Iceland: Fire, Sea & Ice - 2017

Reykjavík • Snæfellsnes • Akureyri • Iceland’s South Shore
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • SNAEFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER
  • Lake Mývatn
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Before You Go

From money matters to packing tips, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming Vantage journey. Just click on an item below to read more about it.

Passports & Visas


Planning your trip

Tour trip will be here before you know it! Here's some information specific to the destinations you'll be visiting to help you prepare for your journey.

Travel Documentation

The following information applies to U.S.citizens only. Those traveling on other than a U.S. passport are required to contact the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited for further information and special requirements.

A valid passport is required for all air and sea travel to or from Canada and the U.S. effective January 8, 2007. This is a change from prior travel requirements and does affect any U.S. citizen entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere. This new requirement will also affect Canadian citizens that travel by air to embark in U.S. ports. Expired passports are not acceptable and passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date of your vacation.

Passport and Visa

The following information applies to United States citizens only. Those traveling on other than a United States passport should contact the embassies or consulates of the countries they are visiting for further information and special requirements.

Country Passport Visa
Iceland Y N

Should the above requirements change, you will be notified in a mailing prior to departure. All visa, entry requirements, and fees are subject to change without advance notification by action of the government and port authorities. Vantage is not responsible for any additional charges resulting from such changes.
For up-to-date information, please visit Generation Visa at http://www.genvisa.com/vantage

  • Passport must be valid for at least six months following your scheduled return to the U.S.
  • Should have the recommended total of three blank pages for the base trip, and a total of four blank pages in case the Greenland extension is booked as well.

Visa requirements

Iceland, Greenland: U.S. citizens do not need visas for staying in these countries for less than 90 days.

Above information applies to U.S. citizens only. Those traveling on anything other than a U.S. passport must contact the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited for further information and special requirements.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required for this trip. Questions may be directed to the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636


Climate/Time Zone


Time Differences

  • Iceland is UTC (Greenwich Mean Time), 5 hours ahead of U.S. EST. Greenland is 2 hours ahead of U.S. EST.

Country
Time Difference
Iceland 4 hours

Note: The above times are based on Eastern Standard Time.

Climate

  • Iceland enjoys a maritime temperate climate, and is warmer than its name suggests thanks to the Gulf Stream. Summers in Iceland are rather cool, while winters are relatively warm. During summer, the climate is mild but unstable, with possible rain and frequent weather changes. Greenland is cooler than Iceland – the Nuuk area has a maritime-influenced tundra climate with cold winters and cool summers. 

Because the weather is unpredictable, please use this chart as a general guideline, and check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly.

Average High/Low Temperature (Farenheit)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Reykjavik H 35 37 37 41 47 52 55 54 49 44 38 36
L 27 29 29 33 39 44 47 46 41 36 31 28
Skagafjörður H 29 34 39 42 47 51 58 54 48 41 41 33
L 23 26 28 33 36 42 47 44 41 32 34 27
Lake Myvatn (Husafell) H 31 33 35 42 49 54 59 56 50 40 35 36
L 23 25 25 33 36 41 44 45 40 32 28 29
Westman Islands H 37 38 38 40 45 49 52 52 47 43 39 38
L 31 33 32 35 40 44 47 47 43 39 34 32

Money Matters


Country Unit of Currency  
Iceland Icelandic króna
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Currency

  • Iceland`s local currency is the Icelandic Króna (ISK symbol: kr). U.S dollars not generally accepted.
  • Greenland`s official currency is the Danish Krone (DSK). U.S dollars are accepted in some places. 

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Iceland. Please note, however, that when using credit cards, PIN numbers might be required for purchases and for withdrawing money from ATMs. ATMs are found in most villages and cities and generally accept all major debit credit and cash-only cards - Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted, while AMEX is not as popular. Travelers Checks are also accepted.

In Greenland, however, credit cards are restricted to the major towns and most hotels; only some major towns have ATMs. Using traveler’s cheques is not advised.

