Experience Iceland in a fun and easy way with this 5-day family friendly all-in-one package. Visit the country’s most famous attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, and the South Coast with those you love.
This all-in-one package is perfect for those who want to see Iceland’s highlights with ease and comfort, and it’s especially suitable for those travelling with young adventurers. Sit back and enjoy your Iceland vacation by letting others do the planning, from accommodation to tours and transport, you won’t need to worry about a thing.
On this winter holiday, you’ll be taken on a journey to Iceland’s most beautiful sights such as Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, the waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and the stunning black sand beach Reynisfjara. You will also get to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavík, hunt for the Northern Lights, and unwind in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa.
Each night, you’ll return to your accommodation in Reykjavík, so there is no need to move around and repack every day, giving you the freedom to enjoy the sights without a care, and making for a smooth, relaxing holiday.
Should you wish to make your day more action-packed, you can add on an array of extra activities during the booking process. You could go snowmobiling on a glacier, ride around the countryside on an Icelandic horse, travel to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Snæfellsnes peninsula or visit an authentic ice cave.
Witness the wonders of the Icelandic countryside during the Northern Lights season in comfort, with this 5-day tour package.
✓Round-trip economy fare via Cathay Pacific +FinnAir
✓Airport transfer on arrival/departure
✓4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík at a 3-Star hotel
✓Blue Lagoon comfort entrance and return transfer
✓Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus
✓South Coast small group sightseeing tour in a minibus
✓Northern Lights hunting
✓Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
✓Hands-on travel guide
✓All airline taxes and surcharges
✓Iceland visa processing
✘Lunch & dinner
✘Any personal expenses and others not mentioned
After you’ve settled in, you can start exploring the city. Reykjavík is a fun and lively place with many museums, art galleries, playgrounds and swimming pools.
The swimming pools are heated using the geothermal energy from the ground, making a visit to them possible even in the wintertime. In fact, a popular activity in Iceland during the winter is to visit one of those pools, soak in the warm waters and breathe in the cold winter air.
In the evening, you’ll get to hunt for the elusive Northern Lights by either heading out into the darkened countryside on a bus or by boarding a boat at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour and sail out into the ocean in search for these dancing lights.
You’ll spend your first night in Reykjavík.
Your first stop today will be Þingvellir National Park where the Viking settlers founded Iceland’s parliament, Alþingi, over a thousand years ago. Þingvellir is not only a site of great historical importance but also a geographical wonder as the park is neither located on the Eurasian tectonic plate nor the North-American one, but in a rift valley between.
The plates are slowly moving apart, tearing up the landscape in the process and creating cracks and canyons in the area. One of those canyons, Silfra fissure, is filled with crystal clear meltwater from Langjökull glacier. Those who have reached the age of 16 can add (optional +165 US$) on a snorkeling tour in the fissure and enjoy the unparalleled visibility of the canyon’s clear waters.
From there, you’ll move on to Haukadalur valley, a place filled with history and folklore, but most importantly, erupting geysers. At Geysir geothermal area, located in the valley, you’ll find the active Strokkur hot spring, which erupts in a 15-20 metre water column every 5-10 minutes. Remember to bring a camera so you can capture the perfect photo of your family with the erupting geyser in the background.
Last but not least is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Once again, the glacier Langjökull has had a helping hand in shaping Iceland’s landscape. The river Hvítá, fed by this mighty glacier, rushes forth from the highlands before plunging into an ancient canyon, creating this two-tiered waterfall.
Here you can opt for a snowmobile tour on top of Langjökull (optional +165 US$) where you race across the white expanse of the glacier. Those who have a driver’s license can grab the handles of the snowmobile, while those who have reached the age of six can sit at the back as passengers, making it a family-friendly activity.
You’ll then head back to Reykjavík where you will spend the night.
You’ll be picked up in a minibus in the morning and whisked away to the first attraction of the day, the high and narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This stunning cascade flows over a concaved cliff face where a cave is visible underneath the curtain of water. In the winter, the waterfall is lit up with strong lights making it seem even more magical.
