Book this 2-week summer family itinerary to travel around Iceland with fun local guides. On this trip, you’ll explore the very best attractions around Iceland’s ring road with a number of memorable and fantastic experiences to match. This package is perfect for families keen on exploring the best parts of Iceland whilst allowing us to manage all the transport, accommodation, tours and excursions.
On this trip, you’ll get to visit the very best spots in Iceland. These will include the world-famous Golden Circle, the wondrous South Coast, the untouched Eastfjords, the volcanic north, the folklore-rich west coast, the incredibly diverse Snaefellsnes peninsula, and the tranquil azure waters of the Blue Lagoon. What makes this trip extra special is that you’ll be travelling under the long daylight hours of the midnight sun, giving you the most amount of time witnessing Iceland’s beautiful nature.
By taking this family-friendly package, all you have to do is complete your booking with all your preferred optional activities, and let us handle the rest. We’ll manage all your accommodation, transportation, tours and activities for you, so you can focus on enjoying your experiences.
Aside from your exploration of Iceland’s better-known and lesser-known attractions, during the booking process, you will have the option of adding a mixture of incredible extra activities that will help make your trip that extra special. These include horse riding, lava caving, snowmobiling, and glacier hiking amongst a plethora of fantastic options.
We will also ensure that all accommodation and activities are family-friendly and highly recommended for experiencing a truly amazing trip.
So don’t hesitate and book you and your family onto this 2-week summer family tour package discovering the wonders of Iceland around the full ring road. Check availability by selecting a date and book your Iceland family adventure.
Welcome to Iceland! It’s now time to explore the wonders of the land of fire and ice over the coming 2 weeks.
As soon as you land at Keflavik Airport and collect your bags, your pre-arranged airport transfer will be waiting for you just outside the terminal to take you straight to your accommodation in the capital city of Reykjavik.
On your way to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, 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.
Alternatively, if you’d rather head straight for the city and check out some of the sights before an evening meal you are welcome to it. We’d recommend you explore the sights of the downtown region, especially Hallgrimskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall and Reykjavik Old Harbour as well as the bustling streets of Laugavegur completed with a series of delightful boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.
You will then retire for the evening in your Reykjavik accommodation.
Today is your first full day in Reykjavik. It’s time to explore the city and experience your first taste of Iceland’s quirky culture.
Before you set out on your adventures today, you have an incredible opportunity that will forever define your impression of Iceland: a 1-hour helicopter tour over the Geldinadalur volcanic eruption. You’ll depart from Reykjavik Domestic Airport, and after admiring the colourful capital and barren Reykjanes Peninsula from above, make your way to this breathtaking phenomenon. Few adventures can compare to witnessing fire and lava rupture from the earth from such an all-encompassing perspective, and this one even includes a short landing by the site!
After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll head into the city centre. If you didn’t explore the city yesterday we’d suggest the same central landmarks to visit, with the inclusion of the Perlan observation deck where you can get great panoramic views of the whole city.
Another option we’d recommend is to spend some time in one of the city’s many outdoor swimming pools. These locations are catered to children and adults alike and are a frequent cultural hub for Icelanders relaxing in hot tubs as a place to discuss the day’s affairs.
Alternatively, another fantastic option is to take a walk along the coast in the Vesturbaer region where you can catch great views of the adjacent Reykjanes peninsula. Or you could check out the peaceful area of Seltjarnarnes and take a walk to the picturesque Grotta lighthouse on the end of the peninsula, framed by the mountains of the Snaefellsnes peninsula on a clear day.
You could, however, instead choose to join a horse riding tour where you will be taken just outside of Reykjavik to a local stable. Here you will have the opportunity to take a ride through the rugged Icelandic countryside on the back of a charming Icelandic horse. Please note, however, that there is a minimum age requirement of 12 years old.
Or, why not take the opportunity to experience Reykjavik from a different perspective and join a different helicopter tour. This once in a lifetime experience will take you over the rooftops, across the bay and land on the adjacent mountain, Esjan, offering panoramic views of the whole geothermal area.
In the evening you’ll retire for the night in your Reykjavik accommodation.
Today, you’ll leave the city lights of Reykjavik behind and head out to explore the famous traveller’s trail of the Golden Circle.
Your first stop on this day of adventure is a visit to Iceland’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Thingvellir National Park. Standing in the midst of 2 tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian) this geological wonder is surrounded by beautiful canyons, springs, ravines, waterfalls and forestry.
For the history buffs amongst you, Thingvellir also hosts the site of the world’s first established parliament (Althingi) in 930 AD, and has had a lasting impact on the development of democracy.
