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Iceland Family Adventure

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Route map for Iceland Family Adventure (ELFA)

Day 1 Reykjavik

Arrive at any time before our evening group meeting where you will meet your CEO and new extended family. Depending on the time of your arrival into Reykjavik, why not take the chance to see more of the city. Reykjavik is home to the world's oldest parliament still in use today and the Althing is well worth a visit, or choose to walk along the shore and check out the colourful buildings that line the waterfront.

Day 2 Reykjavik (1B)

Today we visit the Golden Circle, a georthermal playground where we can see nature in its finest. First stop today is Gulfoss Waterfall, where the mighty Hvita river drops over a 30 metre drop. The fall itself is not visible immediately, and it appears that the water just disappears into the ground, but as you arrive at the falls, you suddenly see the roaring waters of the fall. Iceland is home to many stories of elves and dwarves, so much so that when roads are built, the rocks and boulders are checked to see if they are home to any elves before they are moved out of the way. Try to avoid waking the giants and trolls that live in the mountains here.

We move on from Gulfoss further into the Golden Circle. The word 'geyser' is now recognised around the world as being the description of a jet of water coming out of the ground, but the word is Icelandic, and it is here that we can see the first of these. These underground springs are a combination of water and steam that shoots upwards from the earth, caused by the geothermal conditons of the area. These often occur near to volcanoes. As Iceland is covered by volcanoes, this is one of the best places to see geysers. The name derives from Old Norse, and means 'to gush', and the Great Geysir often throws water between 40 and 50 metres into the air. The water is boiling hot, so it's a good place to stop off for warmth,

Our final stop today is Thingvellir National Park. Here we are at the meeting point of two continents. The giant tectonic plates that form the earth meet in Thingvellir National Park, situated right on the boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The water-filled fissures in the earth are one of only two places that you can see tectonic plates drifting apart. Normally you'd only be able to see this in geography books, here you can witness it first hand.

Return to Reykjavik for the night.

Day 3 Reykjavik (1B)

Iceland has often been compared to the surface of the moon. heading out of Reykjavik again today, we can cycle around Eldvörp, which was used when astronauts practised for moon landings. Taking to two wheels, we have the morning to whizz around this lunar landscape, and stare in awe at the volcanic landscape that's around us.

In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik, and continue onto the Blue Lagoon. Possibly Iceland's most recognisable tourist attraction, the hot springs are formed by the lava formation of the countless volcanoes in the area, and the waters are rich in sulphur and silica, which helps to bring the blue colour. The waters are reputed to heal any aches and pains, so you may get out of the water invigorated.

Return to Reykjavik for the night.

Day 4 Reykjavik (1B)

Today we enjoy a whale-watching boat trip. Departing from Reykjavik harbour, there is a good chance of seeing Minke and Humpback whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises. Afterwards, there are a wide variety of activities available to you from Reykjavik, so you can choose from several. For the more active family, there are canoeing adventures along the Hvítá River where you can hike past rivers, waterfalls and mountains.

Return to Reykjavik for your last night in Iceland and an optional group dinner.

Day 5 Reykjavik (1B)

Departure day, feel free to depart from Reykjavik at any time.