Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Hveragerdi
- 2 nights West Iceland
- 1 night Stykkisholmur area
- 1 night Reykjavik
Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik, you will pick up your rental car at the airport and drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards Hveragerdi. Arriving at your hotel, you’ll check in for one night.
Day 2: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head off to explore the ‘Golden Circle’ with your family – an absolute must for nature and history lovers. Your first stop will be at the geothermal village of Reykholt, where you’ll pick up a small birch plant and visit the friendly petting zoo Slakki, where the whole family will enjoy meeting some Icelandic farm animals – there’s also a playground for kids and mini golf!
Next, you’ll head to the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area, stopping for a moment to plant your tree in a large grove in Haukadalur. Here you can enjoy the gushing hot spring and waterfall before driving towards the west coast, along Hvalfjordur Fjord to Bjarteyjarsandur, a working sheep and horse farm where you can enjoy some family farm activities! Further along, you’ll come to the Viking Settlement Centre, where kids will love learning about Iceland’s early settlement by the Vikings.
Arriving in West Iceland, you’ll check into your next hotel for two nights.
Day 3: Borgarfjordur, Reykholt and Haafell Goat Farm
After breakfast, you’ll head off again to explore Borgarfjordur, a region very proud of its legacy as the setting of most of the Icelandic sagas. Drive to Hraunfoss, where the water seems to magically appear from moss covered rocks to rush down into the blue pools and see Deildatinguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring where you can buy organic tomatoes grown with help from the geothermal heat.
Heading further west you could stop at Haafell Goat farm, where your children can learn about the Icelandic goat and spend some time petting these cuddly animals. Another good stop off is the Troll Park at Fossatun, where you can walk amongst the troll statues and play some games like Troll Golf and Troll Kick. It’s a great way to learn about the magical creatures that are believed to exist in the Icelandic countryside. We also definitely recommend a visit to Erpsstadir Dairy Farm, where you can learn about farm life, pet the bunnies and taste some fresh Icelandic ice cream.
Day 4: Stykkisholmur
Today you’ll have breakfast at the hotel before driving along the coastal road to the small town of Stykkisholmur. Take a detour to visit Eiriksstadir, where you’ll see the Viking Age replica longhouse of Erik the Red and his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most famous Viking’s in the world and learn about the Viking discovery of North America, over 500 years before Christopher Colombus’ voyage.
Arriving in Stykkisholmur, you can spend the afternoon exploring this pretty town, enjoying the restored timber houses, some of which date back as far as 1828, and eating local blueberry ice cream by the harbour. There are lots of birdwatching tours or cruises that depart from Stykkisholmur, including a great boat trip that will show your kids starfish, scallops and urchins pulled up from the ocean – if you want to add a cruise here, just ask!
Day 5: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
After breakfast, you’ll start the day early and head out to explore the Snaefellsness Peninsula. Stop in at the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn for a lesson on shark fishing and a courageous taste of rotten shark meat for those brave enough to try it! Spending the day discovering the Peninsula with your family will be a joy – there are countless places to hike along the Arnarstapi Sea Cliffs where you can spot incredible birdlife and wander along pebble beaches in Snaefellsnes National Park. The beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga is especially lovely – famous for its colony of curious seals who climb up and lounge on the rocks. Following the road will bring you back towards Reykjavik, where you’ll spend your final night in Iceland. Why not head out into the city for dinner where you can enjoy a delicious meal of fresh fish and local ice cream as your final meal in this beautiful country?
Day 6: Depart Iceland
Today is your final day in Iceland. We recommend a stop at the Blue Lagoon on your drive back to the airport. Here, you can take a dip in the thermal waters and have a shower afterwards, before returning the hire car to the airport and catching your onwards flight.