Christmas in Reykjavik, Iceland, with kids(5 Posts)
Toying with booking a holiday there, what should we do with the children 3/5/7 there? Or is it better to wait until they are older? Any advice appreciated!
Assuming they all like swimming, The Blue Lagoon would be a must. A cabin somewhere out of town for a night to look for Northern lights would be fun - we had one with a hot tub which added to the experience ! Other than that, most of what we did was rather adult orientated - there is a lot of beautiful scenery, waterfalls etc. But I'd do some research and find out what is on in Reykjavik specifically at Christmas - you may find they lay on family orientated events.
They tend to have family events on running up to xmas. Just a note on the blue lagoon as it is naturally heated it can get very hot in some areas which isn't always suitable for small children. They have a small 'zoo' with local animals which may be open.
We went last summer, flying Easy jet. We're going again for a pre Christmas short break this year. Last year the DC were 3, 8 and 10. We had a fab time. We didn't go to the blue lagoon because we fell in love with what the DC called the epic swimming pools. Fontana. A series of small pools ranging from warm to hot, a series of steam rooms and a lake with very hot and bloomin cold spots to go into. Its on the golden. Circle route.
We enjoyed geyser and the various other geysirs all around it (just on the edge of the road with free parking so easy for those not into long hikes) the restaurant at geysir is lovely for a multicourse buffet with lots of local dishes to try. Young dc are free, older ones half price and adults about £18/ head. The menu included hot drinks and water so for Iceland a good price it was our one big meal out. Weneeded to book in advance to get a table as it fills up with the coach tours. Gulfoss the big waterfalls at the end if the big glacierare worth a visit. Amazing, really cold icy wind but beautiful. There was a lovely cafe in the stunning setting which did great warming hot chocolate.
On route back towards Reykjavik is Hveragerdi geothermal gardens not fancy gardens but a series of hot springs the DC favorite bit was fishing for eggs. You can get a fish net and hens egg from the shop and cook it it the hot spring water then stand in the cool open air peel and eat.
We went on a whale watching tour (we did see some too) again DC free.
We are looking forward to seeing it in the cold and are going for just four days this time. When the youngest is about 10 we'd like to go back in summer season to do inside the volcano tours which involve hiking, horse riding, the glacier lake, sledging/ skidooing on the glacier etc.
One thing to allow for in your budget is car hire. For a basic 4x 4 your taling about £100 plus per day.
There are only 4 hours of daylight in Reykjavik at that time of year, so you need to bear that in mind.
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