If you are considering visiting Iceland with kids but you were like me and thinking, “Where do I even start?” then this post is for you. I am going to outline every single thing you need to know to make an Iceland trip with kids a memorable one. My hope is that this Iceland family travel guide will answer all of your lingering questions. From what to pack to the sites you can’t miss, I hope this post makes planning a whole lot easier.

Things to Know Before Your Trip

What is the best way to navigate a new destination with your kids? BE PREPARED. And this post will help you do just that. There are a couple of ways you can prepare before you even leave for the airport and here is what we suggest.

Download Apps

Before our family trip to Iceland we found a lot of different apps that helped make our trip a lot easier. We outlined all the ones we used below.

Icelandic Coupons – Over 70 coupons at restaurants, bars, cafés, shopping, adventures & entertainment in Iceland

Iceland Guide – Map out your entire trip, Find your nearest fuel station, and calculate from ISK to other currencies

My Aurora Forecast & Alerts – Find the current KP index and how likely you are to see the Northern Lights

Iceland Hot Springs Map – Discover new pools and hot springs. Over 160.

Safe Travel – Iceland – The map displays alert’s from The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration.

Bensin – Icelandic Gasstations – See prices listed and distances to the gas stations with automatic updates

112 – Use to make Emergency calls ( local 911)

Vedur – Weather

Wapp – Hiking/ Walking – Displays varied trails in Iceland by using your phone as a personal travel guide.

8 Day Southern Iceland Itinerary to Help Plan Your Trip!

We put together this 8-Day Southern Iceland itinerary to guide you on a journey along the most lovely and family-friendly stops in Southern Iceland. Get the itinerary here!

Go shopping for snacks

Food in Iceland is known to be very expensive so packing a few things you know your family will like can’t hurt. Pack things like peanut butter, jerky, and protein bars, plus refillable water bottles. If you can’t bring snacks from home, no worries. The Icelandic grocery stores are very easy to navigate. We ended up visiting a grocery store almost every day during our trip. Grocery stores are much more affordable than restaurants in Iceland. 


Icelandic Kronur, or ISK, is Icelandic currency. Most of Iceland uses digital currency, but you may need some krona for some tours throughout Iceland. We suggest converting a few hundred dollars just in case. Don’t come with tons of cash though, you will notice that most places are cashless so just keep cash for tips and tours.

Getting to Iceland

Iceland has one major airport which is about 45 minutes form the main city of Reykjavik. It’s a small airport but it feels new with tons of shops and restaurants. For our flight to Iceland we used Play Airlines. It’s a smaller airline which is known for its budget flights (you know we love a good budget flight). 

What is a budget flight? Well that means you aren’t getting any perks including a drink or snack service. We don’t mind traveling on budget airlines since we bring a lot of our own snacks and drinks anyway. Even though play is a budget carrier the planes are very nice. 

On our flight into Iceland we were so surprised to find a brand new plane which left us feeling super comfortable. Play airlines flys out of New York, Boston, and a few others so if you don’t live in those cities you’ll want to get a repositioning flight there to take advantage of the great deals.

As of March 2023 there were no entry requirements for visiting Iceland. 

Transportation in Iceland

For our family trip to Iceland we knew we wanted to explore more than just the city of Reykjavik. We opted to rent a car and we HIGHLY suggest you do the same. There are many affordable car rental companies in the airport and the check in process is at the airport and was very easy. 

Driving in Iceland is really simple. During our visit in March we were actually surprised with how few cars we saw on the road (outside of the city). 

One piece of advice if you choose to visit Iceland in the winter like we did. The weather in Iceland can change pretty quickly (more on that below) so just make sure you are always checking weather reports as you drive through Iceland. 

Other ways to get around Iceland

If you don’t want to rent a car, your other options would be to take a bus to Reykjavík and have that be your base and take tours to the sites. That’s not a bad option, but you limit your ability to explore that way. The other option is using taxis, which are very expensive, so if you’re traveling on a budget, taxis are not ideal.


Gas is available throughout the island, but there are some areas in the South that there are longer stretches without. The gas was around $4 USD per liter and a full tank on a typical car is about 10,000 ISK, that’s around $74 USD. 

