Part of spending 12 days of touring Iceland with your 12-year-old means adding in some extra thrills geared for kids (big ones as well as little ones), and that can be anything from zodiac rides around icebergs to a 70-kilometer per hour snow machine sprint on a glacial ice cap.
You get to suit up in gear that insulates you from glacial chill-and even inflates spontaneously in the unlikely event you hit the water.
Jon, our very competent Ski-Doo guide with Vatnajokull Tours Glacier Jeeps, had our 12-year-old ride with him on his snow machine, and, to her delight, let her power up to 70 kilometers per hour across a flat glacial field.
There were treats for adults, too, like the local schnapps Sandra, our guide on our Gentle Giants tour, served. Not to be outdone, our great guides with Ribsfari on the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, served us some Amaretto after we told them that!