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Gay Iceland & Reykjavik Pride Tour - Reykjavik, Silfra Snorkelling, Gjabakkahellir Cave, Hvíta River Rafting, Myrdalsjokull, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavik Gay Pride

Gay Iceland & Reykjavik Pride Tour

Reykjavik, Silfra Snorkelling, Gjabakkahellir Cave, Hvíta River Rafting, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Trek, Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Fontana Steam Baths, Reykjavik Gay Pride

8 Days from/to Reykjavik, Iceland

August 5 – 12, 2018

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Reykjavik, Iceland gay tourDrive the iconic Golden Circle, famous for Gullfoss Waterfall and the Great Geysir • Raft the Hvítá River and (safely) cliff-jump into the crisp, cool waters below • Hike an ancient glacier with an expert mountain guide • Float between the icebergs of Jökulsárión Lagoon • Soak and soften up in the Blue Lagoon • Enjoy the best of Icelandic cuisine • Indulge in a Pride-themed Champagne brunch • Delve into Reykjavík nightlife during Pride. From the cosmopolitan & friendly capital of Reykjavik to the remote countryside, you'll surely enjoy your time in Iceland. We've tailored this trip so you can enjoy the stunning South Shore as well as the excitement of Gay Pride in one of the most welcoming countries on Earth.

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Delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this 8 day Icelandic adventure. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser and touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier. Travel through desolate lands so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries. The ancient, untamed beauty of Iceland will stay with you forever.

 

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Included on your Trip

This is a list of included activities on this trip. All other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.

• Arrival/departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through us
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
• 3-star or higher accommodation (7 nights)
• South Shore Tour & Sightseeing
• Snorkelling
• River Rafting
• Glacier Hike & Super Jeep tour
• Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon
• Blue Lagoon entrance/towel/drink/algae mask
• Golden Circle tour
• Pink City history walk
• Pride Champagne brunch
• Pride Closing Party
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

Meals Included:
7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Due to the high cost of restaurants in Iceland, many meals are optional, allowing you the freedom and flexibility to choose what and when you eat. Our group often enjoys optional meals together, but don't feel shy if you want to break away and do your own thing.

We recommend budgeting approximately $750 for meals not included, although this amount can vary based on your eating and drinking habits.

 

Not Included

• International Airfare
• Meals and activities not outlined in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($40-80 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $50 USD)

 

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Accommodation

3 & 4 Star Hotels (7 nights)

We have carefully chosen these gay-welcoming properties with you in mind. They have the right balance of comfort while still being locally owned.

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CenterHotel Plaza, Reykjavik

CenterHotel Plaza, ReykjavikCentrally located on Ingólfstorg Square in Reykjavik's Old Town, CenterHotel Plaza offers a bright, cosy bar and a popular breakfast buffet. The National Gallery and other attractions are within a few minutes' walk.

The modern guest rooms feature wooden floors, a minibar and satellite TV. Some also include a seating area and a flat-screen TV. Guests can check their email via the free in-room internet access.

The CenterHotel's breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of hot and cold choices. After exploring the city, guests are welcome to unwind with a drink in the Plaza Bar, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a flat-screen TV.

Plaza's central location provides easy access to dining, shopping and culture. Staff is happy to provide tourist information and other services. The Flybus airport shuttle stops right by the hotel.

 

Trip Notes

Physical Rating
Be prepared for some physical activity. Although you aren't required to be in great shape, the more fit you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday.

Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group. Departure is guaranteed, subject to 4 people travelling.

Budget
Allow $800 USD for meals not included.

 

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Day 1 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland gay tripHallo! Welcome to Iceland.

Our first day begins with our group meeting followed by an optional group dinner. Following dinner we head to a popular lounge for a welcome reception with locals.

You are met on arrival at Keflavík International airport and transferred to your hotel on a shared shuttle service. Transfer: approximately 55 km.

You can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at 5:00pm. If your flight arrives after this time we recommend that you consider booking a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you can ensure you are able to attend this meeting.

Reykjavik gay barFollowing our meeting, we'll have an included drink nearby, followed by our first group dinner. The rest of your night is free, although we may head out on the town!

The world's northernmost capital lies just a whisker below the Arctic circle, sees around four hours' sunlight in the depths of winter, but bathes in 22 or more hours of it in summer. Surrounded by gleaming volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean with a vibrant heart that beats with a wild nightlife, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling, beautiful and must be touched, tasted and seen to be believed.

 

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Day 2 - Silfra Snorkelling / Gjabakkahellir Cave
Iceland gay tour - Silfra SnorkellingToday we head to Silfra where we swim and snorkel between the continents where the tectonic plates meet, with the opportunity to actually see the crack in the surface under water. Later in the day we continue our adventure with a cave hike through a lava tube that was created thousands of years ago by a river of red glowing lava.

