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Iceland Summer Road Trip For Families With Children

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Our fully customisable, private 9-day self-drive tour has been designed for families travelling with children aged 3 and up. Your tour starts and ends in the capital, Reykjavik, taking you on a journey to see Iceland's most impressive geysers, waterfalls, and landscapes in their full glory during the daylight hours of the country's summer months. Lava tunnels, thermal lagoons, ...

Our fully customisable, private 9-day self-drive tour has been designed for families travelling with children aged 3 and up. Your tour starts and ends in the capital, Reykjavik, taking you on a journey to see Iceland's most impressive geysers, waterfalls, and landscapes in their full glory during the daylight hours of the country's summer months. Lava tunnels, thermal lagoons, glaciers; prepare for a tailor-made family adventure that's sure to please parents and kids alike.

Kids will love...

• Walking between Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls

• Spotting puffins in the wilderness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

• Sampling some local Icelandic ice cream at Efstidalur Farm

Parents will love...

• The perfect balance of family-friendly activities and down time

• The freedom of having a rental car (with booster seats for little ones if required)

• The safety of 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Reykjavik - Arrival & Welcome

Upon arrival, you'll pick up your rental car at Keflavík Airport (booster seats can be provided for little ones) and set off for your cosy hotel located in the Golden Circle region, east of Reykjavík. Don’t forget to take breaks en-route to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

Optional activities to add to the day's itinerary:

• Admission to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa


Day 2: South Coast - Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

Begin the first day of your family adventure by setting off to Road no. 1 towards the stunning South Coast. Along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the famous Icelandic horses who call this region their home. Why not stop off for lunch at the Lava Centre in the village of Hvolsvöllur? Your kids will love learning about Iceland's geothermal history via the centre's interactive shows and projections. Later, continue on to the breath-taking and iconic waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. If you’re in the mood for a hike, we recommend a trail between the two waterfalls to Seljavallalaug swimming pool (1 hour there and back).
Next, head to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, settled against the impressive cliffs of Dyrholaey. Parents, keep your children close to you as the waves can be powerful and unpredictable. Enjoy a tasty lunch at Halldorskaffi bistro to fuel up before heading back to your hotel to relax.

Optional activities to add to the day's itinerary:
• Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull glacier (minimum age 5 years old)
• 
Horseback riding tour on black sand beaches (mininum age 10 years old)

Visited:
Hvolsvöllur Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss Reynisfjara

Day 3: Reykjadalur Valley - Hike & Lava Tunnel

Today, why not try the popular hike to Reykjadalur valley (7 km back and forth), from the town of Hveragerði? The hike is kid-friendly and the whole family will appreciate soaking in a natural hot river at the end of it!

After your hike, you can spend the afternoon discovering new activities like horse-riding on an Icelandic horse (for children aged 6 and up), or Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel (for children aged 3 and up). Known for its magnificent display of colours, you can walk along the corridors of these millenia-old lava tunnels formed by volcanic eruptions. In the tiny village of Laugarás, close to the parsonage of Skálholt, you will find the petting zoo of Slakki where kids can touch and play with rabbits, puppies, and the adorable Icelandic goat. There's also mini-golf and an arcade on-site. In the afternoon, head back to your cottage to relax.


Day 4: The Golden Circle - Natural Wonders & Icelandic Ice Cream

After breakfast, drive off to the staggering site of Gullfoss Waterfall, the first site of Iceland's Golden Circle. From there, you'll continue on to Strokkur, an impressive geyser that erupts every 7 to 10 minutes, its column of steaming water reaching up to 20 metres high!

Then, check out Thingvellir national park, where numerous paths can be taken for short family hikes. But before that, make a stop at Efstidalur Farm, where you can taste their delicious homemade ice cream, and say hello to the milking cows. At the end of the day, head on to the small town of Borgarnes where you will spend the next few nights.

Visited:
Golden Circle Gullfoss Strokkur Thingvellir

Day 5: Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Kirkjufell

Today, you'll discover the wilderness of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Depending on the age of your children, you can do the whole tour or a small loop that will still let you visit the must-sees without driving for too long. Kick off your visit with Bjarnahöfn Farm, which lets you discover how the national rotten shark delicacy is made. Then, head on to visit the iconic mount Kirkjufell, which is extraordinary from every angle.

