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Maine Jewish Singles Vacation
Ages: Young Jewish Singles

Febuary 18-21, 2016

This coming winter, yet again, we will be offering our Jewish dog-sledding trip. Frankly, there is no better way to experience the beauty of the Maine woods in the winter than on a dog sled. It's fun, it's challenging, and it really gets you close to nature!

Collaborating with top rated dog mushers Mahoosuc Guide Service and Vermont based Rabbi Howard Cohen of  'Burning Bush Adventures', we are offering a unique four day wilderness experience for Jewish adventurers (20s - 40s age group) to the north woods of Maine, combining dog mushing and cross country skiing. This will truly be an unforgettable experience!

Our wilderness trips include time for guided meditation and reflection, so you can really get to relax and enjoy the slow pace of the weekend. All of our wilderness trips are safe, fun, and inspirational!

We believe that the more time we spend outdoors, rain or shine, summer or winter, the better for nurturing our souls and deepening our relationship with the earth and all of its inhabitants.


Maine Young Jewish Singles Vacation Itinerary

Vacation Day 1

Maine North Newry

We will all be meeting at the Mahoosuc Guide Service (MGS) at North Newry, Maine,  at 7 p.m. (we will have a shuttle from Portland for those flying in/arriving by train/bus - see below).  After meeting all other trip participants over dinner, the guides and Rabbi Howard Cohen will give an overview of the weekend trip; answer questions; review route on map and safety considerations, and issue gear provided by MGS, such as insulated winter parkas, boots, sleeping bags, gaiters, duffel bags, and backpacks. Meeting lasts around one to 1.5 hours. All participants will stay at the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge tonight.

Vacation Day 2

Maine dogs

Arrive at MGS at 9 a.m. - participants are packed and dressed, ready for the trail. Load gear in vehicles, meet the sled dogs, and have an introductory talk about the dogs. Load the dogs into the trucks and drive to trail head. We will split into two groups: half of the group skis into camp and half mushes to camp. Skiers gear up and take off. Mushers have a lesson about dogsledding, then hook the dogs up to the sled and mush into camp. Once in camp, participants have a tour of the camp, chop a hole through the ice with an ice chisel for water, and get settled into their tents. There is an opportunity to go snowshoeing, skiing or looking for animal tracks. After feeding the sled dogs, enjoy a wilderness inspired kabbalat Shabbat led by the Rabbi, Friday night dinner and activities. Your guides talk about how to sleep warm, use the woodstove, and tell stories from the far north. Bedtime - Shabbat Shalom!

Vacation Day 3

Maine base camp

After a hearty breakfast, we plan and organize for a day trip from our base camp. Where we go depends on the weather and trail conditions. Half of the group skis to a prearranged lunch spot; the other half mushes. We will have a hot lunch on the trail cooked over a campfire; then will return to the base camp. This is also the best day to address individual interests, such as winter ecology, tracking, or plant and tree identification!

Vacation Day 4

Maine Dogsledders

Wake up. Eat breakfast. Break camp, which involves packing belongings, resupplying boughs to tents, and resupplying firewood to tents. Skiers gear up and take off. Dogsledders have a lesson about mushing, then head out to the trail-head. (If you skied in, you will mush out and vice versa.) Load dogs into trucks, and eat lunch at the trailhead. Drive to MGS. De-issue gear and say good-byes to guides/trailmates. Participants are ready to go home by 2 p.m, and will be able to shower at the lodge before leaving.


Maine Young Jewish Singles Vacation

Jewish Singles Vacation Includes
* 4 nights at centrally located hotel in Reykjavik, standard room with private facilities – breakfast included
* 4 nights at country hotels / guesthouses, standard rooms with private facilities – breakfast included

* 4 dinners in the countryside, at hotel or restaurant in walking distance – 3-course / buffet + coffee/tea
* 3 group dinners in Reykjavik
* 3 lunches while in countryside

* Bus and Guides - Private bus with driver and local English speaking guide for our days in the countryside, group leader throughout the trip

* Activities and Entrances - Flybus airport transfer to hotel in Reykjavik (day 1, Friday arrival - day 0), Shabbat dinner with members of Jewish Reykjavik (Friday early arrival and second Friday), Guided tour Reykjavik (Day 2), Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier (day 3), Visit to Þingborg wool center (day 3), Boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon (day 4), Entrance & short movie at Eyjafjallajökull eruption centre at Þorvaldseyri (day 5), Visit to horse farm and riding tour (day 5), Visit to Bjarteyjarsandur farm and a taste of their products (day 6), Ice Cave tour on Langjökull glacier (day 7), Blue Lagoon visit on day of departure (day 8)


*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $370

Not Included

* Airfare

* Tips

* Optional tours



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Airfare; “Calling” of Trip: After at least 8 people have registered for this Iceland Jewish trip the trip will be considered "Called".  At this time, an email is sent to all travelers who have registered, informing them that they can purchase their airfare.

Full payment must be made at least 5 weeks prior to the trip departure date or your spot is subject to forfeit to another traveler.