The Iceland Experience
There aren’t very many places in the world where you can swim in healing milky blue waters, dive in between tectonic plates, and see the colors of the Aurora Borealis fill the sky on an upscale trip to parts unknown.
Join us on our 7-day luxury expedition in Iceland and experience the land of ice and fire on a deeper level than the documentary narratives you’ve been taught. You can’t call yourself a globetrotter until you have experienced the Northern Lights in Iceland for yourself.
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe thundering over the amazing black and green landscape, and your crew wowing at geysers shooting hot water almost 130 feet into the air in front of smoldering volcanoes.
And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ against the milky waters of the blue lagoon will be enough to shut down the gram, no cap.
Whether you are tantalizing your tastebuds with an incredible four-course meal, exploring landfills, or simply relaxing in the dreamy spa, the breathtaking scenery will make you feel blessed to experience the beauty of Iceland. This place is so magical that you actually have to pinch yourself, as every vista will feel like a dream.
Priceless moments with new friends, beautiful landscapes, and pampered relaxation await you on your Up in the Air Life journey through the volcanic expanse of Iceland.
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Here's your trip at a glance.
WHERE YOU'LL GO
From exploring Reijavik’s downtown, to gazing at the breathtaking Northern Lights, this trip offers a wide variety of scenery (and selfie) opportunities. You will be able to check must-see sites like the Gullfoss Waterfall, the volcanic crater at the Lake of Kerið, the blue lagoon, and the Northern Lights off your bucket list.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
This trip is your chance to be classy, bougie, and a little ratchet. From dining on food created by the finest chefs and learning about Iceland’s unique history and nature, to pampering yourself in a natural spa, you will experience the full spectrum of Iceland's multifaceted high life and culture.
WHERE YOU'LL STAY
Our accommodations are so extra. After an evening admiring the majesty of the Aurora Borealis, exploring the funky downtown, or taking in the smoldering volcanoes, you will relax in an exquisite 5-star modern hotel in Reykjavik, with a fully equipped spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Only the best for Lifers!
Explore the day-by-day itinerary.
THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU, IF:
THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU, IF:
Welcome to Iceland!
Arrive at Keflavik Airport (KEF) to join the group for your private transfer, and take a scenic ride to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital! After checking into the beautiful 5-star luxury hotel and enjoy a quick nap after the long flight, spend the rest of your day at your leisure.
In the late afternoon, we’ll gather for a meet and greet cocktail reception followed by a sensational 3-course welcome dinner paired with wine at a Michelin Guide restaurant; the perfect way to start tantalizing your taste buds with the Icelandic cuisine.
This intimate setting is ideal for you to meet your new travel buddies and set the tone for the rest of your trip.
After a magnificent breakfast at the hotel, meet our Tour Leader in the lobby before private transport scoops us away to Thingvellir National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site mixed with fascinating Icelandic history and natural beauty.
Thingvellir National Park is one of the only places on Earth where you will be able to see and touch North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Here you can even dive and snorkel right where the two continents meet.
After lunch, we’ll admire the oldest documented European Geysir that shoots hot water almost 130 feet into the air.
We’ll close out the day by visiting the second most powerful waterfall in Europe and Iceland’s most famous, Gullfoss Falls. As you watch the rainbows appear from the waterfall’s spray, you will hear what sounds like thunder — as the waterfall plummets 105 feet to the ground.
Last but not least, we’ll stop at the great volcanic crater at the lake of Kerið to marvel at the vivid aquamarine color of the water.
Prepare yourself to stun the ‘gram because this natural scenery is definitely Instagram-worthy!
Join the crew and head to the countryside where you’ll actually be able to get inside a Glacier! Explore every corner and detail the layers of ash and ice crystals from the many different documented eruptions throughout history.
The trip out of the city is also an exhilarating experience because it’s time to jump on a snowmobile and ride off into the a-ma-zing winter wonderland.
The Icelandic highlands will set the most amazing views as you drive over the ice and discover the landscape in your own time. The fun is unbeatable, and will certainly get your adrenaline pumping.
If you thought this day couldn’t get better, think again. At night, we’ll throw a bus party as we head out (weather permitting) to catch the Aurora Borealis.
This extraordinary display of lights is not only a unique connection to Iceland’s history, culture, and ambiance but also an undescriptive experience for every traveler.
