Amanda's verdict
Iceland is as exciting as it gets. A self-drive holiday is the way to explore this fascinating country and you’ll find geysers, waterfalls and lava fields around every corner. It’s great in both summer and winter and is a great spot for catching those elusive Northern Lights, particularly in autumn and spring.

Recommended tour operator: Regent Holidays

Regent Holidays says

One of the world’s greatest natural playgrounds, Iceland is only a three hour flight from the UK, making it the ideal choice for families who love the great outdoors. What junior travel enthusiast could fail to be excited by volcanoes and Vikings?

  • fly-drive options
  • northern lights

From late autumn to early spring, Iceland’s skies come alive with the incredible Northern Lights. Travel in the Christmas holidays, or October or February half term, for the best chance of experiencing this magical light show – booking early is highly recommended as these popular school holidays get booked up quickly.

In the summer holidays, the best way to explore Iceland is on a family fly drive holiday. Take to the open road and travel full circle, stopping to admire thundering waterfalls, creaking glaciers and exploding geysers. Learn about Erik the Red at the Eiriksstadir Viking Farm, take a whale watching boat trip in Husavik, relax in the electric blue waters of the geothermal Blue Lagoon, stop for an ice cream in Akureyri’s famous Brynja ice cream parlour or perhaps even try horse riding through the spectacular lava fields near Reykjavik.

Almost every town in Iceland – even those which only boast 100 residents – has its own outdoor geothermal swimming pool for a warm dip at the end of the day.

Year round, the excitement of travelling by Superjeep can’t be beaten. These supersized vehicles are modified with huge tyres to take on the challenge of Iceland’s terrain, and there’s an experienced off-road driver to get you to the heart of Iceland’s natural wonders. Join an excursion to the South Coast or Golden Circle, or create your own private itinerary just for your family.

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