Top 10 Spots to Explore in Iceland with Kids
Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland’s diverse landscape and breathtaking natural wonders make it a must-see travel destination. Here are 10 Iceland vacation spots you should not miss when visiting Iceland with kids. Discover some of the most stunning scenery on Earth and see why Iceland is the perfect place for adventure-loving families.
THROUGH THE EYES OF...
WHEN TO GO...
Warmest, June-August // Northern Lights, September-January // Midnight Sun, June
GREAT FOR FAMILIES THAT LOVE...
Adventure, road trips, beautiful scenery, cold weather, landscape photography
MARIANE'S ICELAND HIGHLIGHTS...
Diverse landscapes, peacefulness, freedom to be in touch with nature, lack of tourist crowds
1. VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK
“We visited Vatnajökull National Park at the end of spring. It made it easier for us to go visit the site since the drive was not as treacherous or dangerous as compared to during the winter season. The drive took us about 6 hours from Reykjavik with stops along the way. The long drive was worth it and it’s a must-see when you visit Iceland with kids!”
2. THE BLUE LAGOON
“We were so lucky to experience the Blue Lagoon without fighting with tourist crowds. I guess it was the time of day we went, which was 6:30 p.m., and the time of year in April. We didn’t have to line up for tickets since we purchased online and there were not many people. We were very lucky!”
3. THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
“Thingvellir National Park is unique because it’s where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart. It’s also a part of the famous Golden Circle route. You cannot leave Iceland without doing the Golden Circle. It has some of the most beautiful sites Iceland has to offer and can be done in as little as a day.”
“This is Iceland’s famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. My youngest son was very interested and curious about the rocks and volcanoes, so for him this was such a treat!”
5. GULLFOSS WATERFALL
“Gullfoss Waterfall is another stop along the Golden Circle. It’s a beautiful and untouched creation of nature. The flow of the river from the regular rain and the glacial runoff, particularly in the summer, makes Gullfoss one of the largest-volume falls in Europe.”
6. KERID CRATER LAKE
“Our final stop along the Golden Circle was Kerid Crater Lake. It’s a volcanic crater lake, believed to have been created by an eruption more than 6,000 years ago.”
“We came across these friendly Icelandic horses when driving to Vík. These adorable horses can be seen all over Iceland on farms and along the roads. This bunch seemed more curious than us, and they loved the camera!”
“We saw this landscape during a hike to the Seljavallalaug hot spring pool. Iceland has such amazing out-of-this-world landscapes and for the kids to experience and see it is once in a lifetime.”
“One of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland is Skógafoss. It was a perfect combo of a sunny spring day and lots of mist so we were lucky enough to see a lovely rainbow!”
“We only had a couple of hours to visit Reykjavík, but we made sure to check out a few sites! This was taken from the Hallgrímskirkja parish church where you can see this colorful view of Reykjavík. When you visit Iceland with kids, check out the Sun Voyager, where you can admire the coastal path of Reykjavík.”