The coastal city of Reykjavik and the capital of Island warmly welcomes all the visitors and especially families with kids. Besides numerous attractions, visitors can spend an energetic vacation and experience different activities like whale watching, caving, hiking, and many others.
PLACES TO VISIT
Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, is a modern Cathedral with an unusual 73m-high tower inspired by Icelandic tradition. It was constructed in 1896, and it is among the tallest structures in the country and the largest church in Iceland. It was named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, an Icelandic poet and clergyman.
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is an outstanding modern concert and meeting hall. Its honeycomb-like surface is home to the national opera and symphony orchestra.
Sun Voyager is a massive stainless-steel boat sculpture beside the sea on the granite base constructed in 1990. It depicts a dreamboat or an ode to the Sun. It is devoted to a dream of hope, progress, and freedom.
Saga Museum is a Viking Museum that shows the early history of the Island and its important moments. There, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way, with life-like wax figurines. An audio-guide is available for visitors.
Laugavegur, one of the oldest shopping streets meaning wash road (it used to lead to the hot springs where women once washed laundry), is today well known for its boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
REYKJAVIK FOR FAMILIES
There are so many exciting things for kids in Reykjavik. One of them is Whale Watching and Puffin Spotting Tours that several companies organize outside the city.
Perlan Museum offers a lot of excitement to kids through its unique exhibition, science, photography, and design - a real 100-meter long ice cave, an interactive glacier exhibition, Forces of Nature show, a virtual aquarium, and the Áróra 8K Planetarium Northern Lights show. It is located on a hill above Reykjavik, so visitors can get a beautiful view of the city. There are a café and a restaurant, too.
What can make kids feel better than a good ice-cream? In Reykjavik, you should take them to Valdís Ice Cream Shop and let them take time choosing their favorite flavor.
An excellent way to get kids engaged is by spending time outdoors, so if they feel bored, you can just let them walk and jump on the big rocks along the seawall from the Sun Voyager sculpture to the Harpa Concert Hall.
There are18 thermal pools in and around Reykjavik, and this experience of the Icelandic lifestyle is not to be missed, especially on a family holiday. Laugardalslaug Pool may be the most convenient one because of many family-friendly facilities like an outdoor children’s pool, a paddling pool, two waterslides, numerous hot tubs, a steam bath, and a mini-golf course. It is suitable even for babies with little baby baths and high chairs in the change rooms.