Family holidays in Iceland

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  • Iceland Family holidays

    An enigmatic combination of volcanic activity and glacial ice caps, cheap family holidays in Iceland take you to a landscape unlike any other on Earth, where fire and ice exist alongside one another and the ground itself seems angry, with volcanic eruptions and spectacular geysers firing water and steam high into the air. For any budding scientists, it's a fantastic place to visit, but your kids don't need to be planning a career in science to appreciate everything the island has to offer - and you can share those unique experiences with them on your family holiday together too.

    A canopy of colour

    The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, can be seen throughout the northern hemisphere, but your family holiday to Iceland offers some of the most favourable conditions for a spectacular light show. First of all, it's far enough north to be in with a good chance of the Aurora appearing on any given night. And second of all, the levels of light pollution are relatively low, meaning there's no glare from the ground to obscure your view of the Lights. To maximise your chances, find a dark place to view from, for example the far side of Reykjavik harbour, away from the city lights.

    Energy for all

    One natural advantage that helps to keep the costs down on cheap family holidays in Iceland is the geothermal activity mentioned above. The volcanic activity means the ground here is heated up, and residents recover that heat and turn it into usable energy. As a result, Iceland is not reliant on anyone but itself to keep its lights on, and its power is universally from a renewable source, making it kinder on the environment as well.

    Where to spend an Icelandic holiday

    You don't have to spend long looking at a map of Iceland to recognise that nobody really lives in the interior of the island - all of the major communities are around the coast. Reykjavik is probably the most famous of these, and is a great destination for cheap family holidays in Iceland. The Old Harbour, mentioned above as a useful viewing platform for the Aurora Borealis, is a local landmark in its own right, so if you decide to take a trip to Reykjavik with your family, a stroll along the harbour walls is a good way to spend a few hours on a sunny day.

    Why Iceland is so great for families

    Relax in hot springs, watch the Northern Lights or scramble across vast lava fields. Just three of the incredible things you can do as a family in Iceland. This unique holiday destination stands alone in the North Atlantic but, despite the cold, remains an incredible place to visit. Treat the kids to a completely different kind of family holiday. Explore the capital Reykjavik, learn more about thermo-dynamic energy and really spark the kids' imaginations. Iceland family holidays are not like your ordinary getaways, in the best possible sense.

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