Perfect for active families, this seven-day road trip combines the best child-friendly excursions with Iceland's stunning highlights. Discover lava tunnels, lunar landscapes, and thundering waterfalls as you drive the country's Golden Circle. Set sail to the volcanic island of Heimaey and explore the icebergs, glaciers, and glittering black sands of the South Coast. A day in Reykjavík concludes this family adventure.


  • Whizz across the Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile
  • Discover the world's largest puffin colony on Heimaey Island
  • Sail among icebergs on the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Explore inside the 5,000-year-old lava tunnel of Raufarhólshellir

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Keflavík, Blue Lagoon Spa, Drive the Golden Circle Golden Circle
Day 2 The Golden Circle, Langjökull Glacier Snowmobiling Golden Circle
Day 3 Vestmannaeyjar (Westman) Islands, RIB Boat Adventure Westman Islands
Day 4 Explore the South Coast, Zip Line Adventure, Drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 5 Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 6 Thakgil Valley, Sólheimasandur Beach, Lava Tunnel Tour, Drive to Reykjavík Reykjavík
Day 7 Explore Reykjavík, ATV Tour, Drive to Keflavík & Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Keflavík, Blue Lagoon Spa, Drive the Golden Circle

Iceland's gorgeous Blue Lagoon spa
Iceland's gorgeous Blue Lagoon spa (children welcome!)

Velkominn til íslands (welcome to Iceland)!  Arrive at Keflavík airport and pick up your 4WD. Your Iceland journey begins in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Positioned between Keflavík and Reykjavík, the peninsula's lunar-like lava landscape is home to geological wonders such as the green-hued volcanic crater lake of Grænavatn and the colorful geothermal areas of Gunnuhver and Krýsuvík.

Start your family adventure in style with a trip to the world-famous and family-friendly Blue Lagoon Spa. Soak in the mineral-rich geothermal seawater and drift away in contemplation as the turquoise silica and algae-rich waters work their rejuvenating magic. Take a dip with the kids under the lagoon's waterfall and enjoy the in-water bar before seeking refreshments at the on-site café and restaurant.

Afterward, hop in the car and head past Reykjavík toward your accommodation in southwest Iceland's Golden Circle—an iconic Icelandic route that connects the sights of Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss

Day 2: The Golden Circle, Langjökull Glacier Snowmobiling

Þingvellir National Park
Take a family-friendly hike in Þingvellir National Park

Today it's time to get in the car and explore the world-famous Golden Circle at your own pace. Discover landscapes woven with dramatic cliffs, mysterious legends, and ancient folklore as you make your way to the first stop on the circle— the Þingvellir National Park. Located 31 miles (50 km) east of Reykjavík, the entrance to the park is reached through the Almannagjá Gorge. Kids will be amazed to be able to walk the path between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and discover the geological wonders created along the spectacular Mid-Atlantic Rift.

Hike along the rift and marvel at the fissures and rock formations as you head toward the beautiful waterfall of Öxarárfoss. Hop back in the car and adventure toward the impressive hot springs and geysers, stopping to admire the regular eruptions of the Strokkur Geyser, which blasts warm water to heights of up to 130 feet (40 m). Continue on another 10 minutes and arrive at the majestic Gullfoss, Iceland's "Golden Falls" that cascades 105 feet (32 m) over two dramatic tiers into the glacial waters of the Hvítá River below.

Your day concludes with an exhilarating excursion at the nearby Langjökull Glacier for a family snowmobile adventure. Join your guide for the ride of a lifetime as you whizz across the icy plateau, enjoy a thrilling ride traversing the rugged landscapes, and make memories as you marvel together at the magnificent winter wonderland. Afterward, carry on exploring along the Golden Circle or return to your hotel for some rest.

Day 3: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman) Islands, RIB Boat Adventure

Children will adore the cute puffins on the Westman Islands
Say halló to the adorable puffins on Heimaey Island

After a warming breakfast, it's back in the car for the next installment of your Iceland adventure. It's a straightforward drive from the Golden Circle to the Landeyjahöfn Ferry Terminal on the southern coast and under two hours from Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss. Board a thirty-minute ferry ride from the harbor to the archipelago of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands). Your destination is Heimaey, the largest and only inhabited island in the archipelago; it's an off-the-beaten-path gem with colorful lava landscapes and the world's largest puffin colony.

Once on the island, you have several family-friendly options. Take the kids to Stórhöfði to see the puffins, learn about the 1973 Eldfell eruption at the Eldheimar Museum or visit the incredible Norwegian stave church at Stafkirkjan. If energy levels are high, there are numerous hiking trails to volcanoes, cliffs, and lava fields, all graced with awe-inspiring views. Don't miss a walk up to the top of the 720-foot (219 m) high crater of Eldfell—a volcano formed in the eruption that forever changed the island's landscape. 

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In the afternoon, it's time to swap land for the sea with an exhilarating RIB boat (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) adventure! Explore the island's coast and sail along the new lava from the 1973 eruption that enlarged Heimaey by 1.2 miles (2 km). The younger ones will be fascinated to hear tales of Viking sagas and battles as they learn about the archipelago's history. Visit the sea caves of Fjósið and Klettshellir and keep your eyes peeled for the island's famous puffins as well as orcas, porpoises, and dolphins in the summer months.

