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What to do in Iceland?

Iceland is one of Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations and with so much beauty, variety and culture, it’s no wonder that tourists keep returning to the island. If you haven’t yet been and are wondering if Iceland is for you, be inspired our top 5 reasons to travel to Iceland:

  • For a trip that’s suitable for any age or traveller. Whether you’re travelling with children, with friends, as a couple or going solo, Iceland is the perfect destination. Children and adults alike will be blown away by the dramatic cliffs of the fjords or the thrill of seeing a whale up close.
  • For a culture trip. Reykjavik is well known for its artsy atmosphere and you will notice this as soon as you step foot in this cool city, with cool bars, cafes, museums, galleries and shops around every corner.
  • For delicious food. Stay in Reykjavik for a taste of haute cuisine in any of the cool, minimalistic restaurants that are becoming famous here, or go off the beaten track; going on a fishing trip in the afternoon to catch your evening meal. Iceland’s fresh seafood is unbeatable and this alone is well worth the trip!
  • For an experience of Iceland’s animals. See the wild ponies that roam the fjords here as you hike around this incredible location. Visit the westman islands to see the famous puffins that live here in their hundreds. Go on a once in a lifetime cruise to see the whales and killer whales that live in the waters surrounding Iceland.  
  • For more natural beauty than you’ve ever seen. Visit one of the many stunning waterfalls, fjords, villages, beaches, cities or forests here, which are almost entirely untouched. Godafoss, meaning ‘the waterfall of the gods’ is just one unmissable spot, why not have a picnic here to truly enjoy it. The black sand beach is just one example of an incredible Icelandic cove, with so many more, such as Diamond Beach.
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Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland is full of Mother Nature's magnificent works. On your Iceland family vacation, you'll be amazed by its coastlines with rugged fjords, and active volcanoes and lava fields in its interior. Horse-filled grasslands, waterfalls, and geysers add to a magical vacation for young and old.

What makes Iceland a great destination for families?

Unique wildlife, natural phenomena, and wide-open spaces make for adventurous family trips in Iceland. A vacation in Iceland for kids is a stunning introduction to ecological wonders that can't be found anywhere else. The unique landscape makes for both a dramatic and idyllic destination for a memorable vacation.

Best things to do in Iceland with kids

A vacation in Iceland is even more fun with the activities your family can enjoy here. Whether it's off-road tours in SUVs, horseback rides, or hikes, your family is sure to have fun. There's also added thrills with activities like surfing and whale watching.

  • Swim in geothermal pools

Pure glacial waters and volcanic processes give rise to numerous geothermal pools that you can't miss on your Iceland family vacation. Reykjavik's Laugardalslaug pool is an excellent choice for soaking or splashing around just like the locals. For another popular experience, stop at the famed Blue Lagoon and float in its mineral-rich, milky blue waters.

  • Marvel at the beautiful waterfalls

In many parts of Iceland, you’ll find water cascading throughout the country's varied geological formations. Get your camera ready for the majestic Gullfoss falls and capture the beautiful scenes at this landmark on Iceland’s Golden Circle. Stroll through Vatnajokull National Park and experience the dramatic drop of the Svartifoss waterfall from its base.

  • Delve into Viking history

An Iceland vacation for families wouldn’t be complete without learning about the country’s Viking history and heritage. Reykjavik’s National Museum of Iceland has a collection of fascinating artifacts that provide reminders of its Viking past. These magnificent exhibits include riding gear, brooches, and amber necklaces. A trip to Borgarnes' Settlement Center museum introduces you to the life of the area’s original warrior-poet, Egil Skallagrimsson.

  • Head out on a hike

A hike is a great way to explore Iceland with your family. The country is famous for its unspoiled terrain and breathtaking views that offer excellent opportunities for hiking. For example, Mount Esja offers numerous trails for different ability levels around the peak and all the way to the top. The Kjolur trail is excellent for beginners, and its plateau route includes opportunities for hot spring bathing.

Tips for planning a family vacation in Iceland

Book your vacation through Evaneos to access the unique expertise of English-speaking local guides who know their country inside out. These guides will tailor your trip to fit your family's needs. We recommend you rent a car in advance if you want to enjoy the flexibility of a self-drive road trip. Check out the best time to travel in Iceland, and make sure you dress appropriately for the weather, as Iceland's northerly location means cooler temperatures than most other locations. Looking for something a bit warmer, perhaps? Check out our other great destinations for families.

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