Family holidays to IcelandWintry and wonderful, Iceland is magical
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.