Icelands Elfin Way

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The Itinerary is Set!

~ Elf School ~ Geysers & Mud Pots ~ Lava Tubes ~
~ Hot Ponds ~ Wisdom Circles ~ Glaciers ~ Huldufolk ~ 

Reykjavik, Western Fjord, and Southern Region
June 2-12, 2018 (10 days)

Connect with spiritual sites, local guides and beautiful landscapes along the coastal and inland rural communities throughout Iceland.  Meditation, mindfulness walks, sacred wisdom circles, and other spiritual activities will be incorporated throughout the trip.

Explore the amazing country of Iceland with Bonnie Bogner, mystic, intuitive and spiritual guide. You only have to read accounts of foreign people traveling in Iceland to understand that the energy here is not just felt by locals. Many talk about the weird energy they feel here instantly and some even try to locate the source of that energy. There are so many Alagablettir (magical places) it is hard to know where to begin. Maybe it is the volcanic legacy of the land, or maybe it is that Icelanders have not forgotten what so much of the world now has. Iceland is one of the youngest lands on earth evidenced by the warm earth in many places. However, people there are more in touch with the energy world than others and they maintain that Iceland has a large number of very cosmic/mystic places. Spots where you connect to the inner you or other worlds just by being there.

The folklore, mythology and the presence of Alfar or Elves, Huldufolk or Hidden People and Gnomes, Trolls and more make this destination truly magical. Join intuitive and mystic Bonnie Bogner and Travel Roots on a journey that focuses on exploring and experiencing the energy, the hidden people, the magic and the history of Iceland. This 10-day adventure will connect you with locals that have in-depth knowledge about the hidden people in Iceland and the special energy this country has. The first 3 days will be spent in Reykjavik, followed by an 8-day road trip to explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Southern Iceland.

Tour Price: $4,099 CDN for double/triple occupancy. There may be a single occupancy option for an additional fee.  

Deadline to Register: April 1st, 2018
Booking Details: Book through Travel Roots by contacting Amanda at Amanda@travelroots.ca or call 204-996-9030. A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your spot. Space is limited so secure your spot today! 

Price includes:

  • Transportation to and from airport (shuttle)
  • Accommodations in 2-3* guesthouses, hotels, or B&Bs based on double/triple occupancy 
  • Most meals as specified in the itinerary – excluding alcoholic beverages
  • Bonnie Bogner, Spiritual and Intuitive Tour Leader
  • Amanda, Expert Tour Leader & Driver
  • 7-day Road Trip throughout Western & South Iceland, with all meals on the road included
  • All scheduled events including Elf School and Elf Tour on horseback
  • Domestic transportation – vehicles will be rented for the group and driven by Amanda/Bonnie.

Price does not include:

  • International Flight (Travel Roots can assist with this as needed)
  • Additional activities, not included in itinerary
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel and medical insurance

Unstructured itinerary – Please note that the itinerary is subject to change based on local realities, weather conditions, and sporadic events that may happen if an opportunity arises. These are the joys and adventures of travel and it is best to keep an open mind and go with the flow – you never know what will be around the corner.   www.icelandtravel.is/iceland/

Depart for Iceland – June 1, 2018, for arrival the morning of June 2nd.
Travel from Canada with Iceland Air, Air Canada or WOW (flies from Toronto and Montreal).

Highlights:

