I am super excited to finally be going back to Iceland and to take a few awesome travelers with me! On my last trip in January, I had the WORST weather and as a result crappy pictures so I am determined to go back and re-do all the awesome places I saw, plus add a few more cool spots!
We will be mostly visiting the South Coast (my favorite area in Iceland) with all the epic waterfalls, as well as the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. We will also stop to pet some friendly Icelandic horses whenever we see them!
I am also making it my mission to make it to a few of the lesser known natural hot pools in Iceland (I have a few awesome ones marked down!). If time permits, we will do a few easy (ish) hikes as well. We will try to get to some of the more famous sites before the crowds, so there will be a few early mornings!
Also, we will be in Iceland during Northern Lights season! So hopefully they will come out to play during our time there. Most our accommodation will be in a secluded area, so if they come out, we should be able to see them without having to drive anywhere! Yesssss.
Is This Trip for You?
If you are a fun loving adventurous spirit with a good sense of humor and love meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, this trip is for you! These trip will focus mainly on adventure activities, and photography, so a love for both is a must!
This Trip is NOT for you if:
If you love drama, drugs, or getting black-out wasted every night, this trip is NOT for you. This is for the more mature traveler who doesn’t mind long days of adventures and photo taking. There will definitely be some wine drinking as well, so it’s not going to be all serious, trust me.
This trip is probably not for you if you are a budget traveler. My group trips will mimic my traveler style, which I describe as “ballin on a budget” (I heard it on a rap song and thought it described my style perfectly). This style means not budget, but not super luxury. Basically, I like nice places, but I find awesome deals to make them cheaper. Most the accommodations we stay will be comfortable, cute, and unique.
Where Will We Visit in Iceland?
South Coast + Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls (+ one secret waterfall)
Vik +Reynisfjara black sand beach
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon + boat tour
natural hot pools all over Iceland
Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon (where Justin Bieber shot his music video)
*things may change slightly but this is roughly how it will go down
Day 1: Arrive/explore Reykjavik
Day 2: Golden Circle/Gulfoss waterfall/Thingvellir National Park
Day 3: South Coast Waterfalls (Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss)+ secret waterfall
Day 4: Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon + natural hot pools +possible easy hike
Day 5: Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon & Black Diamond Beach
Day 6: Drive to Snæfellsnes Peninsula + Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
Day 7: explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula and back to Reykjavik in evening
Day 8: Depart Iceland/possible Silfra fissure snorkel before departure
Accommodation in double occupancy (shared room with same sex)
Transport starting and ending in Reykjavik
Entrance to national parks and natural hot pools (excluding Blue Lagoon)
Car rental/gas/car insurance
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon boat tour (get up close to the icebergs)
Farewell pizza and wine dinner at our accommodation
What’s NOT Included:
Flights to/from Iceland
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Food (except pizza/wine night, see above)
Blue Lagoon (I honestly didn’t care for the Blue Lagoon on my trip but I understand some people just have to do it..in this case, we can make it work for those who want to experience it)
Snorkelling the Silfra Fissure
Note: depending on how many people want to do the Silfra Fissure, we may not have time to work it in unless the entire group wants to do it. However, if only a few want to do it, it will take place on the last and final day of departure…meaning, you would have to be taking a late afternoon/evening flight (at least 3pm or later) for this to work out. We can discuss this once I get a headcount of how many people want to do this.
Total Price (if deposit paid after May 7th): $2250
Discount price if deposit paid by May 7th: $2050
Discount Price if deposit paid by April 30th: $1975
*We will have a kitchen most of the trip so we can slash costs of food by cooking. Eating in Iceland is expensive as shit so you will definitely not want to eat out every meal! By cooking/eating packaged meals from grocery stores, you can get by for 8 days in Iceland from $100-120 total in food costs (and even way less if you don’t mind eating mostly spaghetti/pizza).
You can secure your spot for the trip by signing up HERE!
How To Get To Iceland Cheaply
It’s incredibly cheap to get to Iceland these days on WOW Air. If you can pack light, you can get there for as low as $199 round trip! I flew from Baltimore for $99 each way! So although Iceland is the most expensive place I’ve ever been (along with Switzerland), you can make it up with cheap flights and cooking meals. Also with your tax return you just got! BAM!
I plan on taking 4 people on this trip, so it’s going to be a really small group. If I get more interest, I may take 6 people, but will then need a volunteer driver! Sign up ASAP as spots are extremely limited!
*Please do NOT book any flights until you receive confirmation from me.
Crazy Travelista & CareBear Abroad are super excited to be opening up our first group trip together! We have traveled to over 20 counties together and would be delighted to have like-minded travel enthusiasts join us for an awesome trip exploring the Bucket List destination of Banff, Canada.