The gas stations require prepayment at the pump or release of the pump by an attendant inside. If you’re using a credit card there is a PIN required at the pump, but you can also pay inside if you go inside before to let them know. 

Also, the gas stations have really good food unlike most in the US. They serve fresh baked goods, hot meals, and even smoothies and healthy options. It’s a great place for kids meals as well, as some give out candy boxes and coloring packets with the meals.

Weather in Iceland

It’s really important to download and use a good weather app regularly. The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, and you might experience all four seasons in one day. For us, it was completely clear one minute, then we went down 10 miles away and we were in a complete snow storm. Keep this in mind if you’re renting a car, you want to make sure you’re prepared. 

March is considered the end of the winter season in Iceland, but it’s still a cold and snowy month. The temperature usually hovers around freezing or just below, and you can expect plenty of snow, especially in the northern part of the country. In fact, March is one of the snowiest months in Iceland, so be prepared for plenty of snow and ice.

The Best Time to Visit Iceland with Kids

This is a really hard question to answer because there are pros and cons to visiting Iceland all year round. Here are some of the reasons why we chose to visit in March and we would suggest you do the same.

  • March is what they call shoulder season so there aren’t as many tourists.
  • Since it isn’t the high season you will find better deals and availability on accommodations and tours.
  • March is cold but it is warming up a bit.
  • In March, Iceland is finally starting to see longer days.
  • One of the main advantages of visiting in March is the chance to see the Northern Lights. March is one of the best months to see this incredible natural phenomenon, as the nights are still long enough and dark enough to give you a good chance of catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.

Visiting Iceland with kids in the summer

The summer is the most popular time to visit Iceland and for good reason. The weather is beautiful (even though you should still pack your winter jacket) and the Island is lush and green.  This is the busiest time to visit Iceland so be prepared to pay a premium for everything from flights to accommodations and even tours. I would also suggest booking much farther in advance for this reason. 

Even though we loved our trip to Iceland with kids in March we will definitely be planning a trip in the summer for the future. 

What to pack when visiting Iceland with kids

One of the reasons that I credit us enjoying our trip as much as we did is because of how prepared we were, especially when it came to our clothes. Here are some things you MUST pack for your trip to Iceland.

  • Thermals
  • Mid layers
  • Snow pants
  • Snow jackets
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof gloves

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Southern Iceland Road trip

There are so many beautiful things to see in Iceland and one of the easiest ways to see it all is to rent a car and drive it yourself. During our 8 day trip to Iceland we decided we wanted to explore the entire southern coast.  

Instead of basing our stay in the main city of Reykjavik we opted to move around the coast and stay one night in each place so we could make the most of our trip. You can read about our full week-long Itinerary in this post.

Where to Stay in Iceland with Kids

During our Iceland road trip we stayed in some amazing accommodations, moving from small town to small town to see the entire southern coast. Here are some of the areas we stayed in during our Iceland road trip and some of the places we highly recommend. ** the prices listed are based on our trip in March and can be higher in the summer months.


Rey Apartments – Reykjavik $275/ night

We loved this place so much. We stayed here on our way in and out of Iceland, as Reykjavik is not far from the airport and it is a great place to sightsee with the family. The apartments are in an amazing location and besides looking for paid street parking, it is very convenient to walk anywhere in town. The apartments were very spacious and updated, which made for very comfortable stays and great for kids with separate twin beds in every room.


Hellisholar Cottages – Hellisholar $162/ night

We visited here on our way to the East. The drive to the cottages from Reykjavik was absolutely beautiful around the Golden Circle. The cottages themselves were so cute and very spacious for a larger family. There was plenty of space to sleep, and the cottage had a cozy vibe and was very clean. There was a restaurant on property and a small kitchen in the cottage, so if you wanted to eat out or stay in, you had an option. We had a great time here!

Midgard Base Camp – Hvolsvöllur $170/ night 

We stayed here on the way back at the end of our trip. Midgard was by far our favorite place we stayed. The kids absolutely loved the hostel accommodations and shared spaces. We booked out an entire family room with 6 individual beds, each with it’s own privacy curtains and lights, etc. The girls got a kick out of that, as well as having to use the bathroom along with other travelers. The Base Camp had a guest kitchen, their own restaurant, a hot tub, a sauna, a gameroom, study, children’s play room, and lots of space to run around.

