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12 Helpful Tips For Visiting Iceland With Kids

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When people think about Iceland, their mind conjures up images of volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, ice sheets and dazzling light displays of the Northern Lights.

Most people think of it as a destination for adventure, and not the most ideal place to take your kids.

But those would be wrong to leave their kids at home when visiting the rugged land of Iceland. There are plenty of reasons to visit Iceland with kids, and the children will love their time there.

But there are some things you need to know before you go to Iceland with children, especially if they are toddler or baby age.

To help you out, we’ve listed our top tips for traveling to Iceland with kids so you can make the most out of your experience.

Tips For Visiting Iceland With Kids

Reynisfjara Black Sand-Beach iceland

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1. Select Your Iceland Accommodation Wisely

Trips to Iceland can be notoriously expensive. Accommodation costs play a huge part in that, especially when you start looking for larger, family sized places to stay in Iceland.

Don’t think you automatically need to stay in hotels in Iceland, there are some amazing places to rent in on vacation rental sites.

Another option is to hire a campervan. We adventured for 10 days in a six berth campervan on Iceland’s Ring Road and it has become one of our families travel highlights.

You can use sites like IndieCampers, where you rent a campervan from a local who isn’t using it, which drastically saves on costs.

The added bonus of a campervan or vacation rental is that you can prepare your own food and save even more money (food is also very expensive)!

Make sure you check out budget supermarkets like Bónus or Krónan to save money on food costs.

2. Slow Your Iceland Itinerary Down

kids in red raincoats running on black dirt with green hills in the background
Plenty of wide open spaces for the kids

There are so many incredible things to see in Iceland, it can be tempting to try and fit everything in.

It’s important to bear in mind that distances can be vast between destinations and some road conditions poor.

What google maps may say is a 2-hour drive can easily turn into a 4-hour adventure with road conditions and stop offs to see unexpected sights along the…

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