Next up, you’ll visit the mesmerising world of the hot springs at the Geysir geothermal area. Completed with bubbling mud pots, steaming vents and a spouting geyser, this site has to be seen to be believed. You’ll find most visitors surrounding the hot spring named Strokkur, which erupts boiling water up to heights nearing 40m (131 ft) every 5-10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to get your perfect snap.
Next, you’ll get to visit the Efstidalur family-owned farm. This delightful stop will offer you a unique look into the everyday lives of an Icelandic dairy farmer. It has a great cosy cafe, and as an added treat, you will be able to sample some of the delicious homemade ice cream, always a hit with travellers.
The final stop on this tour will take you to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. Fed by the meltwater of the nearby glacier Langjokull along Hvita river, the waterfall cascades down 32m (105 ft) over 2 steps. In the summer months, you can walk much closer to the falls and feel the misty waters whilst watching the waters thunder down into the cavern below.
You will then retire for the night at your comfortable accommodation in the Golden Circle.
Today you’ll check out the best sights and sounds of Iceland’s wondrous South Coast.
After you leave the Golden Circle, you’ll join the famous ring road and head straight to your first stops at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, both standing at a height of 60m (197 ft). The former is distinctly unique for its ability to allow travellers to walk behind its waters with a perfectly shaped cavern. Whereas the latter is a much more powerful waterfall which you can walk very close to if you don’t mind the powerful mist.
Continuing along your journey, you’ll be taken to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Known as one of the most famous non-tropical beaches in the world, this picturesque volcanic setting is further enhanced by the eerie atmosphere from the basalt sea stacks of Reynidrangar and the Dyrholaey arch in the distance. Be careful not to tread too close to the powerful waters here which are notoriously unpredictable.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous today, you can take a tour to visit an ice cave within the Myrdalsjokull glacier above the most powerful volcano of Iceland, Katla. Once within these beautiful natural caverns, you’ll get to see an otherworldly paradise of shimmering colours and beautiful ice formations which are rare to find anywhere else in the world.
You will then rest up for the evening at your accommodation in the charming village of Vik.
Your fifth day will take you across the black sand desert of Solheimasandur, through lava fields and past the beautiful hiking region of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve to the southern part of the massive Vatnajokull National Park.
At Skaftafell, you will join a hiking tour within the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This will take you close to some of the magnificent glacier tongues of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.
You will then stop at what is now referred to as ‘the crown jewel of Iceland’, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. As Iceland’s deepest lagoon and its size getting bigger, it boasts a huge number of drifting gargantuan icebergs which break off from the outlet glacier of Breidamerkurjokull.
You’ll also visit the Diamond Beach on the southern shore. It’s here where many of the icebergs are washed up on the beach from the same currents that pulled the icebergs out to sea. This bizarrely beautiful environment allows you to walk among these stunning ice formations as they slowly glitter and melt in the sunlight.
As you’re travelling during the summer months, you have the option to take a boat tour in the lagoon. The amphibian boat will slowly take you through the calm waters and close to the moving icebergs. If you’re lucky you may even get the chance to spot some of the area's indigenous seals who like to sun themselves on top of the icebergs.
You will then rest up for the night at your accommodation in the Jokulsarlon area.
Your sixth day will take you to explore the less-explored area of Iceland’s breathtaking Eastfjords.
Though often the least visited part of the country due to its distance from the capital, the Eastfjords is full of gems including incredible mountain peaks, deep fjords, quaint fishing towns and intriguing folklore.
The first peaks you’ll visit are those of the photographers’ delights, Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn. The former sits as a formidable sight at the end of a black sand beach, frequently pictured under the midnight sun for the beauty and tranquillity of the area. Whilst the latter again is an incredible mountain to photograph from the opposite angle.
Your guide will take you to all the best spots along this drive, including mountains, waterfalls and craggy coastlines but will also take you to some of the lesser-known landmarks. For instance, you’ll visit the Lake Lagarfljot which is easily one of the most beautiful spots in the east, which according to legend, is home to a large worm-like creature thought to live in its depths - the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness Monster.
You’ll also get to visit Audun’s Rock Museum, which sits in the peaceful town of Djupivogur and hosts an amazing collection of polished stones, making it a true geologers paradise.
Afterwards, you’ll take the time to explore Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstadaskogur, which stands as a unique attraction due to the bizarre lack of trees in Iceland. The forest is near the largest town in the east, Egilsstadir, which has a delightful array of hiking trails to explore.
At the end of your sixth day, you’ll retire for the night in your accommodation in the Eastfjords.
Today, you’ll take your guided adventure to explore Iceland’s Diamond Circle trail, which is considered the north-eastern version of the Golden Circle.
