Friends and family called us crazy for taking our two small children on a two week tour of Iceland. In two weeks we drove 3500km in a station wagon.
I've always been a supporter of the idea that outdoor life doesn't end just cause you have kids. Taking the kids to Iceland to support that theory might be seen a bit out there but to us it was as normal as can be.
Having good gear and clothes for such a trip is essential...as a friend of mine once told me, "there is no bad weather, just bad clothes".
At times it did feel a bit like a scene from the National Lampoon's Vacation but the memories we made there will forever stay with us.
We hiked volcanos, waterfalls, a glacier, went whale watching in Northern Iceland, and traveled around the very rugged West Fjord, many times with visibility zero and extremely narrow, windy roads with no rails.
We experienced gale force winds while driving and almost lost my mind thinking we will be blown away from the road.
It was by far the most adventurous trip we've ever done due to the wild terrain and having the responsibility of our children. But at the end of the day we would have not done it any other way...so take your kids and GO!, anywhere, it will be a great family adventure.
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Snowmobiling on a Sunny Day
We had a perfect day for our snowmobiling adventure on Iceland's second largest ice cap. We each channeled our inner James Bond (circa 2002s Die Another Day) and spent an hour cruising around taking in beautiful white snow, snow-capped mountains and brilliant blue lakes. It was absolutely the highlight of the trip.
“Let’s go on a road trip…in Iceland!” This is how it all started. I know taking the plane isn’t technically part of road trip but what the heck, there we were in this Canadian/Irish pub talking about a country we knew nothing about.
We spent the next weeks looking at websites, guidebooks and pictures and we soon realized that as clever as we really are this was one of the smartest ideas we’ve ever had.
Time to fly away!
The shock was instant! On our first day, the country we were exploring was beyond expectations. It was what you could unoriginally call: Love at first sight.
From the lively Reykjavik to the beautiful Mytvan and the Northern region flying by the not-to-be-missed Westman Islands we saw what Earth has the best to offer. Lava fields as far as the eye can see, impressive glaciers, still warm volcanoes, powerful geysers, cozy hot springs, waterfalls by the dozens, majestic horses and not to forget the spectacular northern lights; the nature parade was unfolding before our eyes.
For 2 weeks we almost forgot this country is home to the friendliest people alive and then we were back to the sound of music at the Iceland Airwaves just in time for one more rúntur!
Nothing can describe Iceland. You have to experience it to see what it’s all about but I can tell you one simple thing: it is pure AMAZINGNESS (yep that is now a word).
Photo Credit: Vincent Demers
The Icelandic horses are everywhere in the countryside of Iceland. They are unique to Iceland. I do not know much about horses; however, I am told that Icelandic horses have a special gait that no other horses have called a "super tolt."
Driving around Iceland you will see these plumes of hot steam/gas coming from the ground all along the hills and countryside. Hence the name Reykjavik comes from the word meaning "smoky bay".
Many people believe that the smoky plumes coming from the ground and the lack of trees in Iceland make it seem like you are driving on the moon or at least on a different planet. =)