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Iceland Family Vacation – Tour Around Iceland for 10 Days

Enjoy fun-filled family holidays in Iceland. Bring the whole family to Iceland for an action-packed ride around the island. Enjoy an exciting whale watching tour where you could encounter the blue whale, the largest creature ever to roam the earth, have a look at the beautiful puffins, take a boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or go for a horseback ride on the beautiful Icelandic horse. If you want a different vacation for your family this year, this Iceland family vacation package is for you.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

FT-02

Season

May - Sept

Travel Style

Self-Drive

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Location

Around Iceland

Accessibility

Moderate

Included

  • 9 nights accommodation (comfort) in a mixture of family rooms with breakfast and apartments without breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 8 days with unlimited mileage/CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
  • Transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival in Reykjavik

Welcome to your Iceland family vacation! Once you arrive at Keflavik International Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik. In the afternoon you can explore some landmarks of the city like Perlan building, Hallgrímskirkja Church and Harpa – Music & Conference centre. Reykjavik has also many interesting museums and we recommend to visit the Northern Lights Centre, the Saga Museum or the Marine Museum. You could also visit the Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park. Very special in Iceland are also the outdoor swimming pools and in Reykjavik you should not miss to visit Laugardalslaug (see picture). Overnight in the heart of Reykjavík.

Day 2 | The “Golden Circle”

Your journey around the island starts today! You will pick up your rental car in the morning and start your day in Þingvellir National park. Þingvellir because of its beauty and its geological and historical value, was accepted as UNESCO’s heritage site in 2004. After exploring the treasures of the park, head south to see Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall to complete the “Golden Circle”. In the afternoon we recommend stopping by at the country farm Vorsabær II where you can get in contact with the farm animals and the kids can go horse riding. Stay the night at a hotel/guesthouse/cottage in the area.

Day starts in

Reykjavik

Day ends in

Golden Circle area

Driving distance

~224 km / 139 miles

Day 3 | The South Coast

Today you will head to the famous South of Iceland. After breakfast and packing, drive east to the picturesque waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Near Skógafoss you will find Skógar Museum where you can see how the Icelanders used to live. A bit further is Mýrdalsjökull glacier where you can enjoy an optional snowmobile or glacier walk tour. Drive further along the south shore to Dyrhólaey natural reserve where you can find one of the best seabird colonies in Iceland where you might spot some puffins. Dyrhólaey is a 120 meter high headland into the sea and you definitely should hike on it. You stay the night close to Vík and we recommend you an evening walk at the black beach of Vík.

Day starts in

Seljalandsfoss

Day ends in

Vík

Driving distance

~93 km / 58 miles

Day 4 | Vatnajökull and Glacial Lagoon

Today you will head to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. You will cross Mýrdalssandur and Eldhraun which is the largest lava field ever to flow on earth in historical times. We recommend the great hiking trail to Svartifoss waterfall that is surrounded by beautiful basalt columns – this is also convenient for small children. Near Skaftafell you can join an optional birdwatching tour to Cape Ingólfshöfði which is home for thousands of nesting seabirds, like puffins and great skuas. Continue east to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón that comes from the roots of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. During summer time you can take an optional boat tour where you will sail between the icebergs while the local guides tell you the story about this great phenomenon. You stay the night close to Höfn.

Day starts in

Vík

Day ends in

Höfn

Driving distance

~271 km / 169 miles

Day 5 | East Iceland

Time to travel the tranquil and beautiful East Fjords of Iceland. On your way there you can join an optional boat tour from Breiðdalsvík where you might see some puffins and seals and enjoy some sea angling. We also recommend to stop and explore Miss Petra´s stone collection and then continue your travel through tranquil coastal villages towards the largest village in the east, Egilsstaðir. Nearby Egilsstaðir, there is a small forest called Hallormsstaðarskógur. In the ancient times, it was believed that a large worm-monster lived in the lake by the forest, our very own Loch Ness monster. If you manage to snap a photo of it you are in for some seriously good rewards. Close to Hallormsstaður you will find Hengifoss, a beautiful waterfall which takes about 30 minutes to walk up to. Stay the night in Egilsstaðir (the “Capital of the East”).

