Iceland is an excellent, year-round destination for families, with plenty of opportunities for learning, adventure and fun. It has a “can-do” culture and reputable businesses are very safety minded so, from the age of 10 years, most activities are family friendly. Many operators offer discounts for children and teenagers. The range of things to do is extensive and, in a short break, it is possible to experience much that’s only available in Iceland or is difficult to achieve at other short haul destinations.
For the greatest flexibility and enjoyment when travelling with children, we recommend either a self-drive trip, hiring a driver-guide or a mix of both. It is easy to cover long distances in Iceland, so escorted bus tours often involve too much time on the road for younger members of the family.
To experience as much as possible in a few days, the South of the country offers a huge range of landscapes and spectacular natural features and – with children in mind – plenty of opportunities to get out and experience them on foot, horseback or crampons. The list of things to do is long, even in winter.
We believe it’s important to take your time and really engage with everything Iceland has to offer so we will always encourage visits to swimming pools, spas and natural lagoons, which are outdoors, geothermally heated and definitely one of the most authentic aspects of any trip.
Iceland is a year-round destination and doesn’t just offer outdoor adventure. Cultural and craft activities are becoming very popular and Icelanders are excellent at interpreting history and geography in captivating ways. If your children are studying anything that can be brought to life by a visit here – from volcanoes to Vikings – please let us know and we can make sure these are highlighted in your itinerary.
In Iceland, it’s essential to be prepared for all types of weather – often in the same day – so our itineraries always include both indoor and outdoor activities and the information given to our self-drive customers is very comprehensive. For those who would prefer simply to enjoy looking at the landscape and learning about the country from a professional, we recommend hiring the services of a qualified driver-guide. In addition to removing the need to navigate, this means you’ll see special, extra places that you wouldn’t otherwise find and have greater flexibility over the running of your days.
Flights to Iceland from the UK take around three hours – we can book these for you or you can do so yourself – and there is a wide range of family-friendly, self-catering and hotel accommodation available. Iceland Traveller would be delighted to create a bespoke itinerary for you and your family. Please fill out our detailed enquiry form here and let us know the activities you would like us to include. As examples of the kind of trips we can offer, we have created one self-drive package, which can be taken between and May and September, and a tour with a driver-guide for the winter months. These should be seen as a guide and can be amended to suit the ages and interests of your children.