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

5 Day Family Holiday | Golden Circle, South Coast & Reykjavik in the Summer
5 Day Family Holiday itinerary travelling to the Golden Circle, South Coast & Reykjavik in the Summer
Visit Iceland in the summer for a chance to see the adorable puffins.
Visit Kirkjufell Mountain on a day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
The powerful Skógafoss waterfall on the South Coast surrounded by luscious flora.
Erupting geysers is one of the reasons to go on a Golden Circle sightseeing tour.
Icelandic horses are friendly, intelligent and curious creatures.

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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Silfra, Þingvallavatn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Vík í Mýrdal, Keflavik International Airport, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Capital Region, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please consult your itinerary for further information
Included:
  • 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)

  • Taxes

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Optional excursions (can be added during the booking process)

  • Blue Lagoon entrance (can be added during the booking process)

  • Flights


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Good, outdoor shoes

  • Swimsuit and towel

  • Camera


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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland!


Hallgrímskirkja church in the beautiful city of Reykjavík.


Your plane will land on the Reykjanes Peninsula, an area filled with beautiful but rugged scenery and home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa. After picking up your bags, you can choose to visit the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon to unwind after your flight.

The Blue Lagoon is located in the middle of a dark lava field which lends an otherworldly feel to the place. The azure water is filled with minerals said to do wonders for your skin, and you’ll get a complimentary face mask which is sure to leave you feeling refreshed.

You could also book this activity on another day if your flight arrives late or you want to spend more time in Reykjavík.

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 - Golden Circle Day Tour


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


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 - South Coast Day Tour


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


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 - Free Day


Icelandic horses are friendly and very intelligent.


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 - Goodbye


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.

You could explore downtown Reykjavík a little before you go. Laugavegur shopping street provides you with opportunities to see colourful houses and do some souvenir shopping. There is also the city lake, Tjörnin, where you can watch ducks and swans swim on calm water.

If you need suggestions on what you can do, you can contact your travel agent who will be happy to recommend and book activities for you.

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!


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.
The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation.
Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


Accommodation

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.

Budget

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

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.


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