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 Emma isn’t yet the most amazing airplane passenger. Four year-old Ben is great, no problems. But Em is a force of nature and nature doesn’t like being confined on a parent’s lap in a small seat for more than 20 minutes.
But we made it. In one piece and still on talking terms, so that’s a plus. And I’m so glad we went. We had five nights in Iceland and we spent most of our time in the south of the country. Think massive glaciers, gorgeous waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, and black sand beaches.
[We had a day off to walk the countryside, bounce on the trampoline, and read books. But you could do some of the following activities. All were within 50km of our rental house near Kerio Crater]
3 hours drive time. 213 km.
Accommodation: This apartment (which was part of a larger house. Very clean and friendly hosts)
-Visit Gullfoss Waterfall [be prepared for hordes of people!]
-Visit Geysir and watch the eruptions. [keep a close eye on small kids; there are no barriers to the hot pools]
-Drive down to Thingvellir National Park. Bring a picnic lunch and stroll the grounds of Iceland’s first congress. Stick a toe in the Silfra Crack…or better yet, plunge in headfirst on a scuba diving outing.
-Drive to your airport area lodgings (the Reykjanesbær Area) and prepare for an early morning flight out of Iceland
Detailed Trip Reports:
Part 2: Waterfalls and outdoor pools.
Part 3: The Golden Circle