Unplug from the hectic world of school runs and reconnect with the family in the exceptional beauty of Iceland. At this time of year the Nordic island sees round-the-clock daylight, meaning you have more time to explore the creatures, hot springs and national parks that Iceland is known for. In winter, of course, there is the magic of the aurora borealis when the Northern Lights sparkle in the the sky.
Hotel Rangá is the only four-star lodge in southern Iceland, set in pristine surrounds with a premium view of Iceland’s natural beauty. Located one hour from Reykjavik, the resort lies off the main road and allows you to escape the tourist trails and embark on an array of journeys through the wilderness. Families will love the themed suites at Hotel Rangá, which are designed and themed after each of the seven continents. Antarctica, for example, has icicle-style lamps and penguin pictures and a cool black, silver and white decor.
Folklore has it that elves live among the Icelandic people and kids and big kids alike will love trying to spot the miniature houses or stone towers that hint at the existence of Iceland’s ‘Huldufólk’. Families are in for a sweet treat with a visit to Efstidalur, where you can meet the dairy cows that produce milk for Icelandic ice-cream and try at least three flavours of the fresh dessert.
Southern Iceland is overflowing with waterfalls and the best way to see them all is to start a checklist and cross them off as you go. Make a day of the sunshine with a day trip to Westman Islands for a picnic, scenic hike and intimate encounter with the adorable puffin. After a day of adventuring, there’s nothing quite like unwinding with a wild swim in one of Iceland’s naturally heated thermal pools. Families wishing to explore that summer sky up close can peer through a special telescope, designed to protect the eyes when sun-gazing at Hotel Rangá’s observatory.
Whether you are a novice or experienced horse-rider, Icelandic horses are intelligent and gentle creatures, perfect for taking the family on a horse ride through the serene landscape. For thrill-seeking families and with children eight years and over, riding the whitewater rapids on the River Jet Adventure is a fun and scenic treat as you drift through the river, surrounded by waterfalls and mountains.
Iceland has something for all families and the extended hours of summer sunlight means you have extra time to soak in the culture, views and adventures that Iceland offers.