Come travel with CareBear Abroad & Crazy Travelista and join our fun adventures hiking all around the Canadian Rockies seeking out the most epic instagrammable views of the amazing blue lakes, the gorgeous National Parks, and the epic mountainous landscapes.
Is this This Trip for You?
If you are a fun loving adventurous spirit with a good sense of humor and loves meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, this trip is for you! This trip will focus mainly on hiking and photography, so a love for both is a must!
If you love drama, drugs, or getting black out wasted every night, this trip is NOT for you.
Because this trip is specifically focused on hiking, a moderate fitness level is recommended. We will be doing 2-3+ hours of hiking per day (maybe a little more on some days). We also may be kayaking and/or stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on some of the lakes (optional activities).
We also plan on mixing in some relaxing activities such as soaking in hot springs and horseback riding (optional).
Trip Style: Comfort/Privacy
For this trip, everyone will get their OWN PRIVATE BEDROOM, so perfect for those who value their privacy. But, if you want to bring a friend or significant other, we are offering a $200 discount (you will have to share the same queen size bed so you should probably really like/love this person). ♥
This trip is going to be co-ed! So both guys and girls can apply!
Where Will We Visit in Banff?
Each day will focus on hiking to the best viewpoints of the Canadian Rockies and vibrant blue lakes. The key places we will visit include:
Banff National Park
Yoho National Park (Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit)
Accommodation in your own private room
Daily entrance fees for ALL National Parks
What’s NOT Included:
Any extra activities not mentioned
Optional Activities (additional charge):
Horseback riding in Banff or Lake Louise
SUP or kayaking on Lake Louise or Moraine Lake
Non-Refundable Deposit: $375 due March 15th (this will guarantee your spot)
Total Price: $1675 due April 30th
Early Bird Price: $1575 if paid IN FULL by March 10th or $1525 if pain IN FULL by March 30th.
*there will be a $200 discount per person if you would like to bring someone (friend/gf/bf) and share a queen bed with them in your own private room. (We only have room for 2 groups of significant others/friends to join, so make sure to sign up soon if you want to bring someone!)
Sign up at this form here to reserve your spot today!
My ultimate goal is to inspire others to travel more. I love solo travel and love empowering women to do so. I also LOVE the camaraderie and friendships made from going on group trips. Which is why I have decided to make 2018 the year I open up some adventurous group trips and have a small (mini) group of adventurous souls join me.
What Sets Crazy Travelista’s Mini Group Trips Apart from Other Group Trips?
First off, the group size will be capped at 8 people max to focus on a more intimate feel. (The 1st trip will only be 5 people, including me!)
These group trips are designed for the lone woman who is scared to travel alone, who has no one to go with, or who just loves connecting with new fun travellers around the world.
The tours would be heavily photography based, so a love for taking awesome shots is a must! Although I’m not a professional photographer by any means, I do have a knack for finding the best viewpoints and framing the shots.
I will share all my tips on how I get all my solo shots when I travel alone and help everyone get their own awesome shots on the trip.
The trips will have a rough itinerary but also leave some room for unplanned adventures (because those are always the best adventures, right?).
I will also start a private Facebook group to introduce everyone as soon as possible. They did this on one of my previous group trips and it was awesome because it was like we knew each other by the time we actually met in person.
I have been on 5 group trips so far and the best part about these trips is the life long friendships that develop from them.
Are CrazyTravelista’s Mini Group Tours for You?
be into hiking and discovering off the beaten path places
love photography and don’t get bored of photo shoots (there will be many)
have a sense of humor
have an open mind and love meeting new people
love adventure activities
loving wine is a plus (but not a requirement)
These Trip are NOT for you if:
If you love drama, drugs, or getting black out wasted every night, this trip is not for you. This is for the more mature traveler who doesn’t mind long days of adventure and photo taking. There will definitely be some wine drinking as well (but no pressure at all to participate if you don’t like wine).
These trips are probably not for you if you are a budget traveler. These trips will mimic my traveler style, which I describe as “Ballin on a Budget” (I heard it on a rap song and thought it described my style perfectly). This means not budget, but not luxury. Basically, I like nice places, but I find awesome deals to make them cheaper. I am a 30 something career woman, no need to stay in hostels at this age. I don’t wish to compromise my comfort at this age.
1st CrazyTravelista Group Trip: Lofoten Islands, Norway
(March 1-5th, 2018)
The Lofoten islands are an archipelago off of Northeast Norway known for their cute little traditional fishing villages, epic mountain peaks, stunning fjords, and breathtaking panoramic views.
The Lofoten islands aren’t the easiest (or cheapest) to get to, which is why they aren’t on the main tourist track (another reason they are so intriguing to me). The good news is I took all the stress out of planning this trip for you!
