Iceland Group Trips For Solo Travellers

From Volcanos to glaciers to hot springs, there is a reason they call it the 'land of fire and ice'

Experience endless waterfalls while trail running (or walking) through Iceland's golden circle 

Fire & Ice

September 3 - 8 2023

Fire & Ice

Hike to explore waterfalls, volcanos, glaciers, and hot springs

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Iceland is the magical land of fire, ice, mini horses, and black sand beaches.

Iceland

Go Chasing Waterfalls

While there’s no official count, based on educated guesses, there are about 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland. Only 200 of them are named, so that leaves 9,800 possible falls to name after yourself. We're gonna have to ignore TLC's advice on this one.

Active Volcanos

Did you know Iceland has a high concentration of active volcanos? We even have a view of one from our rooftop hot tub! Eyjafjallajökull gained notoriety for disrupting air travel in 2010 after erupting.

Stream Sippin'

When the tap water is fresher than bottled water, you level up and head right to the qsource. In Iceland, you can often drink straight from the streams and rivers. If the water is coming from the country's mighty glaciers, who needs Evian?

Beyoncé Horses

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed. Literally! Since it has been bred in isolation for the past 1000 years, its manners, gait, and looks are different from all other horses. Becky could never.

Ain't no mountain high enough

Being a fairly “'new island” (in geological terms), there is so much action to see. And the best way to really see the ins and outs of this hot spot is on foot and not through a window. From black sand beaches to hot water springs and unreal waterfalls, there is an abundant amount of 'wow' moments you will experience. Hiking in Iceland will take you from one dramatic landscape to the next within the span of one trail. 


It has become a fairly popular destination over the last few years for anyone looking for a seriously awesome outdoor adventure. Not only do you feel like you’ve been transported to another world, but the hiking is accessible to all levels, and the difficulty varies depending on the challenge you're searching for. We like to up the ante and encourage you to tear up the trails by running them. While this could sound daunting at first glance since we aren’t all Olympic gold marathoners, we always have a 'sexy pace' group for those looking to take it a little slower. There is no rush to get to the finish line; we're here for the journey! 


Go with the flow

The yoga craze has swept Iceland. Icelanders are known to rank amongst the healthiest people in the world due to their unpolluted air, one of the cleanest water sources on earth (Evian who?), and a healthy diet of fresh fish and veggies. In recent years, Iceland has become a center for the growing yoga community, where they’ve honed the wellness form by incorporating their unique culture and nature in their practices. Imagine how calming it is to sit in silence and fill your mind with peace when surrounded by open air, grand waterfalls with rushing water, and magnificent landscapes that take your breath away. 


Yoga is a vital piece of our Iceland adventure travel experience. When we trek through the trails all day, you know our yoga sessions will be about releasing and decompressing our muscles. For recovery, we mix in hot springs after our hikes, public pools (yes, this is a thing in Iceland), Icelandic beer, and fermented fish casserole. Just kidding about that last one.

We doing too much? Nah.

You know what they say, it’s not just about the size, it’s what you do with it. And Iceland does it all. While it may seem like a tiny island, it can take up to 2 days to drive around the whole of Iceland while stopping to see things (which you will be doing every five seconds). So we've narrowed down the top spots, including some local secret ones, and created the perfect itinerary. Now get ready to learn these Icelandic names:

Sólheimajökull: Ever walked on a real-life glacier before? Well, now you have at this constantly evolving massive ice mound we explore. 

Seljalandsfoss: your next Instagram photo will be with this sexy waterfall; it’s one of the most picturesque of them all.

Skógafoss: this is the last giant in what we at SYB call “waterfall alley,” a series of 20-30 waterfalls on an 8k trail.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach: Can you imagine a beach with pitch-black rocks shooting up from the ocean and sand that looks like the night sky? Chances are you've probably seen this unreal place in some fantasy tv show, and now you can experience it in real life.

Blue Lagoon: it wouldn't be an Iceland experience without visiting a natural geothermal pool and rubbing those good good minerals on our bodies. Your local spa could never.

Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve: We explore these hills of boiling water coming out of the ground and then chill in the warm water stream afterward. Just be careful where you step. 

