Exclusive Icelandic Highlands Family Expedition
A family winter adventure to one of Europe's last true wilderness regions
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation in the Golden Circle and Reykyavik
- Two nights at Midgard Hut
- Private tour of the Golden Circle
- Blue Lagoon excursion
- Meet and greet airport service
- Private transfers throughout
- Especially designed for families
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This adventurous journey begins a with a tour of Iceland‘s legendary Golden Circle where you’ll witness for yourself the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates, the power of explosive geysers and the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall before a night at a luxury hotel.
From here, you’ll be driven by Super Jeep to a remote lodge deep in the Icelandic Highlands for an utterly unique stay. At this virtually uninhabited location, the whole family will enjoy a real chance to explore, expedition style. Discover icecaps, volcanic fissures, glaciers and wild terrain while hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and on jeep tours. Due to its isolated positiion, this is also one of Iceland’s best locations for seeing the Northern Lights and shooting stars.
Return to civilisation in Reykjavik for a final two nights, exploring the city and riding hardy Icelandic horses through more incredible terrain before a memorable dip in famous geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon.
Example Trip Itinerary
As your international flight touches down, our representative will greet you as you step into the terminal building and assist with immigration, bringing you through to the arrivals hall.
Drive into the countryside to Thingvellir, the site of the oldest democratic parliament in the world, and the point where the slowly separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be clearly seen. During the tour, visit Geysir, the geyser which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs, and one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur. Continue on to the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, then follow the main rift down to Lake Thingvallavatn.
Accommodation in Golden Circle
- Ten apartments and 24 guestrooms
Idyllically situated among the Golden Circle’s open countryside, close to some of Iceland’s most astounding natural wonders, is Hotel Grimsborgir and its luxury lodgings. Deluxe chalet-style apartments are dotted throughout the grounds, boasting bundles of space and facilities, while the main house’s rooms offer private terraces with hot tubs looking out to snowy mountains. Spend your days on glacier hikes and horseback rides, head out to gems such as Gullfoss and Geysir, before returning to this stylish hotel where the lovely home-from-home feel will welcome you in. Meanwhile, the night and lack of light pollution bring excellent opportunities for magical Northern Lights viewing.
- 45 guestrooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Ten-metre outdoor hot tub
Under an hour from Reykjavik, yet deep within the Golden Circle is Ion Hotel: a contemporary-cool, design bolt-hole boasting the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. Dramatically jutting out on stilts at the foot of the volcanic Mount Hengill, you’re surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders, with the Nordic mood continuing inside. Everything is distinctly Icelandic from the wool throws to the artwork, to organic toiletries and eco-friendly cuisine. Watch the bewitching Northern Lights paint the sky as you dine on modern regional dishes, or from your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the softly-lit bar, or, for an utterly indulgent setting, the ten-metre outdoor hot tub. To really make the most of this vastly surreal landscape, head out on an extreme natural adventure. Trek across ancient glaciers, fly-fish in icy rivers and horse ride among natural hot springs, before sinking into the luxury of a massage at the lava spa.
Spend the night relaxing at your chosen luxury hotel on the Golden Circle route.
Transfer in a super jeep to the remote Midgard hut.
The Icelandic Highlands
Accommodation in The Icelandic Highlands
Located deep in the highlands of Iceland, literally in the middle of nowhere, Midgard is a modest yet comfortable hut only reachable by super jeep where the intensity of the Northern lights, shooting stars and the nothingness is a once in a lifetime experience. Warmed up the old fashioned way using fire, bringing that special wild feeling, the hut is fully ‘off grid’, where even water is collected from the nearest river. Winter days are spent playing in the snow with snowmobiles, super jeeps, snowkites, ice fishing, snorkelling and learning basic survival skills. In summer, this is the ultimate place to enjoy the endless days and the midnight sun. Evenings are spent in total relaxation, telling stories, playing cards and barbecuing Icelandic delicacies. As an escape from traffic and city lights, this is the ultimate refuge.
