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Iceland

Land of Fire & Ice: Iceland with Your Family

Program No. 24112RJ
Take a fantastic quest through the real-life magic of Iceland, where tales of Vikings combine with a wondrous landscape to make this the perfect adventure for you and your grandchild.
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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3,899 / ADULT
3,049 / CHILD
Flights start at
700

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Age 9 - 18
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At a Glance

With bobbing icebergs and bubbling mud, elusive elves and real-life reindeer, Iceland is a seemingly magical world for grandparents and grandchildren to discover together. Embark on a quest to embrace Iceland’s bounty. Whale watching, glacier trekking, fishing and horseback riding excursions are complemented by lessons on geology, the Vikings and the Sagas. Interact with Icelanders to learn about the daily lives of the people who inhabit this fascinating land.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 4,500 feet.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Ride a glacier vehicle to the top of Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.
  • Discover amazing geological features like the Gullfoss waterfall and the Great Geysir.
  • The Nordura is said to harbor a large huldufolk population or “hidden people” of trolls, elves and dwarves. Find out if they truly exist.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The History of Iceland
by Gunnar Karlsson
A history of Iceland from the Viking-era through colonization, independence and the 20th century. Karlsson draws on the sagas and rich literature of Iceland in presenting this comprehensive history.
The Problem with Chickens
by Bruce McMillan, Gunnella (Illustrator)
A delightfully illustrated tale for young readers about a flock of chickens that overruns an Icelandic village.
Everything Vikings
by Nadia Higgins
Subtitled "All the Incredible Facts and Fierce Fun You Can Plunder!" this title in the National Geographic Kids series is packed with color visuals and interesting info that introduce the exciting world of the Vikings. Written for readers ages 8 to 12.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
This history of the Vikings tells their story through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. It traces the routes of 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and the New World.
Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland
by Sarah Moss
A stranger in a strange land, British novelist Sarah Moss captures the spirit of Iceland in this tale of a year in the Reykjavik with her husband and two children.
Independent People, An Epic
by Halldor Laxness
Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.
Iceland, A True Book
by Kathleen Deady
A slim, illustrated introduction to Iceland for younger readers (ages 6-8). With a nice selection of photographs showing the landscapes, cities, people and archaeological sites of Iceland.
Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World
by Jeff Kanipe, Alexandra Witze
Two science writers discuss the political and natural ramifications of the 1783 eruption of Iceland’s largest volcano, Laki, which led to global death, famine and even revolution. Great for the geologically minded but accessible to all with an interest in volcanoes.
Iceland Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A detailed map at a scale of 1:465,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.
Eyewitness Viking
by Susan M. Margeson
Ships, weapons, artifacts, colonies, music and kings are all explored in this illustrated family friendly portrait.
Lonely Planet Iceland
by Deanna Swaney
This concise guide to Iceland includes short essays on history, culture and attractions and plenty of practical travel information.
The Sagas of Icelanders
by Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellog (Introduction)
Nine sagas and six tales composed between the years 1000 and 1500, including an account of Leif Eriksson's voyage to North America, all newly translated.
Insight Guide Iceland
by Insight Guides
This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
Polar Explorers for Kids
by Maxine Snowden
The history and adventures of 16 polar explorers, including Erik the Red, Henry Hudson, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, are brought to life in 21 puzzles, games, projects and activities for kids ages 9 and up.
The Control of Nature
by John McPhee
In the classic McPhee tradition, these sparkling essays explore our generally feeble attempts to combat all-powerful nature, including valiant efforts by Icelanders to control the flow of a volcano across the harbor at Heimaey in the Westman Islands.
Puffling Patrol
by Ted Lewin
Lewin details the annual rescue of baby puffins by the children of Heimaey, the largest island in the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland.
Jar City
by Arnaldur Indridason
Indridason's first moody police procedural finds Reykjavik detective Erlendur Sveinsson investigating the brutal murder of a lonely pensioner and the man's connection to the deaths of a number of young women. Made into a darkly superb film.
Butterflies in November
by Brian Fitzgibbon (Translator), Auour Ava Olafsdottir
Scorned by love, a quirky, unapologetically independent 33-year-old woman takes a spontaneous trip along Iceland’s Ring Road, her best friend’s 4-year-old deaf-mute son in tow. Evocative of the Icelandic spirit.
North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland
by Evan Sung (Photographer), Jody Eddy, Gunnar Gislason
Catering to a rising interest in Nordic cuisine, this cookbook celebrates Iceland’s food alongside its haunting landscapes, portrayed in starkly beautiful, full-color photos.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
by E.C. Pielou
A primer on Arctic climate, geography, plants, birds, mammals and insects in a single nicely written book. It's a highly recommended, enthusiastic guide to natural history throughout the Circumpolar North.
Ring of Seasons, Iceland, Its Culture and History
by Terry G. Lacy
A longtime resident of Reykjavik, Lacy weaves tales of family life, anecdote, lore and history into this illuminating personal portrait of Iceland.
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
6 B 6 L 5 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival and Orientation
Borgarnes
B,L,D
Hotel Borgarnes

