5 Day Family Holiday | Golden Circle, South Coast & Reykjavik in the Summer

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No booking fees
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Keflavík Airport, Flexible
5 days
Apr. - Aug.

Enjoy Iceland this summer with this 5-day all-in-one package. Explore the Golden Circle and the South Coast, while spending your nights under the Midnight Sun in Reykjavík. This 5-day adventure is packed with play, making it the perfect summer holiday for the whole family.

Planning a vacation with the kids couldn’t be easier. With a home-base in Reykjavík, this package allows you to take day trips into the countryside to experience the wild and beautiful Icelandic nature without the hassle of repacking and moving to a new location each night. 

You’ll see geysers erupt at Geysir geothermal area and learn about the Vikings at Þingvellir National Park on your tour of the Golden Circle. While travelling the South Coast, you’ll pass mighty glaciers before looking for puffins at Reynisfjara black sand beach. 

During your stay, you can choose to spice up your days with an adventure or two. Step inside a glacier with a trip to the ice cave tunnels, meet the Icelandic horse on a riding tour, explore the fantastic Snæfellsnes peninsula or set sails and search for whales on a whale watching excursion. You’ll even get these activities at a discounted price if you book them alongside this package.

Furthermore, all accommodations, transportation and activities will be taken care of before you arrive, so all you have to do is to enjoy your time together.

Discover Iceland with your nearest and dearest on this family-friendly summer package. Check availability by choosing a date.


Airport transfer on arrival/departure
4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)
Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus
South Coast small group sightseeing tour in a minibus
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary (For Comfort level and higher)


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík í Mýrdal
Keflavik International Airport
Capital Region
South Coast
Diamond Beach

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Hallgrímskirkja church in the beautiful city of Reykjavík.

Welcome to Iceland!

Your plane will land on the Reykjanes Peninsula, an area filled with beautiful but rugged scenery.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today it can be added to another day, your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.

Once in the city, you’ll check into your accommodations and get settled in. You will then have a chance to explore the capital, seeing the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja church and Sun Voyager sculpture, or, simply, take it easy and rest up for the coming days.

Day 2
You will find a wealth of attractions, including erupting geysers, on the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Golden Circle Day Tour

Today, you’ll see gorgeous waterfalls and erupting geysers, as well as learn about Iceland’s Vikings on a tour of the Golden Circle.

To make this day even more special, you can add on a horse riding tour where those over the age of 5 can ride an Icelandic horse around the countryside. No experience is needed, and the animals are very friendly, making this a perfect family adventure.

The first site of the Golden Circle route is Þingvellir National Park, where Vikings of old used to gather to settle feuds and lay the laws of the land. Not only has the park a rich history, but it is also a geological wonder. Þingvellir is located between two tectonic plates that are moving apart. As they move, they create cracks and canyons that are visible throughout the area.

One of these canyons, Silfra, is filled with meltwater from the nearby glacier, Langjökull. Those over the age of 14 can opt for an exciting snorkelling tour in Silfra, where they’ll discover a bright blue underworld just beneath the water’s surface.

From there, you’ll head to Geysir geothermal area where you’ll see steam rising from the ground and mud pools bubbling. The main attraction is, however, the mighty geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5-10 minutes, creating a 15-20 metre high water column each time.

You’ll then visit the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. The sheer size and rumbling noise from this mighty cascade will surely leave you in awe. Gullfoss is fed by the glacier Langjökull, and today, you have the chance to explore that glacier on a snowmobiling tour. Drivers must hold a valid driving license, but those over the age of 6 can ride as passengers.

At the end of the day, you’ll be dropped off back in Reykjavík where you can unwind after an eventful day or explore the city further as the evening is illuminated by the Midnight Sun.

Day 3
The sheer size of Skógafoss waterfall on the South Coast will surely leave you in awe.

South Coast Day Tour

Today it is time to explore the South Coast of Iceland where you’ll find glittering waterfalls, mighty glaciers, stretches of black sand beaches and perhaps a puffin or two.

After being picked up in Reykjavík, you’ll travel through lush farmlands where you’ll see tall mountains and snowy glaciers in the North and the wild Atlantic Ocean in the South. Keep an eye out for farm animals along the way; sheep, cows, and, of course, Icelandic horses.

Your first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss, a high waterfall that falls in a narrow stream over a 60-metre tall cliff. The cliff is curved back, forming a concave face behind the falling water. This unique feature allows visitors to walk behind the curtain of water. However, doing so will get you slightly wet, so remember your raincoat!

Then it is off to visit another cascade, the mighty Skógafoss. As the water hits the earth underneath, tiny droplets of water fly into the air and create a constant mist. When the sunlight hits that mist, you can often see a rainbow forming in the drizzle.

Skógafoss waterfall is located between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. If you wish to get to know glaciers better today, you can opt for a glacier hiking tour on top of one of Mýrdalsjökull’s glacier tongues. This is a great activity for anybody over the age of 10 as you’ll not only witness fantastic scenery of ice and mountains, but you’ll also learn all about glaciers and the Icelandic nature.

Before returning to Reykjavík, you’ll visit Reynisfjara beach. There, you’ll see strange hexagonal cliffs, and white surf hitting the black sand. Make sure you look up into the cliffs as puffins are known to nest there in the summer.

Day 4
Icelandic horses are friendly and very intelligent.

Free Day

Today you have a wealth of choices to fill up your day. You could spend it in the city, perhaps visiting one of Reykjavík’s many geothermal pools. It is a great activity for the whole family because while the children play on the waterslides, the parents can unwind in the hot tubs.

If you are looking for more adventures, you could take a tour on this day. During the booking process, you’ll be presented with a few exciting choices. 

Animal lovers should not miss a whale watching tour which departs from Reykjavík’s old harbour. You’ll set sails onto Faxaflói Bay in search for the ocean’s gentle giants. Harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales can regularly be seen on trips like these.

Another option is to go horseback riding. This is a great opportunity in case you missed it during your Golden Circle trip. On this 2-hour riding tour, those over the age of 7 will ride the Icelandic horse in the countryside just outside of Reykjavík city.

There is also the option of taking a full-day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The area is known for its beauty and diverse natural attractions. You’ll see such places as Djúpalónssandur black pebble beach, the rock stacks of Lóndrangar, and the mountain Kirkjufell.

You will also have the option of stepping inside a glacier on a tour to the ice cave tunnels of Langjökull glacier. This is a fun and informative tour, perfect for the entire family where you’ll get to walk through the blue tunnels that have been carved into the ice and learn everything about glaciers.

Whatever you choose to do, you will spend the night at your accommodations in Reykjavík.

Day 5
Sunset on a summer's day in Reykjavík.


Now it is time to bid farewell to Iceland. If you have an afternoon or an evening flight, you will have time to do a little exploring in Reykjavík before you board a bus heading to the airport.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

When it is finally time to go, you’ll board a bus and head back out onto the black lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula where Keflavík Airport is located. Have a great flight home and come back soon!


What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Good, outdoor shoes
Swimsuit and towel

Good to know

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.

If you are bringing young children, we recommend booking comfort or quality level accommodations.

Please note that the minimum age for the Blue Lagoon is 2 years. If you are travelling with a child under that age, a trip to the Secret Lagoon will be scheduled instead of the Blue Lagoon.


See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.


Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city centre or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.


Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city centre with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik. An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately. If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak. The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes. For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes. Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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