13 Days in Iceland - Travel with Baby (During Covid-19 Pandemic)

Wanna spend 13 days in Iceland (despite Covid-19) and you need an idea for the travel itinerary (with baby)? Then we have something you might need. If you travel with a baby, this blog post might be even more helpful to you. But hey, also without the baby!! We managed to visit quite many places ;) Read more about it below.

13 Days in Iceland with a 4 Months Old Baby (During Covid-19)

In July 2020 we decided to fly to a country, which was on our list for a very long time but due to years of overtourism we preferred flying to other countries. 

 

Then Covid-19 hit. A depressive period but after the first wave in 2020 the number of infections went down and Iceland showed a stable picture. That was one of the reasons why Jerry and I started thinking about travelling to Iceland. On top of that, the country seemed to be a great choice for travelling with a baby. Sooooo, we finally bought that ticket - of course, in the night when the baby was sleeping and it was one of the days we had some energy left haha... 

 

Before the trip, we were a little worried about Nils' first flights, the road trip itself, hiking around etc. but with a great level of preparation and organisation, I must say we managed it really well. In the end, if the motivation is there, all is feasible.

 

Btw. if you are thinking of visiting Iceland, please read about the latest travel restrictions here.

13 Days in Iceland - Our Travel Itinerary

First a few words about the route. By researching around what places to visit in Iceland, I realised there is so much to do and see. We would need more than 13 days to visit all these places. See below - this is what I bookmarked on my adorable app Maps.Me (I love this app!!):

I also stumbled upon pages with different route suggestions for 13 days:

- there is this famous CIRCLE route - basically doing a circle around the island but skipping the Northwestern part

- Reykjavik and the South part

- Reykjavik and the Northwestern part and a bit of the North

 

... well, at the end, we decided to do a mixture and go for the green marked region -> The West (Snaefellsnes Peninsula) & Reykjavik & a bit of Central & South & a bit of Southeast

Covering the main sights and a manageable driving distance  - also with a baby (don't underestimate it though!).

 

We first went to the Western part, then Central, after that to the South, followed by the Southeastern part and then back to Reykjavik.

 

Now let's go into the details of our Iceland trip. Here is our 13-day travel itinerary in a nutshell:

 

Day 1: Flying to Keflavik

Day 2: Reykjavik

Day 3: Akranes and around

Day 4: Fossarett - Helgufoss - Tröllafoss

Day 5: Gerduberg Cliffs Kirkjufell

Day 6: Djupalonssandur - Thingvellir National Park

Day 7: Faxafoss - Bruarfoss - Strokkur - Gullfoss

Day 8: Skogafoss - Seljavallalaug - Seljalandsfoss - Reynisfjara Black Beach & Vik

Day 9: Fjadrargljufur Svartifoss

Day 10: Jökulsarlon

Day 11: Kerid Crater

Day 12: Reykjavik

Day 13: Flying back home

Day 1: Flying to Keflavik

In July 2020 we took a SAS flight from Zurich (Switzerland) to Copenhagen (Denmark) and then from there to Iceland (Icelandair).

 

Prior to the flight, we had to prepay the Iceland Covid-19 test - at that time its price was 9000 ISK (around 61 EUR)  (right now it is for free - yes, you have to do it even if you're vaccinated).

 

We had to wear the masks on all airports and during all flights. Can be annoying but it is what it is.

 

To cover the topic baggage - we had two suitcases, two rucksacks and a stroller. At the airport we could drop our stroller at the check in counter and got an "airport stroller" instead. We could keep it until boarding (the same in Copenhagen and Reykjavik).

 

After we boarded the plane, we asked the staff if there are some free rows, as we could profit from more space on the plane. Luckily, there was (for both flight directions) - I encourage you to do that too. During takeoff and landing our baby Nils was seated on our lap and was given a toy to play with. Also, we gave him water to drink so his ears won't hurt due to air pressure. Once we were free to move, he got sleepy pretty soon, so we laid him down between our seats.

