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Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords

Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Iceland

Cities Visited

Grindavik, Hveragerdi, Reykjavik, Vik

Tour Itinerary

Walk through glacial landscapes and soak in steaming hot springs, step into Viking realms on a visit to a traditional turf house, set out on a whale-watching excursion to seek out minke and humpback whales, taste traditional Icelandic bread fresh from a geothermal bakery.

From glittering glaciers to black-sand beaches, Iceland's wild landscapes will surprise and inspire travelers of all ages. Explore this subarctic isle's natural and cultural treasures alongside our dynamic guides as you step behind the curtain of a spectacular waterfall or hike to the edge of a volcanic crater. Descend inside a lava tunnel, delve into Viking history, or opt to try your hand at riding hardy Icelandic horses.

Day 1: Reykjavík
Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.
Transport: Please go to the Flybus booth inside the arrival hall before exiting the airport, and advise staff about your name and that you're doing a G Adventures trip. They will then hand you a ticket for the bus that brings you to your start hotel. The bus shuttles leave regularly (approx. every 30 minutes) from the airport to Reykjavik and you can take any of them with this voucher.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur (or similar)

Day 2: Reykjavík
Start the morning at the Perlan museum, which showcases Iceland's geological forces through exhibits on volcanic eruptions, explosive geysers, and more. After a classic Icelandic hot dog lunch, hop aboard a ship for a whale-watching expedition on Faxaflói Bay. Search for minke whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises diving through the waves, and learn about the incredible diversity of sea life in Iceland's waters. The rest of the day is free for relaxing at your hotel or exploring Reykjavík.
Activity: Visit the Wonders of Iceland exhibit at the Perlan museum, where you can see and feel all of Iceland's natural wonders under one roof. Walk through a 100m long man-made ice cave to experience what glacial environments are like, and how global warming affects this part of the world. Top your visit off with an unparalleled 360° view of Reykjavik and surrounding areas from the observation deck.
Activity: Enjoy a traditional Icelandic hot dog for lunch. Typically made with lamb, and a bit of pork and beef, these hot dogs have a natural casing that give a satisfying snap when you bite into it. They're often topped with raw white onions, crispy fried onions, capers, mustard, ketchup, herbs, a sweet brown mustard called pylsusinnep and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo. Walk up to the stand and order "one with everything"!
Activity: Take a boat ride into Faxaflói bay to try and spot minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Each tour has an expert guide to maintain safety at sea and answer any questions you may have.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 3: Hveragerði
Set off on a hike through an area dotted with hot springs, stopping to soak your feet in steaming pools along the way. Then head to a traditional Icelandic horse farm to meet the friendly equine residents and learn about this special breed. Icelandic horses are small, hardy, and have a unique ambling gait called the tölt. Opt to saddle up and ride through the surrounding hills with a guide before gathering at the farm for a homemade lunch. This afternoon, travel to a vast lava field and enter one of the longest lava tunnels in Iceland, where we'll explore the amazing inner workings of a volcanic eruption. Continue to our hotel in Hveragerði, a town built around its own bubbling hot spring.
Activity: Hike along the scenic Reykjadalur trail. Walk along the rolling hills and pools of bright blue water. Follow the steaming pools that line the footpath until you come to the hot springs - natural pools heated by geothermal activity.
Activity: The Icelandic horse is a very unique breed. Although small and at times pony-sized, Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. Tour this working farm and learn all you need to know about the Icelandic horse, with a focus on its gait and unique character.
Activity: Experience the otherworldly beauty of one of Iceland's most spectacular features, the lava tunnel. Formed by enormous lava flows during a volcanic eruption, these tunnels boast a twisting labyrinth of passageways, filled with unique formations and underground waterfalls.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Ork Selfoss (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 4: Golden Circle
Discover the celebrated Golden Circle, a circuit that will take us to some of Iceland's most amazing natural treasures. Hear the roar of the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and visit the Geysir hot spring, the namesake of all the world's geysers. Continue to Thingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Then visit a geothermal bakery to watch bakers digging pots of fresh bread out of hot black sand. Taste a slice still warm from the ground, and get the recipe for a loaf of rye. In the late afternoon, opt to stop by the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa for a soothing soak in geothermal waters.
