Reykjavik is certainly not short of outdoor activities. The Icelandic landscape is beautiful no matter where you go or what you do. From whale watching or swimming in a hot lagoon, to spotting street art, you will certainly have plenty of choice.
So, BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and listed the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in Reykjavik.
1. The Blue Lagoon
Probably the most iconic activity to do in Iceland, this natural Spa is a truly unique experience. So if this is your first visit to Iceland, you simply must take the kids here. However, be prepared for high prices and large crowds.
2. Árbær Open Air Museum
At the Árbær you will discover all about Icelandic culture and its early history.
This large open air museum, located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, recreates daily life in the 19th century. For example, you can walk around a town square, a village and a farm, soaking up the atmosphere.
It is very family friendly, with lots of hand-on exhibitions and events highlighting specific periods in Reykjavik’s history. In addition, everyone working at the museum wears period themes costumes, for an authentic feel.
Most importantly, they also have an interactive toy exhibition that the little ones will love.
Opening hours: Open daily 1pm – 5pm (September to May) and 10am – 5pm (June – August)
3. Whale and Puffin Tour
Probably the tour your children will look forward to the most. Firstly, watching the gigantic whales and pint sized puffins in their natural habitat is just incredible. Secondly, the Icelandic scenery is equally as beautiful – wild and dramatic, in every season.
There are quite a few companies providing these tours, most of them located around the old harbour. The one we recommend takes you on a scenic boat ride in the morning to see the puffins. After that, the afternoon focuses on whale watching. Certainly a “must d0” for nature lovers of all ages.
4. Husdyragardurinn Park & Zoo
The most family orientated activity in Laugardalur Valley, in the heart of Reykjavik.
So this animal park might be small, but it has all the ingredients for a great day out. The focus is on Icelandic farm animals, but you’ll also find mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
After that, children can play in the ship-themed playground which has castles, zip-lines, electric cars, boats and more.
Address: Múlavegi 2,, 104, Reykjavík, Iceland
Opening Hours: 10 am – 17.00 pm (Winter) – 10 am – 18.00 pm (Summer)
5. Laugavegur Street and Reykjavik’s street art
Laugavegur Street is the main shopping street in Reykjavik where older kids will be fascinated by the all the graffiti. Street art has become very popular in Iceland, giving the city an edgy and colourful look.
There are also plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants but beware of the prices as this is a very touristy area.
Address: Laugavegur Street
In summary, visiting Reykjavik with kids is a great option in any season. Certainly, Reykjavik is one of the most exciting cities in Europe, featuring great family-friendly restaurants, indoor attractions for young children and of course lovely hotels.
At BabyBreaks, we have shortlisted child-friendly activities, restaurants and lodgings so you can plan your trip with ease. So if you are looking for inspiration on your next family trip, just visit our different Reykjavik pages for recommendations.
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