Iceland is an infant in geological terms, and still growing – one island off its south coast only rose from the waves in 1963.
The country's wild landscapes are best explored during the
summer months, when the long hours of daylight allow plenty of time
for seeing and doing.
There are some incredible, adventurous activities on offer here,
making Iceland a brilliant choice for older families. From
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, drive across lava
fields and up to one of the ice-caps, where you can go snowmobiling
on glaciers. On the way back, take in caves and waterfalls, climb
to the rim of a volcano, see the continental divide between the
North American and European tectonic plates and visit the home of
the original geyser - after which all others are named.
Add in majestic fjords, mountains and black lava beaches and you
have a veritable feast of geographical phenomena - so no excuse for
the children not being top of the geography class when they get
Other activities include the best whale-watching in Europe (with
over 30 species found in Iceland's waters) horse-riding on the
distinctive Icelandic horses and learning about Iceland's Viking
past. And no trip to Iceland would be complete without a dip in one
of the pools fed by the island's geo-thermal springs. The most
famous of these is the Blue Lagoon, an open-air natural pool in the
middle of a lava field where you can wallow in milky-blue,
mineral-rich waters, surrounded by swirling steam.
For those brave enough, Iceland also offers some unusual
'delicacies'. If you can't stomach a piece of hákarl - rotten shark
meat that has been buried in sand for several months - then don't
worry, because Iceland's restaurants also serve some of the
freshest seafood you'll ever eat.