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

  • Discover the sights of Reykjavik on a guided city tour
  • Look for a rainbow in the spray of the Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Stalk across the frozen terrain of the Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Soak up the sublime scenery of Skaftafell National Park
  • Treat your skin to a soak in the thermal waters of Blue Lagoon
  • Explore the largest man-made Ice cave in the world.
  • Snorkel in between 2 continental plates at the Silfra Fissure

Itinerary

The Land of Fire and Ice is a stunning destination perfect for travellers thirsting for a grand adventure. Teeming with wild, glacial beauty and possessing a quirky culture full of myth and legend, there's much more to Iceland than vikings and volcanoes. Experience the eclectic arts and music scene of Reykjavik, marvel at geothermal geysers and spectacular waterfalls, visit isolated, coastal villages and see the surreal Northern Lights - Iceland is full of the unexpected.
Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Pick up and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik, which is well located within the city. Your time is free until the welcome meeting in the hotel at 6 pm.
Today the tour starts with a short (1 &1/2 hr) city tour around Reykjavik. Among places we will see are the old harbour, the city center, Hallgrimskirkja church and the Pearl. Then we continue 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. From there we proceed to our overnight stay in the Hvolsvollur area where if we are lucky we may be able to see the Northern Lights.
The small town of Hvolsvollur lies in a sparse, green valley with snow-capped mountains looming in the distance.
Today we stop to visit the waterfall Skogafoss and Solheimajokull glacier. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the Skogafoss waterfall. The legend continues 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 the waterfall we head out on a walk up to the glacier tounge to view the incredible colours and we'll be close enough to touch.
Our trip continues towards the oasis at Skaftafell National Park close to Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. Few other places in the world exhibit the effects of such a wide range of natural phenomena as Vatnajökull, where the battle between ice and fire still rages, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity. At Skaftafell we will take a 2 hour glacial walk tour around this incredible national park. We then continue over black sands to the rocks of Reynisfjara and Dyrholaey before driving to Hvolsvollur for our overnight accommodation.
The small town of Hvolsvollur lies in a sparse, green valley with snow-capped mountains looming in the distance.
This morning we drive back to Thingvellir National Park for a 4-5 hour snorkeling tour of the Silfra fissure. Snorkeling in Silfra is for everyone who feels comfortable in the water and is a fantastic adventure for the whole family. The visibility in Silfra regular exceeds 100 metres which makes it one of the clearest dive sites in the world. We will float between two continental plates, surrounded by the astonishing clarity of the water and the mesmerizing colours of this underwater world. Minimum age is 12 years old to snorkel.
We return to Reykjavik this evening.
Today we head out of Reykjavik on search for more adventure. We head north towards Bogarfjordur and on the way we will stop at Europe's fastest flowing hot spring and visit The lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar and then onto Barnafossur, a waterfall that plays a major part in Icelandic folk tales. We then have a wonderful treat as we explore the biggest man-made ice cave in the world which stretches 800 metres in to the Langjokull Glacier and is nearly 350 metres below the surface of the glacier at its deepest point.
After all this exercise and fresh air we return to our hotel in Reykjavik for the night.
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.
We 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. We will visit boiling mud pool´s and hot springs before driving to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath before driving to Keflavik airport where the trip ends.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts
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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