The Viking Challenge tours are filled with awesome adventure activities that are fun, while providing insight into Iceland’s culture and daily life. You’ll be based in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland - in accommodations ranging from guesthouse to first class hotel. From there the daily activities take you right into the heart of Iceland’s nature, with challenging adventures, and fun ways to experience Iceland’s unique natural world.
The Viking Challenge Active Tour is for those 14 and up. This vibrant multi-activity program is based for 7 nights in Reykjavík with a choice of accommodations.
HIGHLIGHTS AND VALUES
- Selection of guesthouses and hotels
- Stay at only one accommodation for 7 nights which means less packing
- Enjoy white river rafting, glacial hike & ice climbing, ATV ride, horseback riding, whale watching and hiking
- Also included: entrance to Blue Lagoon
- A lot of action, daily departures and excellent price value
Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Check-in at your accommodation ranging from guesthouse to first class hotel.
Day 2: Golden Circle and White River Rafting
You'll visit Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs and the Gulfoss Waterfall. Then experience Iceland's glacial rivers with a 2-hour white river rafting through some exciting rapids and deep gorges. Lunch is included. Duration: 10 hours.
Day 3: Glacial Hike & Ice Climbing
See the lovely landscape of southern Iceland, including the dramatic Skogafoss Waterfall. You'll experience glaciers on a 4-hour guided glacial walk & ice climbing adventure close to Eyjafjallajökull volcano. A packed lunch is included. Duration: 9 hours.
Day 4: ATV Ride and Blue Lagoon
The moon or Iceland? Decide for yourself during a 3-4 hour ATV-adventure on the volcanic Reykjanes peninsula and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Then, soak it off in the afternoon with a relaxing bath at the famous Blue Lagoon. Duration: 9-10 hours.
Day 5: Horses & Whales
In the morning you can explore Reykjavik on your own or visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools. Midday you’ll have a 2 ½ to 3 hour ride on Iceland’s famous horses (less experienced riders have a shorter option). In the afternoon you’ll have a whale & bird watching cruise from Reykjavík harbor. Duration 9 hours. Light lunch included.
Day 6: Leisure Day
Its time to relax, shop, visit museums, discover the city own your own or select an optional bus excursion or activity tour. What about sea angling, caving and snorkeling? Maybe a tour to West Iceland that includes a 8x8 glacier truck adventure?
Day 7: Hiking Challenge
Today you’ll see Iceland on your own two feet, with a 3-4 hour hike into the mountains and volcanic landscape of Southwest Iceland and the chance to bathe in a natural hot river in the wilderness. Packed lunch included. Hiking distance about 7 km. Duration with transfers is about 6 hours.
Day 8: Departure
Depart daily from June 1- August 31, 2013.
Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights
Accommodation: Choice of guesthouse, 3 star and 4 star hotel
Group Size: Guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 people. The sequence of activities may be altered in some cases.
Meals: Daily breakfast and 4 light lunches included.
Included: 7 nights accommodation, 7x breakfast, 4x light lunch, tours, hotel transfers & activities as per detailed itinerary on day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. We supply all specialized equipment for river rafting, glacial hike & ice climbing, ATV adventure and horseback riding.
Exclusions: Airport transfers on arrival and departure day not included.
Guesthouse Borgartún, rooms with private shower/wc
per person in twin room: $2099 (USD). Single supplement: $400
Fosshotel Lind, 3 star
per person in twin room $2277(USD). Single supplement: $505
Best Western Hotel Reykjavik, 3 star superior
per person in twin room: $2349 (USD). Single supplement: $500
Grand Hotel, 4 star
per person in twin room: $2759 (USD). Single supplement: $655
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, first class
per person in twin room: $3131(USD). Single supplement: $400
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Options and Extras
Do I need any special clothing and equipment when traveling to Iceland?
Good hiking boots, warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hat, gloves and a towel are needed for this trip.You should bring waterproof clothing and good strong shoes on all tours, since you will be walking on rough terrain. A fleece and/or warm layers are also recommended. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, as there are many excellent swimming pools, hot pots and natural hot springs. We recommend that you bring your own towel.
Do most people travel with a friend or partner?
Our groups vary considerably - people travel alone, with friends, with a partner or with their family. Our passengers come from many different countries and often new and lasting friendships are made.
Are there any age or fitness requirements?
It is wise to be fit especially for our walking and activity tours. All tours include a number of walks and bus travel. There are few proper hiking paths, and you will be walking over moraine, lava and snow. Age groups range from 8 to over 80 and if you have a good sense of adventure and are willing to accept that it may not be sunny every day, these tours are definitely for you.
Are there any hidden costs?
On each tour we state what meals are included. Entrance fees to museums are included where stated. Otherwise the entrance fee is between 300.- and 500.- Icelandic Krónur. Swimming pool entrance fee is approximately 350. - Icelandic Krónur.
When should I travel?
Iceland is a land for all seasons. The main season lasts from mid-May until early September. During this time there are long daylight hours. Traveling in Iceland off-season - winter, spring and late autumn - can also be very special. From the beginning of July most interior and highland routes are open.
What do I do when I arrive in Iceland?
You will find a Fly-bus waiting in front of the Airport Terminal. If you do not have a coupon, you can buy your ticket to Reykjavík City Terminal either in the terminal prior to boarding or on the bus; the cost is approximately 1.200.- Icelandic Krónur and the journey time is 45 minutes. If you have booked an inclusive tour with accommodation before and after with us, you will be met at the City Terminal by one of our representative and transferred to your accommodation. Return transfer is on an individual basis and a Fly-bus operates for every departing flight. Don't forget you can buy your Duty Free allowance on arrival at Keflavík Airport.
Can I expect any changes to my itinerary?
On early season tours, which involve highland travel, it is possible that some routes will not be open. Should this happen, then an alternative route will be chosen by the driver and tour leader. Also, there are possibilities of itinerary changes due to bad road conditions caused by weather in the highlands or the unbridged rivers being swollen and difficult to cross. On some tours a reversed itinerary may be expected.