Encounter Iceland’s awe-inspiring geology on a family journey to volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, and lava caves from the legend-filled Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the waterfalls and black-sand beaches of the southern coast. 

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 Father and son exploring a waterfall
 The colorful capital of Reykjavik, Iceland
 Lava formation near Vik black sand beach
 Landscape with Icelandic pony
 Icelandic Puffins
 Orca whale sighting
 Breaching whale in Icelandic waters
 Iceland's Gullfoss Waterfall
 The Great Geysir
 Thingvellir National Park
 Skógafoss Waterfall
 Ice cave in Iceland
 Father and son at Reynisfara

Iceland for Families: A Tailor-Made Journey

8 days from $9,335

Encounter Iceland’s awe-inspiring geology on a family journey to volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, and lava caves from the legend-filled Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the waterfalls and black-sand beaches of the southern coast. 

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Smithsonian Tailor-Made Journeys provided me and my son with a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable, adventure. Our long awaited celebration exceeded our expectations. We did and saw things that we never would have managed to plan on our own or with an average tour company. The guides were exceptional and went above and beyond to make us feel special. 

- Valli, T.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership*. Benefits include:

  • A Smithsonian annual engagement calendar with full-color images of exceptional art and artifacts, mailed in the fall.
  • Subscription to Smithsonian, the award-winning magazine of the arts, sciences, and history. Early access to Smithsonian magazine produced events.
  • Invitations to four exclusive virtual programs for Friends of the Smithsonian members with Smithsonian experts.
  • 10% discount in Smithsonian Museum Stores (good on purchases up to $200); 10% discount with the SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll, displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian’s IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium.
  • Free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
  • A complimentary copy of the annual Smithsonian museum guidebook.
  • Invitation to a special welcome event for new members at a Smithsonian venue.

*Offer only available for first-time Smithsonian members. 

Smithsonian Tailor-Made Journeys provided me and my son with a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable, adventure. Our long awaited celebration exceeded our expectations. We did and saw things that we never would have managed to plan on our own or with an average tour company. The guides were exceptional and went above and beyond to make us feel special. 

- Valli, T.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 — Keflavik / Húsafell

Fly into Keflavik and meet your private driver for the transfer to Húsafell, a hamlet set among lava fields at the edge of Iceland’s rugged interior. The scenic drive brings you into the fjordlands of the Borgarfjörður district, and your driver will point out highlights along the way. Stop to see the Hraunfossar waterfall, which pours off ledges of lava in many small cascades. Then meet goats, silkie chickens, horses, and more at Háafell Goat Farm, and learn how its owner helped bring Icelandic goats back from the brink of extinction. Settle into your hotel and, if you wish, enjoy a soak in the onsite hot springs.

Day 2 — Húsafell / Langjökull

Venture into Víðgelmir, one of the largest lava tubes on Earth, stretching nearly a mile long. Learn how the cave was formed from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago and discover a multi-colored world of unusual lava formations—and equally colorful legends dating back to the Vikings. From this fire-forged cave, continue into the realm of ice on an adventure into Langjökull, the second-largest glacier in Iceland. On a guided small-group tour, follow a subterranean network of otherworldly ice tunnels to the glacier’s blue heart. (B)

Day 3 — Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Spend today discovering the many natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with your private guide. Along the peninsula’s southern coast, spot harbor seals basking lazily on Ytri Tunga beach. Marvel at the iconic peak of Kirkjufell mountain, featured in the Game of Thrones series, and see the massive Snæfellsjökull glacier, which inspired Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. As you explore Snæfellsnes, learn about the Icelandic sagas and legends tied to this stunning peninsula. Return to Húsafell this afternoon. (B)

Day 4 — Golden Circle / Hella

Journey south with your guide to the famous Golden Circle region. Walk between two tectonic places in Þingvellir National Park and see evidence of how they are slowly pulling apart. At the Geysir Geothermal Area, watch Strokkur geyser blast boiling water some 60 feet into the air several times an hour. Then walk to an overlook for a spectacular view of Gullfoss, a thundering, two-tiered waterfall. Stop by the geothermal bakery at Laugarvatn Fontana, where traditional Icelandic bread is baked in the ground using nothing but geothermal energy. Sample freshly dug bread with a dab of Icelandic butter. Travel along the southern coast to your lodge-style hotel and enjoy stargazing with the on-site astronomer after dark. (B)

Day 5 — Iceland’s Southern Coast

Set off to discover the many natural wonders along Iceland’s rugged south coast with your private guide. Marvel at the geometrical basalt columns of Reynisfjara beach and hear myths of the sea stacks clustered offshore. At Seljalandsfoss waterfall, walk behind the 200-foot cascade of water for a thrilling perspective; then feel the spray of powerful Skógafoss waterfall and learn the legend of the treasure chest hidden behind it. Later, saddle up for a small-group horseback riding tour on a black-sand beach and learn about the unique qualities of the stocky Icelandic horse. Return to your lodge this afternoon. (B)

Day 6 — Reykjanes Peninsula / Reykjavík

Explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, a craggy landscape dotted with volcanic craters, steaming fumaroles, and mossy lava fields. Discover bubbling mud pools and startlingly blue turquoise lakes with your guide and discover how this barren landscape was used by NASA to train astronauts for Apollo missions to the moon. Your tour ends in Reykjavík, where you’ll check into your hotel in the city center. (B)

Day 7 — Reykjavík

The rich waters off Iceland’s coast attract up to 24 cetacean species, from white-beaked dolphins to blue whales. Set off from Reykjavík’s harbor on a small-group whale-watching tour for a chance to see humpbacks, minke whales, orcas, and other species up close. If you’re visiting in the summer, keep an eye out for the puffin colonies that come to nest on Iceland’s coast each year. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore Reykjavík. Consider a visit to the observation deck of the Pearl for a panoramic view of the city and the mountains beyond. (B)

Day 8 — Return home

After a final morning at leisure in Reykjavík, travel by private car to Keflavík Airport in time for your onward flight. (B)

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

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