The Lofoten Islands are a photographer’s dream, especially because they are a good place to see the Northern Lights. And there is nothing prettier than seeing these cute little seaside towns all covered in snow.
4 nights accommodation in double occupancy (you will have your own twin bed in a room shared with another female traveler..possibly your new BFF)
Return flight from Bodø to Lofoten islands and back
Private transport around the islands
Photos from the trip I will make available
Lifelong memories and friendships!
What’s NOT Included:
International flights to Norway
Food (however, there will be a kitchen where we stay and I will be making grocery store runs…restaurants are limited on the islands so this is a good option to eat cheap).
Optional activities (i.e. sea kayaking)
Accommodation the night before the trip starts
⇒IMPORTANT: **the flight from Bodø to Svolvear, Lofoten will be very early in the morning on March 1st so you WILL need to arrive to Bodø by February 28th (If you are coming from the USA, the flights are overnight so you will have to leave by February 27th the latest). The reason I did not include the one night before the trips starts is to leave room for you to save money by booking a hostel or room in an Airbnb (as the trip is not cheap). But if you don’t want to deal with that, I can book the one night before the trip for you at an additional cost (ask me).
On the Agenda
We will meet in the town of Bodo, Norway, which is like the gateway to the Lofotens. The next morning we will take a short 20 minute flight to the islands.
My original plan was to take the 4 hour ferry over; however, I made an executive decision not to do so after talking with the ferry company and tourism boards. Because this trip is in winter, there is only 1 ferry a day (on some days there are 2), but it sometimes gets cancelled due to high winds. I asked what the likelihood of a cancellation are, and they told me that they just had to cancel them the day before so i didn’t want to risk it and be stranded. Therefore, I had to increase the cost of the trip to account for the plane tickets instead of the ferry.
I have rented a car and plan to drive around to some of the best photo spots on the islands like cute little villages, arctic beaches, and viewpoints over the islands.
There are also some EPIC hikes to do in the Lofotens, although only some are accessible during the winter time. But I do plan on doing 1 or 2 of the smaller hikes if the weather gods permit. We will check the avalanche warnings the night before and decide from there. So ya, you kinda should be into hiking and be in moderate shape.
That being said, you will need waterproof boots or hiking shoes. It is still very much snowy this time of year and we will be walking around all day so it would suck to have wet and soggy feet.
There will also be a chance for winter kayaking (optional activity) if that tickles your fancy.
At night, it’s gonna be all about searching for the Northern Lights. There is never a guarantee that they will come out to play (so you have to set your expectations accordingly). However, the Lofoten Islands are 100 km above the Arctic Circle so that gives me lots of hope!
I have also rented a cute little cozy red cabin (just like you see in all the pictures) right on the water in Homnøy, the most photographed village in the Lofotens. There is a deck overlooking the water and mountains, which is the perfect setting if the Northern Lights appear. How cool would that be to just walk outside and see them without having to go anywhere? My dream!
22-38 years old
I’m not trying to be a dick, but I am going to put age limits on my trips, just because it gets very awkward when there is too much of an age gap. It’s such a better vibe and more cohesive when people are closer in age and in more in the same stage in life.
However, if you are a little but outside these age limits and you think you would still be perfect for these trips, send me a message and let me know. I’m more about your age at heart than your actual chronological age :).
So What’s It Gonna Cost Me?
Non-Refundable Deposit: $300 (due by January 10, 2018)
Total Trip Cost: $1275 (due by February 1, 2018)
Payment via Paypal
*IMPORTANT NOTE: if you haven’t paid your deposit by January 10th, the total price may be increased slightly (based on the flight prices from Bodø to Lofoten). So it is in your best interest to pay the deposit earlier than later).
Another important note: As with all group trips, travel insurance WILL be required for this trip. Plus, it’s foolish not to travel without it anyway.
Norway is expensive AF! In fact, Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world, so this is definitely NOT a budget trip. This is more like a bucket list trip, one that I’ve been wanting to do the past 2 years!
Norway is also one of my top 10 favourite countries in the world (out of 74 that I’ve been). The natural beauty is unmatched and keeps bring me back for more (this will be my 3rd trip). Trust me when I say the steep prices are 100% worth it!
I’ve also taken a look at photography tours of Lofoten Islands and they run anywhere from 2500 EUROS to 4500 EUROS! I am not a professional photographer, hence the lower prices. But I definitely have more skill than the average person, which I will use to help you get some awesome shots!
Where Can I Sign Up?
I am only taking 4 other adventure travellers with me so spots are VERY limited. You can sign up HERE. Please only fill this out if you are super serious about gong.
I am SO excited about this trip and can’t wait to meet my little group. See you in Norway!