King of the Vikings Family Adventure

Family adventure holiday in the Land of Fire and Ice







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Holiday Overview


  • Visit a puffin colony, see icebergs, Geysir & massive waterfalls
  • Hot springs at Landmannalaugar and mountain hut overnight
  • Walk on the Solheimajokull glacier with crampons and ice axes!
  • Go a bit Wild, find your inner Viking! All cool activities included

This brilliant family adventure holiday in Iceland, shows off the country's unbelievable diversity of landscape - geysers, icecaps, volcanoes and lots of impressive waterfalls. From the vibrant capital of Reykjavik, we complete a circuit through Iceland's spectacular south-west, stopping off to see the geysers at Geysir and the amazing waterfall of Gullfoss. We also visit a Viking farmhouse and take a dip in the superb hot springs at Landmannalaugar as we cross the Fjallabak wilderness in our 4WD minibus. A boat trip amongst icebergs at Glacier Lagoon, a trip to see the puffins and a walk on the Solheimajokull Glacier are also included. A dip in the famous Blue Lagoon is the final highlight of this family adventure holiday in Iceland of truly volcanic proportions!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children age 8yrs and above

This is primarily an adventure holiday amongst the natural wonders of Iceland. We have incorporated a range of activities including a couple of easy walks, a boat trip on the Glacier Lagoon, the Landmannalaugar hot springs and walking on a glacier.  The morning on the glacier everyone is equiped with crampons and ice axes and the necesary safety equipment. There is also a specialist guide. It is an approx 2hr exploration of the glacier. The holiday also includes a couple of longish days of driving, with one of these days (across the Fjallabak) on rough roads in a 4WD minibus (depending on conditions). The accommodation is simple and is generally in simple guesthouses with shared facilities. We understand that this is an expensive holiday for the family, however it does include some fabulous qualities and does not cut any corners on places to visit and experiences to be had in Iceland. This is the ulitmate family holiday in Iceland. If you go to Iceland once with your family in your lifetime then this is the itinerary to choose!

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group guesthouse in Reykjavik. A single transfer from Keflavik Airport is provided.
  • Visit Thingvellir, Strokkhur Geysir and Gulfoss waterfall. Transfer to Thjorsardalur.
  • Drive and visit hot springs at Landmannalaugar. Easy walk. Continue to Holaskjol.
  • Drive to Skaftafell NP, short walk. Glacier Lagoon boat trip at Jokulsarlon.
  • Coastal drive, see puffins. Continue to Skogar. Visit Skogarfoss waterfall.
  • Walk on the glacier with crampons at Solheimajokull. Transfer to Reykjavik.
  • Free day. Optional excursions include tubing, high ropes or whale watching.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Keflavik Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Reykjavik (Keflavik) Airport Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK, there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Reykjavik. These include Easyjet, who have flights from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Manchester & Edinburgh, WOW Air (and Iceland Express), who have flights from Gatwick and Flybe who have flights from Birmingham

Click on the 'Flight Information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively, if you would prefer to book a 'Flight Inclusive' package using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group guesthouse in Reykjavik. A single transfer from Keflavik Airport is provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Reykjavik. KE Land Only package services begin with overnight at the hotel. A single group transfer will be arranged from Keflavik Airport (approx 1hr drive). Depending on flight arrival/departure times we will visit the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal pool (entrance not included).

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

  • Visit Thingvellir, Strokkhur Geysir and Gulfoss waterfall. Transfer to Thjorsardalur.

    We bid farewell to Reykjavik and travel (40mins) to Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s national shrine and the most important cultural heritage site in Iceland. The Althing (General Assembly) was established here in 930 on Lake Thingvallavatn and continued meeting for more then 850 years until 1798. Some of the most famous sights of the island are the geysers, dramatically shooting water high up into the sky. The biggest are Strokkhur and Geysir. Strokkur tends to erupt every 5 to 10 minutes whereas the bigger Geysir has been quiet for sometime. We will be able to experience the incredible force of water running over the Gullfoss waterfall (approx 1hr drive from Thingvellir). The falls drop in two stages into a 70 metre deep gorge and is often crowned by rainbows which form in the mist and spray above the river. Gullfoss translated means ‘Golden Falls’ and is one of Iceland’s most beautiful and most popular waterfalls. Our walks are around 20-30 mins easy stroll at each stop. We move on (approx 1hr drive) to the fertile valley of Thjorsardalur, here we will be able to visit the beautifully reconstructed Viking farmhouse of Thjodvedisbaer, the original farm being buried by the eruption of Mt, Hekla, one of Iceland’s most famous volcano. We overnight in a mountain hut on the edge of the volcanic area.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

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  • Drive and visit hot springs at Landmannalaugar. Easy walk. Continue to Holaskjol.

