Iceland is wonderful with kids and not just for the prospect of live volcanoes, endless caves, warm lakes in winter and astonishing geysers.
It’s a small, friendly country with a relaxed atmosphere and few experiences that are off limits to young visitors. So visit in summer to tour around or go during winter for Reykjavik’s snowy fun and northern lights, it’s all amazing and mostly very accessible.
Direct flights from several UK airports all year round to Reykjavik – flight time, three hours. Also, children travel for half-price on Air Iceland’s domestic flights.
Icelandic culture is very family-centred making it one of the easiest countries to visit with children of all ages.
The country has three accessible national parks: Vatnajökull; Þingvellir; and Snæfellsjökull, and a very dynamic environment, famous for live volcanoes, huge glaciers and thermal waters, Iceland outdoors is particularly thrilling for active teens.
About half the size of the UK, Iceland has a population of just 400,000 and most people live in and around the capital, Reykjavik.
From Aurora Borealis themed hotels to luxury hostels, self-catering city apartments, heritage guesthouses and child-friendly spas, families have a wide choice of places to stay in Reykjavik and larger towns across Iceland.
Family tours, day trips, cruises and guided outdoor adventures are widely available, beautifully organised and cover almost every Icelandic experience.
You could manage a family holiday in Iceland without a car: day trips and longer tours from Reykjavik are easy to arrange. The larger national parks have a wide range of family-friendly breaks with transport included. And Reykjavik itself is wonderful to walk around and has excellent public transport. Driving gives you more freedom to explore further, take your time and get to know the country at your own pace. The roads are good, just keep an eye on the weather in winter and late spring.