  • Begin your adventure in Reykjavik with a walking tour.
  • Spend a day at Elf School and learn about all the hidden folks of Iceland including gnomes, dwarfs, fairies, trolls and mountain spirits.
  • Explore the Elf Capital of Iceland and be guided in your connection to these mystical spirits.
  • Visit the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the continents meet in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, filled with Icelandic History and Mythology.
  • Soak and relax in a variety of laugs (hot pools) along the way.
  • Explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and experience thermal springs, basalt columns & cubes; black & golden sand beaches; volcanic craters, rock arches & ancient lava tubes. So much natural beauty, no wonder it is considered a cosmic center noted for purity and inspiration.
  • Hike the windswept coast and watch whales. Discover a slower pace of life as you drink in the harsh and almost lunar beauty of Iceland.
  • Begin to discover the Hidden People at every turn. Visit Elf and Troll Churches, pay tribute to Barour, the regions guardian spirit and maybe even meet Gryla, the Troll Woman if she allows it.
  • Ascend the Snaefellsjokull glacial crown; bring warm clothes and a hardy spirit.
  • Try your hand with the Lifting Stones and see if you are Amlooi (Bungler), Fullsterker (Full Strong) or somewhere in between.
  • Visit Falki, the ancient stone well and see if it produces fresh water, holy water or ale for you!
  • Ride the famed Icelandic Ponies through the scenic countryside on an Elf Tour. Experience the ponies unique and smooth 4-beat gate known as the “Tolt”.
  • Visit breathtaking Geysir, Gullfoss (waterfall) and Secret Pond (laug). Plan for a restful soak at the pond.
  • Hike the beautiful Reykjadalur Valley, the try out spelunking at the famed Raufarholshellir Cave.
  • End your adventure back at Kelflvik, with easy access to the airport.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: June 2 Reykjavik (arrival)
Meals are not included this day

Arrive early morning at Keflavik International Airport and take the Flybus to Reykjavik. Relax, unpack and receive a brief welcome & orientation from the group leaders.  Meet for a group lunch and introductions followed by a light walking tour of the city. We will finish off the day with a Wisdom Circle and Intention Setting.

Day 2: June 3 Reykjavik – Elf School
Breakfast and lunch included.

Head to the Elf School for a 2-hour lecture which includes breakfast and a study book. The lecture will be led by Headmaster Mr. Magnus Skarphedinsson. He will facilitate a lecture that shares everything that is known about elves and hidden people, as well as gnomes, dwarfs, fairies, trolls, mountain spirits as well as other nature spirits and mythical beings in Iceland and in other countries.

After the lecture, the group will join Magnus on a guided excursion to visit some sites that are known to have a strong presence of sensing and contacting the hidden people. Lunch stop will be along the way. www.theelfschool.com/about 

Day 3:  June 4 Reykjavik – Elf Capital Tour
Return to Reykjavik to spend the night. Total drive time: 1 hour (45-50 km).
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day Trip to the Elf Capital of Iceland, Hafnarfjordur, nestled in a lava field just outside of Reykjavik, famed for being the unofficial elf capital well known for its “hidden population” or Huldufolk. This is where you will connect with a local guide Sibba Karls to learn more about the beliefs and folklore surrounding the hidden people. She will provide opportunities for the group to try to sense and communicate with the elveswww.alfar.is 

Day 4: June 5 Road trip officially begins! Þingvellir National Park
Total Drive time – ~1 hour & 43 mins (128 km) Spend the night at a Borgarnes Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.  

Our first stop is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) the National Park where the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798.

Þingvellir is a natural wonder, with the geologic history and the biosystem of Lake Þingvallavatn forming a unique entity. Also close by are Oxara river and Oxararfoss, Silfra fissure, and the Peningagja pool. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. www.thingvellir.is

Meditation on the mid-Atlantic Ridge – connecting worlds meditation

Stop here for a picnic lunch. Then drive to Borgarnes to spend the night. We can also relax in a laug (hot pool) open to 9 p.m. www.west.is/en/

Day 5: June 6 Travel North to the Hof Farmhouse in Blönduós
Spend the night at the Hof Farmhouse.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Total Drive time – 2 hour & 46 mins (233 km)

Take in the sights along the drive north to this lesser traveled area.
Have a tour around the farm, walk to some “secret” waterfalls only guests get to experience.

https://hiticeland.com/towns_and_villages_in_iceland/bl%C3%B6ndu%C3%B3s

Hof Farm is a working farm since the year 895 AD and been in the Hof family since 1895. The name Hof comes from the old Norse language, it meant a temple or holy place.  The first inhabitants of Hof were Heden and not Christian. Christianity was taken up by law in Iceland in the year 1000. Until probably around 1700, there was a church at Hof. Today Hof is a working farm with sheep, horses and a guesthouse.  The land is diverse, from hayfields to mountains, with a lot of different vegetation. The rock formations are impressive, and part of the landscape is shaped by sea and glaciers and the last Iceage.

