Iceland’s Elfin Way

Bonnie Bogner

Iceland’s Elfin Way Facilitated by Bonnie Bogner

Reykjavik – Northern Region – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Southern Region

Dates: June 2 – 13, 2018

Price: $4,099 CAD plus 5% GST for a 11 Day Experience (shared occupancy)

Iceland's Elfin Way Facilitated by Bonnie Bogner

Single Room options are available at an additional fee

Iceland’s Elfin Way Facilitated by Bonnie Bogner is a magical customized adventure that will allow you to 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. Iceland’s Elfin Way facilitated by Bonnie Bogner 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 the North, Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Southern Iceland.

A message from your guide:

Iceland's Elfin Way Facilitated by Bonnie Bogner

Iceland’s Elfin Way Facilitated by Bonnie Bogner

Bonnie Bogner“Life is either a grand adventure or nothing at all!” And I choose to live a grand adventure. I am spirit; first and foremost spirit. Having a grand physical adventure. And I am here to help demystify that adventure for others, to help them to have a grand adventure too. What better way to do so that through Spiritual Travel? I am very excited to be taking you on this Grand Icelandic Adventure!

Long before there was a name for it, I had an interest in the metaphysical, and I have been immersed in it ever since. There is so much more than meets the eye, but most often we are so busy taking care of business we have no opportunity to experience that. There is so much Magic and Mystery to be discovered in Iceland. Allow Amanda and I to take care of all of the details and allow yourself to be completely immersed in the experience.

 

 

  • 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!
  • Head off the beaten track to Northern Iceland to stay on a historic farmstead.
  • Ride the famed Icelandic Ponies through the scenic countryside in Northern Iceland. 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.

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 long 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 IcelandHafnarfjordur, 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 elves. www.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

Total Drive time – ~2 hour & 46 mins (233 km) Spend the night at the Farmhouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included. Find interesting points of interest along the way to stop at.

Hof is a working farm since the year 895 ad. But has been in our family since 1895. The name Hof comes from the old Norse language, it meant a temple or holy place.  The first inhabitant on 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. In 2009 we found the graveyeard which had been in use since 1000 ad.

Today we run a working farm with sheep, horses and a guesthouse. Hof is more than 1000ha big. The land is diverse, from hayfields to mountains, with a lot of different vegetation. The rockformations are impressive, and  part of the landscape is shaped by sea and glaciers and the last iceage.

Have a tour around the farm, walk to some "secret" waterfalls only guests get to experience.

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 then 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 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 Farmhouse 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.

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 Kast 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, immortalised 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.

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.

Moving forward/new way of being exercise at hot springs or along the hike.

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 mudpots, and exploding geysirs. 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.

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

Spend the evening relaxing in a nearby hot pool.

Day 12: June 13  Depart for Home.

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 Northern, Western & South Iceland, with all meals on the road included
  • All scheduled events including Elf School and horseback riding
  • 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

Accommodations in 2-3* guesthouses, hotels, or B&Bs based on triple/double occupancy and shared facilities.

Reykjavik - Stay at Icelandair Natura or similar - http://www.icelandairhotels.com

Borgarnes - Spend the night at a Borgarnes Guesthouse at the Egils Kaupangur - http://egilsguesthouse.is/guesthouse-kaupangur/

Hof Farmhouse in Blönduós - Spend 2 nights in the north at a farm stay - http://www.hof-is.com.

Snaefullness Peninsula - Stay at a Guesthouse on the peninsula in Olasfsvik such as Við Hafið Guesthouse for 2 nights - https://www.west.is/en/inspiration/services/vid-hafid-guesthouse

Southern Iceland - Spend the next 2 nights at the Hjarðarból Guesthouse on a historic farmstay. http://hjardarbol.is

Keflavik - Spend the night near the airport in Keflavik at the Raven’s Bed Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. http://ravensbnb.is

Meals: Breakfasts will be included throughout the experience.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the road trip through the Western Fjords and Southern Region. Special meal requests can be accommodated upon request.

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