After an early breakfast in the hotel, we are picked up and taken to Silfra for some snorkeling. Silfra has been rated as one of the top snorkeling and diving destinations in the world. Here, we get the unique experience to swim between two continents! As the tectonic plates here are pulling apart, this allows for us to swim overtop and take a look at the crack in the earth's crust. And don't worry about the cold - we're provided with wet suits and a nice cup of hot cocoa after this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Iceland gay tour - Gjabakkahellir CaveThen, we head by bus to our spelunking excursion in Gjabakkahellir Cave. This cave and lava tube was created thousands of years ago by a river of red lava at temperature up to 1800°C (3272°F). Following our safety briefing we strap on our caving gear and head into the depths of a cave. Be prepared for some climbing and crawling to get to the heart of the cave, but the journey is definitely worth it. After emerging back into the light of day, we head to our hotel for the evening to unwind and relax after this day of whirlwind adventures. You can grab dinner in the hotel bar, or perhaps grab a cold beer and relax in one of the natural geothermal Jacuzzis under the night sky.

 

Iceland gay tour - Hvíta River Rafting

 

Day 3 - Hvíta River Rafting
Iceland gay tour -  Hvita River RaftingThis morning we hit the water for an exciting and beautiful river rafting experience where you'll see great mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. In the afternoon our drive takes us along the South coast of Iceland to iconic Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls as well as the captivating rock formations of Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar.

After checking out of the hotel this morning, we head by bus to Hvíta River for a day of whitewater rafting! The route is seven kilometers in length and is perfect for people with any level of rafting experience. Be prepared to paddle through picturesque canyons followed by adrenaline pumping waves and rafting. One of the highlights about this route is the stop at Brúarhlöđ canyon approximately half way through the route. Here there is the perfect place to stretch your legs, enjoy the scenery, and if you're up for it - cliff jump!

We continue down the river to our end point where lunch and a warm soup is waiting. After drying off, our private vehicle takes us along the southern coast of Iceland toward Vik, with some great stops along the way. Make sure to have your camera ready when we take a break at Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara and the iconic Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

Once we arrive in Vik, there is an included dinner at our hotel and free time in the evening to relax after this busy day.

 

Iceland gay tour -  Myrdalsjokull Glacier

 

Day 4 - Myrdalsjökull Glacier Trek & Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Iceland gay tour- Myrdalsjokull Glacier trekAre you ready to trek on a glacier? Great! After a lesson in ice walking we head onto the Myrdalsjokull Glacier to experience one of the most popular activities in Iceland; Ice Trekking. After you've conquered the glacier, we head to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where we have a relaxing boat ride amidst freshly calved icebergs.

We start the day off with a bang, with a glacier hike of Solheimajökull. The Solheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Myrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. This is an easy walk on crampons up onto the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await your discovery.

After exploring the glacier we head to Jökulsarlon and the famous Glacier Lagoon. Here, small icebergs float in the lagoon that was previously formed by a glacier. We take off into the lagoon on boat to get up close and personal with the icebergs. Make sure to have your camera as the views are incredible! Afterwards we head onto our hotel for the evening.

 

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Day 5 - Blue Lagoon & Pride Opening Ceremonies
Blue Lagoon Iceland gay tourYour adventure becomes even more exciting when we head to the Blue Lagoon where we join other gay and lesbian travellers for a dip in the geothermal pool. Enjoy a drink and get to know some of the new guests before we head to our design hotel in Reykjavik which will serve as our base for the next few nights. This evening we attend the Reykjavik Pride opening ceremony where tourists and locals enjoy local and international entertainment.

This morning we check out of our hotel and head back toward Reykjavik, with a stop along the way at the Blue Lagoon. Arguably the most iconic attraction in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa known for its stunning colour.

Once we arrive, we connect with other LGBT travellers who we join for the next three days to celebrate Reykjavik Pride. We get the chance to meet and mingle, and of course take some time relaxing in the warm waters. After our warm dip and a chance to get to know other travellers we hop on our private bus and head back to Reykjavik where we check in to our hotel for our final nights in Iceland.

At 8:00pm those interested can take part in the Reykjavik Pride opening ceremonies which feature a mix of local and international performers. Following this event, those interested can head to a popular nightclub to dance the night away.

 

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Day 6 - Golden Circle & Fontana Steam Baths
Iceland gay tour - Gullfoss waterfallToday we will join a larger gay and lesbian group to experience Gullfoss waterfall, the world-famous Geysir & Pingvellir national park where you can see the Great Atlantic Rift. Following this we head to the Fontana Steam Baths where you will have a chance to enjoy three geothermally heated baths, a sauna, a warm sand beach and access to the pristine waters of Lake Laugarvatn. If you have energy after today we have an optional dinner followed by options for the Pride Concert, Queer Cruise and the other official Pride events.