Day starts in

Höfn

Day ends in

Egilsstaðir

Driving distance

~290 km / 180 miles

Day 6 | Lake Myvatn

Today you will drive to the amazing and almost surreal Mývatn area. We recommend that you take the Dettifoss Road and explore Dettifoss Waterfall (the most powerful in Europe), Hljóðaklettar Cliffs and Ásbyrgi Canyon. After that drive to Húsavík, where you can take an optional whale watching tour before continuing to Lake Mývatn. Please note that we recommend a 4×4 vehicle if you are taking the longer route to Mývatn via the Dettifoss Road. Around the Mývatn area you will find amazing attractions such as the colorful Námaskarð pass, the Skútustaðir pseudo craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Krafla volcano and the Natural Baths of Mývatn. Stay the night in Mývatn.

Day starts in

Egilsstaðir

Day ends in

Mývatn

Driving distance

~341 km / 212 miles

Day 7 | North Iceland

Start the day early by exploring the sights around Lake Mývatn before driving to Akureyri. On your way to Akureyri (the “Capital of the North”) stop and enjoy the charming Goðafoss waterfall. In Akureyri we recommend that you visit Kjarnaskógur forest, a recreational area with a playground for the kids, visit the Christmas house and it is always popular to spend the afternoon in the town’s outdoor geothermal swimming pool & Water Park. Overnight in or around Akureyri.

Day starts in

Mývatn

Day ends in

Akureyri

Driving distance

~90 km / 55 miles

Day 8 | Troll Peninsula and Skagafjörður Fjord

It’s time to continue your Iceland travel. Leave Akureyri behind and start making your way to the beautiful Skagafjörður fjord where you can enjoy optional riding tours on the famous Icelandic horse or an exciting family river rafting tour. On your way to Skagafjörður, we recommend you drive the Tröllaskagi peninsula and visit the towns of Ólafsfjörður, where you will find a Museum of Natural History, and Siglufjörður, where you will find a Herring Era Museum. In the afternoon we recommend visiting one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Iceland in Hofsós. The best thing about the pool is its location next to a stunning fjord. Stay in a hotel or guesthouse in Skagafjörður area.

Day starts in

Akureyri

Day ends in

Skagafjörður

Driving distance

~200 km / 120 miles

Day 9 | West Iceland

Today you will be heading back to the capital. Before finishing your ”ring road”, take a look at the highlights of West Iceland. Sights along the way are the volcanic crater Grábrók, Barnafossar and Hraunfossar waterfalls, Deildartunguhver (the largest hot spring in Europe) and the settlement center in Borgarnes. There is also a really unique children park in Borganes, known as Bjössaróló, that was handmade by a local craftsman. Once heading back to Reykjavík, you can either take the Hvalfjörður fjord route or take the “under ocean” tunnel Hvalfjarðargöng that was made in 1998 to shorten the ring road. If you are interested in sport and museums, you can pass by the sports museum in Akranes and hop on board the Kútter Haraldur (an old famous Icelandic ship) in Akranes museum center. Once back in Reykjavík return the car and stay the night in central Reykjavik.

Day starts in

Skagafjörður

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Driving distance

~300 km / 190 miles

Day 10 | Departure

Your last day in Iceland! Transfer to Keflavik airport. If you have an afternoon flight you can either do some last minute shopping or stop by the Blue Lagoon (optional) to relax before you flight home.  Have a safe journey home!

Budget

Budget accommodations include shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some cases, the rooms might be equipped with a TV and a washbasin. The in-room amenities are limited and basic but they all adhere to a high standard of cleanliness.
Breakfast is included.

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

Volkswagen Golf


or similiar

Type: Compact
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 2
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

Kia Ceed Wagon


or similiar

Type: Intermediate Wagon
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4X4 Hyundai Kona


or similiar

Type: SUV Economy
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 3
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4X4 Land Rover Discovery


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Luxury
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

Hyundai H1


or similiar

Type: VAN
Passenger: 8
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

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