Iceland has become an increasingly popular destination in the last 10 years, and only continues to be. Between being a wonderful destination for solo, couple and group travel, it is also a great destination for a family holiday. There is something for everyone here, and with incredible access to nature and the outdoors, it is a time where you can unplug from the stressors of daily life and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Here are some of the best activities you can do for a family holiday in Iceland:
Spend a day at Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is often the first site in Iceland that people think of when they imagine traveling here. It is one of the most popular images seen on travel brochures and promotions for Iceland, and for good reason! It is a special place with soothing waters, where you can bathe and spend time relaxing. When it comes to what to expect at the Blue Lagoon, expect it to be rather busy in the main pool area, especially if you are traveling during high season. If you wade out into the farther areas of the pool you can find less areas of the pool where you and your family can have a bit more space to enjoy time together and relax. The minimum age for entry into the Blue Lagoon is 2 years of age due to the elevated mineral content of the water.
Go see the glaciers
There are not many places in the world where you can see glaciers, and Iceland is one of them! It is sure to be a hit with your kids, and also a great opportunity for a science lesson. For the ultimate glacier adventure, go snowmobiling across Langjokull Glacier. Passengers need to be at least 6 years of age and driver to be 18 years of age.
Go for a family-friendly hike
There are plenty of hikes that you can go on around Iceland, and it is worth taking some time ahead of your trip to find out which ones best suit your family’s interests and hiking levels. A beautiful family-friendly hike to consider is along the hiking trails around Lake Myvatn. The paths are well-maintained and you’ll see craters along the way!
Visit the waterfalls
There are many waterfalls scattered throughout Iceland. Luckily, there are some that you can get rather close to via vehicle and then go for an easy hike to reach the waterfall. Some of the most popular waterfalls are Majestic Gullfoss, Svartifoss Waterfall, and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall.
Tour the lava caves and tunnels
A unique activity in Iceland is visiting the lava caves and tunnels! One of the most spectacular lava tunnels here is Raufarhólshellir, located under 45 minutes outside of Reykjavík. Víðgelmir is another one to see, as it is one of the largest in Iceland and all of the world.
Go on a whale watching tour
There is nothing like going on a whale watching tour with the family! Kids will love to see the whales in action, and in summer time the whales are known for being around and not at all shy. This a great activity for those of all ages, as is something everyone will enjoy!
With so much to see and do in Iceland, it is highly recommended to plan ahead and make sure that you can get to activities that everyone will enjoy, or at least take turns choosing and/or considering everyone’s interests. So that you can explore and be on your own time in Iceland, it is also highly advised to rent a car.