Want to experience Iceland nature with teenagers

  Group of 6 adults and 1 child visited Iceland in December 2016

“just want to experience Iceland nature. Youngest is 15, we want high-end/boutique hotels. Geysers, Hotsprings, Dog sledding”


Chris McCarty, a local specialist from Iceland, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on The Best Off-Road Adventures in Iceland.

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Chris

Hi, welcome to kimkim, I'll work with you to plan out a great winter trip. As you are probably aware, the days will be shorter in late December, but if we plan things well, you can still take advantage of this time of year.

Chris

To really explore the nature, you need to get out of Reykjavik. With 6 days you could see the Snaefellsnes peninsula (cliffs, cool rock formations, craters, rock formations, blacks sand beaches, waterfalls) and West fjords areas (lots of natural beauty), or you could also take a flight to the north to Akureyri and explore that area and Lake Myvatn (lots of geothermal areas, lava fields, craters, rock formations, big waterfalls).

I would recommend avoiding the south because you will have the most tourists there. If you want to do the south, we recommend getting a 1-way domestic flight to Egilsstadir in the east so that you don't have to drive both directions.

While the roads should be cleared of snow, they can be icy that time of year.

Chris

Here are 2 options, let me know if either of these sound good to you.

Chris

Option 1:

Day 1: Land at KEF, day in Reykjavik

Day 2-3 Snaefellsnes Peninsula: (optional hike at Glymur falls, Iceland's tallest), Gerðuberg Rock cliffs (good place for photos), Budhahraun lava fields on the coast (can hike to a volcano from here), very picturesque black church on the shore as well. Coastal cliffs walk from Arnarstapi to Hellnar (really cool cliffs, lava formations, arches in the rocks). Londrangar lava formations (huge rocks), Djúpalónssandur Black sand beach with debris from a shipwreck (cool to photograph the rusted mangled metal pieces on the black sand), Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with Kirkjufell mountain in the back ground (one of Iceland's most photographed), Berserkjahraun lava field.

Day 4: Borgarnes, Thingvellir, some sights back towards Golden Circle area, stay along golden circle route (so that you can see Geysir and Gullfoss before tour busses arrive)

Day 5: Second half of Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, Secret Lagoon (relaxing natural pools), back to Reykjavik for afternoon / evening.

Day 6: morning in Reykjavik, drive to airport (or drop off car night before and take shuttle to airport). Optional stop at Blue Lagoon on way out.

Chris

Option 2:

Day 1: Land at KEF, day in Reykjavik. Fly to Akureyri in the north (on clear day, a great way to see the interior of the country).

Day 2: Akureyri town (largest in the north), and nearby sights. Get car for next 2 days.

Days 3-4: Husavik (best whale watching), Godafoss, the "waterfall of the gods", Lake Myvatn geothermal area with several craters to hike, steamvents and mud pools, lava fields, lava formations, caves, and Myvatn Nature Baths where you can soak with great scenery. Also nearby is Selfoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Fly back to Reykjavik (or next day)

Day 5: Fly back to Reykjavik. If you took an early flight to Akureyri on day 1, spend day seeing Reykjavik.

Day 6: Shuttle to airport with optional stop at Blue Lagoon before flight.

Traveler

ok how much ,is hotel included?

Chris

I can put together a quote that includes transportation and accommodation. How many rooms do you prefer? Do either of the 2 options stand out to you more, if so I will look at that first. We add a kimkim service fee to cover the customization and for booking all lodging, transportation, and any additional add-on activities that you may want to do.

Traveler

sure we are family of 4 and three so u can quote accordingly,

Chris

Ok, so would you prefer 2 rooms, then?

Traveler

yes please.

Chris

Ok, will do, which of the 2 options do you prefer?

Traveler

wt were the options plz?