Should you stay in a Hostel with your kids?

East of Vik 

Hörgsland Cottages – Hörgsland $135/night

We really enjoyed our stay here, the cottage was very cozy and warm. The kitchen facilities were small but adequate and there was plenty of beds for all five of us. The girls especially like the loft room. The staff was very helpful, even bringing us extra sheets in the middle of a snow storm. There’s spectacular scenery all around, with a picturesque mountain backdrop right behind the cottages that is beautiful in the winter with the snow. We were lucky enough to get several feet of snow the first morning after we arrived! Perfect little cottage for families and a great stop on the way to explore the Southern Coast.

Hotel Höfn – Höfn $232/night

Hotel Hofn was in a great location right on the coast with great views of the ocean. The accommodations were very modern and they had a very nice restaurant onsite. Because of our family size, we had to book 2 separate rooms, but it was still very affordable at $232/ night for both. We did not spend much time there, as it was more of a traditional hotel setup. It was still very nice and comfortable with a great design and a great price. We were surprised with how luxurious it felt for such a great deal.

Where to Eat in Iceland

One thing you should know about visiting Iceland is that the food is SO EXPENSIVE. Tipping is not customary, which helps some with the cost, but we also frequently visited grocery stores. If you do decide to venture out to eat here are some of our favorite spots we found along the way.

Where to eat in Reykjavik

101 Reykjavik Street Food

This restaurant had a fast food feel but you did sit down and order. The fish n chips was amazing and they had a really good lobster bisque! They also had good ramen and other great choices for kids. The pricing was fair and the service was quick! You can find this place right by the rainbow road.

Sandholt Reykjavik

This casual bakery and restaurant had free kids meals and a kids menu with coloring. We loved the waffle, gouda, and fried egg. We also had avocado toast with fried egg and took pastries to go for the car ride. Even with free kids meals, the meal was still expensive, but it was fresh and made from scratch. We had 2 adult meals, 3 free kid meals, 2 coffees, 3 hot chocolates, and 4 pastries for a total of $70 USD. This restaurant has lots of options for takeaway, like sandwiches that looked so good! Overall, we enjoyed this meal. 

Braud + Company 

This was our favorite bakery! They have so many different selections and it’s not overly sweet. But they did always have a line! They are famous for the cinnamon rolls so make sure you get one as you snap a picture of their cool murals outside.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

This restaurant has been open since 1937! They famously had a visit from Bill Clinton and have since names a hot dog with just mustard called, “The Clinton.” Their traditional hot dog has 2 types of onions, ketchup, mustard, and brown sauce. This is a great stop for an inexpensive lunch and to check trying the traditional Icelandic hot dog off your bucket list.

Cafe Babalu

This cafe has very eclectic decor! It’s a fun atmosphere for kids and they have awesome coffee! They’ve got some great takeaway food options as well!

Kronan – Grocery Store

We highly recommend grocery shopping! The grocery stores are very similar to that of the USA, so you won’t feel lost in them. The grocery stores were very helpful since we spent lots of time in the car. We were able to have good snacks and drinks to keep the kids entertained. Keep in mind that they charge for bags, so you might want to bring your own. More on grocery stores below.

Where to Eat in Hofn

Ósinn Restaurant at Hotel Höfn

This restaurant in the hotel is really nice and they have great seafood options. It may be a little too fancy for kids, unless your kids are older.

Where to eat in Hvolsvöllur

Valhalla Restaurant

Valhalla Restaurant is a viking restaurant and museum. They have amazing BBQ and ax throwing with a really fun atmosphere! Definitely make this one of your stops in the area.

Midgard Restaurant + Bar

You can get a continental breakfast here, and dinner is always very busy so it must be good. They have freshly caught fish, pasture-raised lamb, and homemade from scratch vegan and vegetarian dishes. We didn’t try it during our visit but heard great things from other guests and it smelled amazing!

What to eat in Vik

Skool Beans

This is such a cool place! It’s in a school bus converted into a coffee shop and its up against the mountains, it’s really something to see! They have really good coffee and hot chocolate, a really fun atmosphere, and it’s just perfect for kids and families! They have some really decadent drinks so make sure you come with your sweet tooth.