Activity: Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three "steps" before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.
Activity: See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.
Activity: Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland's parliament was also established in the area in 930. The park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and snorkelling between the tectonic plates.
Activity: Watch first hand as bakers dig out a pot of fresh bread from hot black sand. Taste the bread, served hot from the ground with some butter and take home the recipe for Iceland's famous rye bread.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Ork Selfoss (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: South Coast
Today, explore Iceland's amazing history, from the Viking era to the industrial revolution. Visit a traditional turf-walled dwelling, and step inside a 20th-century schoolhouse while learning about Iceland's architectural heritage, folk crafts, and modern technology. Then take a short walk to the Skógafoss waterfall, one of the biggest falls in Iceland at more than 80 feet across. Enjoy a picnic lunch near the base of the waterfall and watch for rainbows sparkling in the spray. This afternoon ramble on one of Iceland's legendary black-sand beaches.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit Skogar Museum and take a tour of one of Iceland's most iconic sights, a traditional turf house. Named after the turf used to create the walls and the roof, these cheap but effective houses helped the early Icelandic people to survive the region's harsh seasons. Learn about the construction of these homes, the families who lived there and how a unique culture evolved out of these humble communities.
Activity: Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.
Accommodation: Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 6: Westman Islands/Vík
Leave the mainland behind and voyage to the Westman Islands, a volcanic archipelago off Iceland's southern coast. Go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited isle in the archipelago, and wander among the white wooden buildings of the single tiny town. Learn about the island's recent volcanic history, view parts of the town buried by lava flows, and hike up the slopes of the Eldfell crater, where the ground is still warm from geothermal activity! Search for adorable puffins and other seabirds nesting on the island's steep cliffs, then sail back to Vík—the southernmost village in Iceland, known for its black-sand beach and strange rock formations.
Activity: Take a tour of the rugged coastlines of the Westman Islands. Formed by underwater volcanoes, some of these islands surfaced as late as 1963, and feature an exciting array of caves, monoliths and sheer cliffs. On top of the beautiful features, these islands boast the world's largest populations of Atlantic Puffins (before September) and a high potential to spot breaching whales like Orcas or Fin whales.
Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Accommodation: Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Reykjavík
Return to Reykjavík this morning, stopping along the way to visit Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's most spectacular waterfalls. Step behind the curtain of the falls into a hidden cave filled with mist, and enjoy one of the best photographic opportunities in Iceland. Continue to the famed Blue Lagoon to soak in the hot spring's iridescent blue waters. Spend the afternoon exploring Reykjavík on your own before gathering for a farewell dinner.
Activity: Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Drop by The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, possibly the top attraction in the country. Located close (about 40 mins) from Reykjavík in the Grindavík lava field, the spa is open year round, providing a steamy respite from Icelandic winters. The waters are said to have healing properties and temperatures in the bathing lagoons average 37-39 °C (98-102 °F).
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 8: Reykjavík
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport
Private minivan/bus, boat, walking

Inclusions
Your Family Journeys Moment: Horse Farm Visit, Hveragerði Your Foodie Moment: Geothermal Bakery Visit, Laugarvatn Your Family Journeys Moment: Skogar Open Air Museum, Hveragerði Your Wellness Moment: Blue Lagoon Visit, Grindavík. Arrival transfer. Perlan Museum visit. Whale watching tour. Visit a horse farm. Lava tunnel visit. Golden Circle tour including Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs. Skogafoss waterfall picnic lunch. Visit a Black Sand Beach. Westman Islands excursion. Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Blue Lagoon admission. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts)

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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