Adventures // Why Iceland is great for families

This is one that has always been on our wish list: a family adventure in Iceland. It might not seem like the most obvious destination, but the deeper you look the more you will be intrigued.

Iceland is a fairy-tale island of black lava, white snow and emerald-green fields. Waterfalls, lagoons and glaciers abound. The air is as fresh as fresh can be. And the attractions? Let’s go through them so that you can see just what it is that makes Iceland so perfect for families.

The Northern Lights

If there is one thing about Iceland that makes it irresistible, it’s the chance to witness the stunning Northern Lights. OK, so they’re not guaranteed. But if you go on an adventure tour of Iceland with a good holiday company you can increase your likelihood of seeing them. They can also advise you about the best times of year to try your luck.

The Viking History

For kids of all ages, Iceland’s history is fun and exciting. Why? One word: Vikings! On your visit your family can retrace the steps of those who first settled Iceland. At the Saga Museum in Reykjavik they can even dress up in Viking costumes.

The Glaciers

Your family will have a smashing time if you visit Iceland’s famous glaciers. These include Vatnajokull Glacier, which is the biggest and arguably most spectacular glacier in Europe, and Falljokull, which offers the incredible sight of ice crashing down towards the ocean.

The Volcanos

Iceland truly is a land of ice and fire, thanks to a line-up of some of the most awe-inspiring active volcanos in the world. These should provide for plenty of science-based learning and discovery on a family holiday.

The Geysers

One of the largest geysers in the world – The Great Geysir – is located in southwestern Iceland. It’s so spectacular that in fact our English word for geysers is taken directly from the word ‘Geysir’. Along with this, there are plenty of other geysers to delight and inspire. And again, there is much to learn from these scientific marvels.

The Waterfalls

Iceland is blessed with more than its fair share of gorgeous waterfalls, with the tallest of them falling nearly 200 metres. Sights like that should provide plenty of inspiration for your family!

The Cycling

If you’re family loves getting out and about, it might be a good idea to go adventuring on two wheels. Iceland is an outdoor playground and cycling is a fun and functional way to explore as much of it as possible.

This list could go on and on, but you get the idea: Iceland is simply brilliant for families, which is why it is one of our dream places to go.

*Collaborative post.*


  1. 7th February 2018 / 7:49 pm

    I would love to go to Iceland, it’s on my bucket list. I would love to see the northern lights. Hopefully I will get there for my 40th (which is still a way off but I can dream!)

  2. 7th February 2018 / 11:17 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland – definitely in a few years time! X

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