Your first stop of the day will take you to visit Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. With a height of 44m (144 ft) this thunderous falls is often well remembered by movie buffs for its feature at the start of the sci-fi hit movie, Prometheus. Often seen as the most ominous of waterfalls for it’s darkened waters, you can also easily visit the smaller neighbouring waterfall of Selfoss roughly a 10-minute walk away just upstream.
Your next stop will be a short drive to the horse-shoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. Known in folklore as created by an imprint of Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, this is a beautiful area rich in trees, cliffs and an abundance of wildlife.
A third stop of the day will take you to the charming fishing town of Husavik. After this, you’ll make your way toward Lake Myvatn, which is a huge body of water formed following several volcanic eruptions over 2300 years ago. Covering an area of 37 km² in summer it is abundant with birdlife and flora making it a delight to visit.
Also in the region is the famous Namaskard Pass, which is a geothermal stop like no other. Covered in steaming vents of poisonous gases, this site makes for a vivid reality of the volcanic nature of this region, as well as a fantastic picture spot.
For those of you keen to take some time to breathe in your surroundings in more relaxation, take the option to include a visit to the nearby Myvatn Nature Baths. This natural geothermal selection of pools is the most ambient way to enjoy the panoramic news of this area under the midnight sun and is a great spot for the whole family to enjoy.
On your way towards your final destination in Akureyri, you’ll stop off at another charming waterfall named, Godafoss. Though renowned for its scale, shape and beauty it also has great associated historical folklore which you can read more about on-site.
After a long day of sightseeing, you will retire for the night in Akureyri.
Today, your journey will take you and the family south-west.
After bidding farewell to the northern town of Akureyri, you will head towards the quaint village of Hauganes in the stunning Eyjafjordur fjord. This is a beautiful area to take some pictures of the adjacent fjords and breathe in the surroundings of Iceland’s magnificently distinct northern reaches.
You can join a whale watching tour straight from Hauganes harbour and head out to sea in search of breaching whales and diving flukes of some of the most incredible creatures enjoying Iceland’s waters.
On your way south, you’ll also make a stop off on the Vatnsnes peninsula to visit the much-photographed rock formation of Hvitserkur which sits just off the coast of the peninsula. Take your time to wander along the beach and get your snap - maybe you can help your guide decide if it resembles a drinking elephant or dragon more.
You will then hit the road and make your way to your accommodation in the area of Borgannes for the night.
On your ninth day, you will get to explore the best attractions in the west.
Your first stop will take you to the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. This area is a great chance to explore another geothermal paradise; it’s so powerful that it’s energy is able to power towns at a distance of up to 50km away.
In this region, you will also take a dip in the wonderfully relaxing Krauma spa. This is a great place to relax and unwind and is by far the best spot for a nice geothermal Icelandic bath in the west while you take in the surrounding views.
After your dip, you’ll make your way towards the historically significant village of Reykholt. Known as the home of the poet, Saga writer, and chieftain, Snorri Sturluson, who lived in the middle ages during the time of the Iceland civil war. His work is cherished by Icelanders as an invaluable record of the Old Norse mythology and language.
You will then head towards your final stop to visit the incredible neighbouring waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The former is a much gentler waterfall fed by the meltwater of the nearby glacier Langjokull, creating a beautiful array of colours as the water trickles through the rivulets caused by an ancient volcanic eruption. The latter, however, is much more powerful and thunderous, pouring fast-flowing waters through a selection of sharp rock formations into the cavern below.
You can always choose to add some extra adventure to your day by including a horse riding tour. Take another chance to ride a beautiful Icelandic horse in the wild tundras of Iceland’s untouched nature; a great treat for the whole family to enjoy.
After a great day in the west, you will return to the same accommodation you spent in the previous night where you will rest up, ready to explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula the next day.
Today you’ll get to explore the richly diverse Snaefellsnes peninsula. Often referred to as ‘Iceland in miniature’, this area hosts a variety of mountains, waterfalls, lava fields, craters and a glacier.
You’ll first visit the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell. Though its name translates directly to ‘Church Mountain’, due to its feature in the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, it is now more commonly referred to as ‘the mountain shaped like an arrowhead’. Make sure you get a spot by the adjacent waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss for the perfect snap of the mountain in amongst the surrounding nature.
Next up, you’ll make your way to another black sand beach named Djupalonssandur, found at the base of the mighty Snaefellsjokull glacier. This was once a popular fishing village and port, but it now sits deserted, aside from a series of lifting stones, that have been used throughout history as a test of strength among the local fishermen. For the mighty among you, this is a great opportunity to test your own strength!
If you’re feeling like adding a little extra adventure to your day, including a tour of the 8000-year-old lava cave, Vatnshellir. Situated 35m (115 ft) underground, you’ll be guided down a metal staircase into a 200m (657 ft) subterranean world of incredible colours and rock formations.
