Peel back Iceland’s volcanic skin and uncover an enchanting land where ice and fire meet on this family winter adventure.

During your six days in Iceland, you’ll wander the world’s most northerly capital city, see nature’s greatest light show, walk on a glacier and spy Icelandic wilderness in its raw glory. Here’s a holiday that will widen the imaginations of everyone in the family, whether they’re young or young at heart.

You’ll begin your frozen adventure in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. A guided tour will highlight many of its best bits, like its iconic Lutheran church Hallgrímskirkja and many museums – kids will love Reykjavik’s rich Viking past on display at the latter. After dark, you’ll hop on a boat in search of the northern lights, a teal-tinged light display that will leave a lasting family memory you’ll be retelling for years to come.

Then, it’s time to leave the city behind in search of Iceland’s greatest wild corners. Begin by visiting two of Iceland’s most dramatic waterfalls, seeing the beauty of Seljalandsfoss from behind its foamy white curtain and admiring the raw power of Skógafoss. Then, spend time admiring the soot-black sands and otherworldly rock formations of Reynisfjara before another night on the lookout for the aurora. Crank up the adventure factor in Iceland’s southern reaches with several quintessentially Icelandic experiences: spy calving ice at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, tread on thick ice with a glacier walk in Vatnajökull National Park and then traverse the Icelandic wilderness on horseback. The crowning moment of your trip will undoubtedly be the Golden Circle, Iceland’s greatest hoard of natural treasures. Spy the steaming hot springs of Geysir, the glacier-fed waterfall Gullfoss and the stripped-back beauty of Thingvellir National Park – a trio of great icons to end your family adventure in Iceland.


Experience highlights

  • Explore Iceland’s capital Reykjavik with a private guide for your family. You’ll see the city’s history, culture and architecture, including its striking Hallgrímskirkja church, through the eye of a local expert.
  • Leave the twinkling Reykjavik lights behind as you hunt for the aurora borealis by boat. If they make an appearance all eyes, both young and older, will be transfixed by the dancing light display over the ink-black waters of Faxaflói Bay – a real pinch-us moment.
  • Visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where chunks of ice break off the huge Vatnajökull Glacier and float in its midnight-blue waters.
  • Spy two of Iceland’s most remarkable waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.
  • Don some crampons for a guided glacier walk in Vatnajökull National Park. As you tread this frozen wilderness and peer into its crevasses and water cauldrons, your guide will explain more about their formation and how they’re connected with the surrounding landscape.
  • See Iceland’s raw wilderness from a different perspective: on a family horseback adventure. Trot through this barren landscape to Eyjafjallajökull, the infamous volcano whose ash spread across the skies of Europe after its eruption in 2010.
  • Experience the Golden Circle in full: you’ll all be wowed by Geysir’s geothermal wonders, the iconic Gullfoss waterfall and the stark spectacle of Thingvellir National Park.
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Experience highlights

Be steps from all of Reykjavik's top sights at the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, housed in a former high-end department store
Go on a guided walking tour on Reykjavik, where you'll get a local's glimpse of its history, architecture and culture
You'll also see Reykjavik's Hallgrímskirkja church, the Icelandic capital's most striking landmark
Go on a cruise from Reykjavik in search of the aurora borealis, nature's greatest light show
On your return, you'll see Reykjavik spectacularly lit up at night
Located in prime Icelandic countryside, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon's soot-black exterior is a striking presence on the surrounding wilderness
Get a behind-the-scenes view by walking behind the curtain of Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Admire Skógafoss waterfall as it pours over a dramatic rocky cliff
Stroll the midnight-black volcanic beaches of Reynisfjara
With its beguiling basalt rock columns, Reynisfjara is Iceland's answer to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Pay a visit to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and witness chunks of ice calving from Vatnajökull Glacier
Embark on a guided family glacier walk across the ice in Vatnajökull National Park
Also a working stables for four generations and counting, Skálakot Manor Hotel makes it easy to explore the surrounding landscape, the Icelandic way
Explore the raw Icelandic wilderness on a family horseback adventure
You'll ride to Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano made infamous thanks to its eruption in 2010
Relax among Hótel Geysir's Scandi minimalist design before being awestruck by its namesake steaming springs
Finish your Iceland adventure with a tour of the Golden Circle, starting with the georthermal grandeur of Strokkur Geysir
Move on to Gullfoss, Iceland's most famous waterfall and fed by the country's second-largest glacier, Langjökull
End in the wild drama of Thingvellir National Park
The Thingvellir's dramatic natural amphitheatre is also where the Althing, the world's oldest parliament, used to meet
You can swim and snorkel in a water-filled crevice between two tectonic plates, which actually move two centimetres further away from one another each year
Bathe in a quiet corner of the Blue Lagoon at The Retreat Hotel & Spa
Rooms at The Retreat Hotel & Spa all have floor-to-ceiling views of the sprawling lava fields; some have direct access to the lagoon's milky blue waters

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    Where you’ll stay


    Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Reykjavik

    Elevating the level of luxury in the capital, the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel has taken over a former upmarket 20th-century department store owned by pioneering entrepreneur Consul Thomsen. Many original features have survived, including vibrant mid-1900s furnishings and airy rooms filled with monochrome photographs from Thomsen’s era. You’re also close to sights like the Harpa Concert Hall, Icelandic Parliament and Hallgrímskirkja, all of which are within walking distance.


    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Hnappavellir

    Situated slap-bang in between Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is ideally placed to make the most of southern Iceland’s natural wonders. The hotel itself is pleasantly Scandi in its cutting-edge design, the charcoal-black wood-panelled exterior reflecting Iceland’s volcanic nature. Inside, the elegant minimalism proves less is more and the numerous windows ensure the wild outdoors is always in your eyeline.


    Skálakot Manor Hotel, Skálakot

    Owned by the same family across seven generations, Skálakot Manor Hotel is working farm turned luxury boutique. The interiors are 1920s art deco, with the olive green and slate-grey colour palette references to the wild outdoors. Cosiness, comfort and a real family-home feel are ever-present in the form of crackling fireplaces, deluxe furnishings and warm smiles. Icelandic horses are still bred on site and horseback tours offer unique ways to see the surrounding landscape.


    Hótel Geysir, Haukadalur

    So close to the Geysir springs that steam might waft in through your window, the phenomenon its named after is right on the doorstep of Hótel Geysir. With its entirely wooden façade, Hótel Geysir’s cool minimalism and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure the focus is entirely kept on its geothermal neighbour. The hotel’s curious history as a former training facility for the ancient Scandinavian martial art of glíma is fondly remembered in stylish black and white images of athletes dotted throughout.


    The Retreat Hotel & Spa, Blue Lagoon

    Etched into an ancient lava field, The Retreat Hotel & Spa seamlessly blends otherworldly Icelandic landscape with sleek Scandi design. With slate greys and moss greens, the hotel’s colour palette heartily borrows from its encompassing wild surrounds. As its name implies, everything is geared towards relaxation, whether it’s bathing in the milky blue waters of its mineral-rich lagoon, morning yoga classes or indulging in a treatment at its subterranean spa.

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