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One minute you’re snorkeling between tectonic plates, the other you’re unwinding in geothermal pools after a power yoga session. That’s just a tiny bit of what you can expect on our 6-day, all-women wellness retreat in Iceland. This adventure seamlessly blends untamed landscapes with self care and relaxation, but the best part of this trip? You won’t feel like a tourist—you’ll become a part of our Viking Women family, a community of local women leading ahead and taking you through the enchanting Iceland. We’ll visit unique restaurants and greenhouses, go on invigorating hikes in the Highlands, and marvel at some of the most beautiful spots in Iceland. Join our truly unique wellness retreat, where a supportive environment will be the perfect place to connect with yourself and build lasting friendships with like-minded women.

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  • Retreats just for the ladies

    A safe and encouraging environment will be created during this week-long wellness retreat

  • Local activities & yoga sessions

    Snorkel between tectonic plates, taste local Icelandic food, relax with yoga sessions, and hike in the awe-inspiring Highlands

  • Luxury accommodation & soothing spas

    Your local guide picked the most beautiful and comfortable hotels with spas, bars, and restaurants

Itinerary

An all-women mindfulness retreat with natural hot pools, yoga sessions, and Nordic cuisine in Iceland. Sounds good? Sign up. This 6-day retreat is more than just a trip—it’s a supportive environment where you can connect, share experiences, and build lasting friendships with like-minded women. There will be invigorating hikes, snorkeling between tectonic plates, marveling at the iconic Gullfoss… But there will also be re-energizing yoga sessions, visits to unique restaurants and greenhouses, and unwinding in natural hot pools. Join a truly unique wellness retreat in the Icelandic Highlands and leave with experiences you’ll remember for life and newly forged friendships.

  • Arrive in Reykjavik and get to know the city’s rich history by going on a guided walking tour. Set the tone for the days ahead, fostering the sense of camaraderie among your fellow Viking women. Get to your comfy hotel and settle in.

    The Reykjavik waterfront.
  • Marvel at the thundering Gullfoss, Iceland’s most iconic waterfall, and Geysir, a geothermal area in southwestern Iceland famous for its hot springs and geysers. Following an inspiring hike, you will go on a journey through the authentic Nordic cuisine. There will be an easy optional afternoon hike on a marked route.

    Meals: Breakfast, Nordic cuisine journey

    Geotermal eruption at Gullfoss Geysir
  • Embrace the rugged beauty of the Highlands with a challenging hike, allowing the wilderness to serve as both backdrop and inspiration. Realign your mind and body through an invigorating yoga session amidst the sheer vastness of the Highlands. Today you will take on a challenging 12-km hike (7-5 miles) with an altitude increase of about 400 m (1,300 ft). The hike will take around 5-6 hours with resting and photo stops on the way.

    Meals: Breakfast

    One hiker in Highlands, Iceland
  • Next stop is the Friðheimar greenhouse—learn how they use geothermal heating to grow vegetables, pick fresh tomatoes from above your table, and have a delicious lunch. You will then embark on a unique snorkeling adventure between tectonic plates. It’s a surreal experience reminding us of nature’s unparalleled power. Retreat to your hotel, followed by an evening of shared experiences over dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner

    Snorkeling in Silfra between tectonic plates
  • Kick off the day with another captivating hike before treating yourself to a gentle yoga stretch. After that, you can relax in natural hot pools, nurturing a sense of unity with the surroundings.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Iceland thermal baths in winter
  • All good things come to an end, and so does this all-women wellness retreat in Iceland. Bid adieu to the Highlands, your companions, and the transformational experience you’ve all shared together. Depart with memories that will linger long after the journey’s end.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bird’s-eye view of the streets of Reykjavik with colorful houses.
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Meet your guides

Saga Líf
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Saga Líf
Local guide and owner of Viking Women
Local guide and owner of Viking Women
A self-described nature addict, Saga has always been drawn to the beauty of Iceland’s natural world. She became a guide to help other women unleash their inner Valkyries and make meaningful connections through awe-inspiring adventures. Her company Viking Women focuses on all-female trips that combine wellness with Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes.
Viking Women Tours
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Viking Women Tours
Viking Women Tours is an exclusive women’s travel group based in Iceland and operated by experienced local female adventurers. They are very passionate about the outdoors, traveling, and being able to introduce and explore their home to travelers worldwide. Their guides have traveled extensively through Iceland and are always honored to assist you in customizing the perfect experience in the land of fire and ice!

Accommodation

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Bee A. (source: Guide’s Website)

My time in Iceland was truly life-changing and I have to give a special thanks to Saga for leading such a memorable experience! From her passion for her country, the culture, and adventure in nature, every moment was truly inspiring. Now when I think of “happy places”, my favorite memories are our hike up Reykjadalur Valley to the hot river and our walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier that ended with a meditation underneath the sun and a rainbow! I will absolutely be back to explore even further with Viking Women.

Cris & Janine (source: Guide’s Website)

Saga was our tour guide in December 2019 – we don’t normally go on tours, but not wanting to drive in Iceland in winter and not knowing the language or culture we thought it best to try a tour. Definitely the best decision ever!!! Saga was brilliant!!! She’s friendly, young, full of energy without being over the top, competent, knowledgeable, accommodating (we had someone with a broken foot on our tour and the lengths Saga went to, so that she could participate, were so far above & beyond the call of duty it was phenomenal). Saga also had a wonderful way of incorporating a relevant story of Icelandic Culture into whatever adventure we were embarking on – we could’ve listened to so many more hours of her stories (and Love the accent!). Absolutely fantastic – Highly recommended!!