If you think now, oh lucky parents, my baby won't be like that. Believe me, Nils was NEVER that calm at home and we always had to rock him to sleep. To our surprise, the flight made him tired and it worked out perfectly :)

13 Days in Iceland - Flying to Keflavik
13 Days in Iceland - Flying to Keflavik
13 Days in Iceland - Flying with a Baby
13 Days in Iceland - Flying with a Baby

Once landed in this beautiful country, we had to undergo a PCR test. Not a pleasant feeling but we survived ;)

 

We were said to receive results within 24 hours (but usually it's within 5-6 hours). Until then, we had to quarantine in our hotel. The hotel of our choice was the lovely R13 Townhouse Hotel. The rooms come with a special indoor design and there is a fully equipped kitchen. Loved it:

13 Days in Iceland - R13 Townhouse Hotel in Reykjavik
13 Days in Iceland - R13 Townhouse Hotel in Reykjavik

We received our results the next day - saying:

Yessss! We were ready to start our Iceland adventure. 

 

Maybe some of you might want to know what would happen if the test result would have been positive - well, we would need to quarantine in a Covid-19 isolation cottages for a week. We accepted this fact prior to the trip. 

Day 2: Exploring Reykjavik

Once we successfully picked up our rental car for our 2-week road trip around Iceland, we drove towards an unexpectedly sunny Reykjavik - yay! 

13 Days in Iceland - Reykjavik
13 Days in Iceland - Reykjavik

What I have to say is, Reykjavik stole my heart - to such an extent that I included it on the list of Favorite Capital Cities in Europe.

13 Days in Iceland - Reykjavik
13 Days in Iceland - Reykjavik

I simply love the feeling when you don't expect much and then feel surprised. I remember saying to Jerry, let's skip Reykjavik. Luckily, we didn't. And why did we fancy it so much? Well, because it's a relatively small city with small and colorful houses, street art, specialized shops, many cafes, narrow streets... fresh air, by the sea, cool people... 

13 Days in Iceland - Reykjavik
13 Days in Iceland - Reykjavik

Day 3: Akranes and around

On day 3 we drove to Akranes and got a lovely shot of this observation tower. The photo turned out even better by finding this stones symbolizing different country flags :P

13 Days in Iceland - Akranes
13 Days in Iceland - Akranes

After that, we checked in at the wonderful accommodation called Moar Cottages in Akranes - I must say, I always dreamt of staying somewhere in Iceland in a cottage! Well, we finally did it. 

13 Days in Iceland - Moar Cottage
13 Days in Iceland - Moar Cottage
13 Days in Iceland - Moar Cottage
13 Days in Iceland - Moar Cottage

There is no need to take a stroller with you if you travel with a few months old baby to Iceland. It's easier with a baby carrier.

However, if you take it, you can use it for the baby's bed (or ask for a cot).

Here we took the stroller and went on a walk along the sea. Actually, we didn't use the stroller quite often on our trip. It was convenient in the city and some other places like the Thingvellir National Park but it would also work without it.

 

You will see further in this blog post, we mainly used our baby carrier when walking/hiking around. 

13 Days in Iceland
13 Days in Iceland

Day 4: Fossarett - Helgufoss - Tröllafoss

The next day the real exploring by car has started. The first impressions of the island have been made. I remember, I said woow many times! :)

13 Days in Iceland
13 Days in Iceland

Those who are wondering how we managed the driving with our baby - we didn't bring our car seat with us - we simply ordered it via the booking platform. However, I have to be honest and tell you that the car seat was too big for Nils at that time.

If you have a chance to bring a car seat with you, do so, otherwise order one and preferably ask for a small one.

Also one topic that must be covered - diaper changing on the road. It was not always easy, many time we changed his diapers in the car (it can be rainy or windy outside). If the weather was pleasant, we did it outside. Sometimes we have also found a restaurant with a changing room. It all works if you stay flexible (and relaxed hehe). 


The rest of the day it was all about visiting and admiring Iceland's waterfalls. 

13 Days in Iceland - Fossarett
13 Days in Iceland - Fossarett

We really liked Helgufoss!

