Kids and family vacation in Iceland
Updated: Apr 20
If you are thinking about and planning a holiday with the kids, Iceland should be on your destination list for many reasons. The most obvious reason is the same as for other tourists and visitors, the diversity of natural wonders, landscapes, and choices of things to see. Most kids are curious and love to see waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, and real volcanoes. An old crater that once, and sometimes just recently, spewed glowing magma from the ground and delivered fire, lava, and dark smoke in all directions. It is part of the children's adventure mind to be interested in seeing a location that possibly was, or is, a home of a dragon. A vacation in Iceland is always an adventure.
The many adventurous things to do with your kid
Standing at the entrance of an incredible canyon like Fjaðrárgljúfur is a thing a young mind will never forget. That also applies to sailing on an iceberg lagoon between large and cold icebergs at Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón. Walking behind a waterfall with your parents on a narrow path, like Seljalandsfoss, is an adventure a child will probably not forget. And how about those mysterious mountains and cliffs home to trolls feared by the elves living in small hills below. Would a child not enjoy seeing the geyser Strokkur blow the seam twenty meters into the air or a magnificent waterfall like Dynjandi? And visit Rauðfeldsgjá, where you have an exciting mix of our Sagas, history, folklore, landscapes, and the artwork of Mother Nature.
How to travel on a family tour in Iceland
Most of the natural wonders in Iceland are reachable in an ordinary family car in a timespan of a few days. Reasonable accommodations and excellent hotels are available in every region of Iceland. It is also possible to spend weeks traveling between exciting places and magnificent natural wonders in Iceland and constantly see new things. And suppose you want to see anything more than natural wonders in the landscape. In that case, you can take them on a stunning Whale Watching tour in Húsavík, hike up to the top of Drangey island and see puffins up close, dip into the geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar, and hike into the mysterious Drekagil. On our website, you will find many interesting places for kids. Iceland is also one of the safest countries in the world, with no dangerous animals, which makes it more attractive to families with young children.
The best way and best time to travel with kids in Iceland
Traveling in a rental car or your own vehicle, if you prefer to take the ferry from Denmark, is the best option, and the best time of year for such a family tour is June to the end of August. In late August, it is possible to see the Northern Lights. The most exciting way for kids is to do some camping and stay in a tent on some of the many camping sites in Iceland. Places like Skaftafell, Þórsmörk, or Ásbyrgi or one of many camping sites that you find in every town or village along the Ring Road. You will also find great swimming pools with geothermal water in almost every small village or town in Iceland. This a great option if you don't want to buy the costly admission to the Blue Lagoon. Wherever you camp, Iceland has no terrible insects or other dangerous creatures to worry about. It is a very safe country and ideal for a family vacation for kids.