Madelon (source: Guide’s Website)

Saga guided us through beautiful Iceland. I was impressed by Iceland, but also impressed by Saga! Very engaging lady with many talents: from active walk guide, and cool driver, to relaxing meditation mentor, with beautiful storytelling about the history and culture of Iceland. Takk fyrir, Saga!

Katie Dehl

Saga’s endless energy, positivity and sense of fun made the trek even more enjoyable. Saga was able to respond to challenging and changing circumstances with calm and excellent problem solving skills. I felt safe and had complete confidence in her ability. A true brave and strong Viking woman!

Mandy Martin

Incredible experience, incredible adventure. I recommend Viking Women to everyone traveling to Iceland!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced, local guides dedicated to creating a meaningful experience
      • Guided hikes that challenge and inspire
      • Accommodation that balances comfort with nature’s embrace
      • 6-day wellness retreat in the Icelandic Highlands
      • Guided yoga practices to foster inner balance
      • Exploration of iconic natural wonders
      • Nordic culinary journeys
      • Unique snorkeling adventure between tectonic plates
      • Moments of relaxation in natural hot pools
      • Transportation for all activities
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
      • All scheduled activities and entrances

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Iceland
      • Accommodations prior to and after the tour
      • Some meals (detailed in the itinerary)
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • On this Iceland wellness retreat, you can expect daily hikes or yoga sessions. Some hikes will be easy (soft, packed dirt and pebble paths), while other areas will be challenging, including steep ascents and descents on trails that can become muddy when wet. For this reason, hiking shoes are mandatory (waterproof hiking boots are strongly recommended), as is a lightweight backpack that can carry at least 1 L of water, snacks and a lightweight, breathable jacket.

  • This is a list of things we recommend you carry in your daypack (around a 25-40L bag):

      • A warm hat, sunhat and gloves
      • Waterproof jacket and waterproof pants
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottle or water bladder
      • Sunscreen and SPF lip balm
      • Extra fleece sweater or down jacket
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Camera — optional

    This is what your luggage should contain:

      • Travel pillow — optional
      • Underwear and socks
      • Extra clothes for the trail
      • Extra clothes for the huts
      • Medicine
      • Hygiene and beauty products
      • Towel
      • Headlamp or a flashlight
      • Powerbank to charge your devices
      • Earplugs and a sleeping mask
      • Cash or a debit/credit card

    What to wear on the trail:

      • Good hiking boots that are waterproof
      • Hiking pants or leggings
      • Thermal top or lightweight T-shirt
      • Hiking socks
      • Mid layer
      • A buff — optional
      • Gaiters

    Your main luggage will be transported by transport vehicle. Everything needed for the day’s trek must be in your daypack. You are allowed to take one piece of luggage on the tour.

    For your own well-being and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of this equipment list. This includes having good quality rain gear, tops, and bottoms. Cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – nor are jeans and cotton t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this Icelandic wellness retreat, the maximum group size is set at 16 participants.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for these tours to run.
      • Single supplement is available at an additional cost and may be added to your booking upon checkout.

    Iceland wellness retreats can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • To get to Reykjavik, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Keflavik International Airport (KEF). From there, you have a 45-minute drive to Reykjavik by bus or a cab. Buses leave the airport every hour, 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about getting delayed.

    You’ll meet your guide and your group on Day 1 of the tour! It’s recommended that you either pick an early-morning flight so you get to seize the day or spend the night in Reykjavik a night prior to your adventure.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice”, has forever lived with volcanic activity. Minor and major eruptions have occurred every few years since the island was formed. Some of Iceland’s appeal, aside from sheer natural beauty, surely stems from this very fact.

    However, every new eruption, such as the recent Reykjanes Peninsula fissure, will make some travelers, tourists, and adventurers uneasy, especially given the fact that sensationalist media is not immune to misinformation and speculation.

    Since we work with a number of expert local guides in Iceland, we thought we’d share their input and fill you in on what’s actually going on.

    First of all, air traffic has not been affected. Flights to and from Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík Domestic Airport are operating as they always do.

    Second, the effects of volcanic activity have been localized, with some roads closed, and all services in Iceland are operating as usual. Reykjavik, the capital, is around 40 km (25 miles) away from the volcanic fissure, and life there is as normal as ever.

    And third, trips offered by 57hours are taking place much further away, and are thereby even less likely to be affected by the volcanic activity, being perfectly safe for adventurers. Naturally, the authorities (and guides) are monitoring the situation and doing everything possible to keep both local residents and visitors safe and well informed.

    In case you have any additional questions or dilemmas, feel free to get in touch with either your guide or 57hours. For more information, please visit:
    https://safetravel.is/
    https://www.visiticeland.com/article/volcano-info

    Or watch the video with Dr. Matthew Roberts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office explaining the recent volcanic activities in Iceland:
    https://youtu.be/QA3-BXYuYrw?feature=shared

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the 2024 dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.

    In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, your guide can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. In that case, 90% of the total amount is refundable. Please note the dates for this year and next year are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low.

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