Family Cottage Adventure

DAY 2 : Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres (49 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).

Family Cottage Adventure

DAY 5 : The area of Lake Mývatn is geothermal melting pot with plenty of must see sights.

Family Cottage Adventure

DAY 6 :Goðafoss "waterfall of the gods" is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.

Family Cottage Adventure

The ideal choice for families travelling with children. You will experience spectacular nature in two of Iceland‘s popular areas, the North and the South. With 3 nights in cozy cottages in each place instead of driving between accomodations each day, your family‘s holiday happens at your own pace.

Highlights & recommended activities

  • The Golden Circle, Reynisfjara Black Beach, Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Dettifoss - Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Lake Myvatn, Reykjavik.
  • Horse Riding, The Secret Lagoon, Slakki Petting Zoo, Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour and Whale Watching.
  • The Northern Lights season is from September to April.



  • 8 nights pre-booked accommodations.
  • Breakfast in Reykjavík accomodation.
  • 8 days rental car of your choice. - Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
  • Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík.
  • Road Map 1:500 000. - Detailed and personalised route description.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland.
  • VAT and lodging tax.





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Day 1: Arrival

Picking up your rental car upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you start your journey by driving your cottage accomodation in the south-west of Iceland where you stay for 3 nights.

Day 2: Waterfalls, activities on a Glacier & the Black South Coast

Today you head east towards the wonders of the south coast. Only a short drive away from the village of Hvolsvöllur you come across the waterfall Seljalandsfoss; a walk behind the waterfall is an unforgettable experience! Driving eastward you reach Skógar, where the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss awaits you.
There we also recommend a visit to the local folk- and transport museum and if you are up for an easy hike, you can follow the river Skógá for a while and see further waterfalls as well as the notorious glacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull. The local Folk- and transport museum in Skógar is also well worth a visit.
If you are in search of an adventure, you might find it on the glacier Sólheimajökull, where you can participate in hiking and snow scooter tours on the glacier.
Detours to the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the black sandy beach of Reynisfjara are well worth it, before heading to the village of Vík.

Day 3: Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall

Start the day by exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park Þingvellir. Here you should take a walk in the Almannagjá rift and walk through the site of the old parliament.

From here your journey takes you through the village Laugarvatn to the geysers, where you are sure to witness the very active hot spring Strokkur erupt spectacularly every five minutes or so.

From Geysir it is only a 10-minute drive to the impressive waterfall, Gullfoss.

In the summer time you might have the opportunity to attend a classical concert at the Skálholt church.

Day 4: To the North

Today you drive north for your next cottage accomodation to stay for 3 nights.
Following road nr. 1 recommended stops include waterfall Hraunfossar in Borgarfjörður, Hvítserkur rock formation in the North-West and Hofsós swimming pool in Skagafjörður.
Driving highland road Kjölur might also be a interesting option, open from late June-September. For information on Kjölur and other road openings/closures we recommend visiting or calling 1777 for further information.

Day 5: Lake Mývatn

You pass the Vaðlaheiði plateau on your way to Lake Mývatn. On the way, don‘t miss the gorgeous waterfall Goðafoss, a site that played an important role when Icelanders converted to Christianity.

Spend the rest of the day around Lake Mývatn. Walks to the pseudo-craters in Skútustaðir as well as in the lava field Dimmuborgir provide an interesting insight into volcanic history. About 40 min drive east of Mývatn you will also find grand waterfall Dettifoss.

A bath in the warm water of the Nature Baths with a breathtaking view over the lake might very well be the perfect end to a good day.

Day 6: Tröllaskagi and Akureyri

Explore Tröllaskagi peninsula (literally “Troll Peninsula”) and go to the fishing village of Siglufjörður, a former center of herring processing. You can learn about the “herring golden age” in Siglufjörður and Iceland in the local Herring Era Museum and about Icelandic folk music in the Folk Music Centre.

Leave Siglufjörður via the newly built tunnel of Héðinsfjarðargöng into Ólafsfjörður Fjord and the Ólafsfjarðargöng tunnel brings you onwards to Eyjafjörður Fjord and Akureyri, the Capital of the North.

Day 7: Drive to Reykjavík

On the way to the capital Reykjavík there are plenty of activities to enjoy.
Horse riding in Skagafjörður, The Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi and going Into the Glacier in from Húsafell in Borgarfjörður are just a few we recommend.

Day 8: A day in the capital

Spend the day exploring Reykjavík.
What to do in Reykjavík
Take a stroll around the city centre, stopping by the Church Hallgrímskirkja (you may find the architecture familiar if you hiked to the Waterfall Svartifoss in Skaftafell). From there stroll down the Skólavörðustígur street down to Bankastræti and from there to the Parliament, the City hall on the city’s Lake Tjörnin and from there towards the old harbour. You can hop on board a whale watching boat from the harbour or visit one of the many restaurants there.
If you like to add a museum visit to today’s agenda, you could stop by the “Harbour House” Hafnarhús at the Reykjavík Art Museum, or at the National Gallery near the Lake Tjörnin. The National Museum is also worth a visit if you are still curious about Icelandic heritage as well as the Maritime Museum Víkin. If you are curious about the Northern lights you’ll find the Aurora Borealis Exhibition around the corner from the old harbour.
If you are interested in architecture you should not miss a visit to the recently built music and congress hall, Harpa. Concerts with Icelandic music are often held during lunch time and in the evening plays for tourists are shown. Visit the homepage www.harpa for further information and program.

Day 9:

If your flight leaves in the early morning you‘ll have to leave Reykjavík early for the airport, where you return your rental car before departure. Otherwise you can take more time to explore Reykjavík before heading to the airport.

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9 days / 8 nights