    Today we drive across the Fjallabak area (approx 2hrs), continuing through the valley with its extensive birch woods and untouched highland wilderness. We stop in Landmannalaugar with its amazing range of colours, contrasting reds, whites and orange made from the multi-shaded ryholite. Here we have chance for a dip in the hot springs an incredible experience in the world’s third biggest geothermal source. We have a short walk to Eldgia or the ‘Fire Fissure’. The walk is around 2-3km, and is weather dependent as well as dependent on the groups ability and wishes. This is a unique natural phenomenon which was created during a tremendous eruption around the year 900. Continuing on foot the lava fields lead us to the sight of the stunning Ofaera waterfall, whose natural stone arch fell into the river in 1993 during spring thawing. Back in our vehicle we continue (1hr 30mins) over rivers and streams to our peaceful mountain hut for the night, at Holaskjol. We will go for a short afternoon walk (approx 1 km) from Holaskjol up to the waterfall and canyon above the hut. The river runs through very pretty lava flow, overgrown with thick moss.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

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  • Drive to Skaftafell NP, short walk. Glacier Lagoon boat trip at Jokulsarlon.

    Continuing on our journey we travel (approx 2hrs) to the rugged landscapes, mountains and glaciers of Skaftafell, Iceland’s second national park, established in 1967. Skaftafell’s great attraction is ice and towering over this majestic landscape is Iceland’s highest peak Oraefajokull (2119m) with its huge glacier tongue sweeping down to the sandy outwash plains. There is an excellent visitor centre here, where we can watch a short presentation about the flooding that happened in 1996 when a sub-glacial eruption melted 3 cubic kilometres of the Vatnajokull Icecap. It is reckoned that for a day the outflow from this event was greater that the flow of the Amazon! Skaftafell is famous for its flora and sheltered by the surrounding peaks it has more sunshine then any other part of the region. We will have time to savour this wonderful landscape as we take a walk of approx 4km to the fascinating Svartifoss waterfall where the water flows out over spectacular columns of black basalt. Continuing our journey eastwards (approx 40mins), we reach the Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsarlon, where one of Iceland’s biggest glaciers calves huge icebergs into a 5 kilometre wide lagoon. The lagoon is almost 200 metres deep. The scenery is something you would expect to see in Greenland, the Antarctic, or maybe in a James Bond movie (at least 2 of them have been filmed here). We will take a boat trip on the iridescent blue waters of the lagoon and have the chance to get close to the icebergs and possibly to watch the seals which swim up into the fresh water in search of fish.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Coastal drive, see puffins. Continue to Skogar. Visit Skogarfoss waterfall.

    We head west today driving along the scenic coastal strip of southern Iceland. Although most of this long coastline consists of black sand beaches, there are several rocky capes which continue to fight the sea. One of them is Dyrholaey, where there is a natural arch big enough for ships to sail through. Dyrholaey translated means ‘door hill island’ and has a beautiful section of rocky coastline which is a bird sanctuary for eider duck and arctic terns and most spectacularly for us, puffins swooping from their nests in their hundreds. A few kilometres further on is the little village of Skogar (approx 2hrs 30mins drive this morning), with one of the best folk museums in the country, housed in original turfed farm buildings. Here we can enjoy an eclectic collection of local artefacts, including a pair of ice skates with blades made from sharpened bones and a barometer made from a cow’s bladder! From Skogar we visit the (60m) Skogarfoss waterfall cascading over the former sea cliffs at the foot of the Eyjafjoll. Viewing the falls from below we can see directly into the cave where local legend says a chest of gold is hidden!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Walk on the glacier with crampons at Solheimajokull. Transfer to Reykjavik.

    Today we walk on the glacier at Solheimajokull (approx 30mins drive from accommodation). The glacier tongue extends from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier right down to the plains of the Icelandic coast. These spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. Accompanied by a specialist guide, walking in crampons up onto the ice field is simply the best way to appreciate this wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses. We will explore water cauldrons, waterways and ice features and discover a whole new world of ice. All safety equipment including crampons and ice axes is provided. The walk is around 3km, but if can vary depending on weather and the groups ability. After a memorable day we then return to Reykjavik (approx 2hrs drive in total) via the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and actually walk behind the falls to experience the thundering white waters hitting the pool below and admire the fulmars that nest in the misty cliffs that surround.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Free day. Optional excursions include tubing, high ropes or whale watching.

    We have a free day in Reykjavik today. There are many optional activities to chose from. We recommend caving in the morning and the high ropes course in the afternoon! ‘Tubing in Iceland’ - a fun caving adventure, literally through the volcanic veins of Iceland as we explore a subterranean wonder world of lava tubes and other volcanic features at Leidarendi, situated south of Reykjavik. The cave is about 2000 years old and is a great example of lava formation. Lava tuves are formed during volcanic eruptions and caves like this one take decades to cool down. You can see where the lava has frozen and left formations, stalagmites and stalactites. We access the cave system through narrow cave entrances and discover amazing colours and geological formations. All safety equipment is provided. From the caves we will take the scenic route by Mt Hengill Volcano to the high ropes course in the Nesjavellir rift valley. This area is highly geoactive, there are hot springs in the area, and even a geothermal power station. The high ropes park has 45 different obstacles, a giant swing and the longest ‘Flying Fox’ in Iceland. Find your inner Viking…go a bit wild! Folktales tell of a troll woman of great strength who lived here called Jóra. See if you can find your inner troll and test your strength. Or if not just enjoy yourself and find you inner (s)elf! There is also the option of going on a day excursion whale watching - which is very exciting!

