DB 20s/30s Iceland Adventure – September 12-18, 2020
Due to popular demand, we’re offering another week-long adventure in Iceland! Join Sten and a CS Practitioner as part of an 18 person group of 20s/30s that explores the southern region of Iceland in a supportive and healing Christian Science Atmosphere.
For: Christian Scientists in their 20s/30s and their friends who are willing to dive into deep Christian Science discussions, support each other and the group by being patient, flexible and willing to help prepare and clean up group meals. Group travel always takes more time than solo or small group travel, but it can be a lot of fun with an inclusive easy-going group.
Cost: Registration is $1,525 USD with a $250 non-refundable deposit paid with a debit/credit card to secure your spot. Your spot will not be confirmed until Sten Palmer has been in touch with you. Full payment is due June 20, 2020. Cost includes all meals (vegetarian or fish/meat) from lunch on Saturday September 12 to lunch on Friday September 18, accommodation, and activities outlined in the Tentative Itinerary below. It does not include flights. A payment plan (6 x monthly payments) is available starting January 20, 2020, and ending June 20, 2020.
Cancelation Policy: Refunds, less a $250 cancelation fee (the deposit), will be given to participants canceling by January 20, 2020. Participants who cancel between January 21 and Jun 20, 2020, will be refunded less a $750 cancelation fee (deposit plus $500). No refunds will be issued after June 20, 2020.
Additional Costs: We recommend that you purchase personal travel insurance for this trip. If you have special dietary requirements beyond being a vegetarian, you’ll need to bring what you need with you. We’ll also be going to a discount supermarket mid-week for you to buy additional items, if needed. The food provided will be simple, as food is expensive in Iceland. If you have specific food/snack choices, feel free to pack foods you like. Also, activities on Friday, our free day, are not included.
20s/30s Subsidy: Thanks to our generous donors, $3000 of the costs of this trip have been subsidized, which benefits every participant.
Financial Aid: Financial Aid is also available up to $400 toward registration and up to $250 toward travel on a need basis. If the amount awarded does not meet participant needs, they have 48hrs to cancel their registration for their $250 deposit to be returned. Register before completing the Financial Aid Form.
Saturday September 12: Fly into Keflavik International Airport before 11:00am. Drive to Grindavik for lunch. Drive to The Blue Lagoon for an afternoon of relaxing in the geothermal pools. Drive to B14 Hostel, Faxafen 11, Reykjavík, Iceland (We have the place to ourselves – twin beds in gendered rooms). Prepare and eat dinner there. Get to know you games.
Sunday September 13: Prepare breakfast and a pack a lunch. Golden Circle Tour (in our vans) including: Thingvellir National Park, Snorkel Silfra Fissure, Geysir Geothermal Field, Gullfoss Waterfall, Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, and Kerid Crater. Prepare and eat dinner back at B14 Hostel. Informal church service (volunteer readers).
Monday September 14: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Pack up and drive ~5hrs to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake with floating icebergs, seals and skuas, for a self-guided hike and/or solo time. We’ll have a lunch stop at Reynisfjara, the famous black-sand beach with basalt columns and trolls. Service activity: trash collection. We’ll finish the day with a short hike to Svartifoss – a basalt column waterfall – before heading to Hotel Skaftafell (twin beds in triple/double rooms). We’ll eat dinner in the Hotel Restaurant. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).
Tuesday September 15: Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant. Pack a lunch. Check out of Hotel Skaftafell. Drive to Dyrholaey Arch, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss. Stop by Kronan Supermarket in Selfoss. Arrive at Gaulverjaskoli – The Old School House (twin beds in gendered rooms). Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Metaphysical Discussion. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).
Wednesday September 16: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Drive then hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs 2.4 Miles Round Trip – 682.4 ft gain – Out-and-Back Trail. Option 1: Afternoon Icelandic Horse Ride 2hrs ($105 not included – must book in advance). Option 2: Afternoon hike: Weather conditions will factor into the decision to either hike Krysuvik Georthermal Area Loop – 4.8miles moderate trail with lake and views in Reykjanesfolkvangur Reserve or hike Mount Esja – 5.2 mile steep, difficult, heavily trafficked loop trail. Option 3: Relax at The Old School House or explore the surrounding area on foot. Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Informal Testimony Meeting (volunteer reader). Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).
Thursday September 17: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Free day (cost of activities is not included).Option 1: Explore Reykjavík: Drop off and pick up at The National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata 41. (~$16/2000 ISK admission fee also allows access to Culture House, Hverfisgata 15). This is the time to try pickled shark if you like at Café Loki (not included) or journey Inside The Volcano (not included). Option 2: Relax at The Old School House or explore the surrounding area on foot. Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions). Metaphysical Discussion
Friday September 18: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Wrap-up: Gratitude and highlights, evaluations. Check-out of The Old School House. Fly out of Keflavik International Airport after 3pm.
Weather: September high/low averages are 51°F/42°F or 11°C/6°C with 13/ days of rain. Iceland in September: Weather, Things to do & what to expect
What to Bring on our 7-day adventure:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months after your arrival on September 20, 2020
- One bag and one day backpack, as space in the two vans is limited
- Your favorite snacks (food is expensive in Iceland)
- Food substitutes if you have special dietary requirements (we’ll also be stopping by a Supermarket mid-week).
- Bible lesson
- Favorite Game (optional)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and chapstick
- Thermos (optional)
- Travel towel for after bathing in hot springs etc.
- Second travel towel for showering (needed for first two nights)
- Warm non-cotton layers
- Warm Thermals (for underneath your dry suit for snorkeling the Silfra Fissure and daily use)
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Waterproof shoes for hiking
- Wool socks
- Scarf, warm hat, gloves
- Water bottles (2 Quarts/Liters)
Contact: Sten Palmer, DB Young Adult Manager
Phone: 888.416.7348 x 139