Iceland is overly topping bucket lists and wooing travellers. Its breathtaking sceneries, snow-caped volcanoes, gashing waterfalls and glaciers paved pathways give it the splendor that leaves many in awe. If you are looking to unwind while enjoying some crisp fresh air and cinematic landscapes, Iceland is your spot. Unlike most destinations, Iceland stands out as one of the most family-friendly places.
The native culture offers an ambient experience. The impressive low-crime rate speaks of nothing but a general safe attitude. Travellers enjoy a sense of safety. Icelanders’ warmth and kindness is quite welcoming and hard not-to-catch. The nonchalance of the natives might surprise unsuspecting visitors. But your kids will be excited to learn about the town in the popular Nickelodeon series, Welcome to Lazy Town. Family vacations in this Scandinavian region are quite the experience especially since nature lovers can enjoy magical moments with their families.
A good traveller plans for the vacation. Planning is drawing out your holiday while still working out the logistics. You pack appropriately; choose accommodation, asses the holiday packages available and choose sites to visit.
First, it is almost impossible to travel light when visiting Iceland. The place gets really cold sometimes hence always pack warm. For a family vacation renting a cabin would be economical and convenient. Reykajvik is sprinkled with cabins of different shapes and sizes. Big cabins can house up to 16 people including kids. Therefore travelling with family is not inconvenient. Most of these cabins are equipped with hot tubs and big play areas for kids.
The self-drive package is flexible and fit for an extensive excursion of Iceland because of the wide array of activities and sceneries to explore. Families prefer this package as it keeps travellers on top of their vacation plan. When you book a self-drive tour, your transport, accommodation and excursions itinerary are planned prior.
Iceland’s volatile nature raises a lot of questions when it comes to children. You have to figure out child-friendly recommendations and the respective age restrictions. Are kids allowed at the volcano tours or glacier hikes? Can they board a whale watching boat? Most of the child-friendly sceneries do not charge kids. Travel tips will go a long way in helping you plan for a memorable tour.
Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s famous destination punctuated with natural geological formations and sites, hipped with ancient volcanoes, waterfall, geysers and Teutonic plates. Nature lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the popular sightseeing route and the top detours along the way. You have not toured Iceland until you take the awe-striking route. The circuit consists of breathtaking sceneries in the southwest Iceland; Pingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gulfloss waterfall. Each of which has a free entry. These sites are unique and mystical yet none of them is more than two hours from Reykajvik and can easily be traversed in a day. If you are on a self-drive tour, it is easy to navigate around the locations without driving back and forth. With kids, taking a road trip would be convenient and productive. Self-drive tours promise a luxurious and comfortable ride where you can take ample time to view the locations and learn as much as possible about their rich legendary history.
Bus tours are also a viable option, differ in length and ample activities. These tours have no age limit therefore the younger children can have an adventure.
The park is a striking brilliant place having secured a place in history and folklore with incredible geology. The UNESCCO park was home for world’s first parliament and the first stop on the Golden Circle. Thingvellir is magnificent in its mysterious allure and majestic nature. When fascinating geology meets alluring history, there is a lot to learn on democracy and earth processes.
Kids will have an amazing time taking a walk along the steep wall where the two Teutonic plates meet while absorbing the incredible geology.. Further ahead, there are waterfalls and gorges perfect for snorkeling and diving deep inside the valley. This might not be safe for your kids as the valley is quite deep and extremely cold. There are hiking trails cascading the Thingvellir that are easy to traverse even during winter as they are cleared daily. In case you happen to be touring Iceland around June to September, the camp site is open. Kids below the age of 13 camp free of charge. Hiking and camping are great activities for a family tour.
The Geysir Geothermal area within the Haukadalur is the second stop, a fifty-minute drive after the Thingvellir. En route, the intense volcanic activities are noticeable. Steaming vents and chimneys are sprinkled along the way and intensify in the village of Laugarvatn, between the locations. There is a spa in the settlement, heated by the hot water beneath the surface of the ground. The Haukadalur valley is a hotbed for geothermal activities; steam spooling from it can be caught miles away. The valley is punctuated with many got pools, clay pots and fumaroles. The hills and soils are tainted with minerals of the earth.
Children will be thrilled touring the geyser park. It would be worthwhile to take ample time going around exploring the steaming and bubbling pools before strutting off to the amazing Strokkur Geyser- the most popular geyser. Strokkur vents water up to 30 meters in the air in intervals of few minutes. Visitors can enjoy an occasional view of the geyser before an eruption occurs. Nearby, there is quite a luxurious resort fit that rounds up as a visitor Centre and hotel. The Geysir Centre has a large boutique shop with many handcrafted and native Icelandic goods. A souvenir to take home is priceless. The restaurant serves traditional Icelandic cuisines made from local ingredients.
The third and last stop of the Golden Circle is quite a spectacle. Ten-minutes from Geysir, the fall is located in a plunging old valley. It gashes two drops from a total height of 105 ft. Guffloss is at its fullest during summer where averagely 140 cubic meters of water pours down every second. The fall is not only breathtaking but also magnificent for its rainbows during sunny days. The scenery is a blend of vivid valleys and falls, overlooking rolling fields and topped up with the sheet of Langjokull. The river, Hvita flowing beneath the fall comes from the glacier. River Hvita is most known for rafting in the southwest of Iceland and best accessed during summer. Nevertheless, it is not less appealing during winter. It is less accessible because of the chunks of ice covering the abyss. The closer you are to the Guffloss, the more interesting it gets.
For younger kids, they can catch the beautiful scenery from above. The older kids can however take the path down the stairs leading straight to the waterfall. The gashing sound of water, the dripping and dropping of water is quite the remarkable moment for kids. The ground can be slippery so it is recommended to carry your younger kids.
Iceland is one of the favorite destinations for nature lovers because of the numerous attractions. The Golden Circle route is a wonder to many. Apart from the three main sites along the route, there are 9 detours along the way.
If you have plenty of time on your plate you could enjoy the Fontana Geothermal Baths, a brief stop at the Crater Kerid which is safe for kids and swimming at the Secret Lagoon in Fludir. Stop for snowmobiling on the Langjokull Glaicer. Kids will definitely enjoy the Fridheimar Tomato and Horse Farm which is a tomato, cucumber and horse farm close to Reykholt. It is also a perfect place for lunch and trying out some tomato soup and home baked bread.
Don’t miss out on kayaking at the River Hvati and some soul adventure at Solheimar. This is an eco-village with a small population of about 100 people, unique and philosophical. The village is a go-to since it has a bakery, café and guesthouse perfect for your kids’ treat. Wind up the trip at the Thjorsardalur Valley of gems and beautiful waterfalls. Skaholt will serve the kids some ample Iceland history- the first bishop resided and nation’s first school was built.
There is so much to do and see in Iceland for you and your kids.