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Family Icelandic Road Trip

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10 days / 9 nights From 875 to 2325 Euros per person

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Title: Family Icelandic Road Trip

Length : 10 days / 9 nights
From 875 to 2325 Euros per person

- Kids, we’re going on holiday to Iceland this summer!
- Umm...we won’t be able to swim and it’s going to be cold...can’t we go to the beach instead?
- No, you’ll see, it’s going to be a wonderful trip. You’ll go swimming in hot springs and every day we’ll try a new and exciting activity like mountain biking, kayaking, boat tours. We’ll see icebergs and volcanoes and we can go horseback riding. They have a small horse breed that's perfect for children! Then, there are the beautiful beaches with seals and birds everywhere! Did you know that it’s daylight almost all the time and it’s not actually that cold? So what do you think?
- Let’s go!

This trip is available July through September

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Strengths:

- An itinerary with shorter driving times.
- Ample opportunities to add activities to the itinerary.
- The icebergs of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and plenty of occasions to swim in hot springs.


Summary:

Day 1 : Keflavik - Reykjavík. 50 km about 1h
Day : Reykjavík - Vik -Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 230 km about 4h
Days 3 and 4 : Skaftafell - Jökulsarlon - Kirkjubaejarklaustur. 300 km about 5h
Day 5 : Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vik - Flúdir. 200 km about 4h
Day 6 : le Cercle d´or. 100 km about 2h
Day 7 :Thingvellir - Reykholt – Snæfellsnes peninsula. 200 km about 4h
Day 8 : Snæfellsnes peninsula. 100 km about 2h
Day 9 : Snæfellsnes - Reykjavík. 180 km about 3h
Day 10 : Reykjavik - Keflavik. 50km about 1 h
Note: Driving times are estimates and do not include prolonged stops (visits, activities, lunch…).


Friendly Advice:

- Add a day or arrive in Iceland in the morning to tour the Reykjanes peninsula, take advantage of the Blue Lagoon, visit Reykjavik or go whale watching.
- If your family enjoys hiking, let us know. There are lots of beautiful walks at every level of difficulty along the way!
- Add some adventure to your trip by renting a 4WD vehicle in order to have access to Iceland’s untamed volcanic regions!




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In hotels, guesthouses, farmhouses, mountain huts or camping
With this itinerary you have many various and very different accommodation choices, as different as accommodation gets in Iceland in any case! The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Meanwhile, keep in mind that we cannot guarantee specific accommodation before booking; however, your accommodation will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. We recommend that you book as soon as possible in order to have to the most choice when it comes to the establishment itself and the type of accommodation you stay in.

There is also a camping option. With our voucher system, you’ll be able to camp when and where you want, giving you as much freedom as you want to adapt your itinerary based on the weather as well as your own location choices. This option is easy on your wallet, but cannot be undertaken outside of the summer months (from June to September). Remember that we will provide you with all the necessary equipment (tent, mattress, kitchen kits and coolers).
For people staying in mountain huts or in hostels, we also provide kitchen kits and coolers.
For travellers staying in mountain huts, hostels or camp sites, sleeping bags will be available on location if ordered before your departure.

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What's Included:

- Transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík accommodations.
- 2 nights in Reykjavík in the double room of a guesthouse, with breakfast included.
- 7 nights in the countryside in a double room (private or shared), or in a campsite depending on your choice.
- Breakfasts (if staying in guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels).
- A trip folder including road maps and a road-book describing your detailed day by day itinerary.
- 9 day rental of a category N vehicle, unlimited distance, 24% VAT, CDW insurance and second driver included.
- For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a stove for two, kitchen utensils, a cooler, a thermos, and a dishwashing kit.
- For the camping option: one tent for two and one camping mattress per person.


What's not Included:

- International flights in and out of Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
- Meals, drinks and personal expenses.
- Breakfasts in hostels, mountain huts or campsites.
- Fuel for your car.
- Optional visits and activities.
- Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges.
- For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a sleeping bag available on site if ordered before your departure.


Price:

PRICE IN 2017, BASED ON A FAMILY OF 4 WITH A REGULAR CAR
Calculations based on a 4 person trip in double rooms. 2 adults, 2 children.

In guesthouses, farms or country hotels, from May to September
- In double bedrooms with a private bathroom: from 1875 Euros to 2325 Euros/pers. depending on the season
- In double bedrooms without a private bathroom: from 1300 Euros to 1600 Euros/pers. depending on the season
- In family room with a private bathroom: from 1500 Euros to 1800 Euros/pers. depending on the season

In mountain huts or hostels, from May to September
-In dormitory or private rooms: from 1150 Euros to 1375 Euros/pers. depending on the season

Camping, from June to August
- With equipment provided: from 875 Euros to 1050 Euros/pers. depending on the season

4WD supplement with a category G vehicle: from 130 Euros to 190 Euros/pers. depending on the season. Indispensable for access to mountain roads in summer.

Final price depending on the number of persons, the season and the vehicle category




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Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavík. 50 km. 1h
Arrival at Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation. The rest of your first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital.
Overnight in Reykjavík.

Option: If you have an early morning arrival, there is a possibility to go whale watching in Reykjavik, or visit the Blue Lagoon. (Not included)

Day 2: Reykjavík – Vik – Kirkjubæjarklaustur – 230 km about 4h
Depart taking national road number one that follows the southern coast and that drives between the geothermal area of Hellisheidi then discover the marvels lying at the feet of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Black sand beaches and bird cliffs on the ocean-side of the road. On the other side, innumerable waterfalls crash from cliff tops and glacial tongues drift down from the mountains higher up. Stop at the two biggest waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and also at Skogar, where you'll be able to visit it's charming little folk museum.
Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region.

