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What to see and do in Iceland when travelling with children?

By Sara McMahon

  • Fun times  Iceland is full of adventures just waiting to happen, whatever your age. Photo/GVA

We wish to travel to Iceland with our two children, ages three and eight. Any tips on what to see and do?

 

We wish to travel to Iceland with our two children, ages three and eight. Any tips on what to see and do?

A: Oh, where to begin? Iceland is full of adventures just waiting to happen, whatever your age!

First, activities depend somewhat on the time of year you plan to visit. Reykjavík is dotted with fun playgrounds for children, one of the oldest being Njálsgöturóló located on Njálsgata street, in downtown Reykjavík. Klambratún park also offers a variety of activities for families and is ideal for a picnic during summer. Kjarvalsstaðir Museum is located within the park grounds. There you can enjoy art exhibitions and have a good cup of coffee while the children can mess around in the museum’s “kid’s corner.”

Horseback riding is also popular with families. The horse rental Syðra Langholt near Flúðir, South Iceland, is a good choice. They have horses for all ages and levels of skill and offer everything from one-hour trips to tours which take a few days.

The swimming pools are also a good option, any time of year. The pools are warm and cozy all year round and are guaranteed to keep your little cherubs entertained for hours on end. And so should a visit to Bjarteyjarsandur farm in Hvalfjörður fjord, West Iceland. Children love to visit the farm animals and a scavenger hunt on the beach is sure to be a hit.

The National Museum in Reykjavík includes an interesting section designed for youngsters, and the Akureyri Museum, North Iceland, is also very family-friendly. You will also find that the Christmas Garden just outside Akureyri is great for kids and families.

For more fun ideas, we suggest you pay a visit to our website and read through the local recommendations. 

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