The Family Nature Adventure is the perfect car rental package for adventurous families looking to get away and explore together. During your holiday you’ll travel the off the beaten roads of Iceland and enjoy Icelandic nature at its best while teaching your children about geology, history and wildlife.

Our Family Nature Adventure is full of fascinating sites and activities. Soak in geothermal waters, plant a tree in the countryside, and adopt a goat from an Icelandic farm, giving you a richer connection with Iceland.

We believe that when traveling with children you should spend less time in the cities and your car, and more in the wilderness.

What you get:

  • Flexible, stress-free travelling. With a comprehensive map and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your own stops and activities along the way.
  • Digital Itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be all ready for you Iceland adventure!
  • Limiting your carbon footprint by planting a tree
  • Expertise– take advantage of our many years of experience.  We plan routes that let you combine driving with good time to explore each area
  • We focus on safety– We use safe cars and plan the best itineraries for road conditions in each season.  We also have a 24 hour emergency line if issues arise during your visit.
  • Digital detox! We love the internet, but know we all need a break every now and again. The area around Sælingsdalur offers limited cell phone reception and plenty of opportunities for enjoying family time together!
  • Enhance your trip by adding one of our discounted activity add-on packages to create the perfect vacation that suits your interests.

If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Family Nature Adventure self-drive tour but are looking for a more budget friendly option, we recommend that you take a look at our Camper Van Adventure.

Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights in a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.
  • Daily Icelandic style breakfast (except for arrival day)
  • Rental car for six days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT and, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher.
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Customer Care Service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekdays and public holidays
  • A small birch tree for you to plant in our “Iceland Travel Forest”
  • Iceland themed coloring book and colors for each child
  • Tablet with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled, plus phone charger and standard outlet charger. The app includes:
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Highlights section for each day of the tour
    • A map view of your entire trip
    • Thousands of points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map. The points of interest can be filtered to suit your interests and individual route
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Book a day tour or activity directly in the app
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

*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 Plus departure transfer.

Optional (at extra cost)

  • Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths – Entrance fee
  • Krauma Geothermal Baths – Entrance fee
  • The Settlement Center – Entrance Fee
  • Viking Sushi Boat Tour – Short Version (from Stykkishólmur)
  • Easy Vatnshellir Caving tour in Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Whale Watching from Reykjavík or Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00 pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

 

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.

Important

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • Iceland Travel reserves the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions
  • Car type recommended:  Category 2.0 or higher
  • Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app you don’t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
  • Learn about packing essentials for your trip to Iceland here.
  • Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee. Your Iceland Travel Companion app will also not reflect the changes.
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Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Your family holiday starts with arrival and the pick-up of your rental car & Iceland Travel Companion app at Keflavik International Airport. Once you are settled in your car you’ll drive through the southern coast of the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula towards Hveragerdi. After settling in at your hotel we recommend that you take the time to wash off the ´travel dust’ and relax at the hotel’s geothermal pool.

Overnight in Hveragerdi area.

The approximate distance you’ll be traveling today: 100 km / 62 miles.

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Day 2: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Borgarfjordur

Exploding Geysers – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Massive Waterfall

Breakfast at your hotel.  The celebrated natural wonders along the ‘Golden Circle’ route are an absolute “must“ for nature and history lovers alike. Start the day with driving to the small geothermal village of Reykholt, where you’ll pick up a small birch plant.

By Laugarás is the friendly petting zoo Slakki where the whole family can visit and interact with Icelandic farm animals.  The spacious outdoor area has a lovely playground for the kids and a minigolf course (admission included).

Visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area before taking a moment to plant your tree in the Iceland Travel grove located in Haukadalur, only a minute´s drive from Geysir. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world’s oldest continuous parliament. A drive along scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm, where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities.  Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes, known for Iceland’s beloved Sagas.  Go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Centre, which explores the history of Iceland’s early settlement by Nordic Vikings. Be sure to check out the popular playground “Bjossarolo” built in 1979 by Bjorn H. Gudmundsson,  carpenter who lives in Borgarnes.  The playground is built out by recycling salvaged materials and is really worth a visit.

Overnight in West Iceland for the next two nights.

The approximate distance you will be traveling today: 290 km / 180 miles.

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Day 3: Borgarfjordur – Reykholt – Haafell Goat Farm - Saelingsdalur

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Icelandic Goats – Viking Heritage – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Breakfast at your hotel.  A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy.  It was the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas.  While in Reykholt, you will be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author. Drive to Hraunfoss (Lava Falls),  where the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below; its neighbour Barnafoss (Children’s Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon.

Nearby is Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses. There is an option to relax in the new Krauma Geothermal Baths (not included) before heading onwards.  On your westward route, you might take a short detour to Haafell goat farm. Here your family will be able to learn about the Icelandic goat and also pet and spend time with these social and cuddly animals.   Another fun visit is the Troll park at Fossatún.  There you can have a short walk amongst troll statues and play troll games such as Troll Golf, Troll Kick and Troll Grip, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and sizes.

We also recommend a stop at Erpsstadir dairy farm, where you can get an introduction to Icelandic farm life, pet the bunnies and taste the freshly-made ice cream.

The approximate distance you will be traveling today: 290 km / 180 miles.

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Day 4: 'The Valleys' - Stykkisholmur

Coastal Route – Viking Heritage 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive the coastal route to the town of Stykkisholmur.  Make a detour to Eiriksstadir, where you will see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. As you reach Stykkisholmur, we recommend you explore the beautifully preserved town centre or join a boat tour on Breidafjordur Bay (approximately 2 hours) to admire the rich birdlife and marine life of the area. During the boat tour, a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean, and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and much more.

Overnight in Stykkisholmur area.

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Day 5: Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik

Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Rock Formations – Quaint Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day early and head out to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. A very interesting and worthwhile stop is the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn. A courageous taste of ‘rotten’ shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing are sure to leave a lasting impression. Explore the countless natural phenomena of Snaefellsnes National Park from pebbled beaches to wonderful hiking at Arnarstapi sea cliffs with incredible birdlife. The beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga is famous for colonies of curious seals who climb up and lounge on the rocks, and it is well worth a visit. The route then takes you back to the Reykjavik area.

The approximate distance you will be traveling today: 230 km / 140 miles.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

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Day 6: Departure

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day.  If your flight leaves in the late afternoon, then take advantage of your extra time to explore the city of Reykjavík before heading to the airport. *

**Please note that the package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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