Only the best cameras can capture this natural wonder, so if you’ve got the equipment – make sure you pack it!
After a big few days, it’s time to rest and reset.
There are no rules for this free day, it’s yours to do as you please. Enjoy the delicious breakfast or sleep in, the choice is yours.
Staying in? No sweat. We ain’t staying in world-class hotels for nothing; the hotel spa is a sanctuary to get your energy back and unwind after all your work. We are relaxation professionals, and we know a thing or two.
Enjoy the thermal plunge pool, followed by an invigorating body massage to ready the body for a fun night out. All this alongside a full menu of treatments inspired by the Icelandic landscape and facilities, including a hammam, steam room, and sauna.
Suppose you are ready to hit the streets. In that case, the hotel’s location is perfect for discovering the scenic heart of downtown Reykjavik by foot. Everything is a stone’s throw away, whether you are looking to soak in the vibes by exploring the Icelandic architecture and cultural centers or shopping your way through the city, the day is yours to unfold.
Today, travel by luxury minibus through a volcanic landscape along the south coast of Iceland to see some iconic sights.
Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, the famous waterfall you can actually walk behind. Be careful; you might get wet.. but it’s worth it! The pictures alone with make your friend’s jaws drop.
Skógafoss is one of the most beautiful and tallest waterfalls in Iceland. A staircase leads to a viewing platform for the waterfall and surrounding areas, where an expansive view of the south coast awaits.
You’ll also visit the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and the breathtaking Sólheimajökull Glacier on this day trip from Reykjavik.
No worries, we can’t pronounce any of these names either… thank heavens for Instagram’s tagging feature, because all you need to do is look the part and the Gram will do the rest.
Rise and shine!
Because no trip to Iceland is complete until you’ve soaked in the beautiful steamy, milky blue waters of the geothermal spa of the iconic Blue Lagoon, today, we tick that off your bucket list.
The island is so alive with geothermal activity that, in some areas, steam and boiling hot water bubbles and bursts through the Earth’s crust creating a spectacle that every bougie traveler must experience. Treat yourself to a an organic treatment as you rub the volcanic sand into your skin, and chill inside this open-air spa while soaking up the vibes of the magical island.
Sadly, this is your last full day in Iceland.
Still, we’ll celebrate our time together by enjoying a unique and genuinely unforgettable multi-course farewell dinner on the shores of this world’s wonder.
Rise and shine for your last morning in Reykjavik.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast as you reflect on the week and swap contact details with your new friends.
Your Up in the Air Life private driver will then whisk you away to the airport for your flight back home or onward to your next adventure.
No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.
YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:
Connect with amazing people.
We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.
and authentic hospitality.
Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.
Be pampered with only the best.
There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.
Feel safe and secure.
Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.
Say "goodbye" to FOMO.
Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.
HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
The Iceland Experience
What is included:
Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.
- Up In The Air Life On-site Tour Leader
- A Bon Voyage Group Video Call to review your trip live with the Up in the Air Life Team
- Concierge Support before your trip to assist you in Upgrading Your Room and Booking Optional Tours
- Concierge Support before your trip to book your spa appointments
- Concierge Support before your trip to book your restaurant reservations
- Up in the Air Life Private Concierge Chat during your trip for dining/spa reservations and more
- 6 nights stay in a 5-star luxury hotel in Reykjavik
- A celebratory Bubbly Toast to kick off our trip
- Daily Breakfast at the Hotel
- Welcome Multi-Course Dinner paired with wine at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
- Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, including visiting the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull, walking behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss, weather permitting, and seeing the Skófagoss waterfall.
- Northern Lights Deluxe Tour from Reykjavik
- Admission to the Blue Lagoon
- Thingvellir National Park Onboard Wi-Fi
- Transportation to all hosted activities
- VIP meet + greet and private airport transfers
- Personalized hand-selected gifts in your Swag bag
What is not included:
We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!
- Round-trip airfare to and from the destination
- Travel Medical Insurance Insurance (Please note this is required to attend the trip.)
- Room Upgrades are available for purchase after booking
- Optional tours are available for purchase after booking
- Tips for Tour Leader, Guides and Drivers
- Passport or Visa Processing Fees
- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
- Expenses for vaccines that may be required
Can you envision yourself on this trip?
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