In Iceland, opposites attract. Heath beside ocean. Glaciers atop volcanoes. Icebergs on black-sand beaches. A temperate climate, yet named Iceland. It's rumored that adults and kids even gravitate toward one another here. It seems implausible. To have such extremes so close. But maybe it's just the natural order.
1-2 Explore a glacial lagoon by Zodiac boat and on foot, marveling at a ghostly iceberg sculpture garden in the silty water of Fjallsárlón Lagoon While grown-ups walk in the highlands, youngsters follow a path to a massive ice field Go for an ice walk in Skaftafell National Park and discover a frozen world of crevasses, fissures and waterfalls Kids saddle up for a ride on agile Icelandic ponies.
3 Ready for a different kind of adventure? Ride in a super jeep across creeks and rivers near simmering Katla Volcano Discover Thórsmörk, an alpine oasis of lime-hued hillsides, caves, icy peaks and wildflowers Hike from bizarre rock formations and canyons to a glacier tongue with views of pristine vales and brilliant lakes.
4 Set out on two wheels to explore Thjórsárdalur Valley, replete with flourishing birch woods and stunning waterfalls Visit a replica of an early Icelandic settlement buried in ash from an eruption of Mount Hekla Soak in the warm waters of a secret lagoon Gain insight into geothermal energy at Fridheimar Greenhouses, where tomatoes are grown year-round!
5-6 Witness steaming mud pools and thermal rivers as you pedal along the shore of sparkling Lake Thingvallavatn to Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage site and geologic wonder Kids are in for an afternoon of adventure on the shore of Lake Thingvellir Ramble through the Reykjadalur Valley, where a lush hanging valley is crisscrossed with steaming tributaries and dotted with hot mud pools.