Iceland’s staggering natural beauty and wonderful rugged landscapes make it the perfect location for explorers, adventurers and lovers of the great outdoors. However it is equally as perfect a holiday destination for young families and children, with a wealth of great experiences that both kids and adults will remember for a lifetime.
Some of Iceland’s best features and most exciting experiences are exactly what makes it the perfect place to travel as a family. The culture, society and way of life makes it one of the most family-friendly places on earth, as well as one of the safest.
We’ve pulled together some of the most child-friendly experiences that Iceland offers, as well as thinking about sights and attractions that will appeal to the whole family. Take a look, and start planning your family’s Iceland adventure today.
Visit the Golden Circle
This is Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route, and is an amazing introduction for children and parents into the majesty and wonder of the natural world. Best of all, if you’ve booked accommodation in Reykjavik it is just a short drive from the city, and manageable in a day trip! The route takes in the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, the fascinating geothermal valley of Haukadalur with its erupting geysers, and the Viking heritage of Þingvellir Valley. If you don’t fancy driving, there are day trips by bus from central Reykjavik which take about six hours.
Go sightseeing by sea
One of the best ways of packing as many of Iceland’s remarkable sights and experiences into one family holiday is by heading out on the ocean waves to see Iceland on a cruise. A cruise offers a safe and comfortable environment for kids to run wild and adults to relax, and it gives you the opportunity to take in far more of this gorgeous country than you otherwise might be able to.
Bathe in the hot springs
Kids will absolutely love the novelty of the ‘natural jacuzzis’ that are Iceland’s hot springs, and will be delighted at the raw power of the geothermal energy from beneath the ground. For parents a visit to one of the many hot springs scattered across the country is a great opportunity to unwind and relax! The Blue Lagoon is the most famous of these natural wonders, but there are natural hot pools across the island, and nearly every town or village has a public pool heated with geothermal energy, most of which include paddling pools and slides for younger swimmers.
Learn about the Vikings
Iceland’s Viking past is endlessly fascinating, and the gorier elements tend to be the most appealing to kids! The Saga Museum, Viking World and The Settlement Centre are three wonderful museums that help kids (and adults!) learn about the history of Iceland while having fun at the same time. The only concern is that once your kids have had a taste of trying on horned helmets they may never want to take them off!
Iceland’s wonderful natural sights, fascinating history and brilliant culture make the Land of Ice and Fire a wonderfully family-friendly place to visit. What are you waiting for? Get planning your nordic adventure today.