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Family Holidays in Iceland

Iceland is an ideal family holiday destination for lovers of the great outdoors who want to witness first-hand, the powerful and awesome might of nature.

Located north of Great Britain, just 3 hours flying time from London, Iceland is situated at the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. With only 320,000 inhabitants, it is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

Blessed with dramatic fissures, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers and glaciers, Iceland is a country to be experienced up close and personal, rather than from behind a window of a coach. On our Explore family holiday to Iceland we visit the mighty Sólheimajökull glacier; put on crampons and, with ice axe in hand, head onto the glacier itself to explore its magnificent deep crevasses and ice flows.

Known for its high concentration of active volcanoes, (remember the dramatic eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010 that closed down much of Europe's airspace?) we visit the state of the art Lava centre which opened in June 2017 with its large rooftop platform offering 360 degree views of Eyjafjallajokull, Katla and Hekla volcanoes. The Lava centre also hosts interactive models and simulators, bringing to life the incredible story of Iceland's creation over the span of millions of years.

From zip wiring over a cascading waterfall, witnessing towering geysirs at Gullfoss National Park and enjoying a cooking lesson staying in a remote Icelandic village north of Reykjavik, Explore provide family trips to Iceland with a difference.

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Situated 64° North, just below the artic circle; Iceland benefits from long days from May to the end of August making it an ideal destination to travel to during May half term and the summer holidays. By the end of May sunset in Reykjavik takes place at 11pm, with soft twilight skies lasting well past midnight over the summer months which gives you the opportunity to make the most of its beautiful landscapes and natural highlights.

As Iceland's geographic position benefits from the Gulf Stream, temperatures are higher than in most places of a similar latitude. Average temperatures in Reykjavik are around 13°c in the summer months, although is known to be warmer in other parts of the country. Weather conditions can change rapidly – sunshine, drizzle, rain and snow may all occur in the same day. You’ll need warmer clothing for the great outdoors and cool evenings.

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