Family holidays to Iceland

Wintry and wonderful, Iceland is magical

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


Iceland

It wouldn’t be a stretch to state that, as a whole, Iceland is something of an anomaly to the rest of the world. The island is not somewhere that immediately springs to mind when planning a holiday, particularly when the entire family is coming along; but this is purely down to a quite frankly baffling lack of tourist awareness. Short of a volcanic eruption that wreaked havoc with flights across the globe back in 2010, the country has managed to maintain a certain degree of mystery. If you would like to experience something a little more offbeat for your family break, this fits the bill perfectly.

A quick glance on HomeAway will yield over 200 rental properties across this wonderful country, so you needn’t look any further for all your accommodation needs. To whet your appetite, take a look at our guide to keeping both yourself and the kids comfortable for the duration of your visit.


 

Places to visit on a family holiday to Iceland


   

Family holidays to Reykjavik Family holidays to Reykjavik

The capital city is most probably the only destination in Iceland that a majority of visitors could name, but thankfully it's one brimming with activity. Kids will love the zoo, not a conventional attraction but rather one that prides itself on its exhibits of largely native animals. The city is also laden with parks, but a stroll around the colourful old town is sure to enchant every member of your clan. Just outside city confines, take the chance to bounce on the rolling green moss of the lava fields.

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Blue Lagoon Blue Lagoon

Children, adults and, well, anyone in between quite simply cannot fail to be impressed by the radiant wonders of the Blue Lagoon. Even on the coldest of days, the colossal outdoor pool exudes gloriously warm temperatures, the natural minerals reportedly holding medicinal benefits for anyone with skin conditions. While the little ones are splashing around, you might take the chance to indulge in the resort’s spa facilities - possibly relaxing with a massage by the poolside.

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Whale watching Whale watching

Iceland’s isolated geographical position renders it an absolute haven for nature enthusiasts, not least due to its variety of wildlife. Particularly throughout the summer months, May to September specifically, mine and humpback whales can be spotted in abundance around the coastal areas. Tours operate from Reykjavik, but the most densely concentrated waters for these magnificent creatures can be found off the northern town of Husavik. Plenty of tours operate from the town, boasting a 95% success rate for sightings of the gentle giants.

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Family holidays to Landmannalaugar Family holidays to Landmannalaugar

Should you visit Iceland in the summer, it would be criminal not to experience one of the most bizarre yet breathtaking areas of natural beauty the country has to offer. This area is Landmannalaugar, a phenomenal volcanic landscape in the south of the country that is a dream come true for the more active family. Gear yourself up for the hike and you’ll witness hot springs and sulphur pots amidst the rolling hills, scaling the peak of Bláhnúkur for a truly awe-inspiring view.

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Vatnajökull National Park Vatnajökull National Park

If Landmannalaugar is picturesque in an eerily desolate manner, then Vatnajökull is just out and out spectacular. Yet another valley borne of volcanic and glacial movement, the park boasts the country’s highest mountain in Hvannadalshnúkur, not to mention the behemothic glacier for which it was named. Perhaps the most impressive sight however, the real jewel in the crown, is Dettifoss. The 100m wide waterfall is the most powerful in Europe, powerfully cascading towards the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon below.  

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Iceland Holiday Rentals

New For Rental- Old Iceland- Newly Renovated- Over 100 Years - Historic House.

Totally restored house in details-The Old Icelandic house is a 2 bedroom with balcony with views to the harbour + a large veranda to enjoy outdoors. Fully equipped kitchen for you to make your own meals. Our house is always warm and will take extr...

Luxury oceanfront house in Iceland

A newly renovated family home in a beautiful oceanfront location in a suburb of Reykjavik, Iceland. The home has a chef´s dream kitchen with a gas stove and top of the line appliances, 1 king size bedroom with walk-in closet and own bathroom, 1 q...

Cozy And Family Friendly house in a Beautiful Scenery

Cosy and modern 110 m2 house on one level in the west part of Iceland in a beautiful natural surroundings where the river Hvítá runs right by the terrace. The house was renovated in 2010, it has 3 large bedrooms with comfortable beds, the master b...

5* Luxury! Ocean View - House By The Sea

5* Luxury house with everything you need and a 250m2 Terrace. The whole house is floor heated. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 with king size bed and 1 with queen size bed. Within the master bedroom is a bathroom with toilet, sink and bath tub all with ...

Small and Cozy House in Vík

Nausthamar sleeps 6 adults comfortably and an extra bunk bed is available that fits a child. The house has everything you need: Fully equipped kitchen with a table that sits 8, dish washer and a refrigerator. Bathroom equipped with a shower, washi...

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