If you’re planning a family trip to Iceland, you’re most likely wondering what to include in your travel itinerary. Family vacations can be particularly challenging to plan due to the different dynamics you have to consider, unlike a solo trip. While you don’t want to obsess too much about the planning, it’s important to understand what it takes to plan a good trip.
Here are our five tips for planning your Iceland family trip:
Pick Your Traveling Season
Just like any other destination around the world, there are a few pros and cons for visiting the island at different times or seasons of the year. For most families, traveling during the summer, which is usually the busiest season, is a good call. With the weather at its best, and long days for sightseeing, summer could be the perfect season for traveling, but prices can be higher.
On the other hand, planning your trip right after the high season could mean more pocket-friendly prices and the freedom to enjoy your trip without all the hustle and bustle of dealing with numerous tourists at every popular spot. According to Icelandtours.is, wintertime also offers a whole range of unique adventures and experiences, so choose your traveling season wisely.
Know the Conditions and Activities in Iceland
Iceland has something interesting to offer every month of the year. Deciding when to visit is a matter of choosing what you want to see and how to plan to travel around. To make your trip more refined, it’s a good idea to understand the various conditions as well as the activities you should expect once you get to the island.
- Expect huge crowds of tourists between June and August
- Expect icy and snowy road conditions between November and March and sometimes October and April
- Midnight sun in Iceland is experienced around 21st June
- Northern Lights are best seen between September and March
- Whale sighting is all year round, but mostly between April and September
- Visit ice caves between November and March
- See the majestic frozen waterfalls between January and February
- Autumn colors are best seen in September and Lupin flowers in mid-June
- Accessibility roads to the amazing Landmannalaugar are opened between June and September
Be Smart With Your Iceland Trip Itinerary
Traveling to Iceland offers you an opportunity to experience incredible landscapes and unimaginable adventures. With so many places to go to and numerous things to do in Iceland, it’s easy to get confused when it comes to deciding what exactly to include in your itinerary.
You’ll want to be smart and reasonable with your travel itinerary. Unless you have the money to afford a longer stay, your time on the island will likely be limited. Consider these few tips:
- Plan your trip with flexibility in mind as you’ll be making stops along the way
- Know the best times to experience attractions like the Northern Lights
- Weather in Iceland can change drastically, so be diligent and safe when driving
- When you plan your trip outside of summer, expect days to be shorter
- If you drive off the famous Ring Road, gravel roads will slow you down so plan well
- Consider off-the-beaten-path adventures for a more exciting experience along the way
Driving in Iceland
Iceland’s landscape is perfectly made for road trips and outdoor adventures like camping and hiking. Should you rent a normal car, a camping van or a 4WD when visiting Iceland? Well, it depends on where you want to go and how you plan to see the island. For campers who are planning spontaneous stops along the Ring Road and F roads, a 4WD would be perfect.
You can also rent a well-equipped camp van and enjoy the stops along the way as you take in the views of the scenic landscapes. Consider off-the-beaten-paths for some of the most memorable adventures. Not all the best places are plainly obvious. Many travelers to Iceland will tell you that some of their best road trips were actually unplanned.
The Must-Have Packing List
The weather in Iceland can be pretty harsh, so pack up layers of warm clothing to protect you and your family from the cold or rain. Hats, gloves and protective rain shells are also a must-have. It’s actually tough to advise any traveler on the ideal packing list for a perfect family trip to Iceland. However, knowing what to carry is critical to ensuring a great Iceland trip.
Remember that a good plan alone doesn’t define your trip. Engaging in every adventurous opportunity and creating lasting memories during your family trip is what matters most.