13 Days in Iceland - Helgufoss
13 Days in Iceland - Helgufoss
13 Days in Iceland - Helgufoss
13 Days in Iceland - Helgufoss
13 Days in Iceland - Tröllafoss
13 Days in Iceland - Tröllafoss

Day 5: Gerduberg Cliffs & Kirkjufell

On day 5 we headed North in the direction of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. First stop on the way were the Gerduberg cliffs. After that we were straight to Kirkjufell. Lots of driving but scenic nature all the way.

13 Days in Iceland - Gerduberg Cliffs
13 Days in Iceland - Gerduberg Cliffs

Once we arrived to Kirkjufell, it was cloudy and we didn't see the landscape around us. But when we went to bed, there was suddenly this light coming though the window...and we checked and saw the midnight sun clearing up the skies.

One of those beautiful and unforgettable moments in Iceland.  

13 Days in Iceland - Kirkjufell
13 Days in Iceland - Kirkjufell

In Kirkjufell we slept at the Kirkjufell Guesthouse in Grundarfjordur. There is also a kitchen you can use - which is definitely good to have if you travel with a baby.

Day 6: Kirkjufellsfoss - Djupalonssandur - Thingvellir National Park

Kirkjufellsfoss is one of those gorgeous places in Iceland you simply have to take a photo of (even if there is bad weather hehe).

13 Days in Iceland - Kirkjufellsfoss
13 Days in Iceland - Kirkjufellsfoss

Djupalonssandur is known for its Black Lava Pearl beach - in general, it is definitely a must-see place when driving all the way up to Snaefellsnes.

13 Days in Iceland - Djupalonssandur
13 Days in Iceland - Djupalonssandur

This Thingvellir National park comes with many different scenic hiking paths along the river. It was a perfect place for taking the stroller and enjoy the nature with our baby.

13 Days in Iceland - Thingvellir National Park
13 Days in Iceland - Thingvellir National Park

Day 7: Faxafoss - Bruarfoss - Strokkur - Gullfoss

Faxafoss was a perfect spot for drone photography and videography. Check out the footage in one of the videos at the end of this blog post.

13 Days in Iceland - Faxafoss
13 Days in Iceland - Faxafoss

On the same day we went on the hike to the magnificent waterfall called Bruarfoss. I really liked this hike along the river - don't miss this spot out when in Iceland!

13 Days in Iceland - Bruarfoss
13 Days in Iceland - Bruarfoss

Some stunning geysers in Iceland - At the Strokkur geysers it can get quite crowdy so make sure to visit it early in the morning or in the afternoon. 

13 Days in Iceland - Strokkur
13 Days in Iceland - Strokkur

We have seen so many waterfalls in Iceland - The Gullfoss was one of them.

13 Days in Iceland - Gullfoss
13 Days in Iceland - Gullfoss

Also, a very lovely place to stay is the Loa's Nest. Especially the owner is very friendly.

13 Days in Iceland - Loa's Nest
13 Days in Iceland - Loa's Nest

Day 8: Skogafoss - Seljavallalaug - Seljalandfoss - Dyrhólaey- Reynisfjara Beach - Vik

Skogafoss is such a beautiful waterfall in Iceland. This one is worth your time.

13 Days in Iceland - Skogafoss
13 Days in Iceland - Skogafoss

We have spent the night at the very cute Giljur Guesthouse near Vik. 

13 Days in Iceland - Giljur Guesthouse
13 Days in Iceland - Giljur Guesthouse

What a cool thing - in the middle of nowhere there is a natural geothermal swimming pool called Seljavallalaug and it is actually the oldest pool in Iceland. We walked to the place with our baby-carrier and Jerry took a plunge in the pool. 

13 Days in Iceland - Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool
13 Days in Iceland - Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool

Seljalandsfoss shouldn't be missed out when in Iceland. You can walk behind the waterfall which makes it a great experience. 

13 Days in Iceland - Seljalandsfoss
13 Days in Iceland - Seljalandsfoss

At Dyrhólaey we admired the magnificent cliffs, walked all the way up to the lighthouse and enjoyed the views of the landscape. In additional, we spent quite some time watching the cute puffins.

