Summer Iceland Family Adventure
This trip is a great one week family adventure, a refreshing summer holiday to explore Iceland's rugged natural beauty. From giant glaciers to steaming geysers, this truly is a land like no other - a Land of Fire and Ice. Visit the famed Eyjafjallajökull volcano, take to the water on a rafting adventure down the Hvita River, walk on the craggy south shore, laze in restorative thermal waters, hike around a live volcano and go caving to see magical underground rock formations. This island is a living Geography lesson which offers plenty of activity and adventure for your family to enjoy.
Trip note Information:
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Hallo! Welcome to Iceland.
You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until the welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Hotel Klettur - Breakfast included
We drive to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old parliament and ageological phenomenon.
FWe drive to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old parliament and a geological phenomenon. From there we drive to the Geyser geothermal area for a spouting hot spring and to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above the waterfall.
The geyser is something that defines Iceland so much that this name has become synonymous with this spectacular occurance and today we will visit them ourselves. From the ancient Icelandic world 'geysa', meaning to gush, this is now the name that is given to a high pressure discharge of water from the land the world over.
In the afternoon we head to the Hvita river for a rafting tour before reaching our accommodation in the Hvolsvollur area. Minimum age for rafting is 10 years old.
Hotel Fljotshlid - Breakfast included
We start the day with visiting the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitors Center before driving through the lava of the Laki eruption in 1782-1783 and the black sands towards the oasis at Skaftafell national park close to Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. From there we drive the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) for a boat tour between the icebergs.
The Skaftafel National Park contains some of Icelands finest scenery with a rugged landscape of glaciers and mountains, there are no roads in the park but a series of hiking trails allows you to explore the area. We are following in the footsteps of James Bond in "Die another Day" and Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider" which were filmed in this region. Take a boat trip on the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, moving between the huge natural ice sculptures as they float past us on their way out to sea is quite magical - watch out for wildlife such as seals, eider ducks and maybe a jumping salmon.
Gerdi Guesthouse - Breakfast included
Today, after breakfast we drive through the beautiful scenery of Iceland's South Shore towards the oasis at Skaftafell National Park, close to Vatnajökulll, Europe's biggest glacier. Experience the breathtaking scenery, the rugged mountains, and the beautiful glaciers along with a vast variety of plants and wild life in Skaftafell National Park. Within the park lies half of the largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajökull, and it is surrounded by glaciers on three sides. The views here are astonishing, the park makes up 13 % of Iceland. We will enjoy a 2 hour glacial walk in addition to drinking in the incredible views before we drive to Vik for our overnight stay.
Hotel Edda - Breakfast included
Today we head to Reykjavik but before we get there we will first go on a "Hot Spring " hunt and find somewhere to bathe in the naturally heated water. We will then go underground for some exciting
cave exploring . You will see the magical underground rock formations
that lava eruptions have left behind. It is a great way to learn how Iceland was created.
Hotel Klettur - Breakfast included
Today is left free for you to explore by yourselves or take optional activities.
Reykjavik has a great feel to the city, with many art museums, quirky cafes and sculptures to see. Today is a free day to explore this city.
Looking for something to do? Take a ride on an Icelandic Horse, view Killer Whales just off the shore on an whale watching trip or explore one of many art galleries or visit the famous Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the warm geothermal seawater and soak up the scenery in the all natural bathing lagoon.
Hotel Klettur - Breakfast included
This morning we will visit one of the most famous and instantly recognisable thermal springs in the world, the Blue Lagoon. This is a geothermal spa caused by silica and sulphur in the ground. Temperatures in the swimming area can reach as high as 40 degrees, so if you do decide that you want to take a dip, make sure you are prepared for the heat! The lagoon is known for having healing properties, so after a long soak here you may come out feeling renewed and invigorated
After the dip we head to the airport where the trip finishes
Blue Lagoon, Waterfalls & Volcanoes
You arrive into Iceland's capital Reykjavik, where you will admire its rugged surroudings. Visit the Blue Lagoon, where you can bask in the warm blue waters, a great way to unwind at the start of your holiday. South of Reykjavik, the landscape changes, volcanoes and steep cliffs dot the landscape, including the now famous Eyjafjallajökull. Discover spectacular waterfalls and explore rocky headlands.
Nature in Action
You take a boat trip on the Glacial Lagoon of Jokulsarlon and witness close up the huge icebergs that have broken off the glaciers drift by you as they float out to sea, it's a breathtaking sight. Iceland is famous for it's spurting geysers which burst out of the ground with great force in a display of natural theatrics, you will witness the spectacle for yourself and once you see it happen you won't be able to wait to watch for the next time! Going underground you see the effects of volcanic erruptions over the years in caves of magical rock formations.
The Hvítá river is a beautiful and fun river located a little more than an hour´s drive from Reykjavík. With a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids, rafting the Hvítá (pronounced: Kveetau) is guaranteed to leave you with fond memories
Our Summer Iceland Family trip is just one of our many Europe Family tours. To find out more visit our Europe holidays page.