How to Plan a Family Summer Vacation to Iceland
Now is the time to start thinking about summer vacations and booking. A great destination to consider is Iceland, a great place to visit with the whole family.
If you want to have a splendid vacation in Iceland with your family, the best time to visit is during the summer season. This far north-Atlantic country experiences long daylight hours between June and August, known as the midnight sun, when the temperatures are relatively warm, around 20°C. This makes it the perfect time to go hiking and enjoy Iceland’s scenic countryside and attraction sites.
The best mode of transport to use to explore Iceland is by road. Iceland has fantastic roads that make driving in Iceland a joy. If you are concerned about your family’s safety, that should be the least of your worries while in Iceland. Travelling through Iceland’s mainland is safe, which makes exploring the country via a self-drive tour the best option. Numerous rental companies in Iceland have family-friendly rental options. Depending on where you intend to visit, the car rental service will advice on the best vehicle to use.
While in Iceland, you cannot miss exploring its volcanic history while having the ultimate luxury hot spring experience with your family. Iceland has geothermally heated nature baths, with the most famous one being Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned geothermal spa offers you the opportunity to relax under steaming waterfalls. Booking Blue Lagoon is allowed for children as young as two years old so that you can enjoy this incredible bathing experience in the mineral-rich turquoise waters all together as a family.
See Amazing Waterfalls
Iceland is home to amazing waterfalls. There are more waterfalls than you can count. However, not all the waterfalls are kid-friendly. Here are the best waterfalls for children:
- Gullfoss Waterfall. It ranks are the largest waterfall in Europe by volume and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world. This two-tier cascade waterfall provides an amazing view and a good soaking experience for a family with children.
- Skogafoss Waterfall. Also ranked as one of the famous Iceland falls, this 60-metre tall waterfall offers children and the whole family a chance to get soaked.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Even though not famous as the other two waterfalls stated above, Seljalandsfoss waterfall provides your family with an opportunity to see the back of a waterfall by going behind the waterfall.
Roadtrip Around the Golden Circle
If you want to go on a sightseeing road trip while in Iceland, Golden Circle is the route to take. A self-drive along this trip offers you and your family a chance to see Iceland’s most acclaimed natural sights. Some of the awe-inspiring attractions and views on this route are Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Haukadalur Geothermal Valley’s geysers.
May to September is the best time to go whale watching in Iceland as a family. Whale watching offers you the experience of watching whales in their natural habitat. You also get an opportunity to see a full-grown whale shoot out of the water and crash down just in front of your eye. To make the experience better, all this action takes place just a few meters away from your boat.
Explore Ice Cave
If you want to wander in ice caves, there is no better place to do so than in Iceland. Iceland has numerous caves for you to explore. Some of the best ice caves to see in Iceland are:
- Crystal Ice Cave
- Katla Ice Cave
- Langjökull Ice Cave
- Vatnajökull Ice Caves
- Skaftafell ice caves
See the Geysers
Geysers, also known as hot springs, are Iceland’s major tourist attractions. The most famous and active geysers are located on the southern side of Iceland. The most active and visited geyser is Strokkur. Strokkur can eject water as high as 60 meters providing a fantastic site and outstanding experience for your family.
Have you been to Iceland? If not, would you like to spend your next family vacation here? The above are some of the best places to visit once in Iceland and activities to partake in if you want to create long-lasting memories.