Solo Travel Woman 2022 Getaway
Solo Travel Woman 2022 Getaway
Join an intimate group of female travelers as we take a mini adventure to the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik. For many Icelandic visitors, Reykjavik serves as a gateway to wilderness adventures beyond. But this city merits its own exploration. Reykjavik’s creative culture includes a hip and internationally recognized music scene, great food, and nightlife that doesn’t quit. Come for just the weekend or stay a bit longer and explore solo on the Solo Travel Woman 2022 Getaway.
November 25 – 29, 2022
$999 per person
Bookings close July 1, 2022. A deposit of $399 is due to book. Balance due by September 1, 2022.
Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single supplements are priced on a case-by-case basis.
Priority access is given to our Solo Travel Woman Society Members. Become a member today.
Reykjavik Lights by Keahotels or similar
This enchanting concept hotel is ideally perched on the edge of the lively city center of Reykjavik, where a plethora of shops, restaurants, museums, and cultural activities as well as an exciting nightlife await to be explored. All main attractions are just minutes away, making the hotel optimally situated to reach the very best of what Reykjavik has to offer. The property reveals itself amidst Laugardalur’s outdoor activity park, offering Iceland’s largest outdoor thermal pool among other attractions. This sophisticated establishment showcases ample and well-lit rooms that feature simply elegance in décor and cutting-edge comforts to make guests’ stay as enjoyable as possible and the on-site bar was designed to reflect the play of daylight and provides cozy furnishings and carefree ambiance.
Day 1 (Fri. Nov 25) Reykjavík
Meet your fellow travelers and Solo Travel Woman Society travel lead at 4:00 pm in the hotel lounge before heading to dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 (Sat. Nov 26) Reykjavík
Enhance your experience of Iceland’s extraordinary Golden Circle on a full-day tour of the country’s natural highlights from Reykjavik. With a professional guide, feast your eyes on spectacular sights like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir hot spring. Gain fascinating insight into the geothermic nature of the area at Strokkur, an erupting geyser, and gaze at the majestic Secret Lagoon hot spring bath before submerging yourself in the healing waters of the natural bath.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 (Sun. Nov 27) Reykjavík
Day at leisure. Meet in the lobby at 8:00 pm for the Northern Lights Night Tour. Seize the opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles during this evening’s Reykjavik Northern Lights tour. Hop into a climate-controlled coach with an expert guide, and venture deep into Iceland’s darkness-cloaked countryside, far from the electric glow of any towns. Stop at different locations to scan the ink-black skies for the legendary lights, and with luck, catch a dazzling display that you’ll remember forever. Taking a Northern Lights Iceland tour is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik in winter, so don’t miss out!
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 (Mon. Nov 28) Reykjavík
Day at leisure or opt into a Whale Watching Excursion. Meet in the lobby to head off to an optional farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast
Optional Excursion Cost: $82
Day 5 (Tues. Nov 29) Reykjavík
Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel for 4 nights
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner (Allow $140-$185 for meals not included.)
Staff: Solo Travel Woman Lead
Activities: Golden Circle day tour and Northern Lights night tour
Transportation: Boat and walking
Exclusions & Optional Services
|Arrival Transfer:||TBD USD|
|Depature Transfer:||TBD USD|
|My Own Room:||TBD USD|
|Whale Watching (from Reykjavik):|
Flight Booking Services
|82 USD (8 available)|
Cost of flight
Cost of travel insurance
Important Trip Information – Please Read
The deposit is 50% refundable until September 1, 2022. After which it is nonrefundable.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary and accommodations described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trip visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Please note that due to high demand there may be limited availability when booking optional activities during the tour. Many of these can be pre-booked and we recommend that they are purchased in advance in order to secure space as they are quite popular. See the Available Extras below for details and add them in the Tour Extras section when confirming your trip.
1. ARRIVAL DAY
Please note that this tour begins at 4:00 pm on day 1. We recommend booking pre-tour accommodation in Reykjavik in order to ensure timely arrival to the welcome briefing and the day’s activities.
The landscape of Iceland is unique and unlike most things you’ve seen. So is the weather. It is unpredictable and changeable, so be prepared to experience a variety of conditions during your time in Iceland. It’s not uncommon to experience rain, sun wind and snow all in the same visit, so please pack accordingly.
Group Leader Description
This is a Solo Travel Woman Society independent trip. It is not tied to any group tour company.
Group Size Notes
5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
We believe solo travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (4 nts).
My Own Room
Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all-night stops.
Please be aware that single room accommodations in European hotels are often smaller, and may not be to the same service level as double-occupancy rooms.
What to Take
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit to one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and downstairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
Dressing in layers is recommended as weather can change dramatically, without notice.
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Rubber gloves
• Warm winter coat
• Waterproof gloves
• Waterproof pants
• Winter boots/shoes
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Visas and Entry Requirements
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.
For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.
Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.
A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.
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 and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
The currency in Iceland in the Icelandic Krona (ISK).
It is recommended to bring a combination of cash, credit and debit cards.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Tipping in Iceland is not customary. In many cases, a service charge is added to the bill which means that it is not necessary to add a tip. If you wish to express your satisfaction with the service in a bar or restaurant, then a gratuity of 10% or to round up the amount of the bill is perfectly acceptable.
Tipping during the tour program is similarly not expected, but it can be a way to express satisfaction with the persons who have assisted on your tour. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from the equivalent of $3-5 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
– Whale Watching from Reykjavik ($82per person)
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. We reservs the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our trip leads have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When traveling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. STW Planning, LLC can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some tours include adventure activities that require extra coverage (e.g. crampon use); please review your itinerary and make sure that you are covered for all included activities. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
Weather conditions in Iceland can change rapidly and without notice, be sure to pack layers that you can change throughout the day.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
60 days prior to travel we will post COVID info and requirements for our host country here
Please be aware that you are ultimately responsible for understanding and completing all requirements regardless of the information posted here.
All travelers must have received a full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose given at least 14 days before the start of the tour.
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