13 Days in Iceland - Dyrhólaey
13 Days in Iceland - Dyrhólaey
13 Days in Iceland - Puffins at Dyrhólaey
13 Days in Iceland - Puffins at Dyrhólaey
13 Days in Iceland - Dyrhólaey
13 Days in Iceland - Dyrhólaey

Then we arrived to the world-famous Reynisfjara Black beach. This a spot which is seen in many music videos and movies. It definitely has its charm. But be careful there - sometimes there are big waves and many accidents already happened here.

13 Days in Iceland - Reynisfjara Black Beach
13 Days in Iceland - Reynisfjara Black Beach
13 Days in Iceland - Reynisfjara Black Beach
13 Days in Iceland - Reynisfjara Black Beach

We had a quick stop in Vik - it's a village with a beautiful location. We did some shopping there and also took a photo of lovely church.

13 Days in Iceland - Vik
13 Days in Iceland - Vik

Day 9: Fjadrargljufur - Svartifoss

I found this sight with an unbelievable difficult name (Fjadrargljufur) pretty impressive - and great for flying the drone. 

13 Days in Iceland - Fjadrargljufur
13 Days in Iceland - Fjadrargljufur

Another night, another cottage :) This night we spent at the Hörgsland Cottages.

13 Days in Iceland - Hörgsland Cottage
13 Days in Iceland - Hörgsland Cottage

This hike to the magnificent Svartifoss waterfall is manageable with the baby if you have the energy for a 40-min hike :) He carried Nils in the baby carrier all the way up. Not sure, if I could have done it. Make sure to wear good shoes, it can be slippery. 

13 Days in Iceland - Svartifoss
13 Days in Iceland - Svartifoss

Day 10: Jökulsárlón

There is not much effort needed when visiting this MUST SEE place in Iceland (one of our highlights and right to be on the list of The Most Epic Places in Europe!). There is a parking space nearby and you can basically admire the ice bergs from the car. Not visible on the photos below but there are also seals swimming around - sooo cool. Make sure to drive all the way to Jökulsarlon.

13 Days in Iceland - Jökulsárlón
13 Days in Iceland - Jökulsárlón

After Jökulsarlon we decided it is time to turn around and drive towards Reykjavik. On the way back there was this beautiful place to stay called Ekra in Hali. The room was totally new, beautiful designed and the surroundings were fantastic! See below.

13 Days in Iceland - Ekra
13 Days in Iceland - Ekra
13 Days in Iceland - Ekra
13 Days in Iceland - Ekra

The next day there was lots of driving. Also the weather was not nice so we spent some time relaxing indoors. The following night we stayed at the Lindatrun Guesthouse in Akurey. Also lovely - I don't have a photo from the cottages but they were lovely wooden cottages with black and red colours. 

Day 11: Kerid Crater

Kerid is a jaw-dropping volcanic crater lake. You can hike around the crater and even get close to the lake. And no, you can't swim in it :)

13 Days in Iceland - Kerid Crater
13 Days in Iceland - Kerid Crater

After Kerid we drove to our next accommodation - the awesome Lambastadir Guesthouse in Selfoss . It comes with a cute sauna and a whirlpool. What a treat! Well recommended!

13 Days in Iceland - Lambastadir Guesthouse
13 Days in Iceland - Lambastadir Guesthouse
13 Days in Iceland - Lambastadir Guesthouse
13 Days in Iceland - Lambastadir Guesthouse
13 Days in Iceland - Lambastadir Guesthouse
13 Days in Iceland - Lambastadir Guesthouse

Day 12 - Reykjavik

Since Reykjavik was such a nice surprise the first couple of days in Iceland, we decided to spend one day more in this cute city.

Day 13 - Flying Home

The day we had to say good-bye to this beautiful country. Hopefully we will come back one day and have the chance to explore the Northwestern and the Northeastern part.

 

No PCR test was needed back then to fly back to Switzerland - via Copenhagen. 

 

Right now a test is needed for entering Switzerland even if you're travelling from a non-risk country by plane and you're not vaccinated or haven't recovered from Covid-19. Read the latest travel restrictions here.

 

Check out these 2 videos if you have some minutes left :)


Have you been to Iceland? What did we miss out? Did you travel with your baby? Let us know in the comments below!

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