Iceland Family Vacation - Round Tour for 10 Days

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Iceland Family Vacation – Round Tour for 10 Days

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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 horse back 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.

 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

iceland family holidaysWelcome to your Iceland family vacation! Once you arrive in Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed by our private chauffeur who will transfer you 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.

Sites recommended in Reykjavik: Hallgímskirkja church, National Museum, Iceland family park, Kolaportið flea market (open during weekends) and the parliament building.

Day 2: The “Golden Circle” 

iceland kidsYour journey around the island starts today! You will pick up you 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. Approximate driving distance: 185 km/ 115 miles.

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir, Kerið, And more

Day 3: The South Coast

south iceland tourToday you will head to the famous South of Iceland. After breakfast and packing, drive east to the picturesque waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Near Skogafoss 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. Approximate driving distance: 130 km/80 miles.

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Mýrdalsjökull glacier, And more

Day 4: Vatnajökull and Glacial Lagoon

jokulsarlon boat toursToday 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. Approximate driving distance: 271 km/ 169 miles.

Highlights of the day: Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss waterfall, glacial lagoon Jökulsarlon, Höfn,  And more

Day 5: East Iceland

Self drive tour in Iceland - East FjordsTime 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”). Approximate driving distance: 290 km/ 180 miles

Highlights of the day: Djúpivogur, Mt. Búlandstindur, Kárahnjúkavirkjun, Hallormsstaðarskógur, Egilsstaðir, And more

Day 6: Lake Myvatn

iceland family holidaysToday 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. Approximate driving distance: 305 km/ 190 miles.

Highlights of the day: Möðrudalsöræfi, Mývatn, Dettifoss, Hljóðaklettar, Ásbyrgi, Húsavík, Dimmuborgir, Krafla, And more

Day 7: North Iceland 

iceland family holidayStart 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 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. Approximate driving distance: 90 km/ 55 miles

Highlights of the day: Mývatn, Goðafoss, Akureyri, And more

Day 8: Troll Peninsula and Skagafjörður Fjord

family tour icelandIt’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 to visit one of the most beautiful swimming pools of 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. Approximate driving distance: 200 km/ 120 miles.

Highlights of the day: Troll Peninsula, Siglufjörður, Ólafsfjörður, Skagafjörður, And more

Day 9: West Iceland

family vacation icelandToday 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 sport 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. Approximate driving distance: 300 km/ 190 miles.

Highlights of the day: Grábrók, Settlement Exhibition in Borgarnes, Reykholt, Hraunfossar, Barnafossar, Deildartunguhver, Akranes, Hvalfjörður (Glymur), And more

Day 10: Departure

iceland family vacationYour last day in Iceland! Transfer to Keflavik airport with flybus. 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!

 

 Detailed Information Iceland family vacation

 

 

Season: mid of April until mid of October

Accommodation

We offer three different accommodation categories for this Northern Lights Reykjavik tour:

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationBudget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening  meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each  region.  Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.

 

 

Car rental:

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

A: Toyota Aygo (or similar) – Manual
B: Toyota Yaris (or similar) – Automatic
C: VW Golf (or similar) – Manual
D: VW Golf (or similar) – Automatic
E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – Automatic
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual

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
  • Private pick up and transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Shuttle bus 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
  • Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
  • 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

 

Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland family vacation tour. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request.

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