 
Day 6: June 7 – Hof Farmhouse
Total Drive time – very minimal, we will stay in this region.
Spend the night at the Farmhouse.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
 
After breakfast, the group will head out for a 2 hour horseback ride that is tailored to learning about Elves and folklore – arranged by the Farmstay host.
 
After a picnic lunch, connect with a local guide that will arrange for a special experience where you will learn more about the Elves and Huldufolk in this region.
 
Afternoon guided meditation & mindfulness exercise, then free time to explore and reflect.

Day 7: June 8 Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Stay at a Guesthouse in the countryside on the peninsula for 2 nights. 
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Total Driving time from Hof Farmhouse to the park: 3 hours and 55 min (282km)

Depart from Hof Farm and venture to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Experience the beauty of the Icelandic landscape and stop for a nice scenic spot for a picnic lunch along the way. We will be spending three days on the peninsula.

The symbolic Snaefellsjokull mountain is a mecca for purity and inspiration and considered one of the seven most important cosmic centers on the earth. Even the uninitiated often feel “something” in the vicinity of Snaefellsjokull. We will find a number of places in this area to go within and connect with the Divine.

Snaefellsjokull Glacier Ascent
Purity and Inspiration Meditation

Day 8: June 9 Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Second night at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Embracing the Contrast

Areas of focus over our three days in Snaefellsnes area. Begin with Hellnar home to the National Park Visitor Centre, and area tourist office. Rangers have an active summer program of free park guided tours.

Sparkling fjords, dramatic volcanic peaks, sheer sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and crunchy lava flows make up the diverse and fascinating landscape of the 100km-long Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The area is crowned by the glistening ice cap Snæfellsjökull, immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

We will take our time in the Park stopping at a Black Sand Lava Beach, a volcanic crater, and other scenic areas. Weather permitting we will visit the glacier with a tour or guide.

Option to check out Bjarnarhöfn Farm and sample fermented shark meat.

Day 9: June 10 Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Move to South Iceland Farmstay at Hjarðarból Guesthouse to spend the night.
Total drive time approx. 3 hours/243 km
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Spend the morning enjoying more of the magic that Snaefellsnes area has to offer before we head off in the afternoon to our next destination.  Drive to Reykjadalur valley, the most beautiful hiking area in and around the town of Hveragerði. Hot springs and colourful areas full of geothermal activity can be found along a hiking trail which leads to a hot river. You can even bath in some of the waters along the trail!  Stop for a picnic lunch after the hike and a soak.

www.inspiredbyiceland.com         www.nat.is

Afternoon guided meditation & mindfulness exercise, then free time to explore and reflect.

Day 10: June 11 Great Geysir, Gullfoss & Secret Lagoon
South Iceland Farmstay at Hjarðarból Guesthouse.
Estimated drive time: 2 hr. 19 min and 167 km
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. Then to Geysir to experience boiling mud pots, and exploding geysers. Top of the day with a dip in the Secret Pond.

https://www.icelandtravel.is/golden-circle/

Infinite Possibilities Exercise

Day 11: June 12 Raufarholshellir Cave
Spend the night near the airport in Keflavik.
Total drive time 1 hour and 17 mins (91.7 km)  

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Stop Raufarholshellir Cave, for a little spelunking adventure, one of the longest accessible cave in Iceland

Moving forward/new way of being exercise at cave or hot springs.

Spend the evening relaxing in a nearby hot pool.

Day 12: June 13  Depart for Home.