Family Winter Trip to Iceland

  Group of 4 adults and 2 children visited Iceland in December 2017

“We are two families traveling together to explore Iceland in winter. We would like to explore Reykjavik and explore the Icelandic culture.

The most important activity that we would like to do is viewing the northern lights. Aside from that, we would like to see the glaciers and hike a bit. We like driving and would like to drive the Golden Circle. Lastly, we hope to take a dip in the famous blue lagoon.
- Anil G.”


Preeti Bhide, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary.

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Preeti:
Thanks for getting in touch about your Iceland holiday this winter, I would love to help you plan it. December is a great time to see the white winter landscape of Iceland, experience the unique Christmas festivities, do some winter activities and see the northern lights.

It is possible to get a 7 seater Land cruiser which could accommodate all of you and your luggage. I can arrange the accommodations and activities you would like. 
Apart from glacier hiking, it is also possible to visit the ice caves in December. There are some age restrictions for these tours. How old are the children?

As part of the package, you will receive a detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary which will also provide tips for the northern lights, places of cultural importance, child-friendly activities and any other specific interests you have.

Anil G:
Our children are 8 and 12 years old. What are the age restrictions for the ice caves and glacier hiking tours? I would like to hear various options we have.

Preeti:
The age restriction is 13 or 14 for the ice caves, depending on the tour. And 10 years for the glacier hike. I would recommend a visit to the ice tunnel inside the Langjokull glacier which is possible with your children. There is also an option to snowmobile from the base camp to the entrance, with the children as passengers.

Another really great option is lava caving. And the children might also enjoy horse riding.

Anil G:
This sounds good. Can you please put together a sample plan? Can you also let us know for one day if it possible to do activities in two groups? One group would go for glacier hiking and the other group would some other activity nearby?

Preeti:
Please check Option 5 of these sample itineraries to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and part of the South Coast. This also includes the Golden Circle. We can customise this itinerary for your specific interests and plan our accommodations to balance your daily driving time. What type of accommodation would you prefer?

We can do the activities in two groups. What would the second group (who does not go glacier hiking) prefer?

Anil G:
Option 1 and Option 5 seem interesting to us. How strict is the age limit for glacier hiking can we take our 8-year-old? If not can the second group do other activities nearby (sightseeing or horse riding)? Also, do we need to book a tour for northern lights viewing or that's something we can do it our selves?

Preeti:
The age limit for glacier hiking is 10, but I think that is mostly due to the crampon size. What is your child's shoe size? It is possible for the second group to do snowmobiling or horse riding in the same area.

You will receive a detailed itinerary, and I will also include information on the northern lights forecast and tips to look for them, so you don't need a tour. It is possible that some tours don't operate on the 24th and 25th so once you confirm and I have your flight timings, I will plan your itinerary to make everything work.
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