Today, we enjoy the famous Golden Circle tour with the travellers we met yesterday from around the world. Our first stop is the national park Pingvellir followed by Haukadalur, a famous geothermal area with hot springs, pools of bubbling mud and erupting geysers. After spending some time here, we head to Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most well known waterfalls in Iceland.

Reykjavik Gay Pride tourThis afternoon we return to Reykjavik for a city tour that features both the mainstream and gay history of this incredibly progressive city and country.

For dinner, we recommend stopping by Kolabrautin restaurant in Harpa. The food is delicious, and the setting is breath taking. This evening, there are many optional activities for you to join in during Reykjavik Pride. There is the popular Reykjavik Pride Concert in the Harpa Concert Hall, a queer cruise from the Old harbour of Reykjavik (which departs after the concert), or you can just spend the night bar hopping in the city.

 

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Day 7 - Reykjavik Gay Pride
Reykjavik, Iceland Gay PrideWhat better way to start your last full day in Iceland than with a champagne brunch with the travellers you've met over the past three days? Afterwards, we take a short walk over to the route for the annual Pride Parade. One of the biggest events in Iceland, the parade attracts nearly a third of the population of Iceland and is always a great time! After the parade, there is a short outdoor concert at Arnarhóll where the party continues. We love to see such wide variety of people attending including families and children!

Our last dinner together (optional) will be arranged by your OUT Adventures leader at a fantastic restaurant.

We recommend rounding your trip off with a great party at Broadway, one of the most popular events during Reykjavik Pride. With great local DJ's and performers,. Spend as much time as you'd like celebrating and dancing tonight as many bars and clubs are open until 5:00am!

 

Day 7 - Reykjavik Gay Pride
There are no activities planned for Day 8 and you are free to depart at your leisure using your complimentary transfer.. If you are planning to stay in Reykjavik, please let us know as soon as possible as hotels in Reykjavik fill up quickly during Pride. Thank you for joining OUT Adventures in Iceland!

 

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Trip Notes

Trip Style - Active
As you'd expect, activity is key on an Active trip. But, we're not jumping off cliffs or paragliding - unless you want to, and hey, that's entirely your choice. Active Adventures are the ideal way to travel if you want plenty of cultural interaction whilst staying physical.

Culture Shock Rating: 2
The trip includes a range of accommodation, such as simple, but clean and comfortable hotels or bed and breakfasts. Days of being on the move are well interspersed, communication with the outside world is ever-present and a wide variety of food is commonly available.

Physical Rating: 3
Be prepared for some intermediate physical activity. This includes treks, white water rafting, snorkelling and more. The more fit you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday.

 

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Money Exchange
The official currency in Iceland is the krona (ISK). ATMs are available in most towns, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Some banks will allow a cash advance against a major credit card which will incur a service charge of 5% or more. Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash. In any case, some money should be taken as cash in case of emergencies - we recommend the equivalent of 400 USD per person.

Spending Money:
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities and tipping.

 

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Tipping - Iceland
If you are happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many OUT Adventures destinations. The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.

Local Guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest EUR1-2 per person per day for local guides.

Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $5-$10 USD per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

 

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Health
All OUT Adventures travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully in the group travel experience. If, in the opinion of our group leader, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, OUT Adventures reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. We therefore ask that you read the itinerary in these Trip Notes thoroughly and then realistically self-assess your physical ability to complete the trip as described. Please consult with your doctor if you have any doubts. If you have a pre existing medical condition, please make sure you discuss the trip with your doctor.

Please contact your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses/contacts). Please be aware that we are often in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

 

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Visas
Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. It is important that you check for yourself.

What to Take:
Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you will not be required to walk long distances with your luggage.

Your OUT Adventures Group Leader
All OUT Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our gay or gay-welcoming group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best vacation possible.

Your leader will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. OUT leaders aim to support local guides who have specialized knowledge of the regions we visit - and who better to hear it from than the locals themselves? If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

 

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Your Fellow Travellers:
You will be travelling with other gay travellers and occasionally their friends or family. As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Please note that due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travelers booked on your trip prior the the pre-trip email approximately one month prior to departure.

 

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Single Travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation although a single supplement is often available for an additional charge. For no additional cost, single travellers share with a roommate of the same sex for the duration of the trip in a twin room (2 beds).

Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit, sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local partner right away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

A couple of Rules
We believe in having fun exploring new cultures, while being responsible travellers. On our trips, generally there are only two rules: No drugs and no prostitution. These two activities can put the entire group at risk, and will result in removal from the trip by our group leader. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

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Remaining balance collected min. 60 days prior to departure.

 

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