The very first stop on our round-the-world family adventure will be Iceland.  Land of ice. And steam. And volcanoes. And Björk.

I’ve been doing a bit of research online to get ready, and found some great information from around the blogs. The 2 Travelaholics give a great overview of the country. The folks at the Family Adventure Project have posted some articles about the quirky and optimistic nature of the Icelandic people. And Travel Savvy Mom goes even deeper into the quirky (a penis museum? and unicorns?) aspects of visiting Iceland with kids. Vagabond3 spent some time in Iceland looking for tacos, and taking the world’s coldest boat ride, while our DC neighbor Matt Long from Landlopers harassed some whales. And speaking of whales… Nicole is the New Black ordered a whale burger, but it didn’t go as planned.

It would be hard to write about Iceland without mentioning the Blue Lagoon Spa, a thermal (if not-so-natural) wonder not far from Keflavik airport. Vagabond 3 tell about slathering on silica mud there, while The World is a Book gets into the nitty-gritty detail about visiting the Blue Lagoon Spa with kids. According to everyone, the thermal waters are not so nice for the hair, so go prepared!

An Icelandic native shows us around in the I Heart Reykjavik blog, where I learned about an exhibit at Power Plant Earth that will fit quite nicely into our 7th grade earth science curriculum.

Iceland with Kids

Venture outside of Reykjavik for some stunning natural wonders. The Golden Circle tour takes you by stunning geysers and waterfalls. Lee Abbamonte lists his 5 Best Things to do on a Road Trip in Iceland, and says to be sure to hit the Iceland Travel Market in Reykjavik to book tours on arrival.

guide to iceland

Be sure to check back here in a few months when I’ll have posts from our family’s trip to Iceland.