“Hello. Kids are 7, 9, and 10 years old. Family is super active and is into natural beauty, hiking, and wildlife.
I am planning to rent a car, but don't need to. We don't need to sleep in the same place every night.
My kids want to see animals (whales and birds). I want to eat some awesome local fish, hike a glacier, and be blown away by the mountains / sea / volcanos / waterfalls. My wife wants to ride a helicopter into a volcano.
I don't think I care about the Blue Lagoon. It seems like a bit of hassle. Should we hit on the way from the airport -- we would be refreshed and ready to rock.”
Trip planning highlights
3 Days in the West
Summary of the trip planning conversation
Hi, welcome to kimkim! Thank you for contacting us to help you with your travel plans to Iceland this summer.
For 3 full days, I would recommend that you check out the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you can escape the crowds of the south and have more space for you and your family to explore.
I have attached 2 general ideas for places to explore in 3 days. We can discuss them on the phone.
You can spend 2 nights there and then head back to Reykavik on the morning of Day 3, stop by the town and walk around for a little bit and then head to the airport later in the afternoon.
I'll find some prices for hotels in that area and car rental. Then I will make all reservations for hotels and car rental, as well as any other tours or activities you want to join (eg a lava cave tour along the peninsula). I will also put together detailed day-by-day information for all of the sights, stops, and optional detours, as well as restaurant recommendations for each of the areas that you will visit.
Perfect. I am stoked.
Traveler and kimkim Specialist talked through more details over the phone
Here are the 2 possible ideas we discussed on the phone:
Bit of an easier day with a whale watching trip from the harbor, less driving
Day 1: Arrival, Reykjanes Peninsula, Reykjavik, Whale Watching
Day 2: Snaefellsnes (stay overnight)
Day 3: Snaefellsnes, back to KEF
This would add about 2 hours of driving for the day from Reykjavik to Grundarfjordur in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Day 1: Arrival, Reykjavik Breakfast, Borgarnes, Snaefellsnes stay (2 nights)
Day 2: Snaefellsnes full day
Day 3: Back to Reykjavik, Glymur Falls hike on way (Reykjanes peninsula if more time).
I like Option 2. Can we do a whale / puffin watch on day 1?
There is a 2pm whale watching tour from Ólafsvík in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (about 3 hours long). This is one of the only places you may see orcas in Iceland. I don't believe that one has puffins, but can find other options.