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The Blue Lagoon - geothermal bathing

Reykjavik Family Adventure

from £1060 excluding flights

  • 3 nights
  • Year round
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Highlights

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Take a simulated flight over the interior at FlyOver Iceland

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Enjoy the ultimate thrill ride on a full-day 4WD superjeep safari (included)

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Spot humpback whales and puffins on a boat trip (optional)

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Snorkel between tectonic plates at Silfra Fissure

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Descend ‘Inside the Volcano’ on a breathtaking journey underground

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Experience the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon

Why this trip...

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Activity based

This itinerary features a range of optional activities during your stay

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Nordic Heritage

With 40 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

There are city breaks – and then there are city adventure breaks. Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, definitely falls into the latter category if you’re looking for an action-packed family escape. It’s seriously cool for teenagers (check out the trendy cafés, shops and street art) and pretty awesome for younger kids too (with everything from Viking sagas to legendary hot dogs on offer). But no matter how old you are – and that includes parents by the way – Reykjavik’s trump card is that you’ll find unbelievable adventures right on your doorstep. Read on to find out why we’re calling this new holiday ‘the ultimate city adventure break for families’…

Reykjavik is really cool

You won’t be dragging your kids around stuffy art galleries and museums in Iceland’s capital. Reykjavik’s family-friendly highlights include the Saga Museum where lifelike figures bring the country’s Viking past vividly to life, and FlyOver Iceland – a motion cinema that simulates a riveting flight over mountains and glaciers. You will definitely want to make time for the futuristic Perlan museum where you can explore an ice cave and learn about the magical northern lights. Then there are essential Reykjavik ‘rites of passage’, like ordering legendary hotdogs from the famous stand on the corner of Tryggvagata street (go for ‘the works’ with ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onion and sweet remolaði relish) and taking a dip in the Sky Lagoon – Reykjavik’s new geothermal infinity pool has to be seen to be believed. Let’s just say, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the city itself. But what makes this family break so special is that it combines the best of Reykjavik with a fantastic array of adventures.

Full-day superjeep tour included

A guaranteed highlight of your holiday, we’ve included a 4WD superjeep safari to give you a taste of the rugged volcanic landscape that epitomises the Land of Fire & Ice. Watch the grins spread across your children’s faces as one of these monster trucks pulls up outside your hotel! With their super-size wheels, they’re designed to go anywhere – in complete comfort. Your expert driver-guide will whisk you away from the city, scaling mountain tracks, fording glacial rivers and weaving through lava fields. It’s both a thrill ride and an unforgettable way to reach jaw-dropping viewpoints and learn about the geography and history of Iceland.

Huge range of optional activities

As well as the superjeep tour you can also take your pick from a smorgasbord of optional excursions – all of which we can prebook for you. Nip down to Reykjavik’s old harbour and join a whale watching boat trip in search of humpbacks, orcas and other cetaceans in Faxafloi Bay. Older children will enjoy high-speed RIB rides, but there are also plenty of gentler options for littl’uns, including puffin watching trips – or you could stay on land and enjoy a visit to the Whales of Iceland Museum. Horse riding is also possible on farms near the city, with everything from one-hour walks for novices to longer treks for experienced riders. Or how about getting in the seat of a snowmobile instead? We can arrange for you to take an exhilarating snowmobile across Langjokull icecap, with children riding as passengers.

They’ll also get a buzz from Inside the Volcano – a unique tour where you are lowered into the vast, empty magma chamber of an extinct volcano lying just to the south of the city. Boardwalks twisting through The Lava Tunnel – just 30 minutes from the city – offer an equally captivating journey to the ‘centre of the Earth’. Then there’s the extraordinary Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park where you can don drysuits to snorkel through a crystal-clear canyon at the very junction between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates! And, of course, there’s no shortage of hot water in Iceland: The Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon and Sky Lagoon are all within easy reach of Reykjavik for that essential Icelandic experience of a relaxing geothermal soak.