Day 4: Explore the South Coast, Zip Line Adventure, Drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Children in front of Skogafoss Waterfall
Create family memories with a trip to Skógafoss Waterfall

Bid an early farewell to Heimaey and journey back to Iceland's South Coast, where you'll head west along the famous Ring Road to two of the country's most celebrated waterfalls. First up is Seljalandsfoss—button up your raincoats as you witness the water roaring 30 feet (9 m) in front of you from the safety of a cave under the cliff. Another 30 minutes in the car, and you'll reach the immense Skógafoss—with a drop of 196 feet (59 m) and a width of 82 feet (25 m), it's one of the largest and most breathtaking falls in Iceland. Climb the 527 steps to the viewing platform above for a family photo to remember.

Continue your journey and take a short diversion via Route 218 to the  Dyrhólaey Peninsula—where a nearly 400-foot (120 m) promenade showcases some of the most amazing views of the southern coast. After leaving Dyrhólaey, it's a quick 12-mile (20-km) drive to the striking black sands of Reynisfjara Beach. Wander the vast basalt hexagonal columns rising out of the sand and explore the beach's large caves. Fire the kids' imagination as you play trolls in homage to local folklore and the origins of the 216-foot (65-m) Reynisdrangar rock pillars that jut out from the ocean's depths. 

Take a breather at one of the local restaurants in Vík before embarking on today's last excursion—a two-hour zip line adventure tour. Perfect for kids eight years old and upward, the four aptly described zip line rides—Little Rush, Gentle Giant, Leap of Faith, and Big Rush, give stunning views of the scenery below, including Dog's Waterfall and Grave Canyon. From here, it's onward to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 46 miles (74 km) away, where you'll spend the night in preparation for tomorrow's epic adventures.

Day 5: Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour

Icebergs at Jokulsarlon
Spend a day exploring the South Coast's exhilarating glacial landscape

This morning you'll journey east from Kirkjubæjarklaustur to the Skaftafall National Park in the southeast of Iceland. With an enchanting glacial landscape and surroundings reminiscent of fairy tales, even the world-weariest of kids will be captivated by the various family-friendly activities. Make the 3-mile (5 km) hike to the picturesque cascades of Svartifoss, which rewards you with scenic views of the river and glacier. For landscape straight out of "The Lord of the Rings," head to the magnificent Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon and its steep jagged walls, believed to be two million years old.

After lunch in Skaftafell, it's time to get acquainted with the enormous icebergs that dot Iceland's famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Sail around the lake on a guided boat tour as you glimpse the glittering 1,000-year-old icebergs that break off from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and float down to Diamond Beach. If the kids aren't too awestruck, encourage them to look out for the playful seals often found in the area.

Day 6: Þakgil Canyon, Sólheimasandur Beach, Lava Tunnel Tour, Drive to Reykjavík

Explore the incredible Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel

Today marks the last full day of your Icelandic road trip. Hop back in the car and venture west along the coast, where you can stop at some lesser-visited gems, including the beautiful Þakgil Canyon (an otherworldly hiking expanse) and the Sólheimasandur black sand beach. Take a tour to discover the wreckage of the US Navy DC plane that crashed, with no casualties, on the beach in 1973. 

Continue along your route to Reykjavík, and around 18 miles (30 km) before you reach the island's capital, you'll get to your next destination—the spectacular Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel. Curious young minds will love venturing back in time to see the inner workings of a volcanic eruption. Discover Iceland's longest and best-known lava tube with a guided family tour of the impressive 4,500-foot (1,360-m) tunnel. Don't miss the whimsical ice sculptures formed inside the cave entrance in wintertime.
Continue west to Reykjavík, where the rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish. Visit some of the city's iconic sights, including the modern Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral and the Sun Voyager Sculpture, or take one of the many kid-friendly wildlife tours that leave from the island's capital. Head out to sea and watch for the magnificent minke and humpback whales, or spend the afternoon with an experienced fisherman as you and the kids try your hand at sea fishing.

Day 7: Explore Reykjavík, ATV Tour, Drive to Keflavík & Depart

Until the next time, Reykjavík. 

It's your last morning in Iceland and the world's northernmost capital. Make your way to the main street of Laugavegur and discover the town square before heading to the charming old harbor for a coffee and a second breakfast. Check out the Harpa Concert Hall, an architectural masterpiece, before a last look at the towering Hallgrímskirkja Church

If your flight time from Keflavík allows, squeeze in one more excursion with a family-friendly ATV tour. Spend an exhilarating hour saying goodbye to this magical country as you venture across historic lava fields, abandoned shipwrecks, and to the summit of Mount Hagafell, where you look out over the Blue Lagoon, the volcanic crater formations of Svartsengi, Mount Fagradalsfjall, and Eldey Island. With hearts full of adventure and plotting your return visit, make your way to Keflavík airport, drop off your rental car and board your flight home. Until the next time Iceland!

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Map of Highlights of Iceland & the Westman Islands: Family-Friendly Road Trip - 7 Days
Map of Highlights of Iceland & the Westman Islands: Family-Friendly Road Trip - 7 Days