Exchanging Money

It is best to exchange your money upon arrival and re-exchange any surplus cash before you leave, as foreign banks may not deal in ISK or DSK. You can change money when you arrive at the airport or at banks, most hotels and money exchange offices. Hotels tend to have high transaction fees. (Danish currency can be purchased in Iceland before leaving for Greenland.)

Meals

Allow about $25 - $35 per person for lunches; dinner is included every day in your program.

Tipping

Tipping is standard practice in Iceland and Greenland. Here are some suggestions:

  • Adventure Leader: $8-$12 per person, per day
  • Local Guide: $2-$3 per person per day. However as your Iceland Adventure Leader will also be a group guide throughout the trip, travelers may consider adding a standard Adventure Leader Tip.  
  • Driver: $1-$2 per person per day. The same driver will be with the group during the entire tour to ensure high-quality travels.  
  • Hotels & Restaurants: Tips to luggage porters and included meals will be handled by your Adventure Leader. 


Packing Guidelines


What to Pack

When visiting Iceland and Greenland, the secret is to wear layers of clothing. The weather is milder on average than most people believe, but can be unpredictable. It is very useful to take a small day pack with you to store extra layers when you’re out exploring.   

Please visit us online at www.vantageadventures.com or www.vantageadventurestore.com for a selection of products that may be helpful as you determine a packing list that’s best for you. Suggestions are also available online in the Before You Go section of our website.  

Iceland is generally informal, “cool” in terms of fashion. Comfortable cotton clothing is appropriate for most days and occasions, including dinnertime and bars. Laundry service is available in all hotels on this itinerary.

Please note that one domestic flight will be also taken during the base portion of your trip. (Count one more flight if you choose to take Greenland excursion). Luggage limits on domestic flights are restrictive: one piece of luggage per person under 44 lbs., the weight limit for one piece of hand luggage is 13 lbs. Extra amounts can be paid for baggage over this limit or that exceed the baggage allowance.

Here are some essential items:

  • Short & long-sleeved cotton shirts — for layering, which is important due to frequent weather changes
  • Warm cotton or wool sweaters
  • Long warm outdoor trousers and one or two pairs of shorts
  • Smart-casual outfit for evenings out 
  • Pair of sturdy and comfortable walking shoes 
  • Hat, gloves and scarves
  • Raincoat, waterproof jacket with hood
  • Lined windbreaker
  • Sleepwear; medium-weight pajamas for chilly nights
  • Swimsuit for dipping in warm outdoor hot-tubs and the Blue Lagoon
  • Sunglasses 
  • Day pack 
  • Toiletries (such as hand sanitizer, pocket-size tissues)
  • Insect repellent
  • Power adapter
  • Copies of essential travel documents

Here are suggested items:

  • Eye shades due to very bright summer nights
  • Travel alarm
  • Travel journal/notepad
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • Earplugs

Flight Information


Flight Information

When planning your flights, Vantage considers each airline's reputation for quality, service, and routing options to the destination. Vantage selects flights that both serve our groups' needs and ensure the best balance of quality and cost. Our flight team members will do their utmost to select flights that will get you to your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

First and Business Class Airfare Upgrades
Many of our programs offer first and/or Business Class upgrades, for more information, please visit our FlightChoice page.

Vantage encourages you to check current airport security regulations well in advance of travel, as rules may have changed since your last trip. For the latest information on airline security guidelines and boarding procedures, please visit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) web site.

While on Tour


While on Tour

The information below applies in general to Vantage escorted land tours. To learn more about our full line of escorted land tours, click here.

Briefing sessions

At the beginning of your tour, a Vantage Tour Director will conduct an informative briefing concerning the daily schedule, local customs, and the included features of your tour. It is strongly advised that you attend this briefing.

Extending Your Trip

Vantage offers specially arranged pre- and post-extensions on many of our escorted land tours. See specific tours for details. In some cases, your Tour Director that will be on your base trip will be there also on the extension, but not always. On some pre- and post-extensions, there will be a Vantage representative to assist you.

