Iceland is an incredible European country, offering natural views that are quite frankly unparallelled anywhere else in the world. Taking the family here is an opportunity of a lifetime, giving both yourselves and the kids some unique experiences and memories, but where exactly should you go on your Iceland holidays? Take a look at these five suggestions.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and bustling urban hub compared to its surroundings. Half of the country's population live here. You can learn about the country's long past at the National Museum, marvel at the architecture of the Hallgrímskirkja white church and get cultured at the huge Reykjavik Art Museum. There is also opportunity to discover the Vikings at Reykjavik 871±2: The Settlement Exhibition or attend an event at the Harpa Concert Hall. This is a really cosmopolitan city but with a fascinating past.
This is where you will find the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Even on the coldest, foggiest days you warm up by jump into the hot springs that heat up to between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius. As well as being extremely good for your skin and well being, it's a great spot for photo opportunities. There are also caves, arches, saunas and a shop selling health products made using onsite ingredients. This is only a 40 minute drive from the capital, so make sure to plan a day trip here.
3. Aurora Borealis
This isn't necessarily a place but witnessing the Northern Lights a must do on Iceland holidays! The great thing is that you can spot them in most parts of the country if the sky is clear. Try head out to somewhere rural, especially if you're staying in the capital or somewhere particularly urban. The best time to go if you want to spot this spectacularly colourful night light show, between the middle of September to the middle of April.
4. West coast
Take a drive along the West Coast to cruise alongside the wild beaches with black and red sand. The two main towns here are Borgarnes and Reykholt, both very pretty and with tiny populations. Stop off en route at quaint fishing villages and take in the beautiful surrounding views of mountains, fjords, plains, waterfalls, and lakes. Get a detailed map and spend a few days along this amazing route.
5. Vatnajökull National Park
This is one of three national parks in Iceland, which encompasses the Vatnajökull glacier. It is also home to Skaftafell Ice Cave, which is as exciting as it sounds. There are plentiful hiking trails around the park, with various terrain along the way. You can even camp over in one of the campsites! Informational and educational visitor sites are also scattered around the huge site, for you to learn and take shelter in if bad weather hits.
These are only a few of the highlights that Iceland boasts. Make sure you get an itinerary together and talk to the family about what they want to do - it's going to be hard whittling it down but you'll enjoy every moment of it.