A little bit about Iceland
Climate: September can be a great time to visit Iceland, as it is usually past the peak season. Iceland’s weather is notoriously capricious (changes often). Seriously, Iceland truly fits the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.” Keep in mind that Iceland is an island nation in the upper North Atlantic, and most of the country is just below the Arctic Circle.
In general, you can expect cool temperatures (average of 11 C) and light to moderate rainfall and shortening days – which also means the start of the Northern lights season! So bring layers and some good walking shoes and enjoy the beginning of Fall in one of the world’s most beautiful and unique countries.
The People: Icelanders are a Germanic ethnic group and nation, native to Iceland.
On 17 June 1944, when the Icelandic republic was founded, the Icelanders became independent from the Danish monarchy. The language spoken is Icelandic, a North Germanic language, and Lutheranism is the predominant religion. Historical and DNA records indicate that around 60 to 80 percent of the settlers were of Norse origin (primarily from Western Norway) and the rest were of Celtic stock from Ireland and Britain
The Food: Icelandic cuisine consists mainly of fish, lamb, and dairy. Fish was once the main part of an Icelander's diet but has recently given way to meats such as beef, pork, and poultry. Iceland has many traditional foods called Þorramatur. These foods include smoked and salted lamb, singed sheep heads, dried fish, smoked and pickled salmon, and cured shark.
There are also many international cuisine options on menus at different restaurants.
What to Bring: Warm clothing for winter like conditions, a winter jacket, comfortable hiking shoes, swim wear, a hat/ sunscreen for your face, rain gear, camera, day hiking backpack, a thermos. We will give you a more detailed list in the pre departure guidebook but this gives you an idea.
Money: We recommend you bring your regular bankcard from home to use on your travels. There are many international ATMs available where you can withdraw cash. Speak with your bank to let them know you are traveling as well as the duration and location to avoid your bank locking your card due to what they see as irregular activity. The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona. The approximate exchange rate right now is 1 CDN Dollar = 1 ISK so $4 would be the same as about 357 Krona.
Tipping: It is never ever expected, but like everywhere in the world, appreciated. If you want to tip anyway, there's nothing stopping you from doing so. Icelanders are as a whole a fairly well travelled lot themselves and they are familiar with the concept of tipping. They will almost always accept tips based on that.
Your Group: Your groups will range in size from 5-13 travelers with a wide age range of anywhere from 18 up. We want everyone to feel welcome to come on a Breathe in Life trip. Regardless of the group demographic everyone has something in common right off the bat, you are all here to experience what amazing things Iceland has to offer! Each group is lead by a Breathe in Life trip leader and a certified yoga instructor. They are there to insure that everything runs as smoothly as it can and accompany you on your journey to a better well-being.
Trip Leaders/Yoga Instructors: All of our trip leaders and yoga instructors at Breathe in Life were chosen because of their passion for life, health, and love for travel. Our trip leaders are extremely knowledgeable on the travel scene and are there to make sure your trip is as amazing as it can be. All of our yoga instructors come highly experienced and fully certified by the yoga alliance.
Extending your Trip: Sometimes when 8 days just isn’t enough time you may want to extend your return flight back to reality. We will be happy to assist you with this and support your new dreams to become an Icelandic explorer! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Solo Travelers: Not a problem at all! We have many travelers who will come solo on our trips and the casual group setting is a great environment to meet new like-minded friends. As far as your accommodations go you have two choices. We can pair you with another solo traveler of the same sex in a room with two beds or you can request your own room for a reasonable surcharge.
Communicating with Home: Staying connected to home is easy to do as the places we stay have Wi-Fi.