Additionally, if you would like to do some exploring on your own, either before or after your tour, Vantage can help you arrange the details. In most cases, your flights can be adjusted for either an earlier arrival date or a later return date. A non-refundable administrative fee will be assessed, plus any additional costs that may apply to the air ticket and hotel. Transfers to and from your hotel are not included when traveling independent of a Vantage group. Please ask a Vantage Sales Representative for additional details. Note also that some airline contracts may exclude changes to routing.

NOTE: Should you wish to make any changes to your plans to extend your trip, please do so no later than 60 days prior to your scheduled date of departure. Change or cancellation penalties may apply to tickets once they have been issued.

Your Health & Comfort

Vantage wants you to have a safe, healthy, and happy journey. Our tours are planned to combine just the right amount of activity and leisure. For personal medical attention while on tour, your Vantage Tour Director can refer you to reliable physicians in the cities on your tour.

Please note that Medicare and U.S health insurance are generally not accepted in foreign destinations. If you have an insurance claim, it should be made upon your return to the USA and filed through your health insurance provider or through the Vantage Travel Protection Plan if you have purchased it. Keep relevant receipts and doctors' reports for processing your claim.

Jet Lag Precautions

When you cross several time zones to reach your destination, you often lose many hours of regular sleep. Upon arrival your body must quickly adjust to new sleeping and eating patterns. The result is jet lag. Its symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, and vague disorientation. You cannot completely avoid jet lag but you can minimize it. Here's how:

  • Try to sleep on overnight flights
  • Avoid heavy eating and drinking caffeine or alcoholic beverages right before - and during - your flight
  • Drink plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying
  • Try to stay awake your first day until after dinner

Pace of the Tour

Vantage Tours are planned to provide a well-balanced mix of activities and free time. Certain tours, however, may prove to be more challenging than others, particularly for passengers with physical limitations.

Passengers with physical difficulties or concerns about the pace of the tour should contact their Vantage Customer Relations Representative for tips on which tours best suit their individual needs and abilities. See also Medical Issues, below.

Your Personal Safety

Please keep in mind that in any tourist destination, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that you use a money protector that can be worn around your neck. Flashy jewelry should be left at home. Never place your camera or purse down, or hang it on the back of your chair. Although incidents of theft and pickpocketing while on tour are rare, it is important to be cautious and aware.

Medical Issues

Click here to read important information about travelers with a physical, emotional, or mental condition that may require professional attention or the use of special equipment. "Medical Issues" information also appears in the "Tour Participation Agreement - Terms and Conditions" bound into Vantage catalogs and printed on the back of your invoice.

Hotels

Vantage makes every effort to reserve only hotels that offer well-appointed rooms and a central location. We remind you that quality of accommodations may vary from destination to destination. Vantage strives to provide the best hotels available that meet our standards of quality. You can check descriptions of the hotels for your chosen trip under Accommodations on the website for that trip.

How We Rate Our Hotels

While some tour companies devise their own ratings systems (based on their particular standards), Vantage ranks hotels based on the industry-accepted classifications published by the Hotel & Travel Index - the travel industry standard.

Deluxe/Moderate Deluxe ***** Outstanding accommodations in every way, offering superior service, facilities, and location.

Superior First-Class ****+ Above average accommodations, with many special amenities, including more restaurants, shops, and usually a fitness center.

First-Class/Moderate First-Class **** Comfortable, well-equipped standard rooms with private bath, attractive public areas, and amenities.

Please Note: In some areas where the hotels aren't rated, it's often due to the fact that the hotel may be too new, too remote, or too small. However, the hotel where you stay has been inspected and approved by Vantage personnel.

Religious Services

At Vantage, we count individuals from all walks of life and all religious denominations among our customers. Although we do not offer religious services on our travel programs, services may be available in the cities and towns you visit while on tour. Your Vantage Tour Director can advise you when religious services are available. Please keep in mind that not all religious denominations have a presence in every travel destination. We cannot guarantee the availability of religious services.

