This extraordinary journey to Iceland for families brings you to the edge of the Arctic Circle in a land where nature reigns supreme. Walk atop glaciers, and feel the mist of some of the most beautiful waterfalls on Earth. Stand in awe as geysers erupt in an active geothermal field, view the magnificence of Iceland’s version of Niagara Falls, straddle two continents in Pingvellir National Park and ride Icelandic horses through the countryside. You’ll become immersed in Icelandic farming life,...
Reykjavik – Welcome to Reykjavik
As you step into Iceland’s capital city, you’ll notice its magnificent architecture, like the soaring Hallgrimskirkja Church. Admire it from below, near the statue of explorer Leif Erikson, a gift from the United States in 1930, before ascending via elevator to the top of its 244-foot tower where you can take in a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the city and its colorful rooftops, the North Atlantic, and the surrounding mountains. The three bells housed in the tower ring every 15 minutes, heightening the experience and making the little ones giggle at the thrill of the loud but lovely sounds.
Enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure, relaxing, or exploring this highly walkable city with a compact center that’s not only safe, clean, and simple to navigate, but also home to a thriving arts scene, fascinating museums like the Reykjavik Maritime Museum and The National Museum. It’s also well known for legendary eats like Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, one of the world’s most famous hot dog vendors. An institution in the Reykjavik Harbor since 1937, it gained global fame after former US President Bill Clinton stopped in for a bite. Just a short stroll away is the stunning new Harpa building, a concert venue and conference center with the design of its facades inspired by the surrounding nature. As it sits at the edge of the brilliant blue bay, not only does it make for postcard-perfect photos, but you’ll be mesmerized by watching the water through the honeycomb glass. As you walk the streets of Reykjavik, you’ll find a pleasant surprise around nearly every corner, with so many of the walls and buildings decorated with creative, vibrantly-colored murals.
Reykjavik – Exploring the wonders of Iceland’s South Coast
Reykjavik – Reykjavik to the Golden Circle
Akureyri – Fly to Akureyri, Capital of the North
Lake Mývatn – Exploring the mystical Lake Mývatn area
Reykjavik – Experience Icelandic farm life on Hvalfjörður fjord
Reykjavik – Floating through the legendary Blue Lagoon
- Explore Reykjavik, including a visit to top of Hallgrimskirkja Church, where panoramic views of the capital city await
- Visit Iceland’s south coast, including two of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls and take a walk on a glacier
- See the highlights of the Golden Circle, including Pingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir area before riding beautiful Icelandic horses through the countryside
- Fly to Iceland’s Capital of the North, where you’ll meet farmers and local food producers while sampling local culinary delights
- Take a trip to the tiny island of Hrisey, a bird watcher’s paradise, and visit Lake Mývatn with its unique lava formations before relaxing in a natural pool of geothermal waters
- Experience Icelandic farm life along the shores of the Hvalfjörður fjord and listen to traditional Icelandic music before concluding your trip with a relaxing visit to the mineral-rich waters of the legendary Blue Lagoon
Iceland is a land of otherworldly landscapes that make you feel as if you’ve stepped onto an entirely different planet. From the moment you begin this 7-day family-friendly tour, you’ll start to wonder if you’ve somehow landed in Narnia, with waterfalls, rainbows, glaciers, lava fields and soaring mountain ranges at every turn. Not just for adults, this is a magical, wondrous place that no child will ever forget – and it has such a strong allure that high tech gadgets are likely to be forgotten, at least for now. Outdoor adventures abound, which includes horse riding, ideal even for children and the inexperienced, as the small Icelandic horses are even-tempered and manageable. The thrill of watching a geyser explode into the sky is as remarkable as any fireworks display, and there are few things that can surpass the joys of watching a rainbow appear in the mists of a thundering waterfall.
Your adventure begins in the capital city of Reykjavik, renowned for its stunning architecture, street art, burgeoning food scene and friendly people. You’ll take in the panorama of colorful rooftops, the North Atlantic and surrounding mountains from the top of the famous Hallgrimskirkja Church before exploring this safe and clean city with lots of interesting shops, galleries, museums, and eateries, including the most famous hot dog stand in the world.
While Reykjavik is sure to delight, you’ll be amazed at what awaits in South Iceland, including two of its most spectacular waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. After stops at both, you’ll surely be pinching yourself just to be sure it’s not a dream. But it just keeps getting better – from here, you’ll walk on a glacier in an icy wonderland, where you’ll be able to see from the lines of ash just how many volcanic eruptions have occurred in this country throughout the millennia.
Along the Golden Circle route, many surprises await, including the chance to walk on two continents, gaze at Gullfoss Waterfall, visit the Geysir area with its erupting geysers and boiling mud pots, and trot across the countryside on Icelandic horses. It’s hard to imagine there’s more than this, but the jaw-dropping beauty continues with a trip to the Capital of the North, Akureyri, providing opportunities to taste fabulous local cuisine and experience the area’s rich culture as well as visiting the tiny island of Hrisey and its House of Shark Museum. The next day, you’ll explore the Lake Mývatn area, a landscape of mystical sagas and tales with an incredible array of bird life and unique lava formations before soaking in a natural pool of geothermal waters.
After flying back to Reykjavik, you’ll be taken to a farm and art studio, where the kids can get to know the animals, and you’ll enjoy checking out the gorgeous works of art before dining on fresh, local foods paired with home-brewed dandelion wine and enjoying a live performance of traditional Icelandic music.
Finally, no trip to Iceland is complete without a soak in the Blue Lagoon. Your last day here is sure to be a memorable one, relaxing in the warm, mineral-rich waters, soaking your cares away while the kids splash around, with everyone wishing that this trip would never end.
$3,180 per person (excluding international flights)
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