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Summer Iceland

Trip type: 
Family - Wildlife
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
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Europe, Iceland | 7 days
Trip code: 
BIFS
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Charter bus, on foot, boat

Accommodation - Hotel (6nts).

Meals - 6 breakfasts.

Trip Highlights: 
Discover the vast natural beauty of this unique island
Explore its lava fields, craters, volcanoes and waterfalls
Go for a swim in the steamy waters of The Blue
Go cave exploring
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Discover the vast natural beauty of this unique island
Explore its lava fields, craters, volcanoes and waterfalls
Go for a swim in the steamy waters of The Blue
Go cave exploring
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Charter bus, on foot, boat

Accommodation - Hotel (6nts).

Meals - 6 breakfasts.

Trip Overview: 

This trip is a great one week family adventure, a refreshing summer holiday to explore Iceland's rugged natural beauty. From giant glaciers to steaming geysers, this truly is a land like no other - a Land of Fire and Ice. Visit the famed Eyjafjallajökull volcano, walk on the craggy south shore, laze in restorative thermal waters, hike around a live volcano and go caving to see magical underground rock formations. This island is a living Geography lesson which offers plenty of activity and adventure for your family to enjoy.

Itinerary: 
Day
1
Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive Reykjavik

Take a flight to Keflavik international airport. On arrival make the short journey into the centre of Reykjavik to your hotel.

After settling in, you will visit one of the most famous and instantly recognisable thermal springs in the world, the Blue Lagoon a geothermal spa caused by silica and sulphur in the ground. Temperatures in the swimming area can reach as high as 40 degrees, so if you do decide that you want to take a dip, make sure you are prepared for the heat! The lagoon is known for having healing properties, so after a long soak here you may come out feeling renewed and invigorated. It's a great way to recover from your journey and to start your holiday feeling refreshed.

In the evening you will be able to see the exciting city of Reykjavik by night. 

Natura Hotel Reykjavik (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool

Day
2
Skogarfoss and Eyjafjallajokull

Skogarfoss and Eyjafjallajokull

Today you head south to the small settlement of Skogar and visit the beautiful natural wonder of Skógarfoss a 60m high water fall which tumbles down over jagged rocks. The first settler at Skogar was Thrasi Thorolfsson, a learned man of antiquated character. He is said to have hidden a chest filled with gold coins in a cave behind the waterfall.  On fine days, when the sun is shining, people say that his gold is glittering through the water. Many have tried to find the chest and stories say once a young man succeeded. He tied a rope to its ring and pulled. He only retrieved the ring, which was later used for the church door at Skogar, you can now see it in the museum.

You head on down to the very southern most headland of Iceland , through small villages and farmlands with views to the majestic mountains towering over the coast . On the way, there are great views of Hekla volcano, and the towering, ice capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajökull.  In April 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano made it will known as it caused planes to be grounded all over Europe. This area is a paradise for geology, showing the forces of nature and creation of life very clearly. Continue to Vik where you will stay for the next 2 nights. 

Hotel Edda (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
3
Skaftafel National Park

Skaftafel National Park

The Skaftafel National Park contains some of Icelands finest scenery with a rugged landscape of glaciers and mountains, there are no roads in the park but a series of hiking trails allows you to explore the area. You are following in the footsteps of James Bond in "Die another Day" and Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider" which were filmed in this region. Take a boat trip on the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, moving between the huge natural ice sculptures as they float past you on their way out to sea is quite magical - watch out for wildlife such as seals, eider ducks and maybe a jumping salmon. Return to your hotel. (B)

Day
4
Gullfoss - Geysir and Pingvellir

Gullfoss - Geysir and Pingvellir

The geyser is something that defines Iceland so much that this name has become synonymous with this spectacular occurance and today you will visit them yourself. From the ancient Icelandic world  'geysa', meaning to gush, this is now the name that is given to a high pressure discharge of water from the land the world over. You will see the Great Geyser in the Haukadular Valley, where eruptions can force water an amazing 70 metres in the air. Within the Golden Circle there are several of these geysers which erupt with great frequency to the delight of onlookers.

Also visit Strokkur Pingvellir National park where Europe's oldest parliament was founded around the year 930. See Loburg, or Law Rock, a natural focal point here which was used for holding speaches. Return to Reykjavik.

Natura Hotel Reykjavik (AAA) - 3 nights - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
5
Reykjavik - optional tours

Reykjavik - optional tours

Today is left free for you to explore by yourselves or take optional activities. You might like to go horse riding along the peninsula or take a boat cruise around the islands in the bay. (B)

Day
6
Lava Caving and Heiomork Hike

Lava Caving and Heiomork Hike

This morning you go underground for some exciting cave exploring (approx 4 hours). You will see the magical underground rock formations that lava erruptions have left behind. It is a great way to learn how iceland was created.

In the afternoon you will hike around Hengill Volcano. The volcano is still active, as displayed by the many hot springs and fumaroles around it, but it has not errupted for 2000 years. It is an important source of power for the south of the island. There is a chance to bathe in a warm river - just for fun as a scientific experiment you will boil an egg in the hot water here. (B)

Day
7
Fly home

Fly home

Today the tour ends. Those on group flights will transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)

Blue Lagoon, Waterfalls & Volcanoes

You arrive into Iceland's capital Reykjavik, where you will admire its rugged surroudings. Visit the Blue Lagoon, where you can bask in the warm blue waters, a great way to unwind at the start of your holiday. South of Reykjavik, the landscape changes, volcanoes and steep cliffs dot the landscape, including the now famous Eyjafjallajökull. Discover spectacular waterfalls and explore rocky headlands.

Nature in Action

You take a boat trip on the Glacial Lagoon of Jokulsarlon and witness close up the huge icebergs that have broken off the glaciers drift by you as they float out to sea, it's a breathtaking sight. Iceland is famous for it's spurting geysers which burst out of the ground with great force in a display of natural theatrics, you will witness the spectacle for yourself and once you see it happen you won't be able to wait to watch for the next time! Going underground you see the effects of volcanic erruptions over the years in caves of magical rock formations.

Our Summer Iceland Family trip is just one of our many Europe Family tours. To find out more visit our Europe holidays page.