Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Iceland Family Vacation
A Walk on the Wild Side
Welcome to a land of untamed natural beauty and wild abandon. A family trip to Iceland with B&R is like stepping into a scene from The Lord of the Rings—a fantasy playground where ancient sagas of sword-wielding Viking legends come to life, where trolls and elves are still believed to roam the lava fields, and the lofty summits of Mt Hekla and Snaefellsness offer routes to the centre of the Earth. It is an adventure for the taking and we dive in with activities for all ages. Travelling in the comfort of our own 4X4 with a personal guide, we set off for hikes over lava fields, glacier treks, caving, horseback-riding and perhaps even a dip in a heated river. It’s as entrancing as it is welcoming, and truly the trip of a lifetime.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Spend the morning learning about the history of the world‘s northernmost capital city on a two-hour guided bicycle tour. After a true Icelandic lunch, head to Reykjavik‘s newest geothermal swimming pool, complete with water-slides, hot-tubs, steam-baths and saunas.
Get to know the Icelandic horse today, a pure breed brought here by Viking settlers over 1,000 years ago, on a two to three-hour guided ride at a local ranch. Later, explore a lava-tube caves in the Blue Mountains, formerly home to outlaws and trolls.
Go river-rafting on a glacial river after visiting Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive to your hotel in the countryside, making stops at the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfalls, possibly the most scenic waterfall in Iceland.
Visit beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Sólheimajökull glacier to don crampons and go for a one-hour guided walk on the ice. Lunch in the small village of Vik before stopping at the breathtaking Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
Head into the dramatic wilderness area called Thorsmork (Thor’s forest) on the north side of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Take an easy hike to the run-off glacier Gigjokull and explore one of the ravines that dissect the north face of the volcano.
Take the ferry to the volcanic Westman Islands, located off the south coast of Iceland. The islands are one of the premier nesting grounds of the North Atlantic puffin and we’ll spend the day exploring on foot, by car, and by boat.
Drive to the famous Blue Lagoon Spa and enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm aqua-blue waters renowned for their healing powers. Keflavik International Airport is only 15 minutes away and we will drive you there in time for your afternoon flight. Farewell!
Hotel Borg, Reykjavik
Hotel Borg combines old time elegance with modern style and overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur across from the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. All 56 rooms have custom-made furniture with modern amenities and Art Deco style throughout. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, also features the Silfur restaurant, offering exquisite Icelandic cuisine served in beautiful surroundings. View hotel website »
Hotel Ranga, Hella
With a noticeable lack of timber in the country, Rangá was entirely constructed from imported Canadian lumber, from the walls to the furniture to the remarkable bar stools (watch out for them). With just 38 rooms, it is intimate and comfortable. The location sits at the mouth of the highlands with spectacular access to Hekla, one of the country’s most impressive volcanoes. View hotel website »
We’ll enjoy some gentle walks along beaches and through rolling countryside and somewhat more strenuous walks in the mountains, along glaciers and through canyons. It should be noted that the trails we walk can be very uneven underfoot, particularly when crossing lava fields. Additional activities may include river rafting, horseback riding, ice climbing, glacier hiking and caving. Please be aware that hikes and/or activities may have to be changed last-minute due to climate conditions, which are highly unpredictable in Iceland. Please also note that drives can be long; this enables us to take in a huge variety of scenery and experience a multitude of landscapes. The activities on this trip are geared for children eight years old and up. The rafting is available for children 12 and up.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated (breakfast and lunch daily)
- Services of a guide and vehicle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All entrance tickets as described in the itinerary
- All baggage transportation
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
Iceland Family Private
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