August 9, 2019 - August 16, 2019 // 8 Days
See the power and wonder of nature traveling as a family through the peaks and glacier valleys of Iceland's southern coast. Hike to misty rainbow wrapped waterfalls where mythical legends are born, taste just-baked lava bread made in the hot earth and learn how greenhouses and geyser-fed pools are fueled by geothermal energy. Ride through an ice blue-and-grey glacial lagoon bathed in a coat of warm sunlight: all beneath Iceland's midnight sun. Capture dramatic icebergs washing up onto black sand beaches, while ice chunks glow as if lit from inside.
Our Iceland Family Program is the ideal place trip for budding scientists, naturalists, and geologists to experience the hundreds of birds, meandering whales, gentle horses, emerald green moss coated swaths of rock and glacial formations in a mostly uninhabited Scandinavian island landscape.
If you have specific requirements or trip needs, please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate your group!
Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime!
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon at the base of Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. We journey across the lagoon by boat, cruising past floating ice melted from the glacier above. We pass seals turning and playing in the cool water all around: a truly arctic experience!
#2. Hittin' The Road
Exploring Iceland is best done by car: cruising across stunning landscapes with the sea on one side, waterfalls on the other, and fields of green and wildflowers ahead. As we journey from one stop to the next, experience the road trip of a lifetime as we journey across a country that feels like one big national park.
#3. Waterfalls everywhere!
Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Svartifoss, and Skógafoss are among our stops along the adventure. Some waterfalls are rumored in Icelandic mythology to house treasure within the depths of the pooling water. Others pour off geologically intriguing basalt columns. No trip to Iceland is complete without ample time gazing at these natural beauties.
Iceland's extensive volcanic activity and unique geologic activity creates distinct black sand beaches. We journey along the southern coast, stopping along the way to explore these magical places that look out onto the vast Atlantic.
Iceland’s Golden Circle is a popular route along the southern coast: surely not to be missed! From the volcanic crater lake Kerið to Gullfoss Waterfall to the Geysir Hot Spring, the Golden Circle is filled with a plethora of natural and cultural attractions in such close proximity. We also visit Þingvellir National Park, where we see the division between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and the site of the original parliament of Iceland, dating back as early as 930 A.D.
Explore Faxaflói Bay on a 3 hour tour, scanning the Atlantic for minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. Along the way, our captain will share details about whale migration and ecology around Iceland as well as some of the ways whales are culturally significant to Icelandic culture.
Explore: Reykjavík, The Golden Circle, Geothermal Springs, Blue Lagoon, Granite Sea Stacks, Selfoss, Kerið Crater, þingvellir, Black Volcanic Sand Beaches, Vík í Mýrdal and Waterfalls of Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hraunfossar, Skógafoss
Culture: Traditional Icelandic Sweater Shop, Greenhouse Horticulture Visit, Icelandic Horse Breeding
Hike: Skaftafell National Park at the Vatnajökull Glacier
Zodiac Boat Tour: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon's Floating Icebergs
Wildlife: Whales, Puffins, Dolphins, Arctic Foxes and Terns, Seals, Common Snipe, Ravens, Golden Plovers, Reindeer, Icelandic Horses, Sheep
Whale Watch: Faxaflói Bay
Hot Springs: Blue Lagoon
Throughout our stay in Iceland, we will be sleeping at a mixture of hotels and hostels, with rooms separated by "family group".
Airfare to and from Iceland is not included in the cost.
Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
“Never before in our history have children been so separated from nature” states Richard Louv, author of the acclaimed book Last Child in The Woods. Louv chronicles the tangible ways in which we can observe a separation between today’s youth and the natural world. Our Iceland: Famiy Program is the perfect opportunity to engage the whole family in quality time among some of the most jaw-dropping nature on the planet. Volcanoes, sea, and tectonic drift create a otherworldly landscape ready for the whole family to explore. Re-live your time as a child by romping through Icelandic terrain with the whole family in-tow…
Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we settle into our accommodations and explore the quaint, unique European capital. We familiarize ourselves with the midnight sun, which creates daylight for almost 24 hours in the summertime due to Iceland’s northern location. We get to know one another and discuss the journey ahead as we jumpstart our tour from Iceland’s capital.
