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Winter Iceland Family Adventure

8 days Iceland, Europe
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
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Family Holidays | Min age 12yrs
Trip code: 
BIFW
Trip Highlights: 
Enjoy the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon
Visit Iceland's notoriously naughty volcano
Explore Europe's largest national park
Be entranced by the explosive power of geysers
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £2,389 Adult £2,654
Price include flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, and a selection of meals.
Prices without flights from
Child £2,016 Adult £2,240
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Itinerary

Trip Highlights: 
Enjoy the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon
Visit Iceland's notoriously naughty volcano
Explore Europe's largest national park
Be entranced by the explosive power of geysers
Trip Overview: 

Make the most of Iceland’s atmospheric winter days exploring the country’s exquisite natural beauty. From spouting geysers to plunging waterfalls and immense frozen glaciers, this island’s incredible natural phenomena are certain to intrigue and enthrall those of any age. Venture behind the water curtain of Seljarlandfoss waterfall, watch the children’s eyes light up at the gurgling explosions of geysers, explore kooky Reykjavik and enjoy a soothing soak in the Blue Lagoon. The unique spirit and moving landscapes of this special land make for an unforgettable family experience.

Day
1
Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Welcome to the land of fire and ice! Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your accommodation is centrally located in the city. There will be an important welcome meeting at the hotel at 6 pm. Before this, perhaps use any free time you may have to explore Reykjavík's old town, which is small and easy to stroll around. You might like to visit the National Museum, which is an excellent place to acquaint yourself with Iceland's history, displaying artifacts ranging from the age of settlement up to the present day.

Hotel Klettur or similar

 

Day
2
Hvolsvollur

Hvolsvollur

Your adventure begins with a short city tour (approximately 1.5 hours) around Reykjavik. You will stop in at the old harbour, the city centre, Hallgrimskirkja church and the Pearl. Then you will continue to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old government house. This is a geological phenomenon in its own right. From there, drive to the Geyser geothermal area to visit a spouting hot spring. You will also visit the mighty Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above. From there, proceed to the location of tonight's stay, Hvolsvollur. This small town, situated in a sparse green valley, boasts nice mountain views. From here you might also catch sight of the dazzling Northern Lights, so keep your fingers crossed for clear skies!
Driving distance today is 250 km.

Hotel Fljotshlid or similar - Breakfast included

 

 

 

Day
3
Glacier Lagoon

Glacier Lagoon

Visit the stunning Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest and most impressive in Iceland. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the Skogafoss waterfall. The myth holds that locals found the chest years later but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. From there you will drive to the village of Vik and then through the lava of the Laki eruption in 1782-1783 to the Glacier Lagoon before coming to uour overnight  stay.

Driving distance today is 250 km. 

Gerdi Guesthouse or similar  - Breakfast included

 

Day
4
Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell National Park

Continue towards the oasis at Skaftafell National Park, which is quite close to Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. Vatnajökull, formed by a combination of rivers, glacial ice and volcanic and geothermal activity, displays an incredibly varied array of phenomena. Once you arrive at Skaftafell, you will embark on a guided walk around this awesome national park, spending some time exploring the glacier (approximately 2 hours). You will then continue over the black sands to the rocks of Reynisfjara and Dyrholaey before driving to Hvolsvollur for your overnight accommodation.
Driving distance today is 180 km.

Notes: Children must be 8 years of age for today's glacier walk.

Hotel Fljotshlid or similar - Breakfast included

 

Day
5
Silfra Fissure snorkeling

Silfra Fissure snorkeling

In the morning, drive back to Thingvellir National Park. Here you will enjoy a snorkelling tour of the Silfra fissure. You'll have plenty of time, around four to five hours, to explore this stunning underwater world. Silfra is a part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, so you'll be swimming between two continents – North America and Eurasia. Snorkelling in Silfra is great for anyone who feels comfortable in the water, in fact it's the ideal underwater adventure for the family. You'll see that the water is very clear. The visibility in Silfra regularly exceeds 100 metres, making it one of the clearest dive sites in the world. In the evening, return to Reykjavik.

Driving distance today is 150 km.

Hotle Klettur or similar - Breakfast included

Day
6
Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Venture out of Reykjavik in search of more adventure, heading north towards Bogarfjordur. On the way you will stop in at Europe's fastest-flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Keep an eye out for the unique 'deer fern' while you're here – this plant grows nowhere else in the country. You will also stop in at the lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar, whose stream spans an impressive 900 metres across from the lava field. Continue to Barnafossur, a waterfall that plays a major part in Icelandic folk tales. Then it's time for a wonderful treat as you explore the biggest man-made ice cave in the world. This tunnel stretches the best part of a kilometre into the Langjokull Glacier – and nearly 350 metres below the glacier. After all this exercise and fresh air, retire to your hotel in Reykjavik for the night.
 Driving distance today is 250 km.

Hotel Klettur or similar -  Breakfast included

 

Day
7
Reykjavik free day

Reykjavik free day

Today is a free day to explore the city. There is a lot to see and do here, no matter what your age or interests. You might like to take a ride on an Icelandic horse, view Killer Whales just off the shore on an whale-watching excursion, or explore one of the many quality art galleries and museums in town. A great option for the family is to visit Laugardalur, just a few kilometres out of town. Here you'll find a large swimming complex (fed by a geothermal spring), a spa, cafe, skating rink, botanical gardens, plus a kids' zoo and recreation park. It's located near the Reykjavik Art Museum, which is convenient if you're into modern art and sculpture.

Hotel Klettur or similar - Breakfast included

 

Day
8
Departure day

Departure day

Drive to the Reykjanes peninsula where the mid-Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean. More than half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows, some of which are only a few hundred years old. You will stop and check out some boiling mud pools and lovely hot springs along the way. Next it's off to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath. As far as natural wonders go, the Blue Lagoon is one of the real gems of Iceland – which is saying a lot in a country like this! It's also set up well for visitors. This is the perfect way to finish your Iceland adventure. You'll come out feeling quite invigorated after basking in these exquisite waters, which are laced in natural mineral salts and fine silica mud. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers and drive back to Keflavik airport, where your trip comes to an end.

Driving distance today is 150 km.

Please do not book any departing international flights until after 6pm today.

Breakfast Included

 

Glaciers and Geysers

A trip to Iceland wouldn't be complete without visiting the famous geyser region and the impressive glaciers that cover the island. These huge masses of ice move over land and have formed over many years, slowly carving a path through the lanscape. You'll visit the Gulfoss 'Golden Waterfall amd take a glacier trip, this time exploring first by jeep, then in a larger truck which will take you deeper into this mass of ice!

 

Reykjavik & Blue Lagoon

You arrive into Iceland's capital Reykjavik, where you will admire its rugged surroudings. Then visit the moon-like surroundings of Lake Kleifarvatn and the hot springs and thermal pools. Then on to the Blue Lagoon, where you can swim in the blue waters.

 

What's included: 

Transport Minibus

Accommodation  Guesthouse (3 nights) Hotel (4 nights) 

Meals 6 breakfasts.

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