Stir the imagination for Viking sea voyages and fun aspects of geology during a family learning vacation to popular Iceland.

Starting at: $4,750 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Ice cave in Iceland  Young boy on the black sand beach near Vik  Basalt cliffs and black sand beach at Reynisdrangar  Black lava beach near Vík  Lava formation near Vik black sand beach  Skógafoss Waterfall  Landscape with Icelandic pony  Puffins along the cliffs of Iceland  Icelandic Puffins  Orca whale sighting  Iceland's Gullfoss Waterfall  Thingvellir National Park  Thingvellir National Park  Strokkur Geysir  The colorful capital of Reykjavik, Iceland  The Statue of Leif Eiriksson and Hallgrímskirkja Church   Iceland's Blue Lagoon

Iceland Explorer: A Family Journey

7 days from $4,750

Stir the imagination for Viking sea voyages and fun aspects of geology during a family learning vacation to popular Iceland.

or Call 855-330-1542


New lower pricing for 2020 departures!


Stir your children's imagination for Viking lore and introduce them to fun aspects of geology in Iceland. Imagine the early settlers landing here as you view a replica of an old Viking ship at Viking World, and learn about the first Parliament while visiting Thingvellir National Park. Experience the world of whales and seabird during a whale-watching cruise near Reykjavik. Discover the wonder, beauty, and science behind major geological sites as you stand before powerful waterfalls such as Gulfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Skogafoss; watch geysers sport 100 feet in the air; witness the site where two tectonic plates collided, and see the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara. And to cap it all off, explore Langjokull Ice Cave and experience the hot spings of Deildartunguhver and the Blue Lagoon!

These offerings are designed for families with kids ages 8 and older.

*Limited to 25 Smithsonian Journeys guests


Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive Reykjavik

After arrival at Keflavik International Airport, meet your local host. Since many flights from the U.S. arrive early in the morning, one early morning group transfer will be provided to your centrally located hotel. More information will be provided closer to departure when all flights plans have been made. Your luggage can be stored at the hotel; however, check-in is 2 pm.

In the morning, you can explore the area around our hotel. 

In the afternoon gather for a guided tour and learn about the earliest settlers of this dramatic island as well as the story of Viking expansion across the North Atlantic. The Viking World Museum exhibition was produced in cooperation with the Smithsonian as part of the millennial celebration of Leifur Eriksson's journey to the New World. See an exact replica of an old Viking ship, called the Gokstad, which is dated to A.D. 870. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D) 

Day 3 — Reykjavik, Whale Watching Tour

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, experience the world of whales and seabirds in their natural habitat during a whale watching cruise near Reykjavik. Commonly sighted are white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, minke whales, and humpback whales. 

After lunch, we will continue to the Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the pools or watch from the terrace. (B,L)

Day 4 — Golden Circle

Today depart Reykjavik for points south. En route, visit three of Iceland's best-known attractions, known collectively as The Golden Circle. First, stop at Gulfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of water thundering majestically into a deep canyon.

At the Geysir Area, observe many of the hot springs, fumaroles, and geysers, including Strokkur, which can reach a height of 100 feet. Finally, arrive at Thingvellir, a remarkable geological site where two major geologic plates collide, which is also the historic site of the first Parliament.

Arrive at your lodgings in Hella and enjoy a relaxing dinner near the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — South Shore

Visit the popular South Shore area, which features amazing sites of natural history, including two dramatic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss, which tumble over high rock escarpments. See the stone arch Dyrhólaey with its sheer cliffs, a row of glaciers towering over the scenery, and the Reynisdrangar rock pillars decorating the black-sand beach of Reynihverfi.

You'll also stop at the picturesque village of Vik. From the Thorvaldseyri Visitor Center, walk through the dramatic glacier valley and explore the crevasse-riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes, and jagged ridges.

Return to Reykjavik this evening. (B,L)

Day 6 — Journey Into the Glacier

This morning, set out on a journey into a glacier! On the drive to the Langjökull Ice Cave, which is located high on Europe’s second largest glacier, you‘ll explore the magical landscape, including Deildartunguhver, Europe‘s most powerful hot spring. Enjoy an excursion into the glacier itself where you'll see colors of blue you never knew existed and learn how glaciers hide the secrets of history.

Tonight, share your stories from the day during another hearty dinner near the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Depart for the U.S.

Enjoy the morning at leisure, then transfer from your hotel directly to the airport for your afternoon flight. 

If you are departing outside the recommended time, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you at the additional cost: a party of 1-3 people is approximately $200 total one way, or party of 4-8 people is approximately $245 total one way.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)