How to Plan a Family-Friendly Vacation to Iceland

Want to book a family friendly vacation to Iceland? If not, here’s why you should. Olafur Eliasson one of Iceland’s most well-known artist of the 21st Century said, “I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.” Hearing his words I could almost visualize the natural ethereal beauty of Iceland’s mountains.

The amazement of Iceland is in the vastness of the landscape, and its beauty is beyond imagination. In fact, I believe that Iceland is one of the worlds not so hidden treasures, while everyone knows that it is beautiful, it is not until your eyes behold the beauty that you truly realize that words can’t began to describe the magnificence of nature.

For instance, can you imagine going on glacier hiking adventures? The views are picture perfect.

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1. On your Family-Friendly Vacation to Iceland Look for activities and places interest your family the most

When going to a new country it can be overwhelming at first because you might want to see everything that’s popular. Instead of trying to do it all, evaluate what types of sights and activities matter the most to you.

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Two must see places are: Eastern fjords and Birgarfjordur Eystri!

2. Layout a budget range

I encourage you to complete a travel budget range that includes both your budget minimum and your budget maximum. It’s important to aim for the least but if you hit your maximum budget don’t worry, you’ll still be guilt-free. The best part is that you won’t have surprises because you’ve already ready for them.

Also remember, when planning a budget range you have an opportunity to create a list of the most extravagant trip and the most frugal trip. You probably will want to choose a few activities from each list. Natural parks and treasured areas sometimes are more cost-effective, but offer beautiful views and make great memories. Be sure to research online to make sure that you know the cost up front.

3. Before you vacation to Iceland, read about the culture

Hold yourself accountable to be kind to the people who you meet on your trip. Find out what local customs are so you won’t risk offending anyone or have unrealistic expectations. If you’re traveling as a family find out what the country is known for and throw in an educational aspect of the trip as well. I recommend started with their tourism bureau because will give you a comprehensive view of Iceland and all that the island has to offer visitors.

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The goal is to prepare to respect the culture before you. Iceland even has a pledge that tourist can take that will lay out the expected decorum.

4. Research Accommodations and Amenities

Some hotels and places of lodging offer free tickets and area passes to popular local amenities. Take advantage of those resources if they’re available. If you’re traveling with a large group, renting an area home or apartment for the duration of the trip through popular online sites may be advantageous.

How to Plan a Family-Friendly Vacation to Iceland (Skogarfoss Water Fall South Iceland)

Skogarfoss Water Fall South Iceland

5. Book Your Flight

Booking well in advance will often give you a better deal. Be sure to check out my post “10 Tips on how to Score Travel Deals” to learn how to score cheap tickets.

6. Book your Icelandic activities

It is also advised that visitors report their travel plans to when planning to make the most of the natural attractions in the area because sometimes the weather can be unpredictable.

Ten tips on planning a family vacation to Iceland

Highlights for a vacation to Iceland:

  • Concerts with local artist
  • Museums, zoos, farms
  • Natural Parks, volcanoes, glaciers
  • Local restaurants with indigenous food
  • Local shops
  • Always check something unusual or one of a kind like the Vetrarhatid Lights Festival

7. Learn Some Native Phrases

Fortunately for those who speak English, there are many people all over the world who know it as trade language. So while, you may meet those who can communicate with you directly, saying hello, please, and thank you is a nice gesture. Learning words in the language gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the culture and learn about the history of the place you’re visiting from the natives point of view.
A few Icelandic words are

8. Check the Weather and Plan Accordingly

Their weather site is, also consider downloading the app so you will be able to stay aware of the weather and its changes.

9. Go and make Iceland Your Oasis

The beauty of Iceland is that it is a majestic place full of rich landscapes and not a lot of people. With proper planning as laid out in this post, you can have an enjoyable almost stress-less trip.

10. Safety First

Enjoy yourself and be safe. Whenever you’re visiting a new place familiarize yourself with their emergency number. In Iceland it is 112 and they have an app (THE 112 APP) that you can download which makes it convenient and accessible.

Just looking at these pictures of Iceland, there is no doubt that the geographic location is unparalleled with its charm, things to do, and fantastic photo opportunities. Life is limited to when you have a chance take your chances and explore the world.

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