Impossibly Cool: Iceland's Top Adventures With Kids
Gullfoss | Credit: Stig Nygaard on flickr CC
Iceland. A land of black lava, white snow, green moss and, well, ice. From Seattle, seven hours on a nonstop flight by IcelandAir is all it takes to get your family to this mysterious and adventure-filled country.
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Trust us — that plane ride will be worth every minute when you take in Iceland's otherworldly landscapes. Its natural and cultural sites are unparalleled, from geothermal wonders that power the tiny nation to history lessons that your kids will love. No wonder that movie and TV directors have chosen to film hits such as "Game of Thrones" here.
Weather-wise, summer is the best time for a trip. Multiple layers are not needed, and the roads are safer. IcelandAir offers nonstop flights from Seattle and several other cities across the United States. You can also stop in Iceland for free if you are flying IcelandAir to Europe. But don't stop at summer: In the winter months, snow and ice create a winter wonderland reminiscent of your child’s favorite movie ever, "Frozen". Airfare can also be cheaper during the winter months, with off-season package deals offered as early as October or as late as April in the spring. (For deals on fares, keep an eye on IcelandAir.com and sign up for weekly notices from TravelZoo.com).
The easiest way to get around the country is by rental car or tour bus. Bus tours take the guesswork out of daily excursions, and can create a more relaxing trip for parents who don’t want to have to worry about language barriers, international road rules or driving in winter. Those with larger families may save more by renting a car, however, as tours do charge per person.
Here are Iceland's top family adventures (+ where to stay and where to eat).
Iceland adventure index:
- Drop your jet lag at the Blue Lagoon
- Take in the gushing glory of Gullfoss
- Watch the Great Geysir explode
- Walk through history at Thingvellir National Park
- Marvel at the icebergs of Jökulsárlón
- Watch puffins take flight off the Westman Islands
- Dance with the Northern Lights
- Gaze over the city from the top of Hallgrimskirkja
- Mingle with the locals in central Reykjavík
Also in this guide:
Where to stay and where to eat in Iceland with kids, and lots more travel ideas for families.
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