Shopping

Shopping for local merchandise is always a part of the travel experience. We are aware that local guides do recommend shops on their tours. Always keep in mind that a purchase is between the buyer and the seller. Always keep receipts and credit card copies. Shipping should always include insurance in the event of breakage. Iit is best to check with your credit card issuer for any insurance that may be included when you use your card.

Sightseeing & Cultural Connections

Vantage offers a variety of included sightseeing tours and special cultural events to enrich your travel experience and bring you "closer to the world." Our tours are specially designed for Vantage travelers. They let you feel the atmosphere, gain a cultural understanding, and become a part of the area you are visiting. They include all transportation and the services of expert local guides.

Optional Excursions

Vantage makes every effort to provide the right balance of both included activities and time for exploring on your own. We've found, however, that many of our passengers prefer an additional guided activity in lieu of free time. For that reason, some of our tours may include a limited number of optional tours and activities, which you may choose to take at a moderate fee. In no case do we replace an included sightseeing tour with an optional tour. Optional tours are strictly voluntary, providing you with the opportunity to visit an attraction that you may not see otherwise.

Taxes

All hotel taxes and hotel service charges are included in the tour price. If airport arrival and departure taxes apply, they are payable in cash at the airports and are not included.

Transfers

All transfers between airport and hotel/pier are included in conjunction with Vantage air and tour packages and will be via private transportation. Travelers purchasing their own airline tickets will be responsible for their own transfers to and from the airport/hotel/pier based on the itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

Each Vantage Escorted Land Tour is planned with two criteria in mind: It must be to an interesting destination and the tour must offer good quality at an exceptional value.

Although everything is planned well in advance of your departure, our ultimate goal is to ensure that each departure is enjoyable, interesting, and safe. Therefore, the day-by-day itinerary provided for each travel destination is subject to change depending upon local conditions. If any significant changes occur in advance of your departure, Vantage will notify you by phone or by mail. If changes occur while on tour, your Vantage Tour Director or local representative will notify you.

Your Vantage Tour Director/Local Representative

During your tour you'll be accompanied on tour by an experienced Vantage Tour Director. You will also benefit from the insights of expert Local Representatives and tour guides. Both your Tour Director and Local Representative can provide suggestions on the best restaurants, shops, and local sights; will help coordinate optional tours and excursions; and assist in any manner possible.

Vantage Hospitality Desk

For your convenience, a Vantage Hospitality Desk will be available daily during scheduled hours at many of the hotels on your itinerary (staffed by an experienced team of local travel professionals or by your Vantage Tour Director). The desk hours vary, depending on your daily scheduling. Tour members will be advised of the desk hours during the briefing held upon arrival at most hotels.

Tipping

We include tipping for all meals that are included in your package and all porterage. Tips are not included for your Vantage Program Manager, local guides and drivers, or any maids or other personnel in hotels, ships or trains.

Electricity

Electricity in Iceland and Greenland is 220V with European plugs. We advise you to take converters / travel plug adapters with you.

Internet

Most hotels will provide free Wi-Fi service. They will also offer a limited number of computers in the lobby for guests to use.

Telecommunications

U.S. cell phones won’t work in Iceland. But those with multiband phones can call their wireless operator and ask for "international roaming" to be activated on their existing account. This option is usually expensive, however: Per-minute charges are often $1 to $1.50.

Photography

You can photograph just about anything in Iceland and Greenland! Iceland is a photographer’s dream destination with its amazing landscape scenery. To catch these images, we advise you to take wide-angle / mid-zoom lenses. Bring rain covers to protect your camera in rainy weather.

The etiquette for photographing people in the countries on your itinerary is about the same as it would be on the streets of your hometown. You’ll need permission to take close-up photos, ask your subject(s) if it OK to take a picture – your Adventure Leader can always help you. When you’re not using your camera, always keep it in your pocket, in a case attached to your belt, or hang it on a strap around your neck.