On your way back towards Reykjavik your guide will stop off at some of the beautiful attractions and fishing villages along the way so you can take full advantage of your day exploring this wondrous peninsula.
In the evening you will rest up for the night at your accommodation back in Reykjavik.
No trip to Iceland is complete without a trip to a volcano, but fear not, we have you covered.
Today you will have 1 of 2 options to explore these once lava-filled heartbeats of the Earth. First, you can take a once in a lifetime tour deep into a now-dormant volcanic magma chamber. Your tour will take you along the Reykjanes peninsula to Thrihnukagigur volcano where you will descend down into the mouth of the volcano on an old mineshaft.
Once you reach the bottom you will feel the warmth radiating from this once lava-filled cavern, and get the chance to explore the many caverns, rock formations and capture plenty of pictures of the colours left by the lava of old. This irregular tour is incredibly special due to the fact that dormant volcano magma chambers usually collapse in on themselves, whereas this one has stayed intact, making it an experience unlike any others you’ll find on Earth. Please be aware, however, that there is a minimum age requirement of 12 years old.
Secondly, you could instead choose a no age restriction lava tunnel tour of the Raufarholshellir cave. As the fourth longest cave in Iceland, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to navigate the cave’s many halls and caverns and take a footbridge that will lead you to various viewing platforms where you can take in the scale of this cave. You’ll get to see an array of otherworldly volcanic colours decorating your surroundings caused by the minerals churned up in the eruption that once created this cave.
After a day exploring the depths of the Earth, you’ll retire for the night at your Reykjavik accommodation.
After you experienced the fire of Iceland in your volcanic day yesterday, today you will experience the corresponding ice element. You will get the opportunity to select between 2 glacier related tours.
Firstly, take an ice tunnel tour into the glacier of Langjokull. Your guide will collect you from Reykjavik in the morning and drive you up onto the nearby glacier in a modified monster truck to take you to this incredible man-made ice structure. Once there you are free to explore the caverns of ice that create this spectacular marvel. Also, make sure to gather plenty of pictures from outside the tunnel offering an awe-inspiring view of Iceland atop one of nature's greatest treasures.
Secondly, for those of you who are keen to add some adrenaline-pumping action to your holiday, can instead opt to take a snowmobile tour. Your guide will pick you up from Reykjavik and take you to the base of Langjokull glacier where you will be kitted out and given a safety briefing before heading up to the summit. Here, you’ll zoom across the untouched snowy landscapes of this arctic tundra and take in some of the best views of the country. Please note, however, there is a minimum age requirement of 6 years old.
After your day on the ice, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Reykjavik.
You’ll spend your last full day in Reykjavik where you will have ample time to explore the city, check out some extra attractions or simply browse the shops and pick up some last-minute souvenirs.
We, however, suggest checking out at least one of the following options in the city which are perfect for a bit of family fun:
Option 1 - Explore the Perlan museums which host an incredible well-made artificial ice cave exhibition. This state of the art experience is fantastic for those who didn’t opt to join an ice cave tour along the South Coast. You can also combine this with a visit to the Perlan observation deck where you have panoramic views of the whole city.
Option 2 - Take a couple of hours to learn more about Iceland’s rich indigenous marine life at the Whale Museum. With a great selection of life-size whale replicas, this interactive and educational museum is the perfect stop for nature lovers, especially after having experienced a sighting of some of these creatures of the deep in the north of Iceland.
Option 3 - Take a quick visit to Iceland’s ultimate 4D experience with a trip to Flyover Iceland, located near Reykjavik harbour. You’ll be strapped into a seat and dangled in front of a 20m spherical screen that will take you through the greatest scenes in Iceland. From mountain peaks to the depths of the most incredible fjords, Flyover Iceland covers it all in wondrous fashion. What’s more, Flyover Iceland also offers free pickup from your accommodation should you decide you’d like to visit. Please note there is a minimum age requirement of 5 years old.
Option 4 - While it may seem that you have packed your holiday with all you can by the evening of your last full day in Iceland, no trip to the country would be complete right now without a visit to the currently erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano. Thankfully, there is a guided hiking trip to the site you’ll be able to make it in time for! This breathtaking phenomenon provides a once-in-a-lifetime window into the incredible forces that define Iceland, and there is no greater final impression of the Land of Ice and Fire than this experience!
At the end of another great day in Iceland, you’ll return to your Reykjavik accommodation where you’ll retire for the night before travelling home the next day.
As today is your departure day, we have pre-arranged your airport transfer for you which will take you straight from Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport in ample time before your flight.
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.
We hope you had a wonderful family adventure in Iceland and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better. Please note that the boat tours on Jokulsarlon are only available from May to October.
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 other 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). 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. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. 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 center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.
Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.