(5 days/4 nights)  Tour Code: IWFH16

From £4542 (based on a family of four in a self-catering apartment), excluding flights

winter horseEncounters with dramatic volcanic landscapes, Vikings, the unique breed of Icelandic horse, geothermal pools for swimming and Icelandic culture and cuisine are all on offer on this family break staying in a very comfortable, self-catering apartment in central Reykjavík.   Hotel accommodation is available too.

With a knowledgeable and experienced driver-guide at your disposal, you will be able to make the most of your time in Iceland, with great flexibility over each day’s itinerary – including its start and end time and how many and which stops you make to match the ages and interests of your children.

You will travel in a spacious vehicle with large windows and good visibility with someone who is used to and forewarned about local road and weather conditions. As one of our recent clients remarked: “We met such lovely people and our driver guide was just amazing. We have seen so much more with her than we would have on our own.”

Day 1

On arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in central Reykjavík. Depending on your arrival time, you will spend the afternoon or evening in the company of a wonderful Icelander who will cook with you, tell you stories about the country and teach you some of the language. The session ends with supper – including your own homemade pancakes – Icelandic conversation (maybe even some singing) and beer from a local microbrewery for the adults.

Day 2

Meet your driver-guide and go over the plans for your days together. Today will include swimming, getting acquainted with the unique breed of Icelandic horse (it’s small but don’t call it a pony!), learning about geothermal energy and a visit to Lake Thingvellir and the National Park, site of the world’s first parliament and a point where two of the Earth’s tectonic plates meet and are slowly drifting apart.

Day 3

glacier.UNPACK.copyToday you will head along the south coast, stopping at spectacular waterfalls and to take a glacier hike (minimum age 10) accompanied by an expert guide. You will also visit a small exhibition to discover how the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which caused major disruption to international air travel in 2010, affected the local farming community. On your way back to Reykjavík, there will be time for bathing in a geothermal pool.

Day 4

Dramatic lava landscapes, bubbling pools and sulphurous smells are on today’s agenda as you explore the rugged Reykjanes peninsula. You will also learn about the world of the Vikings and explore a full-scale replica of a Viking longboat, which sailed to America in 2010. This afternoon there will be time for sightseeing in Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital.

Day 5

Depending on the time of your flight home, there should at least be time for a final swim before you say goodbye to Iceland.

Included:

  • Four nights self-catering accommodation
  • The services of a driver-guide for three days
  • Direct airport transfers
  • All activities mentioned above

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Meals, other than supper on Day 1
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