Inexpensive airfares make planning a family trip to Iceland very enticing. But it is important to realize that once you get there, an Iceland family vacation can be quite costly. Plus, finding family-friendly hotels in Iceland is a serious challenge and there are limited choices for where to stay in Reykjavik with kids.
First of all, popular hotels sell out quickly, making last minute trip planning a challenge. Next, there are very few hotels that can accommodate a family of four in one room. Unlike U.S.-based hotels that have options of two doubles or queens in a room, in Iceland rooms are typically either one double bed or two twins. On top of that, not many rooms are interconnecting, making it even harder for families with young kids.
Luckily, I’ve spent hours and hours planning our own trip and trips for other families — so I can save you some time if you are looking to figure out where to stay in Reykjavik with kids.
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Where to Stay in Reykjavik with Kids
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IcelandAir Hotel Reykjavik Marina
The IcelandAir Hotels are clean, modern, boutique-like hotels with Nordic (think IKEAish) design. The IcelandAir Hotel Reykjavik Marina is located right near the Old Harbour in easy walking distance to all the main sights in Reykjavik including whale watching, Harpa, Hallgrimskirkja, and shopping on Laugavegur.
They offer a “Studio 6” family room, which fits up to six people. There are double bed bunk beds, plus a pull out sofa. Just be aware that this area can get a little noisy on the weekends.
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IcelandAir Hotel Reykjavik Natura
The location isn’t as ideal at the IcelandAir Hotel Reykjavik Natura, since it is located outside of the core downtown area, closer to the city airport.
However, they do offer a family room suitable for families of 3-4 with younger children. The room includes a double bed plus 1-2 day beds. They will also supply families with children’s bedding, toys and bathrobes.
Also located downtown, not far from the Harbour, the stylish Alda Hotel has a few options for families. The Family Room has a double bed, plus a pull out sofa that can fit two small children or one teen.
The Alda Suite gives you some extra room and a separation of space with a master bedroom, two bathrooms, a balcony and a pull out couch in the living room.
Check rates at the Alda Hotel
There are six Center Hotels in Reykjavik, but not all are well designed for families. The Center Hotel Plaza, located in the heart of Reykjavik, offers interconnecting double and twin rooms that can accommodate up to families of six (with two rooms and an extra bed in each room.)
Check rates and availability at the CenterHotel Plaza
Canopy by Hilton
The Canopy by Hilton in downtown Reykjavik offers suites with separate bedrooms and pull out couches. They offer an on-site restaurant and even will provide bikes for exploring the city.
Check rates and availability at the Canopy Hotel
Black Pearl Apartments
If you are looking for luxury, the Black Pearl Apartments offer two bedroom suites that can accommodate up to families of six. Both bedrooms come with a king bed, which can be converted to two twins. Even their standard suites can accommodate a family of four with a king bed and a pull out sofa for two younger children.
Check rates and availability at the Black Pearl Apartments
For families, many times the best choice in Reykjavik is an Airbnb. We have stayed at three different Airbnbs in downtown Reykjavik. Just keep in mind that you may have to kill some time before you check in and look closely at the description and be prepared to carry your bags up some stairs. Here are some other suggestions for stunning Airbnbs in Iceland.
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Where to Stay in Iceland with Kids
Of course you won’t want to spend your entire Iceland family vacation in Reykjavik. Here are some other family-friendly hotels in Iceland.
Located near Hella on the South Coast of Iceland, Hotel Ranga is a great choice for spending a few days in the South exploring waterfalls and black sand beaches. They also have their own observatory, perfect for spotting the Northern Lights. Their deluxe rooms offer a king size bed and a pull out sofa, that can accommodate families of four with younger children.
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
If you want to see the fabulous glacier lagoon, the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers both triple rooms and suites. You can also use this hotel as a base for exploring Skaftafell National Park.
Check rates and reviews at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
IcelandAir Hotel Akureyri
Head north in Iceland to get away from the crowds and to see some amazing waterfalls and even better whale watching. The IcelandAir Hotel Akureyri offers convenient family rooms that are equipped with a double bed and a set of bunk beds, separated by a privacy wall. Kids will also enjoy the geothermally-heated swimming pools nearby.
The newly built Hotel Husafell is a good stopping point for dogsledding in the summer, going “Into the Glacier” and other glacier experiences. They offer spacious suites and also a roomy holiday villa that can sleep up to five.
Check rates and reviews at Hotel Husafell
When all else fails, there are tons of holiday cottages for rent on VRBO.