Exploding geysers, erupting volcanoes and steaming rivers give this North Atlantic country a “Lord of the Rings” quality that appeals to kids (though they may find it a challenge to sound out the multisyllabic names—Eyjafjallajökull?). Butterfield & Robinson’s 12-seat van does a 500-mile loop from hip Reykjavik, placing you at remote lodges for hikes through the rugged landscape. In the south coast Highlands, climb the volcanic crater of Mount Hekla, then relax in a river whose temperature hovers in the 80s. Ferry to the Westman Islands, where the largest puffin colony in the world flourishes and the ground is still warm from a volcanic eruption in 1973. Farther north on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, waterfalls and caves await.
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