There are many of fun things to do in Reykjavik with kids. Just sightseeing around the city can be fun, then there are several interesting museums and many open air spaces perfect to relax and wind down.
Read on for all the best things to do in Reykjavik for families.
Reykjavik’s landscape is dominated by the eye catching Hallgrímskirkja, inReykjavik city centre. The church is a must see landmark but don’t just look at it, make sure you take in the views from it! Its tower is accessible by lift and the views over the city are beautiful.
City walking tour
One of the best ways to discoverReykjavik city centre is with a walking tour. Free ones are available and are suitable for families with teenagers but if you are travelling with a small child, we recommend booking a private one to suit your needs better.
National Museum of Iceland
The Iceland National Museum is a fantastic place to visit with kids and learn about the Nation’s past. The museum caters for all ages and has a specific room for kids with old toys, a Viking armours, medieval outfits and books.
The Blue Lagoon
Maybe the most famous of all attractions in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a short car or bus ride away fromReykjavik city centre, in the direction of Keflavik airport. The lagoon is open to ages 2 and up: all kids under 8 must wear arm floaters (offered free of charge on arrival, you can also bring your own). Advance booking essential.
Árbæjarsafn is a beautiful folk museum perfect for a sunny day in summer. The museum aims at showing kids how Icelandic life used to be and hosts exhibitions and events highlighting specific periods in Reykjavik’s history. These include craft days, vintage car displays, Christmas exhibitions and more.
A short ferry ride fromReykjavik city centre lies Videy island. The island is the perfect escape from the city: here, you can rent bikes, go hiking or even explore on horseback and in the summer you can explore lovely beaches and coves. You can bring your own picnic or enjoy food from the cafe here, hosted in one of the oldest stone houses in the whole of Iceland!
A natural pond with waters warmed by geothermal activities, Tjorning pond is one of the most photographed attractions in the whole of Reykjavik. For families, it is a lovely day out both in winter and summer since ducks, swans and geese enjoy its temperate waters all year round.
If your kids love whales Reykjavik will be a treat for them. Here you have a the biggest whale exhibition in the world and the chance of taking whale watching tours to spot these giants in their natural habitat! No matter the season, make sure you are suitable dressed for boat tours: on the water, even the summer is quite chilly in Iceland.
Have you ever been in an ice cave? You can do this and more in this new museum, open to visitors of all ages. Here you have The Glacier and Ice exhibition, built into one of the six hot-water tanks that make up Perlan, and you will experience the sounds and smells – and cold – of a glacial ice cave. It is a fun and adventurous experience: warm vests are provided!
The harbour is a lively and interesting part of town. Home to beautiful attractions such as the Harpa concert hall, the harbour is also the place most day cruises and wildlife spotting tours depart.
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