Journey through the spectacular winter wonderland that is Iceland

Make the most of Iceland’s atmospheric winter days exploring the country’s exquisite natural beauty. From spouting geysers to plunging waterfalls and immense frozen glaciers, this island’s incredible natural phenomena are certain to intrigue and enthrall those of any age. Venture behind the water curtain of Seljarlandfoss waterfall, watch the children’s eyes light up at the gurgling explosions of geysers, explore kooky Reykjavik and enjoy a soothing soak in the Blue Lagoon. The unique spirit and moving landscapes of this special land make for an unforgettable family experience.

Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Countries
Iceland
Themes
Family
Code
BIFW
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 11
Group size
Min 2 Max 16
Carbon offset
130kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • A Reykjavik city tour introduces you to the best sights of the world's northernmost capital, from the gorgeous old harbour to the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church
  • Enjoy guided walks in Solheimajokull and Skaftafell National Park, each one a stunning arena of glacial scenery
  • Snorkel in between two continental plates at the Silfra fissure. You and the family will have several hours to explore the crystal-clear waters and lush greenery of this world-class diving spot
  • Explore the largest man-made ice cave in the world – an other-worldly tunnel stretching some 800 metres into the Langjokull Glacier
  • Spectacular no matter when you see it, Gullfoss is more than just Iceland's largest waterfall. In the sun, it's graced by a dazzling rainbow; in the cold, its cascades shimmer with ice
  • A free day in Reykjavik is the perfect chance for some quality down-time. Walk or cycle around the harbour front, or perhaps head to Laugardalur to visit the kids' zoo
  • There's nothing like basking in the mineral-rich pools of the Blue Lagoon – you'll come out feeling like a million dollars at the end of your trip

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to the land of fire and ice! Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your accommodation is centrally located in the city. There will be an important welcome meeting at the hotel at 6 pm. Before this, perhaps use any free time you may have to explore Reykjavík's old town, which is small and easy to stroll around. You might like to visit the National Museum, which is an excellent place to acquaint yourself with Iceland's history, displaying artifacts ranging from the age of settlement up to the present day.
Your adventure begins with a short city tour (approximately 1.5 hours) around Reykjavik. You will stop in at the old harbour, the city centre, Hallgrimskirkja church and the Pearl. Then you will continue to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old government house. This is a geological phenomenon in its own right. From there, drive to the Geyser geothermal area to visit a spouting hot spring. You will also visit the mighty Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above. From there, proceed to the location of tonight's stay, Hvolsvollur. This small town, situated in a sparse green valley, boasts nice mountain views. From here you might also catch sight of the dazzling Northern Lights, so keep your fingers crossed for clear skies!
Visit the stunning Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest and most impressive in Iceland. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the Skogafoss waterfall. The myth holds that locals found the chest years later but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. After marvelling at the waterfall and perhaps snapping a few photos, take a walk up to the Solheimajokull glacier tounge. You'll be walking along icy terrain, so don't get too mesmerised by the scenery and lose your step! In this spectacular landscape you'll see an array of incredible colours, which might appear so close that you could reach out and touch them.

Notes: Passengers must be either 8 years or 10 years of age for today's glacier walk, depending on which local operator is used.
Continue towards the oasis at Skaftafell National Park, which is quite close to Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. Vatnajökull, formed by a combination of rivers, glacial ice and volcanic and geothermal activity, displays an incredibly varied array of phenomena. Once you arrive at Skaftafell, you will embark on a guided walk around this awesome national park, spending some time exploring the glacier (approximately 2 hours). You will then continue over the black sands to the rocks of Reynisfjara and Dyrholaey before driving to Hvolsvollur for your overnight accommodation.
In the morning, drive back to Thingvellir National Park. Here you will enjoy a snorkelling tour of the Silfra fissure. You'll have plenty of time, around four to five hours, to explore this stunning underwater world. Silfra is a part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, so you'll be swimming between two continents – North America and Eurasia. Snorkelling in Silfra is great for anyone who feels comfortable in the water, in fact it's the ideal underwater adventure for the family. You'll see that the water is very clear. The visibility in Silfra regularly exceeds 100 metres, making it one of the clearest dive sites in the world. In the evening, return to Reykjavik.

Notes: Travellers must be at least 12 years old to snorkel at the Silfra fissure.
Venture out of Reykjavik in search of more adventure, heading north towards Bogarfjordur. On the way you will stop in at Europe's fastest-flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Keep an eye out for the unique 'deer fern' while you're here – this plant grows nowhere else in the country. You will also stop in at the lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar, whose stream spans an impressive 900 metres across from the lava field. Continue to Barnafossur, a waterfall that plays a major part in Icelandic folk tales. Then it's time for a wonderful treat as you explore the biggest man-made ice cave in the world. This tunnel stretches the best part of a kilometre into the Langjokull Glacier – and nearly 350 metres below the glacier. After all this exercise and fresh air, retire to your hotel in Reykjavik for the night.
Today is a free day to explore the city. There is a lot to see and do here, no matter what your age or interests. You might like to take a ride on an Icelandic horse, view Killer Whales just off the shore on an whale-watching excursion, or explore one of the many quality art galleries and museums in town. A great option for the family is to visit Laugardalur, just a few kilometres out of town. Here you'll find a large swimming complex (fed by a geothermal spring), a spa, cafe, skating rink, botanical gardens, plus a kids' zoo and recreation park. It's located near the Reykjavik Art Museum, which is convenient if you're into modern art and sculpture.
Drive to the Reykjanes peninsula where the mid-Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean. More than half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows, some of which are only a few hundred years old. You will stop and check out some boiling mud pools and lovely hot springs along the way. Next it's off to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath. As far as natural wonders go, the Blue Lagoon is one of the real gems of Iceland – which is saying a lot in a country like this! It's also set up well for visitors. This is the perfect way to finish your Iceland adventure. You'll come out feeling quite invigorated after basking in these exquisite waters, which are laced in natural mineral salts and fine silica mud. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers and drive back to Keflavik airport, where your trip comes to an end.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts
Transport
Minibus
Accommodation
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Thingvellir
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Golden Circle (Þingevellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
  • Looking for Northern Lights (Dec-Mar)
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour
  • Skogarfoss Waterfall
  • Solheimajokull glacier
  • Glacier Walk
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Rocks of Reynisfjara & Dyrholaey, black sands
  • Thingvellir National Park & Snorkelling tour in Sifra fissure
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Visit of the biggest man made Ice cave in the world
  • Hvalfjordur & Borgarfjordur
  • Reykjavik free day
  • Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon
  • Visit of boiling mud pool´s and hot springs

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Important notes

A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN 14 YEARS AND UNDER AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

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View the in incredible Glacial lagoon and observe the unearthly colours in the ice (no boat ride but still spectacular)
Glacial walk in Skaftafell through incredible naturally formed ice sculptures ( perhaps get inspiration for your next art homework )
Snorkelling tour in the Silfra fissure - snorke;lbetween 2 of the world's tectonic plates in a dry suit and marvek at how far you can see !
Explore the biggest man made ice cave in the world - who knew Ice could be this blue !
Blue Lagoon

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