Gas Stations – N1 or Olis

The gas stations offer fast food and other great take away items. They even have really good kids menus and offer crayons and activity books. Gas stations are also a good place to find souvenirs. Don’t skip the gas stations on your visit, you will be really surprised with what you can find inside.

Grocery Stores

We visited a grocery store almost every day that we were in Iceland. We loved Kronan because it was easy to find (one in almost every city we stayed in) and it was affordable.

Stay tuned for my video on our Iceland grocery store experience.

I found the grocery stores to feel very familiar. Most labels had English on them and the items were very similar to things I would find back home in the states.

Some things you definitely need to pick up for your kids in the grocery stores:

  • Skyr: Icelandic yogurt. This was very good and thicker than ours back home.
  • Cup of noodles – easy for meals on the go.
  • Cup of oatmeal – we couldn’t believe how many healthy packaged meals we could find for our road-trip.
  • Shelf stable milk: This doesn’t need to be refrigerated (even though the car is definitely cold enough).
  • Collab: This is a drink I really loved. It is made with natural spring water and is flavored with a blend of natural fruit and herb extracts
  • Rye bread – Icelandic rye bread is much different than rye bread in the US. It’s not what you would expect!

What to See in Iceland

There is so much to see and do in Iceland that there is no way you can do it all in one trip. Here are some of our favorite things we did and some things we definitely have on our list for next time. 

Do you want to know how we divided up this itinerary into one very full week? Or how we planned our accommodations to match the sightseeing we were doing that day? Or how many sites could we realistically do before our kids got way too tired? Check out our full 8 day itinerary for Iceland with kids.

Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in Iceland, covering about 300km looping from Reykjavík into central Iceland and back. It’s the perfect way to see some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural wonders including the Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal area of Haukadalur with its erupting geysers, and Thingvellir National Park. The route is easy to navigate and the whole thing can be done in a day trip from Reykjavík. Ill outline more details about each of the stops below.

I would suggest getting started early to make sure you can get the most of the day and beat the crowds. Here are some sites you can check out on your tour of the Golden Circle.

As much as I loved all the sites on the Golden Circle, it was not my favorite of all the things we saw in Iceland. This might be an unpopular opinion but if you had to skip something I would say skip this part. It is really beautiful but the sites we saw down the coast were some of my favorites.

Book a Tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik HERE

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southwestern Iceland and will likely be your first stop on the Golden Circle tour. You can see several geological wonders there, including the Silfra fissure, which is where you can swim between the tectonic plates. It is one of the world’s best sites for snorkeling and scuba diving. Here are some things you should check out during your visit:

  • Walk Between The Tectonic Plates At Almannagja
  • Oxarafoss Waterfall
  • Thingvellir Church – one of the prettiest churches in Iceland
  • Go for A hike – there are a lot of trails even some specifically for horse back riding.

Parking – This park is about 45 minutes from the city and you will have to pay for parking when you arrive. I would suggest downloading the Parka app as it makes the whole process easier. Because the lot is fairly small, you should plan to arrive early to ensure you can find a spot.

Restrooms – The restrooms are located near the parking lot and in several other areas of the park. These facilities were clean, but can sometimes get quite busy in the mornings and peak season.

Food – There is a very small café located closer to the parking lot that offers light refreshments snacks, and hot drinks. We think it’s best to bring all of your own snacks and drinks for this park to make it easier on everyone.

Not Stroller Friendly – Most of the trails in the park are very rugged, so bringing a stroller is not a practical choice.

Child Safety – Be sure to dress everyone in warm, waterproof layers, as it gets very cold there and windy. Also, be prepared for slippery paths if you plan to hike. Make sure everyone stays hydrated by bringing your own refillable bottles when hiking for the day.

Book all of Your National Park Tours HERE

Stokker Geyser 

The Stokker Geyser is one of the largest and most powerful geysers in Europe and erupts every 4-8 minutes, reaching heights of up to 40 meters. The geyser erupts every 7 minutes or so and you will actually find many mini geysers around as well.

When you arrive you will park across the street at the visitors center. Parking is free and the visitors center has everything you might need including a restaurant, restrooms, and a gift shop. The visitors center closes at 5:30pm so if you make a late visit and need the restroom you will be out of luck.


