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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Iceland for Families: A Tailor-Made Journey

8 days from $7,780

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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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.

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Overview

This following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to Iceland. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

Get up close to Iceland’s geological extremes on an adventure that will have your family trekking into glaciers, watching geysers explode, peeking behind waterfalls, and descending into lava tubes. With a private guide, go beyond the famed sites of the Golden Circle to explore the steaming landscapes and glacier-topped volcanoes of the Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Sample bread still warm from the ground at a geothermal bakery, play with native Icelandic goats at a local farm, and enjoy a soak in natural hot tubs under the stars—or the midnight sun—at your welcoming hotels and lodges. 

Highlights Include

  • Explore Iceland’s largest lava cave, and venture deep inside a glacier through ethereal blue tunnels carved into the ice.
  • Ride an Icelandic horse across a volcanic black-sand beach and visit a farm where Icelandic goats were brought back from the brink of extinction.
  • Take a whale-watching cruise to spot humpbacks, minke whales and more—as well as puffins during the summer months.
  • Experience the thundering waterfalls and erupting geysers of the Golden Circle and south coast with a local guide.

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)