We then head east, driving to the Selfoss, a small town on the banks of the Ölfusá River. We journey around Iceland’s Golden Circle, a popular route exhibiting some of Iceland’s most beloved natural treasures: geysirs, waterfalls, and volcanic craters. Þingvellir National Park is part of our stop, where we take time to hike and enjoy the view. We learn about Iceland’s cultural history at the site of Iceland’s original parliament in the 10th century. Walk along the banks of the Silfra—the fissure in the ground where one can see the divide between two of the planets largest tectonic plates: the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Spend the day warming up at Friðheimar Greenhouse, learning about Icelandic horses, greenhouse-cultivated vegetables, and eating bottomless fresh-baked bread and homemade tomato soup.
With glacier’s and snow-capped mountains on the horizon, we continue our way East, towards Skaftafell National Park and Höfn. Drive through verdant fields of green, past jagged outcroppings of igneous rock, towards Vik. Along the way, we visit iconic black sand beaches and powerful waterfalls. Stop at a local wool sweater shop where locals work to keep cultural traditions alive. In Höfn, we explore the small, seaside town known for it’s harbors and love of lobster. Along our journey, we explore the floating icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Full of wonder and some of the most pristine arctic beauty in all of Iceland: it is surely one of the highlights on our adventure.
Our group begins to make our way back towards Reykjavik for the final leg of our Icelandic Odyssey: whale watching and soaking in the Blue Lagoon. Along Faxaflói Bay, we search for whales, porpoises, and puffins during our 3 hour tour, learning about Iceland’s whale population and culture along the way. Finally, relax and rejuvenate at the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most iconic location. Surrounded by a field of black, volcanic rock, the Blue Lagoon is known throughout the world for its healing, aquamarine waters.
Our final moments are spent reflecting on our great, Icelandic adventure with a closing over an authentic meal of fresh, local seafood by the harbor. We share stories of our time spent outdoors: what it has meant to each individual and why it was so special to share it with the whole family. With our bags and memories with us, we head back to Keflavik to board our flight home.
Velkominn! We arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) and transfer to our accommodations in Reykjavik. Here, we explore the unique town and see sites like The Sun Voyager Sculpture, the Reykjavik Opera House, the City Centre, and the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral.
We wake up in Reykjavik and transfer to Selfoss. Explore the beloved sites of Iceland’s Golden Circle: the geothermal areas of Haukadalur, the original Geysir, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Spend the evening exploring the small town of Selfoss.
Journey to Þingvellir National Park for a day of hiking and exploring this area of natural and culture significance. Learn about arctic farming at Friðheimar where learn about efforts to use geothermal heating to power and warm greenhouses. Stay for a meal of local, homemade bread and tomato soup and to learn more about Icelandic horses. Spend the afternoon exploring the Kerið volcanic crater lake.
Transfer from Selfoss to Höfn, stopping at Vik, a remote seafront village beneath the gaze of the Myrdalsjökull Glacier. Here, we explore black sand beaches and a wool shop with local handicrafts and sweaters. We take our time along the way to Höfn, stopping to gaze face-to-face at many of Iceland’s stunning waterfalls.
Our group wakes up for an early start to catch the Zodiac Glacial Boat Tour at Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. As we make our way back east, we stop for a day hike at Skaftafell National Park.
On our last full day of our journey, we head back towards Reykjavik for some whale watching in Reykjavik Harbor and a much-anticipated soak in the Blue Lagoon. We celebrate the end to our journey with an authentic meal of local seafood, sharing stories and memories of the past several days
Transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) for flights: homeward bound!