Parking is available in a large lot next to the geyser entrance. The cost for parking is 500 ISK (Icelandic krona) per vehicle, which is approximately $4 USD. The parking lot is very easy to navigate and it is large enough that you shouldn’t have trouble finding a parking spot.


Restrooms are available near the parking lot and they seemed to be well-maintained.

Note: There are NOT any restrooms near the geyser, so plan accordingly before you start your hike.


There is one small café on the property that offers some snacks and beverages. Though the prices are reasonable, the selection is very limited. recommended to bring your own snacks and refillable water bottles.

Limited Stroller Access

The path leading up to the Strokkur Geyser is paved and accessible. It’s important to note that there are uneven surfaces and gravel areas all around the geyser. If you must bring a stroller, be sure to choose one with larger wheels.

Child Safety

The geyser erupts every few minutes or so and it can be quite loud, startling younger children. The area around the geyser can get pretty hot, so please keep an eye on your children and make sure they don’t get too close to the steam or nearby pools of water.

Book Your Tours including the Geyser HERE

Gulfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss, also known as Golden Falls, is a stunningly beautiful waterfall in the southwest region of Iceland. It is part of the powerful Hvítá river, which is fed by Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjökull. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions!

Its a 10 minute drive from the geyser to the waterfall. There is also a restaurant, gift shop, and restrooms and it all closes at 7pm. There is just a short 7 minute walk from the parking lot to the waterfall and you can easily bring a stroller if you dont go to the bottom viewing point which requires stairs.

When you arrive make sure to visit all 3 viewpoints to see the waterfall. My favorite was down the stairs but the other two are pretty as well. In the summer there is a path to get really close but that was closed in March when we visited. When the wind blows over frozen water it’s very cold so be sure to bundle up. This place is absolutely beautiful, do not miss it. 

Here’s some helpful tips for families:


Parking at Gulfoss is free of charge, which is great news when traveling on a budget. However, it gets crowded during peak tourist season, so it’s best to arrive earlier in the day.


There are clean restrooms located near the main parking lot, as well as near the entrance to the waterfall.


There is a cafe at the waterfall that serves hot drinks, sandwiches, and light snacks. The prices are fairly reasonable for Iceland, but you still may want to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Not Stroller Friendly

The paths leading up to Gulfoss are rocky and pretty uneven, which can make pushing a stroller difficult. There are also stairs you must navigate to get a good view of the waterfall.

Child Safety

Be sure your children are wearing good shoes with traction, as there is lots of uneven terrain. Again, the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, so remember to dress in layers and bring rain gear. The rocks near the waterfall can be very slippery and dangerous.

Book all Waterfall Tours HERE

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a breathtaking destination and such a great place to take the family. There are easy walking trails and amazing views of the entire lake and nearby beaches from some heights.


Parking at Glacier Lake is free in several places right off of the main highway. There are plenty of parking spots available and easy to find additional parking just along the way.


There are restrooms located near the main parking area and at the café right along the lake. The restrooms were clean and were readily available during our time there.


The café near the lake offers a variety of drinks and snacks. The prices are on the high side, but the food is good quality and convenient for families who don’t want to pack a lunch. There are picnic tables available along the lake if you bring your own food.

Stroller Friendly

Glacier Lake is accessible by stroller, but the path can be uneven and rocky in some places. A sturdy all-terrain stroller is recommended or you can rent one at the lake.

Child Safety

The water in the lake is very cold and not safe for swimming, so keeping children away form the edge is highly recommended.

Book Your Glacier Lagoon Tours HERE

Secret Lagoon

The Secret Lagoon is a geothermal pool in Iceland’s Haukadalur Valley, near the Golden Circle. It is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland and has been used as a natural hot spring since 1891. What’s really cool is that you can take a dip in the hot water and enjoy the view of the geyser, Strokkur, which erupts every 8-10 minutes at the same time.


The Secret Lagoon has a parking lot available for visitors right in front. The parking fee is included in the price of admission.


The Secret Lagoon has indoor and outdoor restrooms available for all visitors. The restrooms are very clean and well-maintained, very much like those at the Blue Lagoon. Again, there are lockers for storing your clothes and other items.


