Category Archives: Europe

Iceland with Kids.The Golden Circle. Part 3.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here. Iceland with Kids, Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.   On our fourth day in Iceland we decided to check out Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, which consists of three attractions: Gulfoss (waterfall), Geysir (a mini Yellowstone, complete with geysers and hot pools), and Thingvellier National Park, home

Central Sweden: Lake Malaren

Our visit to Sweden was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Norway. See the complete itinerary here: 10 Day Itinerary.    After Norway we headed back into Sweden and made one critical stop: A visit an IKEA to buy swedish fish. Know you, When in Sweden…   We also marveled at the fact that Swedes are willing to pull anything behind their Saabs and Volvos. Exhibit 1: Exhibit 2: Trucks? SUVs? Pah! Not necessary! Exhibit 3 (and the hands-down

Norway

Our visit to Norway was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Sweden. See the complete itinerary here: 10 Day Itinerary.  This was my favorite part of the trip. For Chris it was Iceland and the wild wilderness. For Ben it was catching fish on a lake near Stockholm (more to come on that) and for Emma it was the hot tub at one of our (rental) vacation houses. For me it was this island. My god, this place

Sweden’s West Coast

Our visit to Sweden was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Norway. See the complete itinerary for Sweden here: 10 Day Itinerary.    After our brief stay in Stockholm, we headed southwest to Sweden’s other coast. (Route map here). I wished we’d stayed longer in the Gothenburg area but the America’s World [Sailing] Cup was happening and the entire area was booked solid. Plus there was a Metallica concert that night. It was an odd tourist combination. 🙂 I would have

Stockholm with Kids

Our visit to Stockholm was part of a longer trip that also included Iceland and Norway. See the complete itinerary for Sweden here: 10 Day Itinerary.  — Sweden! We caught an early morning flight out of Iceland and kept going east for a chance to experience a slice of Chris’ historic homeland. Chris’ paternal grandmother is of Norwegian decent and his paternal grandfather’s line is Swedish. When I first met Chris back in 2002 he told me his family was from a

Sweden 10 Day Itinerary with Kids

In August 2015 we took our children Ben (4) and Emma (1.5) to Iceland, Sweden, and Norway for two weeks. We spent five days in Iceland before heading to Sweden, starting with two days in Stockholm, followed by a tour of Sweden’s West Coast (including a quick trip into Norway) and then a few days at an island house on Lake Malaren.  Trip Details Date of Trip: August 14, 2015 Departure: Seattle, Washington, USA Stopover: Iceland (5 Days) Arrival: Stockholm – Arlanda International

Top Things To Do In Iceland With Kids

  Trip planning for families is always fraught with unknowns, especially in foreign countries. And trying to plan a trip when you only have a few days in a country is even more perilous as you don’t have the luxury of time to hit every recommended activity. Add in jetlag for both adults and kids, and you can be left feeling like a stopover simply isn’t worth the extra effort. But know this: Iceland is definitely worth your time. It’s

Iceland with Kids. Part 2. Skogafoss and Outdoor Swimming Pools.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here. Iceland with Kids Part 1 is here. Part 3 is here.      Iceland is a land of waterfalls. They pour off the edges of black basalt cliffs and thunder onto the rocks below before streaming out to sea. ‘Foss’ in Icelandic means ‘waterfall’, so just like you would

Iceland with Kids. Southern Iceland. Part 1.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here.  Our 7 hr Iceland Air flight left Seattle at 4:30pm on a Friday and deposited us at 7:30am, local time, on Saturday morning. We picked up our rental car and munched on a few bagels that I’d brought with us. We arrived on a Saturday and it’s worth noting

Iceland 5 Day Itinerary with Kids

  We just got back from a trip to Scandinavia with the kids. Whoa nelly, Iceland is incredible. Out-of-this-world stunning natural beauty in it’s most primal forms: rock, ice, water, and fire. Halfway through our 8-hr flight home, Chris was already plotting a return trip. Who knew that a barren chunk of ground could be so captivating. Our itinerary included a direct flight from Seattle to Reykjavik, Iceland, with a 1.5 year-old and a four year-old. Ugh. Let’s just say that