Iceland is nature's playground for both children and adults alike - perfect for outdoor family fun and adventure. What's more, this self-drive itinerary enables you to discover the country at a pace that suits you. Drive though dramatic scenery passing impressive waterfalls and geysers, visit geothermal villages, meet locals on working farms and learn about Iceland's Viking heritage.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Keflavik airport. Pick up your hire car and drive to Reykjanes peninsula on the southern coast and the town of Hveragerði (2 hours 15 minutes). Overnight at the Örk Hotel for 1 night (Family or double rooms). After your journey, relax in the hotel's geothermal pool. (N)
Drive 40 minutes to the small geothermal village of Reykholt, where you can pick up a small birch plant. Continue 25 minutes to the impressive Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area before taking a moment to plant your tree in the Iceland Travel grove located in the Haukadalur valley. Continue for 50 minutes to Thingvellir National Park, a Unesco world heritage site renowned for its many geological wonders. From here, drive along the scenic Hvalfjordur (meaning 'whale fjord') to Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm where you can stop for a visit or even participate in farm activities. Continue further into west Iceland, arriving at Borgarnes after 1 hour 20 minutes. Visit the Settlement Centre, which explores the history of Iceland's early settlement by Nordic Vikings. Stay at the Fosshotel Reykholt for 1 night (Family or double rooms). (B)
Today, drive through Borgarfjordur and visit the town of Reykholt. Continue to Hraunfossar, a fascinating series of waterfalls created by streams flowing over a lava flow, before visiting nearby Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring (45 minutes). On your westward route, stop at a dairy farm to taste the freshly made ice cream and pay a visit the Haafell goat farm, where your family can take part in the protection of this rare Icelandic goat breed by adopting a goat for one year. Continue for 1 hour 25 minutes to the Laugar Hotel Edda for 2 nights (Family or double rooms). (B)
A day at leisure to relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub, hike to Elf Church at Tungustapi or take a drive to the shoreline of Fellstrond and Skarðsstrond leading into Saurbaer for a picturesque view of Breidafjordur Bay, the largest nesting ground of the white-tailed eagle in Iceland. (B)
Drive for 1 hour 50 minutes along the coastal route to the town of Stykkisholmur with a detour to Eiriksstadir to see the replica Viking longhouse of Erik the Red and his son Leif Eiriksson. On arrival in Stykkisholmur, explore the town centre or perhaps join a boat tour on Breidafjordur Bay to spot the plentiful bird and marine life. Overnight in Stykkisholmur at the Fosshotel Stykkisholmur (Family or Deluxe rooms). (B)
Make an early start to drive to the Snaefellsnes peninsula (2 hours 15 minutes), an area of outstanding natural beauty. Make a stop at the shark museum at Bjarnarhofn farmstead, a leading producer of fermented shark meat - a local dish. Continue to the beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga to see the curious seal colonies that climb up onto the rocks. Drive to Reykjavik (2 hours 30 minutes) and overnight at the Reykjavik Natura Icelandair Hotel (Family or Deluxe rooms)
Transfer to Keflavik airport (45 minutes) and return your hire car. Fly home. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use the Flybus departure transfer.
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The Fosshotel Reykholt is situated in the historic village of Reykholt, known as the home of the Icelandic author Snorri Sturluson. The hotel has 57 en suite rooms with mountain or courtyard views equipped with satellite television and wireless internet. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar / lounge, free on-site parking, library, outdoor hot tubs and a wellness...
The Hotel Edda ML Laugarvatn is located approximately 70km from Reykjavik by Lake Laugarvatn. The hotel has 99 simply decorated rooms, 32 with en suite facilities and 67 with in room wash basins. All accommodations have either mountain or lake views. The hotel also has a restaurant, open air hot tubs and an outdoor swimming...
Hotel Örk is located in the greenhouse village of Hveragerði, approximately 45 km from Reykjavik. The property offers 85 simple yet spacious and comfortable rooms equipped with in room refrigerator, satellite television and complimentary WiFi access while a mixture of International and traditional Icelandic cuisine is served at Örk's restaurant. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and on site geothermal...
The Hotel Reykjavik Natura first opened its door in 1964 as Hotel Loftleidir, located close to the domestic airport and revolving Pearlan restaurant. Newly named and renovated, the property now offers elegantly decorated rooms with modern Scandinavian decor and pine wood floors. The hotel's kitchen restaurant, located on the ground floor, serves a variety of Icelandic specialities with a focus on fresh organic produce, while the lounge provides comfortable sofas with a bar serving cocktails. The rooms come in a range of sizes and with varying designs, from simple but stylish to rooms inspired by Icelandic culture and nature.
Some rooms at this hotel overlook the domestic airport and, as a result, aeroplanes taking off and landing can sometimes be heard from the rooms during the day.
Features: 220 rooms, restaurant, lounge bar, indoor swimming pool, terrace, shuttle bus to...
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Situated 45 km from Reykjavik, close to the southern coastline, the town...
First settled by Vikings in 874, Reykjavik is the world's most northerly capital cities...
Reykholt is most famous as the home of the Icelandic poet and Saga's author...