Family Trip on the Ring Road

  Family of 2 adults and 2 children visited Iceland in May 2018

“Young family looking for adventure along the ring road. Interests: Geysers, hot springs, ice caves, volcanoes, icebergs, riding the Icelandic horse, whale watching (and the museum), anything Vikings-related, cooking traditional food, heli tour or hot air balloon, short hikes, fun, lively history. We also like anything weird and unusual. We would prefer a fun quirky atmosphere while eating instead of table cloth restaurants.
- Sophie F.”

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Ring Road, including Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 1: Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik
Day 2: Day Trip: Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir, Secret Lagoon
Day 3: Day Trip: Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon
Day 4: More time exploring Reykjavik
Day 5: Glymur Falls, Into the Glacier, Start of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Day 6: Volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Lava cave Tour
Day 7: Scenic Drive to Akureyri
Day 8: The North: Godafoss, Whale Watching, and Big Waterfalls
Day 9: Geological Wonders of Lake Myvatn
Day 10: Scenic Eastern Fjords & Birthday Celebration!
Day 11: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Skaftafell
Day 12: Waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches, Departure

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Hi Sophie, welcome to kimkim! Thank you for contacting us to help with your family travel plans to Iceland next year.

I'll attach an example drive description so that you can see what all the different areas have to offer.

There are many places where you can stay at guesthouses and small farms along the way, and some places where you can ride the horses as well, and there are many hikes and walks along this route as well.

Sophie F:
Hello! My children will be 8 and 5 at time of travel. Unless the cliff walks are safe for them, we may need to look into other means! They will hike also, but not very long. 

As I mentioned earlier, we're interested in Icelandic horseback riding, ice caves, puffins, whale boat, Viking museums and living farms, possibly a r hot air balloon tour.

In Reykjavik, there is the Árbær Open Air Museum which will give some glimpse into life in the olden days. You will also go through many small towns, and there are some old turf houses and churches in the north that I will include in the itinerary as well.

Sophie F:
My birthday is the 5th. Thinking we could do something extra special that day!

On that day, you'll be driving from Seydisfjordur to Hofn area which is very scenic. I'm not sure if you're looking for an active day or relaxing one, but one option would be to start the day with a hike up the side of the mountain of Sedisfjordur where you will pass many waterfalls. 

Then you can have a nice drive during the day, maybe stop at the pleasant harbor at Djupivogur, and can end with a nice meal in Hofn to celebrate. Hofn area is known for its lobster and langoustines, and Pakkhus Restaurant could be a nice place to enjoy that. 

Sophie F:
Love all those ideas! 

Ok, I will book the following: 
- Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour (Snaefellsnes Peninsula) 
- Inside the Glacier Experience 
- Whales Watching and Puffins Tour (Husavik in the north)

And I'll make sure you have plenty of time for the whale museum as well.

Sophie F:
What kind of recommendations do you have for our time in Reykjavik? 
I know they have a Viking museum there and the blue lagoon. Maybe some shopping, and culinary experiences?

Here is more detailed information for each of your days, I also included a number of restaurants for each area as well as some possible day trips from Reykjavik during your first couple of days.

Sophie F:
This looks wonderful! Should we book reservations for the lagoons and restaurants (not all, maybe just in the main city)? And we definitely want to do the crystal cave tour. Can that be booked too?

The Crystal Ice cave has tours from November to end of March. After that, it can begin to melt a bit and becomes unsafe for tours. But there are other "Into the Glacier" tours that are possible year round, where you go through a tunnel that has been carved out of a glacier.
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Traveler Review

Chris did a great job helping plan our unforgettable trip.

I have a few suggestions; please advice traveler to Lake Myran (sp) of the absolutely aweful sworn of black flys in the area. We couldn’t walk around the lake because we were not prepared for the flys. We were pretty disappointed as the area and walked looked beautiful. Face nets are essential.
Also, toward the fiords in the northeast coast, were advices to take road 92 to 96. These roads are now just highway one.
Lastly, our last accommodation took cash only! We were ill prepared for this as well. Luckily, the women was kind and took what we had. Which was only less than half what we owed.
Otherwise, these were our only problems, and they were minimal!

Thank you for a wonderful trip.