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Top 10 attractions for kids

Top 10 attractions for kids

Top 10 attractions for kids

West Iceland is a region for families. With children's menus in restaurants, museums in kids' height and of course reductions at all attractions.

All the swimming pools
There are swimming pools all over West Iceland, large ones, and small ones and they are all heated. Most are outdoor pools but a few them have indoors. Extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, Icelandic pools are open throughout the year. Some of the swimming pools have a water slide and kids love them.

Bjarteyjasandur is located in Hvalfjörður. There sheep and horses are raised, free running hens are on the farm, along with cats, dogs, and special wool rabbits. Bjarteyjasandur offers people to visit the farm, which is a working farm, for the purpose of enjoyment, education, or even active involvement in the activities of the farm. It is our experience that tourists increasingly want to experience rural life and to meet and interact with the local people. In the winter it is necessary to call ahead and to make sure you can visit.

The playground was built in 1979 by Björn H Guðmundsson (Bjössi), a carpenter who lived in Borgarnes. Bjössi built the playground completely out of discarded salvaged materials. Bjössa róló is a small theme park for children and is really worth visiting.

Boat tour at Breiðafjörður
Breiðarfjörður has around 3,000 islands, islets and skerries and one of them is Flatey island which is really worth visiting. Several geothermal sites can be found, like the beautiful basalt columns. You can go from Stykkishólmur to explore the Breiðafjörður and from Grundarfjörður to explore the whales. The winter in Grundafjörður is one of the best times to see whales.

Cave tours
It is a real adventure for kids to go underground in West Iceland, we have two caves with guidance. Vatnshellir, the 8.000 years old cave, is located in Snæfellsjökull National Park. Open all year round and is only accessible with a guide in winter so you need to book ahead. Viðgelmir, the largest lava tube cave in Iceland, is located in Borgarfjörður next to the farm Fljótstunga. Open all summer but in the winter, it is open upon request. Note: you need to be over 8 years old to go to Viðgelmir.

One of most historical sites of Iceland is Eiríksstaðir. Step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of Eirík the Red's farm which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky who is said to have discovered North America. Modern day Vikings demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge. Kids can try out Viking clothes and become Vikings themselves. In the winter it is necessary to call ahead and make sure you can visit.

Directly from the farm, Erpstaðir sells some interesting products including homemade ice-cream, cheeses, and confectionary. You can also see some of the animals at the farm depending on what time of year you come. In the winter it is necessary to call ahead and make sure you can visit.

Garðarlundur park
In Akranes, there is a beautiful park which is a fun place for the whole family. Garðalundur is the main outdoor area in Akranes where it is popular to have all kinds of gatherings, such as birthday parties and various group get-togethers. There are ponds in Garðalundur which attract increased bird life.

Goat Center of Iceland and the home of the Icelandic goat. This is one of the few places on Iceland which breeds Icelandic goats, and almost certainly your best chance to get up close and personal with them. Most of the goats are really friendly and you can pet them. The farm produces a wide range of goat-related products, such as cheeses and soaps enhanced with assorted, locally-grown Icelandic herbs. Sadly, like the goat itself, Háafell is struggling to stay afloat. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by. Talk to the owner, taste some cheese, and meet some of the cutest little creatures on the island. 
In the winter it is necessary to call ahead and make sure you can visit.

Horse riding tours
In West Iceland, we have few horse rentals, they cater from beginners to more experienced riders. There is no better way to explore the nature than on the back of the Icelandic Horse. But when going with kids on horse riding, make sure to tell the rental you have kids, and then you get more a safe horse.    

The Settlement Centre
There are two exhibitions in The Settlement Centre that tells the Saga of The Settlement of Iceland and Iceland´s most crazy Viking and first poet, Egill Skallagrimsson. It gives the traveler a good foundation for further knowledge when traveling in West Iceland. You get iPod whites tells you the story and you can pick 12 languages and children or adult guides.

Troll park at Fossatún
In Fossatún you will find troll park, a short walk marked by signs with stories of the trolls and trolls statues. on the way, you can enjoy the beautiful waterfall Tröllafoss or Troll waterfall. In a great nature, you can have fun with the family.


Swimming Pools

There are swimming pools all over the country, large ones and small ones,
and all are heated. Most are outdoor pools but a few are indoors. Extremely popular with
locals and visitors alike, Icelandic pools are open throughout the year.

Bjossarolo - playground

Bjossarolo is a playground for children in Borgarnes, not far from Edduveröld or the Settlement Centre .

It was constructed by Bjorn Gudmundsson, a man who was ahead of his time and thought about recycling. He used exclusively things that had been thrown away to build up this special place. At the playground there are for example swings, slides, an old boat, a castle and a lot more in a hollow enclosed by rocks not far from the sea.

And on going there you could look for shells or nice stones on the beach. The small, but very pretty park Skallagrimsgardur is not far away. There you can even find the grave of a saga hero!

Garðalundur park

Garðarlundur country park, protected for recreational use and the preservation of the typical landscape of the area. The areas' main characteristics are its rocky islands or bluffs that rise from the areas' vast flat wetlands.

Horse Activities

The Icelandic horse is a favorite of many and known around the world
as an excellent steed. There are many horse rentals throughout the country offering short or
longer rides.

West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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