Iceland: Where kids can roam, explore, and create their own adventures

Family trip to Iceland with Midgard: Insider Tips for Traveling with Kids

Hvolsvöllur, Iceland – May 28, 2024 – When it comes to family adventures in Iceland, Hildur, a local parent and co-owner of Midgard Adventure, is a true expert. Raising two adventure-loving boys amidst the breathtaking landscapes of South Iceland, Hildur has a wealth of invaluable insights and tips for families embarking on their own Icelandic adventure.

Set in the idyllic countryside of South Iceland, life for children here is a world of boundless freedom and endless exploration. As Hildur puts it, ‘Kids aren’t confined to the four walls of a house here. They are free to roam, explore, and create their own adventures.’ From chasing waterfalls to stargazing, the Icelandic countryside offers a playground like no other.

For families seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures, Hildur recommends destinations like Thorsteinslundur and Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), a stunning nature reserve nestled between three glaciers, where nature’s wonders await at every turn. “It’s a place to be creative, to live the adventure,” she emphasizes, “nature is their home.” Thorsmork is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, with its rugged trails, lush valleys, and breathtaking views.

Yet, Iceland’s allure extends beyond its rugged landscapes. From the Westman Islands to the vibrant streets of Reykjavík, there’s no shortage of family-friendly activities to enjoy. Whether embarking on a rip safari or exploring hidden elf places, each experience promises excitement and discovery.

As the seasons shift, so too do the possibilities for family fun. In summer, endless daylight invites exploration, while winter brings the magic of starlit walks and Northern Lights adventures. Regardless of the season, cozy evenings spent together – at home or in a tent beneath the stars – are cherished moments for the whole family.

When it comes to packing for the journey, simplicity is vital. “All you need is: food and clothes!” Hildur advises. For clothes, she recommends packing warm, waterproof layers, including a good pair of hiking boots and a rain jacket. As for food, she suggests packing various snacks that are easy to carry and provide quick energy, such as trail mix, granola bars, and fruit.

For families spending four days in Hvolsvöllur, Hildur recommends a blend of outdoor adventures and local exploration. Each day promises discoveries and unforgettable experiences, from exploring Þórsmörk Mountain Reserve to venturing to the Westman Islands.

Flexibility and slowing down are key, Hildur emphasizes. ‘Kids see nature differently than adults,’ she explains, ‘so it’s important to slow down and go at their pace – let them explore, discover, or even just pick berries for your afternoon skyr snack. This is what makes the journey truly enjoyable.’

For families seeking the ultimate Icelandic adventure, Midgard Adventure offers a range of tours tailored to the needs of parents and children alike. The Þórsmörk Super Jeep Day Tour, for instance, takes you on an exhilarating off-road journey through the stunning Þórsmörk Valley, while the comforts of Midgard Base Camp provide a cozy and convenient home base for your family’s adventures. Every experience promises excitement, discovery, and cherished memories.

Join Midgard Adventure in unlocking the wonders of Iceland with your family. For booking inquiries and more information, visit Midgard’s website or contact us directly by sending an email to

Contact: Hildur Guðbjörg Kristjánsdóttir, 

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This story is a part of the 100 Stories from Iceland.

About Midgard Adventure: Midgard Adventure is a tour operator and travel agency in South Iceland dedicated to unlocking the wonders of Iceland’s wilderness. Focusing on personalized experiences and family-friendly adventures, we invite families from around the globe to explore the raw beauty of Iceland’s landscapes. Join us on a journey of discovery, where every moment is infused with warmth, wonder, and the spirit of adventure.

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