a driving licence can try their hand at Icelandic roads 🙂 Note! Our expedition is in the self-drive formula, which means that both the participants and the leader will take turns behind the wheel. Together, we will explore quite a piece of Iceland: glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs – the whole south of this beautiful country as well as western fishing villages 🙂 It is worth mentioning that the roads in Iceland are straight and the landscapes seen from a van’s main seat stun even more!
LUGGAGE AND CHILD CAR SEATS
You should bring your own child car seats with you. Please send us information on your child’s booster seat dimensions 2 weeks before the flight, writing at email@example.com
Children up to 135 cm
The trip price includes 7.5 kg luggage per child. This luggage should comprise the child’s personal booster seat (weight approx. 4 kg), which might be a high-backed or backless booster (depending on what the child uses) + 3.5 kg extra. Use stretch film to attach the car seat to the rest of the child’s luggage so that it is not damaged during the flight.
Children above 135 cm
The trip price includes 3.5 kg luggage per child. No booster seat required.
ADDITIONAL ATTRACTION - AMPHIBIOUS TOUR ON THE JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
A cruise on Iceland’s deepest lake – as much as 248 m at its deepest point. The lake’s formation started in 1934, when the glacier began to recede. The cruise will allow us to see the lagoon in all its glory. It will last about 30-40 minutes and we will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide, telling us many interesting facts about the lake and the glacier.
Price approx. 55 USD (children up to 12 years of age – 50% discount – please contact us by email)
ADDITIONAL ATTRACTION - WHALE-WATCHING CRUISE
A 3-hour cruise in Faxa Bay, during which, with a bit of luck, we will have the opportunity to see amazing creatures – the whales. During the cruise we will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
Price approx. 95 USD (children up to 12 years of age – 50% discount – please contact us by email)
ADDITIONAL ATTRACTION - HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE ICELANDIC PLAINS
Horseback riding in the wilderness of Iceland could not be missing from the range of additional attractions. This is truly fortunate that Arnes – the owner of the Soloist Lodge – owns a farm with Icelandic horses, known worldwide for their intelligence and friendly nature. Soak up the Icelandic atmosphere and experience a horseback adventure to remember.
Price: approx. 80 USD
Note: The family trip to Iceland offered is not a holiday camp. Children may only participate if accompanied by a legal guardian.
The trip is available to children over the age of 5.
The group will consist of no more than 24 people (including children). It will be guided by two Soloist leaders – experienced travellers who have already been to Iceland.
DISCOUNTS FOR YOUNG TRAVELLERS
All children are entitled to a discount.
1 child: 50 USD off the total price
2 children: 105 USD off the total price
3 children: 220 USD off the total price
To enrol your child, please contact our Customer Service by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS
Acting within the scope of the information obligation under generally applicable law – we would like to inform you that due to the rapidity, changeability and impossibility to precisely predict the introduction of internal sanitary regulations in the countries through which the journey to the final destination of the package travel takes place, a situation may arise in which the Traveller, under the above-mentioned regulations, will be obliged to perform, before entering the territory of a given country, tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and then to cover the costs of these tests in full, in order to continue the journey to the final destination of the package travel. Nevertheless, in order to meet the expectations of our participants, we, for our part, provide full information support in the field of applicable and ongoing regulations along the package travel route. Such information shall be sent to participants of particular trips by email. At the same time, we would like to inform you that, on the basis of Article X of the Package Travel Terms and Conditions, the Traveller may, at any time prior to the start of the package travel, cancel his/her participation in the package travel (withdraw from the package travel contract), in accordance with the calculation of the cancellation costs included in the contract.
Cost of trip
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
stay at the fully equipped Icelandic lodge with a wooden hot tub and a sauna (the house is for our exclusive use)
7 overnight stays in rooms for 2, 3 or 4
transport by Renault Trafic (or similar) and Dacia Logan (or similar) vans from a reputable car rental company in Iceland
the most extensive insurance package for the rented cars
additional insurance package - Platinum Package
unlimited number of drivers
no deductible for road damage (applies if the car is used in accordance with the rules and intended use)
parking fees on the route
My Travel Journal, a unique book full of magical adventures and unforgettable memories
didactic programme prepared by adept travellers and teachers with many years of experience to activate our youngest Solisci
visit to the Skógar open-air museum combined with a practical English lesson at an Icelandic school
admission to the Blue Lagoon thermal pools
care of two experienced leaders (one of them responsible for the youngest participants)
rich and unique itinerary developed based on over 100 trips to Iceland
contributions to the Travel Guarantee Fund and the Tourist Assistance Fund
premium travel insurance: Medical Expenses + Chronic Diseases - KL + CP (EUR 150,000), Civil Liability - OC (EUR 100,000 for personal injury and EUR 50,000 for property damage), Personal Accident - NNW (EUR 10,000), Luggage (EUR 1,000)
Not Included in the Price
air ticket (ticket purchase through the Club)
fuel at the destination (ISK 11,000, i.e. approx. 80 USD)
food (about EUR 70-100 per person)
costs of medical examinations, diagnostic tests and other activities required by the laws of the countries covered by the journey
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