The Viking Challenge tours are filled with awesome adventure activities that are fun, while providing insight into Iceland’s culture and daily life. You’ll be based in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland - in accommodations ranging from tourist class to first class hotel. From there the daily activities take you right into the heart of Iceland’s nature, with some adventures, and fun ways to experience Iceland’s unique natural world.
The Viking Challenge Family Tour is for families with children of 6 and older. This multi-activity program is based for 7 nights in Reykjavík using family friendly accommodation in different comfort and price categories. It’s slow travel at a family friendly pace!
HIGHLIGHTS AND VALUES
- Overnight in family rooms at 3 or 4 star hotels in Reykjavik
- Stay at only one hotel for 7 nights which means less packing and children get used to environment
- Private customized family-friendly Reykjavík City Tour
- Privately guided bike tour that is fun for everyone
- Private tour to the Viking Village and Bessastaðir, home of the Icelandic President
- Explore a village in South Iceland on bike and foot, go swimming and boil eggs in natural hot spring
- Added Bonus: 72 hours Reykjavik Welcome Card for the whole family that gives you free entrance to the city's swimming pools, many museums, the Farm Animal Zoo & family park, the boat trip to Viðey Island and free transportation on the city buses to explore the capital on your own.
Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY
Check-in at your family room. We offer a selection of 3 star and 4 star hotels.
Day 2: REYKJAVÍK
Start your Viking Challenge with a private 3 hour customized city tour to introduce you to Iceland’s capital. After a light lunch at a local riding center, you'll enjoy a 30 minute horseback riding tour in the lava fields outside Reykjavík. Visit the Viking village and Bessastaðir, the home of the Icelandic president.
Day 3: SEA ANGLING
The whole family will enjoy a fishing trip out into Faxaflói bay where your catch will be prepared for you on board. Afternoon free at leisure - you could visit Viðey Island or Reykjavik’s farm animal zoo and family park.
Day 4: BIKING IN ICELAND'S CAPITAL
In the morning you can visit a local swimming pool or some of the cities excellent small museums with your Reykjavík Welcome Card. In the afternoon, you’ll have a private 3-4 hour bike tour which takes you to the lighthouse and large bird pond of the Seltjarnarnes peninsula.
Day 5: LEISURE DAY
Explore Reykjavík with your 72 hour Welcome Card or book some optional bus excursion or activity tour.
Day 6: WHALES AND THE BLUE LAGOON
Take a whale & bird watching cruise in the morning, and in the afternoon visit the famous Blue Lagoon.
Day 7: BIKING IN THE CAPITAL OF HOT SPRINGS
Hveragerði is located just 30 minutes drive east of Reykjavik and known as the flower and greenhouse village of South Iceland, positioned on an active volcanic zone. You will explore this pretty place and beautiful surrounding nature on a private family friendly tour by bike and on foot. Visit the geothermal park where you will witness the range from small gurgling hot springs to vibrant super heated pools of water and steam. You will get the opportunity to boil an egg in one of many hot springs and eat a bread that has been baked in the hot earth. After an exciting and fun tour enjoy a relaxing bath in the geothermal outdoor swimming pool of Hveragerði. Packed lunch and transfer to/from Hveragerði included.
Day 8: DEPARTURE DAY
An added feature: Day 2-4 include 72 hour Reykjavík Welcome Card that gives you free entrance to the city’s swimming pools, many museums, the Farm Animal Zoo & family park, the boat trip to Viðey Island and free transportation on the city buses to explore the capital on your own.
Rates are valid for family rooms that have space for 2 adults and 2 children 6-12 years old.
Best Western, 3 star, deluxe room with private shower/wc:
per adult in family room: $2320 (USD) /per child 6-11 years: $250 (USD)
Grand Hotel Reykjavik, 4 star, superior room with private shower/wc:
per adult in family room: $2650 (USD) /per child 6-11 years: $250 (USD)
Hotel Reykjavik Natura, 4 star, deluxe room with private shower/wc:
per adult in family room: $2899 (USD) /per child 6-11 years: $250 (USD)
Iceland Hotel Marina, first class, family room with large bunk-beds with private shower/wc:
per adult in family room: $3132 (USD) /per child 6-11 years: $250 (USD)
Rates are valid for rooms that have space for 2 adults and 2 children 6-11 years old. Surcharge applies for families with 3 children or for children 12 and older. Minimum rate to be paid for each package is for 2 adults.
Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights
Accommodation: Choice of family-friendly 3 star and 4 star hotel.
Group Size: Guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 people. The sequence of activities may be altered in some cases.
Meals: Daily breakfast and 2x lunch are included
Included: 7 nights accommodation, 7x breakfast, 2x light lunch, tours & activities as per detailed itinerary on day 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7, all day tours include hotel transfers. Also included swimming pool entrance fee in Hveragerði and 72-hour Reykjavik Welcome Card. We supply all specialized equipment for sea angling, biking and horseback riding.
Note: Airport transfers on arrival and departure day not included.
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Options and Extras
Do I need any special clothing and equipment when traveling to Iceland?
You should bring waterproof clothing and good strong shoes on all tours, since you will be walking on rough terrain. Our temperature chart will give you some idea of what to expect during the time you are traveling. A fleece and/or warm layers are also recommended. Don't forget to bring your swimming costume, as there are many excellent swimming pools, hot pots and natural hot springs. We recommend that you bring your own towel.
Do most people travel with a friend or partner?
Our groups vary considerably - people travel alone, with friends, with a partner or with their family. Our passengers come from many different countries and often new and lasting friendships are made.
Are there any age or fitness requirements?
It is wise to be fit especially for our walking and activity tours. All tours include a number of walks and bus travel. There are few proper hiking paths, and you will be walking over moraine, lava and snow. Age groups range from 8 to over 80 and if you have a good sense of adventure and are willing to accept that it may not be sunny every day, these tours are definitely for you.
Are there any hidden costs?
On each tour we state what meals are included. Entrance fees to museums are included where stated. Otherwise the entrance fee is between 300.- and 500.- Icelandic Krónur. Swimming pool entrance fee is approximately 350. - Icelandic Krónur.
When should I travel?
Iceland is a land for all seasons. The main season lasts from mid-May until early September. During this time there are long daylight hours. Traveling in Iceland off-season - winter, spring and late autumn - can also be very special. From the beginning of July most interior and highland routes are open.
What do I do when I arrive in Iceland?
You will find a Fly-bus waiting in front of the Airport Terminal. If you do not have a coupon, you can buy your ticket to Reykjavík City Terminal either in the terminal prior to boarding or on the bus; the cost is approximately 1.200.- Icelandic Krónur and the journey time is 45 minutes. If you have booked an inclusive tour with accommodation before and after with us, you will be met at the City Terminal by one of our representative and transferred to your accommodation. Return transfer is on an individual basis and a Fly-bus operates for every departing flight. Don't forget you can buy your Duty Free allowance on arrival at Keflavík Airport.
Can I expect any changes to my itinerary?
On early season tours, which involve highland travel, it is possible that some routes will not be open. Should this happen, then an alternative route will be chosen by the driver and tour leader. Also, there are possibilities of itinerary changes due to bad road conditions caused by weather in the highlands or the unbridged rivers being swollen and difficult to cross. On some tours a reversed itinerary may be expected.