For those wanting to do the whole tour of the peninsula, why not visit Vatnshellir, the 8,000 year old lava cave located in Snæfellsjökull National Park. We then recommend a stop at Hellnar and Arnarstapi to admire the cliffs and lava formations before driving back to your accommodation in Borgarnes.  

Optional activities to add to the day's itinerary:

• Whale-watching or puffing-spotting from Olafsvik 
• 
Lava caving tour at Vatnshellir cave (for kids aged 5 and up)

Visited:
Snæfellsnes Kirkjufell

Day 6: Borgarfjörður - Waterfalls & Viking Folklore

After breakfast, you and your kids will set off to discover Borgarfjörður, home to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Then, we recommend you go for a refreshing dip in the swimming pool at Húsafell village. On your way back to Borgarnes, stop at Háafell farm, the Icelandic Goat Centre! Your kids will be able to observe and even pet the goats, lambs, chicks, cats and dogs.

If museums are more your thing, the Borgarnes Settlement Centre will amaze you with its interactive content on the history of Iceland since the first settlers, including tales and viking folklore. Close to the museum is a children’s park called Bjössarolo, built from recycled materials. There, your kids can have fun in swings and slides, pretending to be sailors on a boat or soldiers in a castle!

Optional activities to add to the day's itinerary:

• Ice caving excursion on Langjokull glacier
• Admission to Krauma thermal baths

Visited:
Borgarfjördur Háafell

Day 7: Reykjavík - Drive Through 'Whale Fjord'

Today, you'll visit the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík! Why not drive through Hvalfjörður (literally “Whale Fjord”) en-route and head to Bjarteyjarsandur educational farm? Later, continue on the road to the city where we recommend that you and your kids take the lift up to the top of Hallgrímskirkja Church for amazing views of the city centre.


Day 8: Reykjavík - Final Day For Activities

Make the most out of your last day for activities by choosing from one of the many child-friendly excursions available, such as a swim in Laugardalslaug Pool, or a visit to the zoo/family park Húsdýra og fjölskyldugarðurinn (50% discount if you can pronounce it!)

You can also admire the impressive architecture of Harpa Concert Hall, where you can check out a concert or show, take a selfie in front of the sculpture Sólfarið (Sun Voyager), or go to Tjörnin, the city pond, to feed the birds. The 'Whales of Iceland' museum is recommended for kids who want to learn about the gentle giants of the sea, and the open air museum of Árbæjarsafn is also a great option for discovering the habits and traditions of Icelanders in the good old days.

Optional activities to add to the day's itinerary:

• Whale-watching or puffing spotting from the harbour
• Guided walking tour through the city centre

Visited:
Reykjavik

Day 9: Reykjavik - Departure For Flight Home

Enjoy a last breakfast in your hotel before you drop your rental car back off at Keflavik International Airport ready for your flight home. We hope you've had an amazing time in Iceland and look forward to seeing you again soon!


Reykjavik Blue Lagoon Hvolsvöllur Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss Reynisfjara Golden Circle Gullfoss Strokkur Thingvellir Snæfellsnes Kirkjufell Borgarfjördur Háafell

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £910 / 9 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person (for 2 adults and 2 children under 11)
1st October 2018 to 31st October 2018 £990
1st November 2018 to 31st March 2019 £900
1st April 2019 to 30th April 2019 £1,000
1st May 2019 to 30th September 2019 £1,340

Included in price:

  • Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation in guesthouses and hotels in a family room/apartment (depending on availability), or double rooms with private bathrooms and breakfast included
  • Transport: car rental for 9 days in a Category E (Hyundai i30 station wagon manual car) including a road map, CDW insurance, and an extra driver, and airport supplement pick-up/drop-off fee
  • Meals: breakfast x 8 (in hotels)
  • 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Deposit for car rental
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional or suggested activities mentioned in the tour

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