Reykjavik Party Scene: For a small island, they really know how to get down. This place is always going off.

We’ve Got What You Need

With all of these bucket list stops, trails to be torn up around the country, extensive fitness programming by some of the best coaches in the industry, beers to drink in hot springs, and much more included in our Iceland adventure holiday experience, there is no need for you to look further for your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

This magical land of mini horses (and very possibly elves) offers you the opportunity to take a step back, connect with nature in a way you never have before, and create moments you’ll share around the dinner table for years to come. It’s a place that reminds you that there really can be more to life than the 9-to-5. And who doesn’t need a little break from reality once in a while? Join us. The trails are calling; will you answer?

Travel with a squad

Most people solo travel to Iceland on our group trip packages, and we even encourage it. Taking on this Iceland adventure with a group tour allows us to venture deeper with the safety of our team, makes mid-day hot springs way more fun, and of course, creates the most epic nighttime shenanigans.

HIGHLIGHTS

Waterfall Showers

Waterfall Burpees

Blue Lagoon

Reynisfjara Black Beach

Moss Mountain

Reykjadalur (Steam Valley)

Wild Sheep

Endless Running

Endorphins

Party in Reykjavik

Geothermal Pools

Spin Class

Unreal Selfies

Local Beer

Glaciers

cool stuff people said

TESTIMONIALS

@kaylagalvinyoga

An unbelievable week week in Iceland filled with running, hiking, yoga, dancing, fish & chips, breathtaking views, very little sleep, and some of the warmest, most authentic people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!


Thank you to @surfyogabeer for giving me the opportunity to teach yoga classes abroad for the first time! Thank you to @danidellarco, @aubreylauryn, @tinadaq, @liamjaris, and @aaroncolussi for making this trip so special!

@kailey.gullett

Shout out to the Ice Squad!! Thanks for the best trip full of waterfalls, incredible hikes/runs, all the laughs, dancing, sir parkbenchington, and the BEST CREW! And to the leaders @danidellarco @tinadaq @aubreylauryn @liamjaris thanks for keeping vibes high! Last slide shout out to the MVP @aaroncolussi the man behind the camera.

@ninabucci


Life looks so cool when you have a pro photographer on your team...especially if you stayed out until 4am and got to the blue lagoon at 7am.

@meg.ld

This past week, I truly learned what it means to go the extra mile... saying yes to things you're uncertain about, pushing yourself a little bit harder, doing things you never thought you could do and staying in the present moment. Thank you SurfYogaBeer Iceland crew for the best week of my life. 

@covaltine

Yeah, my snorkel face is a little haunting, and I’m only like 92% sure that the cheeks squished under that mask are mine... but I swam in freezing water between two tectonic plates, and the fire smize behind those goggles is my only proof.

@samanthadongnyc

Never did I feel this close to nature, till I came to Iceland for my very first trail running trip

The Location

We start this adventure at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) between Keflavík and Reykjavík. 

Iceland is rich in natural beauty, the Krýsuvík Cliffs. Walk along the lava fields sprinkled with geothermal pools to see these cliffs that span for miles; this is also an excellent area to see the almost 60,000 birds that come to the cliffs to mate. But don't forget the stunning Seltún Geothermal Pools at the end of the cliffs. 

Home to Thingvellir National Park is often the first stop on the Golden Circle. It is filled with stunning geological features, waterfalls & ravines opened by tectonic movement filled with meltwater (SO COOL!). 

Nature's waterslides. Waterfalls are all over the country. Seljalandsfoss, a 60m drop waterfall, and Gljufrabui are two impressive waterfalls to hike around and explore. But we can't forget about Skogafoss, one of the country's largest waterfalls.

This area hosts the iconic Gullfoss Waterfall, famed for its beauty and size, as well as the Geysir Geothermal Area, which is a unique & rare phenomenon. Don't forget Kerid Crater, a volcanic crater lake - a newer volcanic eruption that makes its iron deposits unique! 

Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in a lava field - a can't miss spot to unwind. Nestled between two volcanoes, Sólheimajökull Glacier is an outlet glacier branching off from an ice sheet. 

