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A Day in Reykjavik

August 30, 2016

Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

On our way back to Canada from Germany (back in June), the kids and I, along with my dad, did a quick stopover in Iceland. Initially we had planned to travel for two weeks but, after our rocky California trip, I thought it might be best to postpone a full island tour until Nicolas was a little older and sleeping better. That and we booked pretty last minute (how I usually roll) meaning anything even slightly affordable outside of Reykjavik was already booked. I honestly considered a camper van (I’m nothing if not an optimist when it comes to travelling with kids, ha!) but even I eventually realized that such close quarters might not be the best idea when there’s an 8-month-old finicky sleeper involved.

However, since we already had our flights to Iceland booked, we decided to at least stay a few nights and just base ourselves out of Reykjavik. We spent the first day exploring the city and, for the second day, rented a car and did our own version of the Golden Circle tour. And in those two short days, Iceland has completely stolen my heart. Absolutely worth the almost 2-hour wait for our luggage followed by the almost 2-hour trip to our AirBnB. Which included having to switch buses with our mountains of luggage (note to self: must learn the art of carry-on-only travel with kids) and a middle-of-the-night drop off in what looked like a super-sketchy (but turned out to be just a bit quirky) area of town.

Here are some photos from our first day exploring Reykjavik. It gets a bad rep for being a little boring but I honestly loved it. Probably for the exact reason why most people don’t find it too exciting – there isn’t much to do. Everything is within easy walking distance, there aren’t a lot of must-see tourist attractions (which is actually a good thing when you’re travelling with two littles), and the streets are relatively quiet. Plus we had amazing weather. Sunny and warm (for Iceland standards). We spent a few hours meandering around town, admiring the colourful houses, feeding the ducks, and watching boats at the waterfront. My kind of day!

Reykjavik Hallgrimskirka, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

The view from the top of the Hallgrimskirka is just breathtaking. Colourful rooftops with a backdrop of water and mountains – can it get much better than that?

Sweet siblings at Reykjavik Hallgrimskirka, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Sweet siblings at Reykjavik Hallgrimskirka, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Sweet siblings at Reykjavik Hallgrimskirka, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

How cute are these two in their matching Zezuzulla hats and jackets? Makes me excited for fall weather!

Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Toddler girl in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with two young kids | Happy Grey Lucky
Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Reykjavik houses, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Reykjavik houses, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

So many cute Icelandic houses. Love that little tulip roof!

Feeding ducks at Tjörnin lake in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Feeding ducks at Tjörnin lake in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

Spent a good half hour feeding the ducks at Tjörnin Lake. To the point that every single duck, seagull, and bird left us again because they were so full. Lol.

Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Toddler girl blowing dandelions - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

Pusteblumen. Aka dandelions. Aka blowballs. (Is that actually what they’re called?) Isabelle’s favourite part of Iceland was, hands down, all the dandelions she found and could shake. (She hasn’t quite mastered the blowing.)

Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

The Harpa Concert Hall. Such a stunning glass building.

Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Valdis ice cream - the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

Ice cream break! If you’re ever in Reykjavik, Valdis is a definite must.

Sculpture and Shore Walk in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky
Sculpture and Shore Walk in Reykjavik, Iceland with young kids - family travel with a baby & toddler | Happy Grey Lucky

Having fun along the Sculpture and Shore Walk. Dandelions might have been her absolute favourite part of Iceland, but jumping rocks was a close second.

Baby sleeping in Bugaboo Buffalo - family travel with two young kids | Happy Grey Lucky

Nicolas slept pretty much the entire time we were out. Over three hours! And this coming from a kid who never sleeps in the stroller. Jet lag for the win!

Toddler sleeping on the bus - family travel with two young kids | Happy Grey Lucky

The sweetest little scene on our bus ride home.

Photos from our Golden Circle tour here!

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2 comments

Abigail Outhwaite September 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Glad you liked it! I know what you mean about Reykjavik – there isn’t loads there especially for families but I feel like I could spend weeks there doing very little and be perfectly happy!

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Sina December 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

Hi Abigail, I can’t believe I missed your comment! So sorry. Yep, smaller places where you don’t have to do too much are always so lovely with kids. It looks like you’ve been to lots of fabulous places. How did you find Morocco? Would LOVE to go there.

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