Iceland: A Family Winter Adventure

7 Day Iceland Family Winter Holiday

Prices from £1,395 pp

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Duration7 days / 6 nights (flexible)

ItineraryReykjavik - Golden Circle - Vik - Keflavik

Suitable for families

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Iceland is the perfect winter escape for families that are looking for a fun alternative holiday. Stay in family-friendly cottages, witness the incredible northern lights, discover spouting geysers and play around in the deep snow. You’ll also get the chance to marvel at Vik’s black lava rocks or go ‘down under’ and snorkel between two continental plates. On this trip, we’ve ensured that everything is done in an family-friendly way, so that you can full enjoy your holiday together.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described
  • Car hire
  • Excursions as described

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik!

Spot snow-capped peaks and volcanic craters from the plane window as you fly into Keflavik airport. Pick up your rental car from the airport and head into the city. Reykjavik is a compact and trendy city that is home to over half of the Icelandic population. The modern architecture, shops, young people and boutique restaurants give the city a quirky Nordic touch. You’ll stay in a family-friendly hotel with family rooms that is centrally located and has an authentic Scandinavian design.

A view of a city with the sea

You’ll have the next day free for you to head out and explore the city. Zigzag through streets full of brightly coloured houses to Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik’s famous church that rises 75 meters above the surrounding houses. Take the elevator to the viewpoint at the top of the tower and grab yourself a photo with the whole city as your background. As the night roles in, you’ll jump on board your boat in Reykjavik harbour to seek out the awesome auroras of the majestic Northern Lights. The winter nights are long enough to make this special event possible. Don’t forget to not just look up but also look behind you, as the snow-capped peaks and distant city lights of Reykjavik make the whole experience simply breath-taking.

lighthouse punctuating the night sky being adorned by the northern lights

Spouting Geysers & Crashing Falls

Today you’ll head off to the Golden Circle. We recommend a stop at Thingvellir en route, where you’ll find a gap between the European and American continental plates in a national park that’s well worth checking out. From Thingvellir, you’ll then continue to the Golden Circle, where you will find Iceland’s highest spouting geyser, Strokkur. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you can take spectacular pictures here. In the evening, check into your family cottage and after such an exciting day seeing the sights, take the time to unwind and enjoy a comforting dinner. You’ll have a whole day free the next day and we’ll arrange tickets for you to visit the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest thermal baths in Iceland. Between the different baths you walk through a world of moss and steam, giving you a magical feeling.

Geyser erupting with people watching

It’s worth getting up early before checking out and leaving today, so that you have enough time to visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall before all the day trippers arrive. This way you have all the peace and space to grab yourself some beautiful photos. The water begins at the glacial river Hvítá and plunges here like a perpendicular water curtain into a 70 meter deep gorge. There are also fantastic views over the Gullfoss from all sides and when the sun shines, you almost always see a rainbow here. After your visit to Gullfoss, you will leave the Golden Circle region and continue your journey through Iceland. Depending on your chosen route, you will now travel along Seljalandsfoss to Vík and the south coast or visit Pompeii in the Westman Islands.

a running waterfall with snow on both sides

Vikings & Volcanoes

Leaving Reykjavik or the geyser area behind you, you’ll be on your way to the coastal village of Vik. On the way, stop off at Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla. Here you can view the ruins of an old Viking farm that was only excavated in 1900 and also see its replica. Make sure to also stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two incredibly photogenic waterfalls. The area flourishes with green flora and at Seljalandsfoss you can actually walk behind the waterfall for a truly magical experience. With the Hekla summit to your left, continue your drive slowly eastwards.

View of black sanded beach

Drive further down the ring road for a visit to the film exhibition of the mighty Eyjafjallajökul volcano, which shut down all European air traffic in 2010. In the evening you will arrive at the coastal village of Vík, where you will spend the night in a cosy family cottage. Nearby are Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach, known for their black lava beaches and the angular basalt rocks that rise from the water. With a bit of luck you can also see puffins at Cape Dyrhólaey from the historic lighthouse there. After breakfast the following day, check out and continue your journey.

Two kids with their arms around each other smiling

Secrets of the Blue Lagoon

Drive over the Reykjanes peninsula towards Keflavík to end your trip completely zen at the Blue Lagoon. You can arrange an entrance ticket with specific access time in advance. On the way to the natural baths you will see lava fields and hot springs with large plumes of smoke in the background. The lagoons are artificially constructed but heated by natural sources. On the sides there are large containers with purified clay for you to rub over your body. This has been scientifically proven that the mineral salts and algae of this geothermal seawater have a healing effect on the skin.

a pool with steaming water and a small bridge
David on a rickshaw

Speak to our Iceland specialist, David

"Iceland offers so much variety. Whether it's bathing in one of many natural lagoons, heading out to see the wildlife or witnessing the amazing northern lights, you won't run out of things to do! I ticked off a lot of things from my bucket list here."

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