Midnight Sun in Iceland

The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in June when the sun remains visible at midnight. The summer solstice, Iceland’s longest day of the year, is June 21st – on that day, , the sun sets at midnight and rises again just before 3 am. Bright nights occur for about three months (June – Aug). Slow sunsets and sunrises make for incredibly picturesque displays of colorful skies and last for hours.


Payment Information


What does my Reservation Deposit Guarantee?

Payment of your initial deposit holds your spot on your journey. However, it does not guarantee the price of your trip. Participation in our Smart Pay Discount Plan can save you up to 10% on your Vantage trip AND it ensures that the land, cruise, and international airfare portions of your trip will not increase. This includes 100% guaranteed protection against most additional taxes (does not include entry fees or arrival taxes), fuel surcharges, and currency fluctuations, from the moment you pay in full under the terms of Vantage's SmartPay Discount Plan. If you do not participate in our SmartPay Discount Plan, all prices are subject to change.

When is my Final Payment due?

Final payments are due 90-120 days prior to departure, depending upon the program.

Can I extend my final payment due date?

Unfortunately, we are unable to extend any final payment due dates because of our vendor contractual obligations.

What is an E-Check?

ECheck is a commonly used term to refer to an online payment method via electronic check from your bank account.

What are the benefits of paying via E-Check?

Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. Plus, paying by E-Check with our SmartPay Discount Program, you can realize hundreds of dollars in savings right away. When you compare those savings to the frequent flyer miles you might earn when you pay by credit card, you come out on top for two reasons: first, you enjoy your savings right away, whereas frequent flyer miles need to be accumulated over time before you cash them in; second, frequent flyer miles have restrictions of usage.

How do I make payments via an E-Check?

It's easy to set up E-Checking on My Account. Have your checkbook handy and simply go to the Make a Payment screen and follow the instructions provided. Please note that E-Check payments appear on your invoice immediately but take 2-3 business days for your bank to process.

What is the SmartPay Discount Plan?

The SmartPay Discount PlanSM allows our travelers to receive a discount by paying for their trip in full before their final payment due date. The further in advance of the final payment date you pay, the greater the discount. Just as important, you’ll guarantee your price against price increases resulting from currency fluctuations, fuel costs, and other unanticipated occurrences.

How can I take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?

You can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check. Paying by E-Check is fast, easy and 100% secure – and there is no fee involved. All you need is your checking account number and bank routing number, both of which are printed on your checks. 50% of your trip’s total cost must be paid by check. Payments made inside of 60 days prior to departure will not qualify.

Can I pay by credit card and still take advantage of your SmartPay Discount Plan?

While we do accept credit card payments, you can only take advantage of our SmartPay Discount PlanSM when paying by E-Check, unless part of your payment is made by credit card and at least 50% of your total payment is paid by E-Check.

How do I redeem my Vantage Credit Voucher?

Vantage credit vouchers should be mailed once you receive your first invoice. Any overpayment that results from the credit voucher will be refunded to you, if applicable.

How do I cancel my trip and how long will it take for me to receive a refund?

If you must cancel your trip, you should contact our Customer Service department. Refund requests must be made in writing – indicating the reason for cancellation – and received by the respective final payment due date to avoid additional cancellation charges.

Vantage realizes that most people who cancel their reservations do so out of real necessity. Nevertheless, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee covers only our costs of reservation maintenance or cancellation.

Payments made to your credit card will be refunded as a credit to that card. Payments made by check will be refunded by check. Payments paid by electronic check will be refunded electronically. Please allow 35 days for refunds to be manually verified and processed by our accounting department. Please refer to the Tour Participation Agreement for your program's cancellation fee schedule.

Why does it take just one day to charge my credit card at the time of booking but 30 days to refund it in the event of cancellation?

After you book a trip with us, we process charges within 24 hours in order to hold and confirm your reservation quickly for you. Because refunds are processed manually by our accounting department, we require a 30-day processing period to assure utmost accuracy.

I was just reviewing my invoice online and noticed a discrepancy. What should I do?

Please contact us and we will attempt to resolve the situation as soon as possible. To help expedite matters, you should print out your invoice and have it handy when you contact us.

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