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Escape Extra: Iceland for all the family

Splashdown: The expedition ends with a visit to the mighty Seljalandsfoss waterfall

GOOD news for adventurous children: tour operator G Adventures is extending its partnership with National Geographic Expeditions to offer 12 small-group trips for families, all setting off in 2020 but on sale now.

Among them is seven nights in Iceland departing next June, July and August. Starting in capital Reykjavik, families sail off on a whale- and dolphin-watching expedition before visiting a farm with Icelandic horses.

Examples of Iceland’s immense geography follow — first an epic lava tunnel, where parents and kids can learn about the inner workings of a volcanic eruption, before mighty Gullfoss waterfall and the spouting Geysir, er, geyser. After seeing where North America and Eurasia’s tectonic plates collide, everyone visits a geothermal bakery as pots of fresh bread are dug out of hot sand.

The southern coast brings a Viking history lesson, plus black-sand beaches and a voyage to the volcanic Westman Islands. Crater slopes here are eerily warm from geothermal activities while parts of Heimaey, the only inhabited isle, are submerged under lava.

The final day yields one last waterfall in Seljalandsfoss, including entry to a cave behind it, and then the Blue Lagoon and its hot-spring pools. ‘All these family trips have been specially designed for those aged seven years to 77,’ says brand manager Amanda Dunning. ‘Both fun and educational, the tours are ideal for multigenerational families interested in connecting with the world around.’

It’s Bieber time

If your kids recognise Seljalandsfoss, it could be because they’re Beliebers. The video for Justin’s 2015 single, I’ll Show You, was part-filmed at the waterfall. ‘It’s a beautiful clip full of nature’s glory,’ gushed Billboard at the time.

Iceland is £2,999 per adult or £2,839 for children aged 7 to 12, including B&B, meals, transfers and entry fees,, ref ELRNF. Other trips include being a ranger in Alaska, gladiator school in Italy, sumo in Japan and ziplining in Costa Rica