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Family-friendly places to stay in Iceland

Reykjavik has a wide choice of hotels for family holidays on all budgets. For self-catering, try Luna Hotel Apartments with its well-equipped flats, some sleeping up to 8 people.

As for the rest of the country, some of the enticing options for families are the 150 farmhouses, cottages and rooms in country hotels let by Hey Iceland (heyiceland.is) – your hosts are often real-life farmers, and in some cases kids help look after the animals. Some places also offer extras such as activity programs for children or glacier tours. It’s possible to hire a car and tour Iceland by hopping from farm to farm.

Also worth singling out, 20mins from Reykjavik, is the Viking-themed hotel (and restaurant) Fjörukráin (fjorukrain.is), which, in July, is the focal point for the Hafnarfjördur International Viking Festival, with reconstructions, parades, horse shows, sports contests, and traditional food and drink. But you can stay in this former blacksmith’s workshop all year round, and enjoy traditional feasts served by costumed staff.


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Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Located just a little outside of Reykjavik city centre, providing comfortable rooms from where to base your Iceland family holiday.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Modern and stylish, this family-friendly hotel in Iceland offers a comfortable place to stay, with self-catering an option, plus hot tubs in some rooms.

Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

A quirky city hotel in a very handy location in the old town area of Reykjavík, built on the remains of historical artefacts and with it's own museum.

Brimnes Bungalows

Family-friendly wooden cabins sleeping up to 7 people on the edge of a lake in northern Iceland, each with hot tub and the most amazing lake views.

Vestri Pétursey

A simple cabin at the foot of the mountains in southern Iceland, comes complete with essentials for a self-catering holiday in a spectacular location.