Luxury Icelandic Eco Retreat

Highlights

  • Stay in stunning eco-accomomdation with your own private geothermally heated pool and characterful cabin
  • Explore the Golden Circle, a quirky Icelandic tomato farm and discover secret lagoons known only to the locals
  • Release your inner adventurer on private guided tours of beautiful ice caves
  • Enjoy exquisite, authentic Icelandic food on the accommodation site
  • Benefit from your own private expert guide for the duration of the tour
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What you'll do

Arrival Day

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your expert guide in the arrivals hall and transfer to your accommodation, the Torfhus Retreat. Enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure and in the evening enjoy dinner at your lodge.

 

 

 

 

Accommodation

Torfhus Lodge

Living turf roofs, stone and reclaimed wooden walls, charming personal touches such as landscape photographs taken by the family and stylish lambskin rugs create a relaxing and homely atmosphere.

Each 60 sqm Torfhús has two bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom. Reclaimed oak, rustic painted walls and hand crafted furniture create a warm and cosy chalet-style interior.

You also have your own basalt pool where you can relax under the bright constellations, the dancing Northern Lights, or the gently falling snow of winter. Or, during the warm days and white nights of summer, your basalt stone hot pool is the ultimate spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Torfhús Retreat is totally committed to sustainable practices and is lucky enough to generate all its energy using hydroelectric and geothermal power. The geothermal power source, less than 5km away, provides all of the heating for the houses and pools. So set the temperature to your liking (36-42 degrees), relax and retreat into authentic Icelandic nature regardless of the season or weather.

The Golden Circle, Tomato Farms and Secret Lagoons

Today, it’s time to explore the magnificent Golden Circle area with your expert guide. Start at Þingvellir National Park, home to the world’s first parliament and two tectonic plates visibly being pulled apart by up to 2cm each year.

Then, you’ll head to the hot spring area, where you can see Strokkur erupting every 5-10 minutes before visiting the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall.

Enjoy lunch at Friðheimar farm. At Friðheimar, they grow tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouses.

You’ll get to explore the greenhouses, and then enjoy a taste of the crop. Friðheimar has a real focus on sustainability and responsible tourism.

They are a great example of tourism done right – as they go about everything with the local community and environment at the forefront of their minds, and it’s a great opportunity for you to see some responsible tourism in action.

Next, your hosts have arranged an entrance for you in the beautiful Secret Lagoon. It has been kept natural and unique so that guests can experience that true Icelandic feeling.

As the pool’s steam rises into the air the whole place has a magical feeling. The warm water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year. The surrounding area has several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring.

Accommodation

Torfhús Retreat

The South Coast and Ice Cave Explorations

Our first stop is the majestic Skógafoss waterfall, one of the most iconic ones in the country. You might remember it from the popular Game of Thrones show, where it played a significant role.

Our Katlatrack Team will meet you at our meeting point in Vik Iceland. You will then embark on a beautiful and exciting super jeep ride to the secret area of one of our 13 glaciers (30-60
minute super jeep ride)! Once at the glacier area, you will borrow gear (IE, helmet, headlamp,
and crampons) and our local guide will do an educational brief on safety, what to expect, etc.

You will take a short hike through an amazing glacier area towards the natural ice cave. Our
guide will always choose the most accessible and safe path. As the glacier constantly changes,
the path may differ day to day, same as the look of the ice cave. This makes each tour a unique experience! Nobody would see the natural ice cave the same as you would. We would always make sure you would have enough time to explore the glacier area and take plenty of photos to make this day memorable.

At the end of the tour our local Vik Iceland guide will give you a little more insight into how the ice cave was formed and answer any questions you may have. After ample time for your photos and selfies, we hike back out and take the gear off. Then it’s time to get you back to the Katlatrack meeting point so you can continue on with your own agenda of discovering Iceland!

Afterwards you will visit the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Before heading back to Reykjavik, you will also stop by the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is located right under the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, famous for its eruptions in 2010 which halted many flights around Europe. If the weather is nice enough, you’ll be able to go behind the waterfall’s curtains and even see the somewhat hidden little cousin, Gljúfrabúi, which is a waterfall hiding in the mountainside.

Accommodation

Torfhús Retreat

Departure Day

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye to Iceland. Your guide will drive you to Keflavik airport for your departure.

What's included

Included

  • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport
  • Private super jeep and expert local guide throughout from start to finish
  • 3 nights accommodation at Torfhus Retreat on Half Board basis with your own basalt pool (breakfast + dinner)
  • Friðheimar tomato farm visit & tomato soup lunch
  • Entrance to the Secret Lagoon including towel rental
  • Guided expert Ice Cave experience
Your local host

Rannveig

I constantly consider myself lucky to be Icelandic and live in this incredible destination that Iceland is. Our culture, the Northern Lights, erupting volcanoes and incredible nature provide some of the best holiday experiences you can get. I have spent the last 15 years truly exploring my own country and it continues to amaze me every single day. The weather may be a challenge - we never know what what conditions will be thrown our way - but you can rest assured that every minute is an adventure! Respect for nature is important to all Icelanders and all the partners we work with care for people and for the environment. We are a family business committed to offering our customers the best, true, authentic experiences and nowhere else will you get a more personal service than with us.

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Location

You will get picked up from Keflavik Airport by your private guide and transferred in a Jeep to the retreat, deep in the Icelandic wilderness.

The retreat is located in the rural heart of Iceland‘s breathtaking Golden Circle. It offers guests the ability to enjoy the peace and comfort of authentic Icelandic hospitality whilst also being able to easily explore the iconic sights nearby.

At the end of the experience, your guide will drop you back off at Keflavik Airport for your return flight.

FAQs

What is included at the accommodation?

Bathroom Room with large bottle vanity products
Spacious living room and private veranda
Geothermically heated basalt stone hot pool
Fully-equipped kitchen
Nespresso coffee machine and herbal teas
Daily re-stocked mini bar
UHD Smart TV
High-speed WIFI-internet
Safe deposit box

What is the food at the lodge like?

As befits cuisine inspired by Icelandic tradition and based on local ingredients, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the classic Viking Langhus.

Light and airy during the day with glorious views over grazing Icelandic horses to mountains and the glacier beyond, at night the atmosphere changes to a cosy, candlelit mood; the perfect backdrop to the celebrated cuisine of Torfhus Retreat.

The food is incredible, made by some of the best chefs in the country using locally sourced ingredients to create some of the best meals you will ever try.

Is lunch included on day 3?

It isn't, but you will be out and about with your guide who would be happy to make some recommendations for you.

What can I do in my free time at the retreat?

In the evenings, enjoy the lodge itself - go on little walks around the area, soak in the basalt hot pool, read a book etc. It’s all about being in the wonderful silence in Icelandic nature.

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