Citylife Iceland Trip
ICELAND – THE LAND OF FIRE & ICE
Citylife is organising the famous Icelandic Easter break trip.
One of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world, the Northern Lights captivates with its spell-binding show of emerald hues and swirling lights above one of the most magical landscapes on earth. At Secret Escapes, we’ve made it easier to chase this unmissable bucket-list experience by creating exclusive adventure that showcase the best of what Iceland has to offer – the Northern Lights is just the tip of the iceberg.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an incredibly popular trip – and we are expecting it to sell out FAST. The deadline for joining the trip is the 28th February 2020.
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Citylife is your #1 provider of international events, activities and trips in the UK. Every weekend we gather young internationals in order to explore the United Kingdom together on our popular Citylife trips.
Everyone is welcome on our trips as discovering places as a unique community of young people is important to us.
★ When: 08/04/2020 until 12/04/2020
★ Where: 5 Days & 4 Nights in Iceland
★ Meeting Point: Free Pick up at Keflavík airport – Reykjavík
★ Open for: Everyone is welcome! Students, PhD students, interns, Au pairs, travellers or young professionals. Join with friends or alone. The trip is also perfect to meet new people!
✓ 5 days & 4 nights
✓ All on land Iceland transportation included
✓ Hostel Accommodation Included, you share the room usually only with a few other people.
✓ 4 x Breakfasts
✓ Airport Transfers, Keflavík airport – Reykjavík
✓ Local guide throughout the trip
✓ The Golden Circle
✓ Reykjavík City tour
✓ Visit of the South Coast
✓ Optional Blue Lagoon visit
✓ Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls
✓ Visit of volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfjara
✓ Citylife representative
Wednesday 8th April
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer Keflavík airport – Reykjavík (KEX Hostel)
We start this great new adventure by picking you up from the airport. This is a Meet Us There trip and therefore, please feel free to arrive at Keflavik International Airport, at any time on the 8th April 2020.
It is only a 10 minute drive to our accommodation for the duration of the stay – KEX Hostel. We will be in the very centre of Reykjavík, so we are near everything that matters, such as; the main shopping street, the harbour and city centre.
At KEX, breakfast will be included every morning, offering a selection of Icelandic jams and domestic cheese on slices of freshly-baked bread – as well as our special porridge with your choice of toppings.
For the rest of the day, you will have the opportunity to get to know other travellers on the trip, explore Reyjavik before a Welcome Social in the evening!
Thursday 9th April
Day 2: The Classic Golden Circle Tour
At the beginning of our first full day in Iceland, we will start by reaching Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (1930) a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004). We stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Here the North-American and the Eurasian continental plates drift apart by 19mm (3⁄4”) a year and a rift valley is forming. Next we drive to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss – the Golden falls – perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Here the glacial river of Hvítá (white river) tumbles 32 meters (105 ft.) in a double cascade. We then explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur, and many other hot springs. Most active nowadays is Strokkur, erupting hot water and steam to an elevation of 25 metres (82 ft) every 5-7 minutes. The Geothermal area is one of the most popular areas in Iceland and something you do not want to miss!
Friday 10th April
Day 3 : Half day tour of Reyjkavik and optional Blue Lagoon entry
For the morning of the third day, we will be getting to know the capital city of Iceland, Reyjkavik. The city centre is a maze of narrow alleys framed with old timber houses from late 19th to early 20th centuries punctuated with more recent buildings. Reykjavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland (late 9th century) but became a town relatively recently, in 1786. We will learn about life in the city from the very beginning of settlement in Iceland to the present day. We stop by the church of Hallgrímskirkja and drive through the university district, past the Nordic house (Nordic cultural centre, designed by Alvar Aalto) and the National Museum. In the very city centre we stop by the City hall, which juts into the small lake of Tjörnin. Nearby is the Hofdihouse, Perlan and the House of Parliament (1881). On the lake are many birds: many kinds of ducks, whooper swans and various seagulls and arctic terns (depending on season). In Reykjavík are many public works of art, mainly sculptures. Many of those are the work of Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982) whose home and workshop we will pass near the recreational area of Laugardalur. The latest addition to Reykjavík is the concert/conference hall of Harpan (the Harp) built on the northern waterfront of the town centre whose dramatic design captures and reflects the light of the city, ocean and sky with a thrilling effect.
In the afternoon, the group will have an opportunity to travel to The Blue Lagoon (this is an optional extra, and must be purchased at the time of ticket purchase – NOT on the day). The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. We stop for 1 – 2 hours for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), famed for its reputed healing properties. An indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience no one should miss. The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life.
Saturday 11th April
Day 4: The South Coast
Our final full day in Iceland will start by passing through some of the prettiest countryside in Iceland with fields, farms and villages towards the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers in South Iceland. Under Eyjafjallajökull is the volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused all the problems with air traffic over Europe. We reach Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff. It is possible to walk behind it, but do not expect to stay dry! We continue to the impressive Skógafoss waterfall (62m, 203 feet) and is among the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Then on to the view of Sólheimajökull from a distance before we reach the beautifully sited village of Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland (population 250). We continue on to the volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here are interesting caves and impressive rock formations, including columnar basalt. In summer birds nest in the cliffs, including puffins and fulmars. After a storm the spectacular high surf of the North Atlantic pounds the cliffs. From Reynisfjara you can enjoy stunning views of picturesque Dyrhólaey promontory, a 120m spur of rock and featuring natural arch, that stands in water deep enough to allow boats to pass through.
After this, we will have our final night in the KEX Hostel and therefore we will be holding some farewell drinks, going over all the new memories we have made during this wonderful experience.
Sunday 12th April
Day 5: Departure – Transfer Reykjavík – Keflavík airport
After an incredible week of exploring this beautiful country, it is sadly the time to say goodbye to everyone. The group will be dropped off at Keflavík Airport in time for their international flights. Please book your return flights any time on this day.
Note: In rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary during programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary.
This is a meet us there trip! Please book your own flights to and from Keflavík airport – Reykjavík Our suggested flight dates are:
ARRIVAL: any time on 08/04/2020
DEPARTURE: any time on 12/04/2020
In case you want to arrive earlier in Iceland or stay longer you are obviously free to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the flight booking.
At the time of research we could find very affordable flights to Iceland from many UK airports!
Please remember: All flight prices from the UK will increase. Thus, we recommend to book your flights as early as possible!
We will always send you a detailled list of suggested equipment/items. In any case, you should always have a rain coat and appropriate foot wear! Also note that we are only away for 5 days, so a one piece of luggage should be enough.
No worries at all, Citylife is very experienced in the visa process and has already issued dozens of visas for our travellers. You will first need to book your trip ticket with us and we can then issue you a personalised visa letter. Please note that we can only issue the letter to you once your trip purchase has been made.
After this, please feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our experienced visa team is happy to support your application.
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April 8, 2020 - April 12, 2020
April 8, 2020 - April 12, 2020