Iceland is literally one of our all time favourite family travel destinations having just so much to do for kids – no matter what time of year you go! It is also a great place to travel with a baby or toddler in tow! But anyone who has travelled with very little littles will tell you, traveling with them presents their own set of challenges! To help you make the most of your trip we’ve written this specific guide for Iceland with a baby or toddler in tow including where to stay, where to get provisions and the best things to do in Iceland with a baby or toddler!
Where to Buy Baby Supplies in Iceland
This is perhaps one of the first things I consider when I am traveling to a new place with a baby! As you may have heard Iceland is an expensive place so you have two options, if you are staying for a short time and have enough luggage you can bring the required baby supplies with you! But don’t worry if you can’t! There are a few chain supermarket stores in Reykjavik where you can get all the baby supplies you need. We recommend trying to find a Bonus or a Netto as soon as you land to stock up! It is much cheaper buying at one of the big stores in Reykjavik rather than buying once you are out of the city!
Where to Stay in Iceland with a baby or toddler
This is another really important factor wherever you travel with a baby or toddler! I think one of the biggest things for us when we went to Iceland was wanting to have a kitchenette! This saved us money by not having to eat out and meant we could cater for our little one more easily!
The other thing we wanted in our accommodation was a northern lights alarm! This way we stood a chance of seeing the lights without having to drag our little one out into the cold night just for the chance of seeing a show!
A hotel that fitted both of these requirements was the hotel stracta – which is where we ended up staying! Y
Alternatively why not check out our guide where to stay in Iceland for every budget and traveller!
How to Cut Costs in Iceland with a baby or toddler
Iceland is notoriously expensive but you need not worry with our money saving tips for traveling with babies or toddlers in Iceland!
- Consider bringing some food with out! You can bring up to 3kg with you
- Consider bringing diapers and other baby stuffs with you
- Book a hotel or accommodation with a kitchenette so you don’t have to eat out for every meal!
Getting Around Iceland – Self Drive or Excursions in Iceland with a baby or toddler
Self Drive or Excursion is perhaps the biggest question to answer when traveling with a little! We opted for a self drive for several reasons – it meant we could control our own schedule and go at our own pace! One of our biggest concerns was that the little would fall asleep in the car and we would miss a main attraction! When this happened when driving ourselves we could just tag team at the attractions!
However, if you are not a confident driver or worried about driving in Winter then a tour might be a good option for you! If so I recommend doing a private excursion as it means you can still work around your baby!
Best Things to Do in Iceland with a baby or toddler
Iceland has some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world! While Gulfoss is perhaps the largest, our favorite was the rainbow ridden Selfoss!
If you would like to visit the Golden Circle without having to do a self drive we recommend this tour!
See Icelandic Horses
Iceland has some of the most iconic horses in the world! One of things I love about Icelandic horses is how docile they are! There are some great experiences you can have with Icelandic horses that are suitable for littles!
For a Icelandic Horse experience for the whole family then we recommend booking this!
Visit a Black Sand Beach
Kids love beaches whatever color the sand! The Black Sand Beaches at Vik are one of the most child friendly excursions you can do in Iceland!
If you would like to book a trip rather than self drive to Vik we recommend booking this excursions!
Hike the Kerid Crater
In the summer the Crater is filled with beautiful aquamarine water which in winter freezes into the perfect ice lake! While most of the routes down to the lake are steep there is one path that gentle winds down so you can reach the lake itself and can even be done with children in tow!
If you would like to visit the crater without having to do a self drive we recommend this tour!
Whale Watching in Husavik
Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in Iceland. And while most visitors to Iceland spend their time in Reykjavik and the surrounding area, if you really want to have the best whale-watching experience in Iceland, you must make your way to the far north of Iceland.and head to a bay outside of Husavik to experience the best whale watching that the country has on offer!
Can you Go to the Blue Lagoon with a baby or toddler?
This is perhaps one of the biggest questions asked when traveling to Iceland with a baby!
Children must be at least two to enter the lagoon! If you are travelling with children smaller than this you will have to take turns to enter the lagoon! For more information about visiting the blue lagoon with kids – check out this post!
An alternative to the Blue Lagoon of you are worried about crowds is the Secret Lagoon – you can make your reservations here!
Best Time to Go to Iceland with toddlers and babies
What is the best time to go to Iceland! This is a really hard question to answer as I think Iceland has something to offer what every time of year you visit! We decided on visiting Iceland in March as we felt it was the best compromise on everything we want to see and do as it offers some of the best things about visiting Iceland in both summer and winter!
The trickiest thing about travelling to winter with babies and toddlers is the constant unwrapping and wrapping in snow suits etc as you get in and out of the car at the sights!
What to Pack for visiting Iceland with a baby or toddler
Dressing warmly is important in Iceland whatever time of year you visit! A good jacket that is waterproof is an essential as there are plenty of places you will get wet even when it’s not raining! Also having good waterproof hiking boots with a good sole is another essential for Iceland at any time of year!
For traveling with littles we also recommend taking some toddler reins! These are so important for keeping baby restrained near sheer drops and geothermal areas!