Embrace Iceland’s midnight sun and seemingly endless days to embark on a family adventure in Iceland. In the height of summer, wildflowers carpet the meadows, and there’s sunshine at midnight allowing plenty of time for exploration.
Got mini Viking lovers? Discover a rugged place where Viking history meets volcanic ridges head on. Active kids will love Icelandic horse riding on black-sand beaches, hiking and caving. Laid-back Reykjavik offers superb museums, delicious seafood and an artisan culture.
Start your trip in cosmopolitan Reykjavik, the most northerly capital city in the world. Wander around colourful low-rise houses, artisan cafes and shops and admire views stretching out over white-crested waters to glaciers and snow-capped mountains. Visit the glorious, modern cathedral Hallgrímskirkja, whose spire is an iconic landmark throughout the city and ride the elevator up the 74-metre high tower for an impressive view. Enjoy the Whale Museum and its life-sized models of minke, humpback and blue whale. Learn about the first settlers here: fearsome Vikings in 874 AD. Delve into Viking history with waxworks at the Saga Museum, examine Viking artefacts such as drinking horns and swords at the superb National Museum or examine a 10th century Viking longboat at the Settlement Museum.
You don’t have to travel too far from Reykjavik to get a taste of Iceland’s unique countryside, and the opportunity for thrilling adventure. Explore off-road wilderness with one of our recommended local guides and admire geysers that shoot into the air and marvel at rushing waterfalls that carve through boulders. Try snowmobiling on volcano glacier Vatnajökull, the biggest national park in Europe and the largest ice cap away from the two Poles. You can even snorkel in a lake between the tectonic plates that separate two continents – Europe on one side, North America on the other. In the Thórsmörk valley your guide can take you to secret spots where your reward is a hidden waterfall where the sun creates rainbows of light from the spray. When hunger calls, take lunch in the famous greenhouses at Friðheimar where tomatoes form the base of the menu. Recommended is the rich tomato soup.
Beaches and Vikings
The black-sand beaches of the southern shore are where you can experience the exhilaration of riding Icelandic horses. Here the fjord-strewn coastline has evolved from fishing communities to creative art hubs celebrating wool-weaving, local art and hip new restaurants. Sample freshly caught seafood in an authentic beachside wooden shack. To see Viking history first hand investigate grass-topped Viking house or the first Viking parliament found within lava ridges. Your guide will also take you to local foodie spots – an artisan ice cream parlour may be popular with younger members of the family! Guides will also field questions from inquisitive youngsters on why Iceland grows by an inch every year, and how to pronounce volcano names like Eyjafjallajökul. For something different, surprising and enriching try Iceland for your family holiday this summer.