There’s a small café at the Secret Lagoon that has snacks and drinks available to enjoy inside or out. If you’re planning to spend a full day at the lagoon, we recommend bringing your own food and drinks.

Stroller Friendly

You can certainly bring a stroller to the Secret Lagoon, just keep in mind that it is not fully wheelchair accessible. There are a few steps to climb to get into the lagoon and the paths are unpaved.

Child Safety

The Secret Lagoon is family-friendly and children of all ages are welcome. The water in the lagoon is very warm and even hot in many places, which may be uncomfortable for young children. Children must be supervised at all times, as there are no lifeguards on duty.

Book Your Secret Lagoon Tours HERE


Skogafoss is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls and a perfect destination for families. Located on the Skoga River in southern Iceland, this beautiful waterfall is over 60 meters high. There are a few things you should know before taking your trip to this stunning attraction:


Skogafoss has a large parking lot that is free of charge, which you can leave your car all day without a fee.


There are plenty of restrooms near the parking lot and the Skogafoss waterfall, so keep that in mind as you arrive.


There was a food truck near the parking selling hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks. We opted to bring our own healthier snacks and water bottles to fill up along the way.

Not Stroller Friendly

It would be very challenging to navigate with a stroller, so you might want to consider using a baby carrier instead.

Child Safety

The path to the waterfall can be slippery and steep, so make sure your children wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Bring rain jackets and layered warm clothing to keep your family dry from the frequent mist and wind. The rocks around the waterfall can be very slippery and dangerous, so be careful.

Book all Waterfall Tours HERE

Fontana Geothermal Baths

Fontana Geothermal Baths is a very popular destination for families visiting Iceland. This natural hot spring is located in the small town of Laugarvatn about an hour from Reykjavik.

Here’s a few things to should know:


Parking at Fontana is free to their guests. There is a large parking lot that can accommodate quote a few vehicles.


There are restrooms located both inside and outside the baths. The indoor restrooms are within the changing and shower facilities. The outdoor restrooms are located near the hot spring and baths. They are both well-maintained and very clean.


Fontana has a café that serves a variety of food like sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries, as well as hot and cold drinks. Prices are reasonable and the food is very good. You must try the Geothermal Baked Bread, its delicious. You can also tour the Geothermal Bakery and experience the process on the 40 minute tour.

Stroller Friendly

You can definitely bring a stroller to Fontana Geothermal Baths. Just be aware that the paths around the hot spring can be slippery and sometimes difficult to navigate with a stroller. There are some steps leading down to the hot spring, so you may need to carry the stroller down or leave it at the top.

Child Safety

Make sure your children are comfortable in hot water. Some children may find it uncomfortable. There are no lifeguards on duty, so you will need to supervise your children at all times.

Book your Geothermal Baths Tours HERE


It is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland because it’s close to the Ring Road and its unique feature of being able to walk behind it. The waterfall drops 197 feet over the cliffs of the former coastline!

There are some essential things you need to know to make the most out of your trip to Seljlandafoss :


There’s a very large parking lot right next to Seljalandsfoss. Parking costs 700 ISK (Icelandic Krona) per car per day. You can use a credit card to make payment at the kiosk or download the parking app.


There are very nice restrooms for visitors closer to the parking lot and concession stands.


There is a small popup cafe offering refreshments and light snacks. While there are a few pastries and hot drinks, it’s better to bring your food and drinks.

Somewhat Stroller Friendly

The paths to the waterfall and surrounding area is mostly paved, so strollers are welcome. Keep in mind that there are a few steps and uneven trails along the way that are not be easy to navigate with a stroller.

Child Safety

The weather in Iceland can be a bit unpredictable, so it’s essential to dress your children in warm and waterproof clothing. There are no safety barriers around the waterfall and some of the other attractions. It is very important to keep a close eye on them at all times and remind them of the dangers.

Book all Waterfall Tours HERE

Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach is located in Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park and it is one of the most popular attractions. When the glaciers breakup in Glacier Lake, they float from the lake and onto the nearby beach. These glittering chinks of ice that end up all along the beach is why visitors flock to this destination. It really is a site to see!

