Holidays in Iceland with children

Where to go, what to see and where to stay

You’re going to Iceland with your child, and the excitement is mixed with uncertainty… What Icelandic attractions will your child enjoy? Is the weather playing a cruel trick on you? What’s the best way to travel in Iceland with a child and what do you need to know before you go? We advise – you read.

Iceland with a baby – 5 things to remember?

Traveling to Iceland with a child can be successful, it can be the adventure of your life if you take into account a few of the most important factors.

Weather in Iceland. One certainty on the island is that the weather changes like a kaleidoscope of glass. Are you afraid of rain? Of course it will. Will it hit hard? It certainly will. When traveling with your child in Iceland, you should have clothes that allow you to enjoy the trip even in these conditions. As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only badly dressed people, so it might be worth considering that a child walking in wet shoes won’t necessarily be pouring with joy.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Iceland with a baby – 5 things to remember?

Accessibility to tourist attractions. You drive down the road, get out of the car, walk a few steps…and reach a waterfall or hot springs you’d expect to see in the middle of nowhere rather than here, almost next to the parking lot? Anyone who has seen pictures of Icelandic waterfalls or thermal pools online might think they are in pretty remote places. Some are, but many are right by the road and surprisingly accessible to all motorists. So if you have a car, a vacation in Iceland with a child won’t be as difficult as some people try to convince you.

Planning a trip. If, instead of living in one city and exploring its surroundings, you want to travel extensively and explore different parts of Iceland (definitely worth it!), keep in mind the long distances between cities. It’s a good idea to plan the next day or even two and make sure you have the necessary supplies of food, fuel, or other necessities. You may find that you get them in the larger city where you are now, but you won’t have anywhere to buy them on the way.

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Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Iceland with a baby – 5 things to remember?

Prices. While most of the best attractions in Iceland, such as waterfalls or geothermal pools, are free, the stay itself (accommodation, shopping, fuel, eating in restaurants or visiting cultural institutions) can cost you a lot. If you don’t have a large sum at your disposal for the trip, let’s consider in advance how to allocate these costs wisely.

With a child in Iceland – the most interesting activities for children

Iceland is like one big playground full of free rides that spark your imagination and reveal your love of nature. But what is really not to be missed?

Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss, Svartifoss and other waterfalls

Few places offer such powerful waterfalls that at the same time deliver an added experience besides the beautiful view. Selyalandsfoss in the south is famous for the fact that we can get out on the trail behind the mighty water curtain. Nearby is Gljúfrabúi (Gljúfrabúi) – it can only be reached by crawling between the rocks and walking along the stream (not everyone knows about it) . At 30 km from Seljalandsfoss is Skougafoss – another impressive waterfall with a pleasant surprise – the beautiful Fimmvorduhals hiking trail, starting right next to it . Climb a few dozen steps with the kids and take at least a short walk along the Skoga River, which then flows down the mighty Skougafoss cascade – a stream winding along a canyon and a typically Icelandic moss-covered landscape will impress you. There’s also Gudlfoss , which is absolutely unique because it runs down the black basalt columns of Svartifoss in Skaftafel National Park.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss, Svartifoss and other waterfalls

Reinisfjara, Breidamerkursandur and other beautiful beaches

In the south is also the famous black beach of Iceland Reijnisfjara , which looks like someone crushed over it hundreds of kilograms of coal and then scattered them along the coast. There are also two caves and basalt pillars that serve as large natural climbing walls for children. The good news? There are more black beaches like this in Iceland. It is also worth seeing such gems as the diamond beach Breidamerkursandur near the glacier lagoon, the red beach Raudasandur near Keflavik or the beaches of Sandvik and Budir near Reykjavik . This will be a really interesting attraction for children who are used to the fine light brown sand. By the way, you can practice throwing rocks into the water.

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Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Reinisfjara, Breidamerkursandur and other beautiful beaches

Yokyulsaurloon Lagoon and Fjalsarlon

In the list of the most interesting children’s attractions in Iceland, the encounter with icebergs in the lagoons Jokulsárlón and Fjalsárlón ranks very high. We’ve already written about how impressive the local beach is. But the very sight of huge melting ice blocks against the background of Vatnajöküdl, the largest glacier in Europe, will remain in your memory for a long time. In addition to admiring this unusual spectacle, children can watch seals swimming in the icy water, or learn the art of photography, trying to capture their parents in front of this unique landscape.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Yokyulsaurloon Lagoon and Fjalsarlon