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Keflavik Airport is provided.

    After breakfast we transfer to Keflavik Airport (approx 50mins). A single timed transfer is included.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English speaking Icelandic guide
  • A single timed airport transfers
  • Accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Entrance fees to the sites
  • Boat Tour on the Glacier Lagoon
  • Glacier walk

  • Travel insurance
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • Some meals - see Meal Plan
  • Additional optional activities
  • Blue Lagoon entrance
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

The group will spend 5 nights in simple guesthouses and hotels, and 2 nights in a mountain huts/dormitory accommodation. The accommodation in the guesthouses and hotels will be usually twin-sharing. Bathroom facilities will be shared.

We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional nights are available at the beginning and end of the holiday. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 8, other than 3 dinners on the nights that the group will spend in Reykjavik.

All food is purchased in Reykjavik, with the emphasis on fresh produce and easily-prepared meals. The trip leader will prepare some of the group’s evening meals, and in some places dinner will be provided by our accommodation providers. Local specialities predominate, including excellent sea-fish and Icelandic lamb, as well as the chance of fresh Arctic char. Breakfasts will consist of porridge, muesli, bread, jam, cheese, ham, plus tea and coffee. At breakfast, snack items and sandwich materials will be made available so that group members can make up their own packed lunches.

A single group transfer is provided, from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik and back to the airport at the end of the trip. These transfers are coordinated with the schedule of the Easy Jet flights. At the start of the holiday the transfer to Reykjavik will depart from Keflavik Airport at approximately 1030. At the end of the holiday the transfer will arrive at Keflavik Airport at approximately 0800. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes each way.

Anyone may use these transfer but clients making their own flight arrangements must check the time prior to departure. For clients arriving on earlier or later flights there is a good and reliable airport bus service (the Fly Bus) which runs into Reykjavik.

Clients booking a Land Only Package must provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

An experienced English-speaking Icelandic guide will lead the trip and drive the support vehicle. There will be a second guide/driver with larger groups.

You will need to pay for meals (other than breakfasts) whilst in Reykjavik. You should allow an average of £80 (or the equivalent in euros or dollars) per person to cover the 3 dinners which you will need to buy in Reykjavik on day 1, day 6 and day 8. Entrance fees to all sights are included, other than the Blue Lagoon where entrance is free for those aged 13 and under, approximately £13 for 14 and 15 year olds, and £33 for those aged 16 and above. £400 to £500 should be sufficient for a family of 4, to cover miscellaneous expenses including the non-included meals, drinks and souvenir purchases. This amount will also allow you to pay minimal tips to the local staff. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of currency rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Reykjavik. There are ATMs in Reyjkavik should you wish to withdraw cash directly. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). The Icelandic unit of currency is the Krona (plural. Kronur). OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES. All prices are subject to change. Blue lagoon entrance - Adult (above 16yrs): 40 EUR - Children (14 & 15 yrs): 20 EUR - Children (0-13yrs): Free - Visitors pass (no swimming, just viewing): 10 EUR Caving and High ropes course - 14900 ISK including pick up from the hotel – min 4 pax Whale watching - Adults: 50 EUR - Children (7-15 yrs): 25 EUR - Children (0-6 yrs): Free Swimming pool in Reykjavik - Adults: 2.5 EUR - Children: 1 EUR

Tipping is not really expected in Iceland, but if your guide has done a good job, it would not be unreasonable for the group to invite him or her to your final meal, pay for their meal and offer a small token of your appreciation.

Your baggage on trek will be carried in the support vehicle. There is no weight limit on this bag other than that imposed by your international carrier.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots / comfy sturdy walking shoes for children
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (short sleeve & long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts (wicking)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Swimwear
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Daypack c.25 litres
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

    Basic personal first aid kit, including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Wetwipes
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes
  • Toys / games / books / a football etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

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As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The weather in Iceland in the period from July to early September is generally fairly good. We can expect daytime temperatures anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees centigrade, dropping to just above freezing in the evenings. At the highest points on our hike, we can also expect to encounter cold conditions. On the May and October departures, more inclement weather can be expected. In May, June and July departures there will be virtually 24 hour daylight, and in October, more hours of darkness. At any time of year in Iceland, there is a chance of poor weather, with rain and wind. But, equally, we should also encounter good days that are clear and sunny. In short, you need to be prepared for English Lake District walking. Bring your waterproofs!

Rough Guide to Iceland. Lonely Planet. Iceland, Greenland the Faroes The Insight Guide to Iceland Iceland Photo Book. Colin Baxter The Saga of Erik the Viking. Terry Jones and Michael Foreman The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings. Kevin Crossley-Holland Erik the Red and other Icelandic Sagas. Oxford World Classics. Viking Warrior - The Strongbow Saga. Judson Roberts and Luc Reid

Iceland Map, Freytag-Berndt und Artaria KG

Indexed road map of Iceland at 1:400,000 from Freytag & Berndt with a street plan of central Reykjavik. Numerous large icons boldly highlight various places of interest, campsites and tourist huts, sport and recreational facilities, etc.

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