Forget Gran Canaria or Majorca, this year it’s time to pack up the cardigans and head off to the land of snow and well… ice for your 2016 getaway. Iceland is quickly becoming a hot spot for the adventurous family, looking to truly embrace the great outdoors and experience something new.
Iceland is an ideal location for families, as it provides a truly unique holiday experience. The pool and the beach might be fun but there’s so much more to discover in this world, besides how much ice cream can be consumed on that all inclusive package.
It’s the perfect location for the active family, looking to discover something new and exciting. Reykjavik bike tours are a good place to start, and will take you along the city’s stunning coastline to enjoy the must-see sights in the area. From the Westman Isles to the famous Blue Lagoon, you and the family can pedal your way across the Reykjavik area and learn about its rich history from your guide.
There are also self drive tours available with operators such as Tots Too, if you don’t fancy embracing the brisk winds that sometimes come with Icelandic summers – although temperatures can reach 25°C on a good day! These can be tailor made and allow you to enjoy the family friendly sights such as the Golden Circle of natural wonders, whale watching out at sea and horse riding on the beautiful Icelandic horses.
If the kids are still at the age where magical creatures interest and intrigue them then a Hidden World walk is a great activity to fit into your visit to Iceland. The tour takes you to the sites where elves and other mystical beings have been spotted in the country and the guide will recall gallant tales of Hidden Folk to keep the kids truly entertained and excited. Sites such as Hellisgerdi Park and the base of cliff Hamarinn are visited along the tour.
The Northern Lights are another great reason to take the kids to Iceland this year. Most will never get to experience the stunning beauty and magic of the natural phenomenon and to share such a special moment with your kids will make the trip searching for them worthwhile.
There are numerous tour operators in the country – Reykjavik Excursions is a popular choice – and it’s important to note that the tours are dependent on good weather to take place but if you and the kids can stay up late enough and wrap up warm it will create memories to cherish forever and is something you’ll be lucky to experience anywhere else.
If you’re looking for a magical place to visit this year – that isn’t Disneyland – then Iceland should make the list. With flights direct to the country’s main airport (Keflavik) and a warm welcome when you arrive it’s the ideal destination for families looking for something just a little bit different.