Golden Ring – geysers and other attractions

About an hour and a half drive from Reykjavik there is a very interesting area that will provide you with sights that are very characteristic of this country. First of all, in the Haukadalur Valley you will find the only two active geysers in Europe – Geysir and the largest in Iceland Strokkur, as well as many other bubbling thermal springs, and you will understand why Iceland is called the land of ice and fire. There’s also the mighty Gudlfoss waterfall, an azure lake in the Kerid volcano crater and Tingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Children will have a truly extraordinary experience waiting for a geyser to erupt and then watching the bubbling water lazily create a large bubble that, a moment later, bursts and ejects water up to 30 meters into the sky.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Golden Ring – geysers and other attractions

Hot Springs – the bath that has no analogues

A pool with a view of a fjord or mountain valley, a pond for two, or maybe… a hot river? Hot springs in Iceland will give a different meaning to the word “bath”. There are many places in Iceland where you can experience this while traveling with your child. The most interesting? Just outside the capital, the hot river in the Reykjadalur Valley near the town of Hveragerdi is worth a look. An hour’s trekking separates you from where you can jump into the river and feel the heat spread throughout your body. Another famous place is the Seljavallaug pool in a beautiful mountain valley – and here a short walk through the beautiful nature is enough to bathe in the warm water. The thermal pools in the Westfjords are another place you must see. They are unique in that they are located almost beside the road and guarantee a unique view of the fjords.

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Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Hot Springs – the bath that has no analogues

Dead Ends

A symbol of the North Atlantic. They are easiest to catch and observe in Iceland from mid-May to mid-August. They are especially fond of the basalt cliffs of Reinisfjar and Dirhólei, as well as the island of Heimaei. They also frequent the charming town of Vík in southern Iceland, which you’re sure to get to anyway when visiting the south’s most popular waterfalls.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Dead Ends

Icelandic horses.

Although there are fewer of them than sheep, nevertheless traveling through Iceland, you will get the impression that they are everywhere. They graze along the roads, exceptionally beautiful and unique in their own way. Meeting them will be special for your children.

Whales – cruise in search of large mammals

Akureyri and Husavik, two port towns in the north of Iceland, are great cruising bases where you can see whales up close in their natural habitat . In turn, nearby Lake Miwatn, a land of geothermal pools, fantastic volcanic landscapes and natural baths – an alternative to the famous, often crowded and much more expensive Blue Lagoon – is a great starting point for exploring this part of the country.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Whales – cruise in search of large mammals

Pools

Icelanders love swimming pools. Although, as mentioned, they are lucky enough to use hot springs, there is a pool in almost every town. The best children’s pools in Iceland? The Lágafellslaug in Mosfellsbr has a very good reputation, and it’s no surprise since there are plenty of water rides waiting for kids. Popular and loved by families with children is Sundlaug in Kópavógürah and Laugardalslaug, located next to the only tent camp in Reykjavík.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Pools

Museums

Traveling to Iceland with a child does not necessarily mean abandoning cultural reviews. The country has a lot to show, too, even when considering Reykjavik itself. Museums worth visiting with a child include: Árbæjarsafn Open-Air Museum with historic grass-covered houses that will show you how the people of Reykjavik lived, the Reykjavik 871 ± 2 exhibition presenting the history of the first Icelandic settlers or the Multimedia Center of the Northern Lights. Also worth a visit are the National Museum, the Whale Museum or the Viking Maritime Museum.

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Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Museums

Reykjavik with a child

Those who have been to Iceland usually think its capital is worth a visit, but there’s definitely no point in staying longer. If you do the same and want to see the most interesting places of Reykjavik in a short time together with your child, you do not have to think long and look for them. Walking around the city and the main street with pubs and restaurants Laugavegur, it is worth seeing the panorama of the city from the church tower Hatlgrimskirkja , Harpa concert hall in a modern glass building, which is a showcase of Reykjavik.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Reykjavik with a child

There is also an interesting attraction in the city, not far from Reykjavik University – the golden beach of Nautolsvik . It is here that on hot days you can swim in the bay, where warm thermal waters mix with the waters of the ocean, but those who crave heat can bathe in hot tubs with hot springs. In addition to the museums already mentioned, add the Adrenalin Reykjavik rope park, the Smáratívolí entertainment center with trampolines, games and activities or the Family Park and Zoo with Icelandic animals such as reindeer and foxes to the list of Reykjavik attractions.

Iceland with a child - where to go, what to see

Reykjavik with a child

Iceland with a baby – is it worth it? We’re waiting for your feedback.

Iceland is a totally unique place on the map of Europe. It’s a beautiful, natural playground for children that can spark such a love and interest in nature that we wonder about it ourselves. As you can see, there are plenty of children’s attractions in Iceland, and it’s impossible to list them all. Have you been to Iceland with your kids? Add your suggestions for places and things to see in the comments.

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