We can't forget about the stunning cities and towns of Iceland. Vik is a small seafront village sitting in the shadow of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. On the shores of Vik is Reynisfjara, the only black sand beach in Iceland, formed from volcanic activity in the area. This is one of the island's most iconic spots (you may even have the chance to see Puffins!). But on a larger scale, Reykjavík is the largest city, and the country's capital - known for its nightlife and vast history mainly focused on Vikings; this is a can't miss spot! 

Our Accomodations

Midgard Basecamp is the perfect location to explore the country's natural beauty. We are within walking distance of some of our excursions and in a prime location to access different areas. 

Money in Iceland

Icelandic króna is the country's currency, but most establishments will accept most major currencies (USD, Euros, CAD). 

Most Icelanders only use credit and debit cards, so we suggest telling your bank you are travelling. However, carry about $300 to $400 in your home currency, just in case! 

Fuelling Our Bodies

Like Scandanavian culture, Icelandic food is inspired by what's around them. Iceland is known for its fish - cod, salmon, and haddock are the most common, along with langoustines. 

Try Skyr, a thick and creamy dairy product described as yogurt and cottage cheese meeting. Lamb is also a local delicacy, as is rye bread. So many different types of food to choose from!

Let's Talk Water

95% of drinking water in Iceland comes from springs, so it is one of the cleanest and most delicious waters to drink. The tap water is free of chlorine, calcium, and nitrate, so be prepared to love this water!

Safety in Iceland

Iceland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world! 

However, we suggest leaving all important items at our accommodations while we are out exploring - but maybe keep your Yeezys and nice jewelry at home!

We start this adventure at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) between Keflavík and Reykjavík. 

Iceland is rich in natural beauty, the Krýsuvík Cliffs. Walk along the lava fields sprinkled with geothermal pools to see these cliffs that span for miles; this is also an excellent area to see the almost 60,000 birds that come to the cliffs to mate. But don't forget the stunning Seltún Geothermal Pools at the end of the cliffs. 

Home to Thingvellir National Park is often the first stop on the Golden Circle. It is filled with stunning geological features, waterfalls & ravines opened by tectonic movement filled with meltwater (SO COOL!). 

Nature's waterslides. Waterfalls are all over the country. Seljalandsfoss, a 60m drop waterfall, and Gljufrabui are two impressive waterfalls to hike around and explore. But we can't forget about Skogafoss, one of the country's largest waterfalls.

This area hosts the iconic Gullfoss Waterfall, famed for its beauty and size, as well as the Geysir Geothermal Area, which is a unique & rare phenomenon. Don't forget Kerid Crater, a volcanic crater lake - a newer volcanic eruption that makes its iron deposits unique! 

Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in a lava field - a can't miss spot to unwind. Nestled between two volcanoes, Sólheimajökull Glacier is an outlet glacier branching off from an ice sheet. 

We can't forget about the stunning cities and towns of Iceland. Vik is a small seafront village sitting in the shadow of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. On the shores of Vik is Reynisfjara, the only black sand beach in Iceland, formed from volcanic activity in the area. This is one of the island's most iconic spots (you may even have the chance to see Puffins!). But on a larger scale, Reykjavík is the largest city, and the country's capital - known for its nightlife and vast history mainly focused on Vikings; this is a can't miss spot! 

Midgard Basecamp is the perfect location to explore the country's natural beauty. We are within walking distance of some of our excursions and in a prime location to access different areas. 

Icelandic króna is the country's currency, but most establishments will accept most major currencies (USD, Euros, CAD). 

Most Icelanders only use credit and debit cards, so we suggest telling your bank you are travelling. However, carry about $300 to $400 in your home currency, just in case! 

Like Scandanavian culture, Icelandic food is inspired by what's around them. Iceland is known for its fish - cod, salmon, and haddock are the most common, along with langoustines. 

Try Skyr, a thick and creamy dairy product described as yogurt and cottage cheese meeting. Lamb is also a local delicacy, as is rye bread. So many different types of food to choose from!

95% of drinking water in Iceland comes from springs, so it is one of the cleanest and most delicious waters to drink. The tap water is free of chlorine, calcium, and nitrate, so be prepared to love this water!

Iceland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world! 

However, we suggest leaving all important items at our accommodations while we are out exploring - but maybe keep your Yeezys and nice jewelry at home!

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