28.08.18

Iceland with kids – part two

Iceland with kids

And here we are for the other half of the trip of Iceland with kids!

I hope that you enjoyed the first part and started checking on how to get to Iceland. Are you ready for part two? Because today I will show you another side of the surprising Icelandic nature…

 
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Day six

Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Direction: Vik
Camping: Mýrdal
Early start and a first stop: Farm Holmur

Big stop: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon and its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of the larger Vatnajökull Glacier. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach.

Again, I know I repeat myself, that glacier was so impressive. And a little funny to see these masses of ice and snow when you were just driving through a green landscape. In fact it is pure and beautiful and a little unreal! You can just stand there and keep on watching…

The photos look like we are standing in front of a wallpaper, so unreal I feel. Even so I know we were there and it was me who took them…

Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
Iceland with kids
And that black beach! The kids were so fascinated and so was I!

In the evening we went to the supermarket opposite the campsite to re-stock some fresh stuff. And then we had another visit to the local pool that was close by! (yes, we did visit a lot of pools!)

Day seven

Iceland with kids
Direction: Golden Circle
Camping: Brautarholt

Stops: many – Golden Circle time!
iceland with kids
Seljalandsfoss waterfall – 65m tall. You can walk behind it was well…

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids

Typical road sign! Please try to pronounce the cities… :)

Secret Lagoon natural hot springs. Yes, we had to visit another geothermal bath because this is just soooo Iceland and so nice and relaxing. Here you even have a spouting geyser and when you are done there is a cute kiosk outside on the parking. Make sure to get a portion of their fish & chips! Yum!

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Gullfoss Waterfall
Impressive waterfall that really shows you how strong nature can be. The water cascades down for around 32m and the raw power is amazing. And very loud! It is the most famous waterfall on the island and part of the Golden Circle so it is all a bit more touristy here (huge gift shop, a cafe and so on). But hey, nonetheless, so spectacular….

iceland with kids
Haukadalur Valley Geysers
A geothermal field of geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. One geyser, Strokkur, is active and erupts every 2 or 3 minutes!

iceland with kids
Kerid Crater
Kerid is a volcanic crater lake on the Golden Circle route. Filled with blue-green water. You can walk around it and feel really tiny…

Day eight

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
Direction: Reykjavik
Camping: SANDGERÐI

Oh beautiful Reykjavik. To round up our trip we left the visit to the capital for the last day and we were so lucky. It was sunny and nearly 20C. Which meant that the city was busy and happy and smiling. Everyone was out. On top there was a marathon and a music festival going on. In the beginning we were slightly overwhelmed because the last week was so quiet, peaceful and ‘silent’. So this was a lovely change and we also enjoyed to see the city so full of live.

First stop: Harpa – the concert hall. Such an interesting building and since there was a music festival we could attend some little concerts and work shops. So fun!

iceland with kids
Hallgrimskirkja
Incredible and even more fascinating when standing right in front!

iceland with kids
Coffee: Reykjaviuk Roasters – Karastigur
Street food: Fish and chips. Yes, another round but so good and fresh!

In the whole we just walked around the city, let us guide by the street concerts and people. Checked a few shops, had a nice little break with coffee and pastries sitting outside in the sun. Bought a souvenir and enjoyed our time, the moments…

iceland with kids
iceland with kids
iceland with kids
All in all – Reykjavik is cute and inspiring with some pops of colour and very friendly locals.

And we also had our last night in the camper! Whom we dropped off on Sunday morning to catch our flight at 1pm. All glowing and impressed!
In fact, a little note about Iceland Air. Great airline with lovely attention for children and a very funny plane security video. Which reminds me that I found the Icelanders to have a very good dose of humour! I like.
On the whole, all of us went home with so much energy and inspiration!

Iceland with Kids Part O N E

All images: Paul & Paula

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