Optional excursion Glacial hike at Sólheimajökull. You are fitted with a harness, crampons, gloves and a helmet as you tackle a glacial tongue from the Myrdalsjökull glacier. A one of a kind arctic experience!

With 4WD option: Discover the Hjörleifshöfði monolith. This gigantic volcanic block is covered in moss and dominates almost 200 meters of black sand beach.

Days 3 and 4: Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón - Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 300 km about 5h
Two days to discover the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier. You keep heading east crossing tremendous expanses of black sand resulting from the glacier’s occasional floods. Hike through some of the many marvels of the Skaftafell National Park, including the Svartifoss waterfall as well as the basaltic rock formations around it. Further east is the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, a truly arctic setting of icebergs and seals with Europe’s largest glacier in the background.
Overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur region.

With 4WD option: Add a day to your trip and discover the Laki region where the biggest recorded volcanic eruption since the island was populated occurred leaving behind surreal and lunar-like landscapes. A chain of 120 craters extends over 25 km here.

Optional excursions
- Mini-cruise around Jökulsárlón between its’ icebergs.
- Glacial hike at Svínafellsjökull
- Mountain biking in Skaftafell.
- Ride in a trailer as the tractor takes you to the rocky island of Ingólfshöfdi, from where you’ll be able to get a closer look at puffin and great skua colonies as well as admire beautiful panoramas from the tip of the island.

Day 5: Kirkjubæjarklaustur- Vik- Flúdir. - 280 km about 4h
Discover the verdant Kirkjubæjarklaustur region: waterfall sand ancient moss-covered lava flows that remain from the 1783 Laki eruption. Stop at the Fjardrarglufur canyon, which is reachable from the road after a short walk. Heading west, cross the huge expanse of the Mýrdalssandur desert.
Overnight in the Flúdir region.

With 4WD option: Add a day to your trip to explore the nature reserve of Fjallabak which houses some of Iceland's most spectacular and wildest sites, the Hekla volcano, the volcanic rift of Elgjá, and of course, the hot water river of Landmanalaugar, nestled in the mountains that geothermal activity has stained many colours over the years! The children will love it!

Optional excursions
- Horseback riding on the black sand beach near Dyrhólaey
- Amphibious vehicle tour beneath the cliffs of Dyrhólaey.

Day 6: Iceland’s Golden Circle. 100 km about 2h
Discovery of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: The Strokkur geyser at Geysir (the place which originally gave the phenomenon its name) and the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvítá river has dug an impressive canyon. Then on to Thjórsárdalur and the Gjá valley With its myriad of small waterfalls, ponds and rivers that sometimes re-emerge from the basalt volcanic formations.
Overnight in the Flúdir region.

With 4WD option: A magnificently scenic return trip to and from Hveravellir, where you will discover its hot water spring and be able to relax in this outdoor geothermal pool at the foot of the Langjökull glacier. Possible detour to the volcanic and geothermal systems of Kerlingarfjöll and its landscapes of Springs, geysers, fire and ice.

Optional excursions
- Horseback ride in the Gullfoss/Geysir region
- Rafting or jet boating on the river Hvítá

Day 7: Thingvellir- Reykholt – Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 250 km about 4h
A short drive to Laugarvatn and its steam bath spa followed by a dive in the lake’s chilly waters! Hike in Thingvellir to observe the effects of the oceanic rift and the former location of the oldest parliament in the world. Stop at the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, and the hot water springs of Deildartunguhver (too hot for bathing). After, Borgarnes waits, with its’ Eldborg crater, “the fortress of fire", fortunately inactive but still breathtaking.
Staying overnight in the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

With 4WD option: Follow the Kaldidalur trail that links the Reykholt valley to the Thingvellir valley along the western flanks Langjökull glacier.

Day 8 : Snæfellsnes peninsula.. 250 km env. 4h
Visit the wild coast in between the tiny ports of Arnastapi and Hellnar. Coves and cliffs alternate along the shore and are the homes of Black-legged Kittiwake Gulls and of Arctic Terns. You can also choose to discover the reefs of Djupalonssandur or the lava flow at Budahraun. Experience the enviroment that inspired Jules Verne's imagination for the beginning to his novel: "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
Staying overnight in the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

With 4WD option: You can drive to the edge of the Snæfellsjökull glacier with its pumice stone expanses and 360 degrees of spectacular vistas.

Optional excursions
- Horseback riding on Löngufjörur’s beach.
- Mini-cruise in the fjord of Breidarfjördur from Stykkishólmur.
- Sea kayaking in Stykkishólmur.

Day 9: Snæfellsnes - Reykjavík. 180 km about 3h
Return to Reykjavik through Hvalfjördur, "Whale Fjord." Hike to the Glymur waterfall that drops 200m and bathe in the overall beauty of this wonderful fjord!
Return the rental car and stay overnight in Reykjavik

Optional excursions
Whale watching tour departing from Reykjavik

Day 10: Reykjavik – Keflavik. 50km about 1 h
Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your flight home.

Option: If your departure is in the afternoon or the evening, there is a possibility to visit Reykjanes peninsula and the Blue Lagoon. (Not included)




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