Iceland: South Coast May 16-21, 2020
If you’ve picked 2020 as your year of adventure, then there are few places as perfect to pursue those travel dreams as Iceland. The land of Fire and Ice is simply magical. Where else in the world can you hike on a glacier, discover an ice cave, walk on a still warm volcano or bathe in an outdoor hot pool while the snow falls... all in the same day?
If this sounds like the kind of trip you have been dreaming about, then join us May 16-21, 2020, for a Twist Trips five-day tour of some of Iceland’s most unforgettable sights. Starting and ending in the capital Reykjavik, this tour will showcase some of the country’s most popular places as well as take you off the beaten path to destinations where only the locals go.
WHO SHOULD GO
Twist Trip: Iceland is for like-minded women who love adventure, who want to explore somewhere new, and who want to immerse themselves in the culture and nature of Iceland. It’s also for women who like to have fun when they travel!
Want to take your photography to the next level? Then this trip is also for you. Whether you use a smartphone or have a dSLR, we’re going to help you make the most of every photo opportunity with talks led by our own Twist Travel magazine Editor-in-Chief Keryn Means, who will help you up your photography game and give you easy-to-implement shooting tips along the way.
*This trip is aimed at women and, as we will be sharing accommodation, we will not be allowing male guests this time.
- May 15th: Depart for Iceland (if based in North America)
- May 16th: Arrive in Iceland
- May 17th: South Coast Sights
- May 18th: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Black Diamond Beach and Glacier Hike
- May 19th: Volcanic Westman Islands
- May 20th: Golden Circle/ return to Reykjavik
- May 21st: Depart Reykjavik/fly home
- Hotels and Guesthouses
- Private driver with van
- Welcome dinner
- All meals during the tour* (alcohol not included)
- Hilarious hosts
- Knowledgeable Guides
- Twist Trip: Iceland swag bag
- Photography Education
- Dedicated Facebook Group for tour participants
- . . . and a few more surprises
**except breakfast and lunch on Arrival Day, dinner on the last night and any meals on departure day.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Airport transfer in and out of Reykjavik
(due to varied arrival times, we will help you set up transfers, but they are not included)
- Mandatory travel insurance
- Arrival Day: breakfast and lunch
- Last Night: dinner
- Departure Day: all meals
PRICE: $3250 (double occupancy)/ $4000 (single occupency) + Flights
- Payment plans are available:
- Pay in full now ($3250 or $4000 depending on occupancy)
- Two installments ($1,625 or $2000 depending on occupancy)- 1st payment due upon booking, 2nd due by April 1st
- Three installments ($1,200 deposit plus 2 payments of $1025/ $1400 depending on occupancy)- 1st payment due upon booking, 2nd due by March 1st, 3rd due by April 15th
*Please note: a minimum number of guests is required to guarantee departure. Please do not book international flights until you receive an email from us letting you know the minimum has been met.
**Trips are non-refundable unless someone takes your place from the waiting list.
Ready to join us?
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THIS TWIST TRIP?
We have only 9 spots available on Twist Trip: Iceland, plus your Twist Hosts, Keryn, Claudia and Katja. We will also have our local expert on the ground in Iceland. We want to keep this group small so that we can experience the magic of Iceland together, enjoy dining as a group, and have fun while traveling.
HOTEL ROOMS AND GUEST HOUSES
All rooms are double occupancy, meaning you will be sharing with another woman. If you book with a friend, you can room with her. If you are traveling solo, you will be paired up with someone. Single occupancy is available for an additional $750 (total trip cost US$4000).
Please let us know ASAP if you have any allergies or food intolerances. We will do our best to accommodate. Lamb, shellfish and dairy are a major part of the Icelandic diet. There are several grocery stores in Reykjavik if you need to grab snacks and supplement your meals before we head south, where options may be more limited.
Remember: you are your best advocate and must be vigilant when traveling with a group.
- Positive attitude
- Sense of humor and adventure
- Good physical shape to participate in all itinerary activities
- You will have to sign a waiver to participate in activities
- Embrace a bit of whimsy on the road, as the itinerary may change due to circumstances beyond our control, or if something amazing pops up that we don’t want you to miss!
- No opting out of the pre-planned tour itinerary unless there are unforeseen circumstances beyond your control (all activities are mandatory. No woman will be left behind!)
- Must bring your own water bottle (let's be eco-friendly ladies)
- You must have travel insurance. Click HERE to buy a policy through our preferred provider, Allianz Travel.
Is Iceland Calling You?
ABOUT YOUR TWIST TRIP: ICELAND GUIDES AND HOSTS
We've partnered with Hidden Iceland to provide the most amazing trip through the Southern Coast of Iceland, with all of the necessary safety and eco-conscious impact in mind as we tour this fragile ecosystem, including glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Hidden Iceland specializes in leading small intimate groups in discovering the incredible natural wonders of Iceland. As a boutique tour operator that focuses on sustainable travel practices while providing great value in crafting unforgettable adventures, we've been able to customize an experience that few others will ever get.
You are in for a treat! For the first time, our Twist team will be coming together to host a trip, something we don't plan on doing in the future. If you have ever wanted to travel with ALL of us, or just one of us (but meet the other two of course because we only keep good company), now is your chance! Get to know us a little more and why you will be laughing hysterically, sharing more than you would have guessed and walking away from a trip to Iceland refreshed, invigorated and ready for the next Twist Trip.
Keryn Means • Editor-In-Chief
Keryn is a passionate traveler who first visited Iceland with her family right before her youngest turned 2 years old (free to fly!) in search of the Northern Lights. While they didn't catch those dancing lights in the sky, she did get a taste for this magical land that would call her back again in August 2019 to explore the WestFjords. It was here that she did see the Aurora Borealis, which was pretty mind blowing, but even better, she solidified two friendship with her fellow travelers... and decided she wanted to include more people in this magical adventure she had set out on. Through food, time in the car, cozy guesthouses, and maybe a bit of the local gin (ask Keryn about the best gin in Iceland when you see her. She is sure to have a bottle or two for you to taste.), she knows you will fall in love with this often misunderstood island nation that has so much more than pretty waterfalls.
Follow her on @walkingontravels
Katja Gaskell • European Editor
After years of having Iceland on her travel wish list, Katja has managed to visit the magical land of Fire and Ice twice in the last two years….and she can’t wait to go back! As well as the waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and other geographical marvels, she’s really looking forward to trying more Icelandic food. The meals that she enjoyed when exploring the Westfjords last year, were some of the best she’s ever had. When not traveling, Katja and her family live in London, U.K.
Follow her on @globetotting
Claudia Laroye • Contributing Editor
Claudia Laroye is a curious and adventurous traveler based in Vancouver, Canada. While living in Sweden as an exchange student during the late 1980s, she came THIS CLOSE to visiting Iceland during her year abroad. As such, she's extra excited to finally be exploring Iceland for the first time on this trip, along with other ladies who may also be first timers. She's also keen to continue her gin exploration around the world, as Keryn has convinced her that - along with the amazing landscape - Icelandic gin is worth traveling for.
Follow her on @thetravellingmom