The best way to visit Iceland with kids

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Visiting Iceland with your kids is an adventure you don’t want to miss. This magical land can be enjoyed by people of all ages, making it the perfect destination for a family vacation.

kids standing by a statue in Iceland
Our kids in Iceland hanging out at the Sun Voyager statue

Home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world, and to some pretty unique cultural experiences too, Iceland has something for everyone. 

But before you pack your bags and head off to this Nordic wonderland, here are some tips on how to make the most out of your visit to Iceland with kids.

Planning your family trip

First, let’s talk about packing essentials.

Dressed for the cold weather of Iceland
  • Given Iceland’s unpredictable weather, you’ll need to dress in layers—thermal wear, waterproof jackets, and sturdy boots are a must.
  • Budget planning is key. Iceland can be pricey, so consider booking child-friendly accommodations with kitchen facilities to save on meals. A very nice option would be to look for places that provide free breakfast or are close to affordable dining options. 

Don’t want to bother sorting through hundreds of accommodation options?

  • Renting a campervan in Iceland is also a very popular option for families with kids, and can offer you more freedom as well as a place to call your own while you’re on the island.

Speaking of accommodations, make sure they’re child-friendly.

  • Many hotels in Iceland offer family rooms, cribs, and even babysitting services. Checking these details beforehand will make your stay more comfortable and convenient.

Safety measures are paramount. Always keep a first-aid kit handy, make sure kids have ID information, and familiarize yourself with the nearest medical facilities. Given the terrain and activities, it’s better to be prepared.

Activities for different ages

To accommodate family members of all ages, Iceland offers a variety of activities that cater specifically to different age groups, ensuring that everyone (from toddlers to teens) can find something enjoyable and appropriate. 

patting the icelandic horses in Iceland

Wildlife encounters like visiting the friendly Icelandic horses or watching puffins along the coast can be delightful and educational for the little ones. Budget-friendly fun is abundant, with numerous geothermal pools that offer both relaxation for adults and splashy fun for kids.

As your kids grow, they’ll love engaging in more adrenaline activities like ziplining in Vik or exploring the mystical ice caves. These outdoor adventures thrill and connect your family with Iceland’s stunning natural landscapes

Teenagers, especially, might crave the excitement of skiing down the slopes of Bláfjöll or tobogganing in Hlíðarfjall, where the blend of challenge and fun meets the scenic beauty of Iceland.

And, of course, you won’t want to overlook the cultural experiences that can enrich your visit; from exploring historical Viking sites to attending local music festivals, these activities offer a glimpse into Iceland’s rich heritage and contemporary culture. 

Exploring Reykjavik with children

If you’re spending a significant amount of time on the island, you’ll probably want to be based in Reykjavik, as it’s the base for most of the country has adventures.

father and daughter having fun at the Blue Lagoon
Father and Daughter having fun at the Blue Lagoon.

While exploring Reykjavik with children, you’ll find that this city transforms into a playground of cultural and recreational activities tailored for young ones. 

Start your adventure at one of the many kid-friendly museums. The National Museum of Iceland and the Reykjavik Maritime Museum offer interactive exhibits that captivate children’s imaginations and educate them about Iceland’s rich history and marine life.

Afterwards, head to the city’s numerous outdoor playgrounds. These well-maintained spaces are perfect for kids to deplete their energy and for parents to relax. Of course, this is only a valid option during the summer months.

When it’s time to eat, you’ll find numerous child-friendly restaurants with menus that appeal to younger palates—ensuring that even the pickiest eaters are happy.

Practical travel tips for parents

Before you pack your bags for Iceland, it’s important to know a few practical travel tips to make your journey smoother and more enjoyable. 

  • Packing essentials: don’t forget waterproof jackets and thermal layers for everyone in the family. Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared for all conditions.
  • Safety precautions: Always stick to marked paths and observe local guidelines, particularly around geothermal areas and when hiking. Iceland is generally safe, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution, especially with kids in tow.
  • Tasting the local cuisine: Iceland offers unique flavors that are kid-friendly, such as freshly caught fish, skyr (a creamy dairy product), and kleinur (a type of doughnut). These treats will surely add to your family’s adventure and provide a taste of Icelandic culture.

Iceland: A unique family destination

From splashing in geothermal pools to ziplining in Vik, each day holds a new adventure if you’re visiting Iceland with your family.

Explore the vibrant streets of Reykjavik, and don’t miss the chance to introduce your children to the wonders of Icelandic nature.

Pack smart, stay flexible, and embrace every moment of this magical journey.

Your family’s Icelandic adventure awaits—and you’ll remember it forever.

We hope this article from Wyld Family Travel has encouraged you to visit Iceland with your kids. Reykjavik is the ideal base for exploring.

We are sure you will enjoy your time and find many things to do in Iceland. For more unique ideas on what to do in Iceland, click our Iceland Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

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Author bio:

Father, husband, traveller, and chief destination manager here at Wyld Family Travel. When Mark is not discussing travel or planning travel, you will find him working in disability support. Mark is a family travel advocate, having travelled to over 45 countries with his kids from 10 months to their teenage years. You will find his work here and on other popular websites.

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