Before you tale your family to Diamond Beach here’s some important things to consider:


The parking at Diamond Beach is absolutely free and there is a large parking lot nearby. Be aware that the lot can fill up quickly, especially during peak tourist season. Be sure that you park as far to the left as possible, as that is the area you will want to walk towards. It’s best to arrive early in the day to secure a good spot that is close enough to walk to that area of beach.


There are public restrooms right across the street at the Glacier Lake parking and food trucks. While they are free, they can also be a little dirty when its in high season and very busy. Be sure to bring your own wipes, paper, and sanitizer just in case.


There are no restaurants or vendors at Diamond Beach, so bring your own food and drinks. There are plenty of grocery stores in nearby towns of Höfn or Kirkjubæjarklaustur. These are great places to purchase snacks, sandwiches, and other essentials.

Not Stroller Friendly

The walk down to Diamond Beach is very uneven and rocky. Bringing a regular stroller is not advised. If you have a wagon or hiking stroller with larger wheels, it’s possible you can make the trek. Otherwise, strap on the carrier and watch your step!

Child Safety

It’s important to know that the beach can be quite crowded, especially during peak season. Also, as I mentioned, the terrain can be challenging for younger children. Most importantly, the water can be extremely cold and dangerous, so it’s very important to keep your children close at all times.

Book Your Beach Tours HERE

Reynisfjara Beach

Reynisfjara Beach is a really fun and beautiful beach to take the entire family. The natural caves and rock formations are a must see on your adventure.


Parking at Reynisfjara Beach is free, but it can be difficult to find a parking spot doe to its popularity. We recommend arriving early in the day, especially if you’re traveling with younger children.


There are restrooms located near the parking lot of Reynisfjara Beach, but they were not the cleanest facilities. We recommend bringing hand sanitizer or wet wipes for your family’s if you must use the facilities.


There are no food vendors available at Reynisfjara Beach, so be sure to pack your own snacks and drinks. There are several small towns nearby where you can find restaurants if that is an option for you.

Not Stroller Friendly

The beach is made up of black sand and pebbles, which is extremely difficult to navigate with a stroller. The stairs and steep inclines also make it impossible to push a stroller. We highly recommend using a baby carrier or backpack for younger children.

Child Safety

Reynisfjara Beach can be dangerous and proper precautions should be taken. The waves can be strong and unpredictable, so keep your distance and watch the kids. Climbing the rock formations can be fun and great for pictures, but they can also be slippery and very dangerous. Be careful very careful.

Book Your Beach Tours HERE

What to Do in Iceland with Kids

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in Southwest Iceland. The lagoon is situated in a lava field and is powered by the nearby geothermal power plant. This spa is very luxurious! Kids are free and we did a spa package with facials, masks and robes. 

  • Restrooms available
  • Several dining options
  • Not recommended for children under 2

Get the full details and helpful tips from our post about Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland with Kids.

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Fontana Geothermal Baths

Fontana Geothermal Baths is a very popular destination for families visiting Iceland. This natural hot spring is located in the small town of Laugarvatn about an hour from Reykjavik.

Here’s a few things to should know:


Parking at Fontana is free to their guests. There is a large parking lot that can accommodate quote a few vehicles.


There are restrooms located both inside and outside the baths. The indoor restrooms are within the changing and shower facilities. The outdoor restrooms are located near the hot spring and baths. They are both well-maintained and very clean.


Fontana has a café that serves a variety of food like sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries, as well as hot and cold drinks. Prices are reasonable and the food is very good. You must try the Geothermal Baked Bread, its delicious. You can also tour the Geothermal Bakery and experience the process on the 40 minute tour.

Stroller Friendly

You can definitely bring a stroller to Fontana Geothermal Baths. Just be aware that the paths around the hot spring can be slippery and sometimes difficult to navigate with a stroller. There are some steps leading down to the hot spring, so you may need to carry the stroller down or leave it at the top.

Child Safety

Make sure your children are comfortable in hot water. Some children may find it uncomfortable. There are no lifeguards on duty, so you will need to supervise your children at all times.

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Whale Watching Tour

Going on a whale watching tour in Iceland is a truly unique experience. Seeing whales up close and in their natural habitat is something you’ll never forget. During the tour, you’ll be taken out to sea on a boat with a knowledgeable guide who can point out the different species of whales and tell you interesting facts about them. You’ll have the opportunity to take pictures and videos of the whales and their pods!

