Taking a family trip to Iceland is a great option for those who love the outdoors. Along the trip you'll be exposed to unreal natural wonders and well as an interesting new cuisine. To embrace the culture and to explore places that most see as screensavers, that is the main goal of this trip to Iceland. It's broken into three segments. First, you start at the capital, Reykjavik. Here, you can visit museums, set sail to find whales and wander the colorful streets. The next stop takes you to the charming town of Akureyri. Here, you'll be able to see a more laid back side of the country. Whether it's taking a stroll through the town, enjoying a horseback ride or soaking in a geothermal area, this leg is about slowing down. the third segment of the trip is to really embrace nature. The hotel is located within the golden circle which allows you to see several of the sights during the three night stay.
This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
When looking at the transportation costs of this plan, you'll be flying into and out of Reykjavik. I've set a budget for airfare, $500 per person, for a total of $2,000. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip.
For transportation costs once on the ground, I recommend walking or taking an Uber/taxi while in the in Reykjavik, then renting a car when you get ready to head north. The car gives you the freedom of stopping at random sights along the way without having to wait for a ride. Of course driving in another country is always stressful for some (including me), but once you jump into the car and hit the roads, you realize it's just driving.
The three hotels each have a very unique feel to them. In Reykjavik, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is a large hotel near the middle of the action. It has a lot of amenities and is a great base to search the city from. The Hotel Kea by Keahotels provides an option that is in the middle of the action. It's still something that you would expect from a hotel here in the states, but in a fantastic setting. The final hotel is of in the Golden Circle. At the Frost and Fire Hotel, you're surrounded nature. It's a place that is for the adventurous type, who still want some luxury.
Itinerary and Activities
Above is an idea of what a possible itinerary would look like for this trip. Everything listed above is included in the price and covers all the activities that I have planned for the trip for four family members. So, again, if you see activities that don’t interest you, you could save money by skipping. Some of the highlights:
- Explore the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which is the largest of its kind in Iceland. You can take an elevator to the top for amazing views of Reykjavik.
- The Perlan is a domed structure that rests above 6 massive water tanks. Inside there are several exhibits, a planetarium and a rotating restaurant with views of the area.
- Horse back ride through the picturesque northern shores.
- Bathe in Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area.
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