Iceland is a wondrous and magical place no child will ever forget. Most tour companies welcome children (with the exception of the most rigorous trips, of course) and charge 50% less for children under 12. Discounts are usually available for transportation and tourist attractions, and sometimes for accommodations as well. Air Iceland, the main domestic airline, offers 50% off for children ages 2 to 11 when tickets are booked over the phone; even greater discounts may be available online.

Many hotels, guesthouses, and farms offer “family rooms” sleeping three to five people, sometimes with cooking facilities. Even youth hostels commonly have family rooms. Often a place has only one or two such rooms; the only way to be sure is to ask. The Icelandic Farm Holidays network of farm accommodations (tel. 570-2700) is usually cheaper than hotels and offers children a glimpse of Icelandic country life.

Iceland is a safe and personal enough country that parents may feel comfortable leaving their children with local babysitters. You can always ask the staff at your accommodation to recommend someone.

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The comprehensive My Family Travels offers trip planning and has plentiful information on Iceland. 

Remember: Iceland cannot possibly install guard ropes and warning signs at every location that poses danger to children, so mind them at all times.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.