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Ice Cave Tours

The ice caves are formed by glacial rivers and are carved out of solid ice. It’s really something to see! You’ll be able to explore these incredible structures and experience their remarkable stillness on an ice cave tour. Guides will explain to you the formations and history of the cave, as well as the local environment. Be sure to wear warm clothes and a coat!

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Swimming Between the Tectonic Plates

Swimming between the tectonic plates of Iceland is an incredible experience! The feeling of the cold water and the power of the natural forces around you is something that will stay with you forever. It’s breathtaking and beautiful! The experience of swimming between two continents is something that few people can say they have done.

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Drive the Golden Circle

Driving the Golden Circle in Iceland is an amazing experience! The route takes you through stunning landscapes of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, and geysers. You’ll get to experience the raw beauty of Icelandic nature, with the chance to explore breathtaking sights like Gullfoss, the Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park along the way. The roads are pretty easy to navigate and it’s a really beautiful and relaxing drive.

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Drive the Ring Road

The Ring Road is a national road in Iceland that circles the island, running through nearly all of the inhabited parts of the country. It’s 828 miles long so you won’t be driving the whole road, but it’s a great place to see some sights! The road runs along the coast of Iceland, with the majority of the road being single lane with occasional passing lanes.

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Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights Tour in Iceland is a guided tour that takes you out into the countryside at night to view the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. The tour includes transport to the best viewing spots and an experienced guide who will provide insight into the lights, their history and culture.

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Get Ice Cream (Yes, ice cream in Iceland)

Iceland is known for its delicious ice cream, which is made with natural ingredients and is usually dairy-free. It’s light, creamy, and so refreshing! It is also a good way to cool off in the summer months in Iceland since the Icelandic climate can be quite unpredictable.

Icelandic ice cream is usually made with unique flavors that you won’t find elsewhere, like licorice, black currant, and blueberry. So if you’re looking for a unique, delicious treat, then ice cream in Iceland is definitely worth trying!

Horseback Riding 

When you go horseback riding in Iceland you’ll see some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen! Snow-capped mountains, volcanic craters, and huge fields of lava, just to name a few. Horseback riding is fun itself, but Iceland is known for its peaceful nature, and horseback riding allows you to explore its natural beauty without the hustle and bustle of a city.

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Iceland may be most well known primarily for its stunning landscapes, but there are also some beautiful beaches to explore! One of the most popular beaches is Reynisfjara, located on the south coast of Iceland. This black sand beach is known for its basalt columns, caves, and big waves. Other beaches worth seeing in Iceland are Djúpalónssandur, Breiðamerkursandur, and Rauðisandur. All of these beaches have breathtaking views, and the waves make them great for surfing and other water sports.

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Iceland is home to some of the world’s most stunning waterfalls. From the powerful Gullfoss to the multi-tiered Skogafoss, the country is filled with awe-inspiring waterfalls that are worth seeing! You can use the Wapp to find great hiking and waterfalls. 

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Iceland is home to a variety of beautiful parks, perfect for sightseeing, outdoor activities, and relaxation. We explored Þingvellir National Park, but there are lots of other parks to see, like Thingvellir National Park, Snæfellsjökull National Park, and Vatnajökull National Park!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Traveling to Iceland With Kids

Is Iceland good for traveling with kids?

Iceland is a great place to travel with kids! The people are welcoming and there is so much to see and do. Our kids loved traveling in Iceland! Plus since a lot of our activities are outdoors the kids had plenty of chances to run and play.

How long do you spend in Iceland with kids?

We spent 8 days in Iceland with our kids and we found it to be a surprisingly easy trip. We had time to see a lot of sights without getting worn out. 

What is the best age to go to Iceland?

The best age to visit Iceland depends on your interests and travel preferences. Iceland is a destination that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Iceland is a safe and friendly place for families but there are a lot of things that might be difficult for really little ones. I wouldn’t let that discourage you, there is still plenty to do for babies all the way to adults.

Do kids need car seats in Iceland?

We always suggest taking your own carseats when you travel if your kids still use one. You can read all about our travel car seat recommendations in this post.

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