Magical 5 Day Family Summer Holiday in Iceland with the Golden Circle, South Coast & Reykjavik
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 traveling 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.
Day 1 - 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 colors, 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, see the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja church and Sun Voyager sculpture, or take it easy and rest up for the coming days.
Day 2 - 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 five 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 the meltwater from the nearby glacier, Langjökull. Those over the age of 12 can opt for an exciting snorkeling 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. However, the main attraction is the mighty geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5-10 minutes, creating a 49-66 ft (15-20 meter) 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
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 197 ft (60-meter) 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 water droplets 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 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 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
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 that departs from Reykjavík's old harbor. You'll set sails onto Faxaflói Bay in search of the ocean's gentle giants. Harbor 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
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
Good to know
Some optional activities might require you to have 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 snorkeling.
If you are bringing young children, we recommend booking comfort or quality level accommodations.
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.
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.