Want to do it all, but worried you won’t have enough time?

All of our holidays can be fully tailor made – let our Travel Specialists know what you want to do and they’ll happily plan a bespoke itinerary for you, whether it’s a case of adding a day or two, or extending it into a two-week holiday. We can also easily arrange a rental car if you’re looking for extra freedom and flexibility.

Itinerary

After arrival at Keflavik airport, transfer to Reykjavik and your hotel. If there’s time, perhaps take a stroll to Hallgrimskirkja, the city’s iconic cathedral with its striking statue of Norse explorer Leif Erikson standing outside, then wander down towards the harbour and try Icelandic’s iconic ‘fast food’ from the Baejarins beztu hot dog stand on Tryggvagata Street.

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

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This 89-room hotel is located in the historic centre of the city, on one of its oldest streets.

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Today, your city adventure begins in earnest. After breakfast at your hotel, explore Reykjavik’s exciting interactive attractions, like the Perlan and FlyOver Iceland, join a whale watching boat trip from the harbour or set off on a land-based adventure, whether it’s horse riding at a nearby farm, an Inside the Volcano tour or a dip in a geothermal pool, such as the Blue Lagoon or Sky Lagoon (excursions are optional and can be pre-booked by our Travel Specialists).

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Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime… a full day Superjeep excursion. These uniquely Icelandic vehicles really can go anywhere. In the safe hands of your expert guide, enjoy the thrill of heading deep into Iceland’s rugged terrain where no other vehicles can reach, crossing glacial rivers, ascending glaciers and tackling volcanic vistas.

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Free time in Reykjavik enjoying more of its family-friendly attractions. Transfer to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.

Optional Activities

What are the minimum ages?

Ask our Travel Specialists for advice on what would be most suitable for your children. As a general guide, below are the minimum ages for all of the activities and excursions featured in this holiday:

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Superjeep safari

A few of our superjeep safaris have a minimum age of seven, while Golden Circle or South Coast tours are probably best if you have very young children.

Snowmobiling

Children won’t be able to drive – you need to be 18 and in possession of a driving licence to take the controls of a snowmobile – but they can ride as passengers. The minimum age is usually six, but our Travel Specialists will be able to advise you on which tour is best for you. Younger children may be able to ride in a sled pulled behind a slow-moving snowmobile.

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Horse riding

Children under seven can enjoy a short, rein-led paddock ride. For a gentle, half-day ride, children aged seven and over must be accompanied by an adult. More challenging excursions require riding experience and usually have a minimum age of around 12.

Whale watching

Suitable for all ages, except RIB rides which have a minimum age of 10. Children aged six or under are usually free.

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Inside the Volcano

This tour involves a 40 to 50-minute hike to reach the crater. It’s not steep, but you will need to wear hiking boots and warm, rainproof clothing. The minimum age is eight and all safety gear (helmets, harnesses etc) is provided.

The Lava Tunnel

Minimum age is three for the standard hour-long tour. The 3-4hr Lava Falls Adventure Tour has a minimum age of 12.

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Snorkelling at Silfra

You don’t need any diving qualifications to snorkel the Silfra fissure, but you need to be able to swim, and you must be 12 or over.

The Blue Lagoon

The minimum age for the Blue Lagoon is two, and children eight and below must wear flotation arm bands. Children 13 and below are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1060 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Return transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Full day Superjeep excursion
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per adult

Based on 2 adults. Up to 2 children aged 11 years or under travel free if sharing a room with their parents. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Departure Duration Hotel Price
Jan - May 3 nights Hotel Reykjavik Centrum - Junior Suite £1,105
Jun - Sep 3 nights Hotel Reykjavik Centrum - Junior Suite £1,205
Oct - Dec
3 nights Hotel Reykjavik Centrum - Junior Suite £1,060

Tailor made trips

As independent destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown on this website or creating something bespoke.

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