Iceland for the Active Family

A fun-filled self-drive journey designed with the active family in mind! Visit Iceland‘s rugged, unspoiled central highlands and Arctic northern coast.

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:15 June - 15 September
Duration:7 Days/6 Nights
Departure:All days

Iceland for the Active Family

On this 7 day fun-filled family self-drive holiday you'll experience spectacular nature, and take part in activities with your favourite people! It's time to forge stronger bonds, and create memories that will last forever!

Whether it's snorkeling between continents, rafting on glacial rivers, whale watching in Arctic waters, soaking in hot springs, or riding gorgeous Icelandic horses, this holiday allows everyone to find suitable adventures!

Iceland‘s rugged, unspoiled central highlands and Arctic northern coast provide an exciting variety of landscapes and terrains on this budget-friendly itinerary perfect for a family that loves exploring nature together. 


Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 


  • Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast, a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hostels
  • Rental car for 6 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT
  • FREE GPS system and no charge for an additional driver
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: Unlimited text and talk for local calls + 1 GB of data. Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport
  • Welcome Family Kit
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000) (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – 45 page guide on travelling in Iceland (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version (Until 1. May)
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (for guests arriving from 1. May)

    The app includes:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Possible to upgrade accommodation upon request.


**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.


Day 1: Arrival Day

Approximate distance: ca70km / 45miles

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport pick up your car rental:  Iceland awaits! This day is open to your inspiration with several options available, depending on your flight arrival time. We recommend a visit to the world renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from the airport. The Blue Lagoon has a mystical appearance but its unique restorative powers are quite real and ideal for regaining your energy after a long flight. With a warm flowing waterfall, a hidden cave, and silica mud to apply to your skin, there is plenty of relaxation for the whole family to soak up.

If heading to the capital of Reykjavik you may want to visit the newly opened Whales of Iceland exhibit which is the largest of its kind in Europe. If you’re looking for a fun place to spend the day, look no further than the Reykjavik Family Park and Petting Zoo in Laugardalur Valley. This family-friendly complex that is part animal park, aquarium, theme park, and adjacent geothermal swimming pool is so elaborate that it could take several days to explore.

Overnight in Reykjavik 


DAY 2: Golden Circle of Adventure

Approximate distance: ca180km / 112miles

UNESCO National Park - Glacial Snorkeling - Waterfall Queen & Geyser King 

The Golden Circle of natural wonders begins with a visit to the dramatic volcanic scenery of Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO). In a massive rift valley you see firsthand how Iceland is being pulled apart where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates converge.  To fully appreciate the park’s wealth of geological formations you may want to try one of the world‘s most unique adventures, snorkeling in Silfra Gorge. Silfra is a deep fissure between two tectonic plates filled with glacial meltwater.  You are literally swimming between continents.  The crystal clear water provides a feeling of weightlessness made even more surreal by the bizarre underwater lava landscapes.

After an hour of snorkeling or exploring the ancient geology, your Golden Circle journey continues to the Gullfoss and Geysir area where you are introduced to the Queen of Icelandic waterfalls herself, Gullfoss. This majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on Hvita (White River) which is fed by Iceland´s second largest glacier, Langjokull.  King of all geysers, the great Geysir resides nearby in a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and hot springs.  Geysir has not been active lately, but the nearby highly-active Strokkur geyser  shoots steaming hot water high into the air every ten minutes.

After the Golden Circle, enjoy excellent views of fertile farmlands and grazing horses as you wind your way through South Iceland to your overnight destination.

Overnight in Fludir area



DAY 3: Kjolur Mountain Track

Approximate distance: ca350km / 220miles

Uninhabited Interior - Nature Hiking - Hidden Hot Springs - River Wilderness

Note: If Kjolur is closed due to road conditions you will be redirected to take Route 1.

Today, it's time to discover the undiscovered! The Kjolur 4WD mountain route is open during the summer (from mid-June) and is a straight north and south track through Iceland‘s uninhabited interior highlands. This unique trek through vibrant thermal areas between Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers reveals Iceland‘s true remoteness and nature at its rawest. Don‘t miss Hveravellir, one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world, with a natural pool under open sky perfect for relaxing after an invigorating hike one of the trails in the area. 

Upon arriving on the other side of the Kjolur highland route you will find yourself in North Iceland‘s Skagafjordur region, famous for its horse breeding. This area is also well-known for a wide variety of river rafting and kayaking adventures. There is a gentle rafting tour option that offers fun for the whole family, even a novice can pick up a paddle and thrill in Iceland’s stunning river wilderness.

