After an incredible week in Iceland with kids (who were 4 & 2 years old), our visit to Iceland was sadly coming to an end. Given our flight wasn’t until the afternoon, we had time to do one of the best things to do around Reykjavik with kids, and that was visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon.
With all of the amazing natural wonders that Iceland has to offer, it feels like Reykjavik is often an afterthought – a place where people stay when they first arrive or about to leave Iceland.
The Golden Circle in Iceland is an extremely popular day trip from Reykjavik and should be part of your family Iceland vacation. With all the things to do in Iceland’s Golden circle with kids, we decided to spend two days right in the Golden Circle to take advantage of having a car and two kids who like to get up early.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a magical place. It packs a little of everything that makes Iceland special into a small, easily driveable space. There are volcanoes, lava fields, mountains, waterfalls, fjords and big waves on rocky cliffs. If you only have a few days in Iceland, this is a good choice as you will see it all. There are plenty of interesting, outdoor activities for kids as well. Here is how we spent our two full days in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with kids:
Though we really enjoyed our time in the larger Norwegian cities, like these 5 days in Oslo with kids and doing all the best things to do with kids in Bergen, it was time for us to take to the road and experience some of the more out of the way attractions.
Surrounded by seven mountains and overlooking the sea, Bergen has some of the most impressive scenery in Norway. Whether you plan to use it as a gateway to Norway’s spectacular fjords or to take in the history and culture, you will not be disappointed. It’s the perfect spot to get your fill of both the natural beauty and old world charm this city has to offer.
We were initially hesitant to visit the town of Geiranger after reading some accounts of how touristy it was and that it was not worth it to visit the town. Thankfully, we like to make our own decisions about a place and after looking at some pictures of the world-famous Geirangerfjord, we could see it looked like a place we didn’t want to pass up.
Alesund was the inspiration for our trip to Norway. We had just returned from a month in Italy and were catching up on some TV shows we had missed while we were away. Still fans of the Amazing Race, we were blown away by the images they showed of Alesund. We started looking into a trip to Norway with kids and it wasn’t long before we were hoping on a plane to visit Alesund (with a toddler and preschooler) just a couple of months later.
As you would imagine, the mountain and coastal scenery around Norway is spectacular and I couldn’t imagine a better way to get around Norway with kids than by train. The more we researched getting from Oslo to Bergen, the more we knew the 7 hour journey by train was the best option for us. Seven hours may seem like a long time on a train with two small kids, but the Norwegians do it right.