Iceland with kids is quickly becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, and with all the natural beauty and wonders that this small island country in the North Atlantic has to offer, there is little surprise as to why. For anyone looking to plan a vacation that will place them in one of the most dramatic and stunning landscapes in the world, then Iceland might just be the destination for you. Iceland is home to numerous geo-thermal locations, including volcanos, hot springs, waterfalls and more, as well as historical sites such as the thousand year old location of the Althing—Viking Parliament—and, of course, the world famous Northern Lights. If you’re considering a trip to Iceland with kids and are wondering what type of family outings to plan, here are a few you’re bound to enjoy.
There are numerous waterfalls located throughout Iceland, but none are quite as jaw dropping as Gullfoss, which disappears steeply into what appears to be a hole in the land, descending some 32 metres. The falls cascade for over 2.5 kilometres, and when the sun is out there are plenty of chances for the kids to spot rainbows glimmering in the mist.
The Blue Lagoon.
While you might not get the chance to head to the beach on an Iceland vacation, you and the family can make your way to the famed Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa that features waters with a temperature of 37-39°C. The spa is outfitted with changing rooms and shower areas, as well as a restaurant and bar, and is only a 50 minute drive from Reykjavik or a 20 minute drive from the airport.
The Northern Lights.
There are few things more spectacular to witness than the natural phenomena of the Aurora Borealis, known more generally as the Northern Lights. For families looking to escape on a winter holiday, this is the perfect time to view the green and yellow lightshow that illuminates the sky above many Arctic and Sub Arctic regions. This spectacular event is one both parents and kids will enjoy together.
Visit Thingvellir National Park.
For a truly wondrous trip into nature and a step back in history, make your way to Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll be able to enjoy activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving in the Silfra canyon—caused from continental drift between tectonic plates, as well as visit the founding site of the Viking parliament, which remained active here from the year 930 until 1798. In the year 1930, Iceland celebrated the 1000th anniversary of its famed parliament.
With all the history and beauty that Iceland has to offer, there is no question that a family vacation to this beautiful island country will be something special to remember.
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