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3 Activities Kids Will Love in Iceland

After our trip to Iceland last year, my son and I both canít stop raving about this amazing country. Itís unlike anywhere else weíve been, and over a year on, we are still both talking about so many Icelandic quirks. I asked my son, now aged 6, what he would recommend to other families as the highlights of Iceland, and just have to share with you his interesting top three list.

See puffins in Iceland

How can you not instantly fall in love with a puffin?

They are real cuties and my son was smitten before weíd even arrived. We took a puffin cruise from Reykjavik and sailed around one of the main islands the puffins call home.

There are also places along the south coast where you can get up close and personal with puffin colonies.

What my son remembers most is the unusual facts about puffins from our cruising tour guide. In particular, puffins are rather clean birds and they always have two holes in the side of a cliff: one is their bathroom (all toileting business takes place here) and one is their living room!

They are also pretty bad at flying and we had a lot of fun watching their crash landings into the sea.

puffins in iceland

Meet an Icelandic horse

We soon learnt that despite their small size, these creatures are Icelandic horses, not ponies.

There is something special about an Icelandic horse that draws everyone in - even people like me who usually have zero interest in horses.

They are gentle to meet and my son loved patting them when we visited Icelandic Horse World.

When we return one day, a little older, Iíd love for both of us to try a short ride on an Icelandic horse. Theyíre so unique, and remain purebred because of the strict laws around them - no other horses are allowed into Iceland, and somewhat heartbreakingly, if you take your Icelandic horse outside of Iceland, you are not permitted to bring it back home again.

icelandic horse

Icelandic hot dogs

Exploring makes you hungry so surely a genuine Icelandic hot dog is the way to deal with this!

Like everything in Iceland, their hot dogs are also unique. Made with a delicious mix of meat (mostly lamb, with some beef and pork) and then topped with both fresh and fried onions, and three sauces, we found it impossible to stop at one.

You can find Icelandic hot dogs in many places across Iceland - and theyíre a welcome cheap snack amongst otherwise pricey meals - but the most famous spot is a stand in Reykjavik called Bśjarins Beztu Pylsur. The queue there moves fast, so donít hesitate to hop in it.

icelandic hot dog

Amanda Kendle is a born and bred Perth girl who loves to hang around with her rubbish-truck-loving four-year-old son. Amanda has lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe and has been blogging about her travels at home and abroad for almost a decade at Not A Ballerina.

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