Chris

Option 1:

12/23: Land at KEF, day in Reykjavik

12/24-25 Snaefellsnes Peninsula: (optional hike at Glymur falls, Iceland's tallest), Gerðuberg Rock cliffs (good place for photos), Budhahraun lava fields on the coast (can hike to a volcano from here), very picturesque black church on the shore as well. Coastal cliffs walk from Arnarstapi to Hellnar (really cool cliffs, lava formations, arches in the rocks). Londrangar lava formations (huge rocks), Djúpalónssandur Black sand beach with debris from a shipwreck (cool to photograph the rusted mangled metal pieces on the black sand), Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with Kirkjufell mountain in the back ground (one of Iceland's most photographed), Berserkjahraun lava field.

12/26: Borgarnes, Thingvellir, some sights back towards Golden Circle area, stay along golden circle route (so that you can see Geysir and Gullfoss before tour busses arrive)

12/27: Second half of Golden Circle, Kerid Crater, Secret Lagoon (relaxing natural pools), back to Reykjavik for afternoon / evening.

12/28: morning in Reykjavik, drive to airport (or drop off car night before and take shuttle to airport). Optional stop at Blue Lagoon on way out.

Chris

Option 2:

12/23: Land at KEF, day in Reykjavik. Fly to Akureyri in the north (on clear day, a great way to see the interior of the country).

12/24: Akureyri town (largest in the north), and nearby sights. Get car for next 2 days.

12/25-26: Husavik (best whale watching), Godafoss, the "waterfall of the gods", Lake Myvatn geothermal area with several craters to hike, steamvents and mud pools, lava fields, lava formations, caves, and Myvatn Nature Baths where you can soak with great scenery. Also nearby is Selfoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Fly back to Reykjavik (or next day)

12/27: Fly back to Reykjavik. If you took an early flight to Akureyri on day 1, spend day seeing Reykjavik.

12/28: Shuttle to airport with optional stop at Blue Lagoon before flight.

Chris

The round trip flight to the north at that time would be $345/person, let me know if you would like me to continue investigating that option.

Traveler

and what if we only want to stay in Reykjavik and see places around?I am not comfortable driving all by ourselves.

Traveler

how about somewher around the Reykavik and do The Golden Circle blue lake?wale watching and northen lights with dog sledding?

Chris

Ok, if you prefer not to drive I can look into 2 options for you:
- doing several day trips
- joining a multi-day smaller group tour

Do you have a strong preference for either?

Traveler

Multi day trips looks good,look we have ours wifes too they would not like to rough out, u know wt I mean.

Chris

sure no problem. For hotels in Reykjavik, most hotels with large rooms are sold out. I found 2 rooms for the first night for $819 for all people in a Luxury Apartment complex on the main pedestrian/shopping street (great location). one of them has 2 bedrooms, 1 has 1 bedroom.

All other hotels I'm seeing would be split between 4 double rooms (I could look for adding an extra person to a room, but you would still be looking at 3 rooms). Those options are ranging from $700-850, but it may be a bit more to request an extra cot/bed.

Traveler

ok and the trips?

Chris

here are a few other options. In all 3 you would be picked up each day and dropped back in Reykjavik. These prices don't include meals or accomodation.

90,000 ISK = $784 per person.
Day 1: Explore Reykjavik, Northern lights tour at night
Day 2: Golden Circle, snowmobiling on Iceland's second largest glacier (shared snowmobile for 2 people, 6000 ISK more for solo)
Day 3: Glacier Hike / Ice Climbing, Skógafoss waterfall
Day 4: Blue Lagoon

47000 ISK = $410 USD
Day 1: Reykjavik
Day 2: Golden Circle, Lava cave
Day 3: Glacier hike and ice cave, Skógafoss waterfall
Day 4: Blue Lagoon

Separately
Ice Cave: 20000 ISK ($175)
Glacier Walk: 12000 ISK ($100)
Snow mobile: 30000 ISK (45000 ISK to include Golden Circle) ($260, $400 for Golden Circle)

Chris

If this plan sounds good to you (we can settle on the final details of lodging based on your preferences), we ask that you put down a deposit so that we know you intend to move forward with the trip. We will handle all bookings for accommodation and activities for a kimkim service fee.

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