Family oriented winter adventures in the south and west of Iceland. Small group sixe of maximum 16 persons.
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Day 1: Arrival
On arrival in Reykjavik transfer by airport express bus to your hotel. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Thingvellir National Park and Laugarvatn
After breakfast this morning meet your guide and travel companions. Start with a tour of Reykjavik, Iceland‘s amazing capital, including a visit to the city‘s new Whales of Iceland experience. After getting to know Reykjavik, continue to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where Vikings met every summer to make important decisions for the nation. This is also a fascinating geological place, where you can walk between the ridges that divides the European and North American continents.
Drive through countryside where you can see hot steam coming from the ground. Icelanders use the pollution-free steam to heat their homes and even to do some baking- you can experience this first-hand at Laugarvatn Fontana´s geothermal bakery where the bread is cooked underground in Mother Nature´s oven. Sample some delicious bread, served hot from the ground, and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter. After, you can enjoy an optional visit to the natural steam baths and hot pools for some fun bathing (this optiional excursion can be purchased locally on the day). Overnight in the Laugarvatn area.
Day 3: Icelandic Farm Life and the Golden Circle
This morning visit some local farms - start with a dairy farm where you will learn how the family makes cheese and ice cream, meet the cows and taste some delicious farm-made ice cream. Continue on to the geothermal fields of Geysir with its weird bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Nearby is the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen in mid-cascade.
This afternoon visit Fridheimar, an eco-friendly horse farm and greenhouse. Take a tour of the greenhouses, where tomatoes and cucumbers are grown year-round, thanks to the energy from hot springs. Then visit the stables and meet some of the friendly Icelandic horses. You will also see a demonstration of the Icelandic horse breed‘s unique five gaits. Later you can enjoy an optional tour to swim in the hot spring-fed Secret Lagoon (this optiional excursion can be purchased locally on the day). Overnight in the Fludir area.
Day 4: Iceland’s South Shore
Drive along the south shore, an area of Iceland that is quite beautiful to view in the winter, to visit 2 waterfalls as you head east, each one with its own special look and story.
At the Volcano Visitor Centre at Thorvaldseyri Farm, located beneath Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, enjoy in pictures and film, the story of the 2010 eruption and its impact on Iceland and the whole world. Then head to Vik town and the Reynisfjara beach where you can take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You might also catch a glimpse of rocks in the sea that Icelandic legends say were once trolls! Overnight in the Vik area.
Day 5: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Today enter the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. This national park is also one of the largest in Europe. The park's Skaftafell region is a site of outstanding natural beauty, volcanic landscapes dominated by Vatnajokull glacier and its outlets. Here you will learn about glaciers and how they impact Iceland‘s geology. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft) deep glacial lagoon. Keep an eye out for seals sleeping amid the icebergs. Return to Vik for the second night.
Day 6: Return to Reykjavik
Enjoy the beautiful Icelandic countryside with its glaciers and volcanoes as you head back to Reykjavik. On the way enjoy a relaxing swim at a local heated geothermal swimming pool and see how eggs can be boiled using geothermal steam right from the ground! Return to Reykjavik for overnight.
Day 7: Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer by airport express bus back to Keflavik Airport.
Departures: 23 October and
Small group sixe of maximum 16 persons
As this is a family oriented escorted tour each adult must be accompanied by a child! Minimum child age 5 years/ maximum child age 18 years.
Maximum group size 16 persons
Includes: return Keflavik/hotel airport transfers; 2 nights in Reykajvik including breakfast; 4 nights in the countryside including breakfast; guided coach tour Day 2 to Day 6; city tour of Reykjavik with admission to the Whales of Iceland experience; entrance fee to a geothermal swimming pool; geothermal bakery experience at Laugarvatn Fontana; visit to Efstidalur Farm with ice cream tasting; visit to Fridheimar Farm’s geothermal greenhouses and horse stables with horse demonstration; entrance fee to The Volcano Visitor Centre at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull
Excludes: Optional/additional tours or activities; Day 2 bathing at Fontana; Day 3 visit to the spring-fed Secret Lagoon
Your stay in Reykjavik can be extended either before or after the tour - please enquire
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Please enquire for pricing for children aged between 5-14 years.
As this is a family oriented escorted tour each adult must be accommapnied by a child.