Spend your time here playing in the snow with snowmobiles, super jeeps, snowkites, ice fishing, snorkelling or learning basic survival skills. Nights are for marvelling at the northern lights and incredible night sky, and enjoying the warmth of the hut's wood fire.
Private transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik
Accommodation in Reykjavik
- 17 guestrooms
- Restaurant and wine bar
Based in central Reykjavík, Kvosin is styled with a simple, clean and modern character and enjoys a home away from home feel. While a keypad and code replaces your typical hotel room key, the guestrooms are reminiscent of mini apartments with bundles of space and contemporary comforts including a fully-equipped kitchenette. Adding to the hotel’s quirky vibe, accommodation sizes are divided up – not as generic rooms and suites – but as ‘Normal’, ‘Bigger’, ‘Biggest’ and an impressive ‘Larger than Life’. A friendly team go one step further to enhance Kvosin’s amiable ambience and remind you to head up to the top-floor terrace to soak up lovely lake views and then down to the wine bar for a fantastic range of drinks.
- 56 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and cocktail bar
Step back to yesteryear at this sophisticated property on the corner of Austurvöllur Square. Harking back to the days of the ’30s, Hotel Borg is adorned with art deco design; black and white photos line the walls and elegant fittings grace the interiors. Fused with a Scandinavian influence, the rooms and suites feature modern style with top-notch amenities and custom-made furniture. What’s more, some enjoy lovely Austurvöllur Square views, while interconnected and superior guestrooms offer further space and luxury. Dining-wise, the hotel boasts a Jamie’s Italian restaurant which is set in the Golden Hall, known for its unique oval ceiling mural. Here guests can enjoy everything from antipasti and nibbles, to classic sourdough pizzas and hearty pasta dishes.
- 65 guest rooms
The Alda Hotel is located on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in the center of Iceland’s vibrant capital city. 65 spacious, calm and stylishly Nordic rooms are available in a range of sizes, ideal for recharging your batteries after a day of exploring Iceland’s magnificent countryside or returning from the city centre, which is just one step away. Every room features access to high speed internet, HD TV and a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Fourth floor rooms allow access to a great balcony where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the colourful city and beyond to the fullest. A gym is located on the ground floor, with access to an outdoor terrace, and offers top-of-the-line exercise equipment including a treadmill, stationary bikes, free weights and a dry sauna. In-room massages can also be arranged. The hotel’s hip Barber Bar offers offers wine, champagne, fresh draught beer, spirits and cocktails, while a host of restaurants and the city’s vibrant nightlife are just all close by.
- 147 guestrooms
- Restaurant and bar
Placed by Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, this quirky property is steeped in Iceland’s traditional marine character. Locally sourced maritime antiques fuse with a colourful, modern design to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Rooms and suites look out to unique Atlantic views with plush, custom-made furnishings, private bathrooms and the expected mod cons. The vibrant colour scheme continues at the hotel’s cosy cinema and Slippbarinn, a fun and sociable place to relax over food and drinks. Facilities include a well-equipped gym, restaurant with light meals served throughout the day and evening, and a cosy lobby with fireplace for relaxation. Close to the city’s attractions, this bright hotel is well located for exploring the best of Reykjavik.
As the planet's most northerly capital, Reykjavik greets you with a crisp, clean Icelandic breeze before charming you with its blend of small village feel and big city passion. Looking out across the sea to glacier views, this little city is split in half by the brilliant waters of Tjornin Lake and brims with highbrow museums, first-class geothermal pools and stylish restaurants.
Get to know the hardy, smart and characterful Icelandic horse on a half day's ride across the north's incredible landscape.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Temperatures in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F) and the waters, rich in minerals like silica, are reputed to help some people suffering from various skin ailments. The lagoon is man-made and fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi, where superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water pass through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.
Private transfer to Reykjavik Airport
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