You’ll then move on to another equally beautiful, but utterly different, waterfall; Skógafoss. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a width of 25 metres and a 60-metre drop. According to local legend, a treasure is buried behind the flowing water.
As you travel between these cascading beauties, the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull will be visible in the north. If you’d like to explore a glacier better, hike on Sólheimajökull, one of Mýrdalsjökull outlet glacier. Glacier hiking is a fun, family-friendly activity where participants over the age of 8 can trek across the ice cap and discover a new world of ice sculptures and blue crevasses.
An alternative glacier adventure on this day is to explore a naturally formed ice cave (optional Katla Ice caving +181 USD). Each autumn, local guides hike up Mýrdalsjökull glacier to hunt for the perfect natural ice cave. On an Ice Cave tour, those who have reached the age of 12 are taken up the glacier, which covers the volcano Katla, to explore this natural wonder and see how the blue and white of the glacier mixes with jet-black ash from past volcanic eruptions.
From there you’ll visit the stunning black sand beach at Reynisfjara. The beach is edged in by cliffs of dark basalt columns which create a fascinating hexagonal pattern in the cliff face. Out in the ocean rise the 66-metre Reynisdrangar sea stalk resembling terrifying trolls.
Those who wish to explore the South Coast more can add on a tour (optional +93 USD) during the booking process where they hop on a coach bus heading to the gorgeous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There, you can see enormous icebergs float peacefully on the water before they drift off to sea, and maybe a seal or two swimming by.
On your way back to Reykjavík, where you will spend the night, make sure to look up in the sky for a chance to see the elusive Northern Lights.
When you return to Reykjavík, you’ll have the day to explore the northernmost capital of the world. You could learn about Viking settlers in the city’s many museums or check out Laugardalur area’s Family park and Zoo.
The zoo is filled with Icelandic farm animals and mammals from the wild such as sheep, foxes, seals and the
Icelandic horse. If you’d like to get to know the friendly and gentle Icelandic horse better, you could opt for a horse riding tour through the Icelandic countryside (optional +120USD), suitable for both beginners and expert riders over the age of 8.
Another option for animal-lovers is to go on a whale-watching tour (optional +82 USD) from Reykjavík’s old harbour to discover the wealth of marine life just off the city’s shore.
If you’d like to explore the country a bit further, you could schedule your Blue Lagoon visit on another day and take a full-day excursion to visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula (optional +146USD), the Ice Cave Tunnels in Langjökull glacier or a natural Ice Cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
Snæfellsnes is a 90 km peninsula filled with natural wonders such as waterfalls, black pebble beaches, and lava fields. It also has a tall and mighty glacier covering an ancient volcano that was featured in Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.
At the Ice Cave Tunnels in Langjökull, you’ll get to travel through a maze of intricate tunnels that have been carved into the glacier. Everybody from the age of 2 will enjoy this fun and informative journey that is usually only reserved for scientists and glacier experts. You’ll travel through the dozens of tunnels and learn how glaciers are formed, how they move, and how climate change is affecting them.
If you choose to travel on this day, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be moved to another day so it will all fit smoothly into your itinerary. You’ll then spend your last night in Iceland at your accommodations in Reykjavík.
You could start the day by heading out to your nearest bakery and try some Icelandic pastries like ‘snúður’, a cinnamon filled bread rolled slathered in chocolate, caramel or sugar glaze. Or you could visit some of Reykjavík’s many cafés which offer traditional, and healthier, Icelandic delicacies like ‘skyr’ or ‘flatkökur’.
When it is time to leave, you’ll board the airport bus and head again to the barren lava fields that greeted you when you arrived here only a few days ago.
What to bring:
✓Warm and waterproof clothes
✓Winter hiking shoes
✓Swimsuit and extra towel (for outdoor activities)
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 snorkeling.
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.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if weather allows. Please note that although Northern Lights tours have no minimum age, the tours take place late at night and might thus not be suitable for young children.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM NCR-TTA-0151-2019
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