Overnight in Skagafjordur area



DAY 4: The Troll Peninsula

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Vibrant Fjord Villages - Arctic Whale Watching - Capital of the North

Enjoy the peaceful mountain views and crisp Arctic air around Trollaskagi Peninsula, the Troll Peninsula. Explore the colorful fjord villages of Siglufjordur and Olafsfjordur on your way towards Dalvik village. The dramatic landscapes here were carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age and provide a special sense of discovery as you dance along the edge of the inhabitable world. Arriving in Dalvik you may opt to board an oak whale watching vessel for a 3-hour sail into the pristine Arctic waters, which are ideal for encounters with the majestic blue whale. Marine-life frequently spotted in these waters are humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and small harbor porpoises.

On your first evening in Akureyri, you may want to soak up the local ambiance of Iceland’s hip and happening ‘Capital of the North,’ with its 18,000 inhabitants, heart-shaped street-lights, free transit buses and perhaps the warmest temperatures in the country. Strolling along the quaint pedestrian areas filled with outdoor cafes and visiting local favorite Brynjuis for some delicious ice cream is the perfect ending to this day in a surprisingly green community located only 96 kilometers (60 miles) from the Arctic Circle.

Overnight stay in Akureyri


Day 5: Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss

Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles

Protected Nature Reserve - Geothermal Spa - Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall

The day begins with the picturesque ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, Godafoss. Your journey continues onwards to explore the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature with a number of easy walking paths the whole family can enjoy. Summertime during peak birding season is a good reason to have the binoculars ready for the diverse species and rare sightings like the barrow’s goldeneye. You can take a light hike in the “dark castles” of Dimmuborgir with its rugged crags and towering rocks.  Afterwards, relax those muscles in soothing geothermal waters at the Myvatn Nature Spa with views over the lake and its tranquil surroundings. The grand finale of this eventful day is a visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist among shattered cliffs in Jokulsargljufur National Park.

Overnight stay again in Akureyri



Godafoss  |Mývatn  |Dimmuborgir  |Hverfjall  |Dettifoss

Day 6: Ring Road to Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca400km / 250miles

Botanical Gardens - Viking Horses - Seal Center

The drive between Akureyri and Reykjavik is approximately 4.5 hours. Before departing for Reykjavik along the Ring Road, take in some of the northern charms Akureyri has to offer. This small city is ideally explored on foot and a stroll through the oldest part of town, Innbaerinn, reveals colorful timber houses along the pond restored to their original glory. Other interesting sights are the northernmost botanical gardens in the world, an adorable Christmas Shop open all year round, and the Kjarnaskogur Woods with backcountry trails, playgrounds and picnic areas.

Approximately halfway back to Reykjavik, you may want to take a break at the lovely Gauksmyri Lodge located on a former farmstead. The owners are horse enthusiasts, and they offer demonstrations of the Icelandic Viking Horse breed  and short riding tours in the incredible surrounding nature. Nearby is the Icelandic Seal Center,  which provides a fun and interactive learning experience on the six seal species found in Iceland.

Continue  onwards to Reykjavik and a final night spent  in the ‘Capital of Cool.’

Overnight in Reykjavik



Day 7: Departure Day

Depart with plenty of memories and an adventure that will certainly impress and entertain your friends and family for years to come!  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.  The car rental return is located at Keflavik International Airport. 

Optional: If you are departing on an afternoon flight, a wonderful way to say goodbye to Iceland is with a relaxing dip in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Facilities also include a gift shop, cafeteria, and an excellent restaurant with lagoon views.


Prices are per family in EUR valid 1 June - 31 August 2017


Rooms with private facilities

Family of 3 = Double room with extra bed - 2 adults and child 11 years and younger.

Family of 4 = Family rooms which offer beds for up to 4 persons - 2 adults and 2 children 11 years and younger (based on availability, otherwise 2 double rooms).

Family of 5 = 1 Double room with extra bed and 1 double room (adjoining when available) - 2 adults and 3 children 11 years and younger.


Car cat.

Indicative type of car 

Family of 3

Family of 4

Family of 5

5.0 Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar 3874 4375 5537
5.1 Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar 3956 4462 5609
7.1 Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar  4327 4812 5989
9.9 VW Caravelle 4wd 9 seater or similar 4474 4974 6117



Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.


Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.


Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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