Activity note: Walking from the airport terminal with luggage to the coach to driving 10 minutes to Viking World. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 70 miles to the hotel, approximately 1 and a 1/2 hours.

Breakfast: At Viking World. Upon arrival, you will be met with a transfer to the famed museum, located a short distance from the airport. The breakfast buffet offers choices such as cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water. If arriving independently, please arrive to the Viking World Museum no later than 9:00 a.m. to avoid missing any program content.

Morning: After meeting our group at Viking World, we will depart via motorcoach at approximately 10 a.m. to start the journey to Borgarnes.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the Settlement Center.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will depart for a field trip to the Settlement Center Museum. We will then board the motorcoach and after checking in to the hotel we'll have some time to unpack and settle in to our rooms before our Orientation meeting. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel we'll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Langjokull Glacier, Husafell Swimming Pool
Borgarnes
B,L,D
Hotel Borgarnes

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 80 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Depart for Europe's second largest glacier, Langjokull. We travel by a special modified glacier vehicle to the top of the glacier and walk inside a unique man-made ice cave tunnel.

Lunch: Husafell summer resort.

Afternoon: Visit the swimming pool in Husafell and the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At Leisure.

DAY
4
Nordurá Valley, Games and Horseback Riding
Borgarnes
B,L,D
Hotel Borgarnes

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 50 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 3 miles; uneven, hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel plated meal.

Morning: Today we explore the Nordurá Valley, where scenic waterfalls, volcanic craters and lava fields await us. We will also enjoy some outdoor games in the vicinity of known hidden people dwellings.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we enjoy games and merriment on the Hraunsnef playgrounds. Later we will visit Ölvaldsstadir farm for horseback riding on a trail down by Hvita river. You will be given a short demo on horseback riding beforehand.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Tonight we enjoy some evening entertainment.

DAY
5
Birds and Islands Adventure, Dairy Farm
Borgarnes
B,L,D
Hotel Borgarnes

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 160 miles, approximately 4 hours. Walking up to 2 miles; standing while on boat with opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Birds and Islands Adventure. We take a 2-hour boat ride among the islands of Breidafjordur and study the multitude of seabirds nesting there.

Lunch: En route at Fosshotel Stykkisholmur.

Afternoon: We will visit Eiriksstadir, where Leif Eiriksson "the lucky," discoverer of America in the 11th century, was born. We will also visit Erpsstadir, a modern dairy farm with their own ice cream production.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir
Reykjavik
B,L
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 180 miles, approximately 4 and a half hours. Walking up to 3 miles; uneven, hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we will go to Thingvellir, site of the ancient parliament and now a national park. Next, we’ll ride to the Friðheimar tomato farm and learn about greenhouse horticulture. We continue to see Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) and Geysir, the geyser from which all others take their name.

Lunch: In the Friðheimar greenhouse restaurant, we’ll have a light lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Continue our morning excursion before arriving at our hotel.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Nauthólsvík, Whale Watching
Reykjavik
L,D
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 2 miles; standing while on boat with opportunities to sit. Note: Please carry a small towel to dry your feet if you dip them in the lagoon.

Morning: We drive to Reykjavik for a visit to the Arbaer Open Air Museum and then onwards for a short introduction of the capital by bus. Drive by the Hofdi House, where Reagan and Gorbachev met, visit downtown to see Lake Tjornin, Parliament and the City Hall, and make a stop at Perlan to see a view of the city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the Nauthólsvík geothermal lagoon where we can dip our toes into the warm waters produced by the nearby hot spring. We then head to our whale watching excursion at sea in a comfortable boat. We hope to see some big whales!

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Program Concludes, In Transit from Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel Buffet

Morning: Staggered transfers to Keflavík International Airport based on final flight times. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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