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  • Writer's pictureSara Schill

Parent-Child Bonding Amidst Iceland's stunning Landscapes: A Slow Travel Perspective.

Hey there fellow traveling parents! So, you're dreaming of your next family adventure when suddenly you stumble upon the ultimate travel destination. Iceland, of course! Yes, this mystical land of fire and ice with its stunning landscapes and family-focused culture has rightfully made its way to the top of many family bucket lists. But I would like to encourage you to upgrade your bucket list for the slow travel experience.

First things first, let's talk about slow travel. Now, I know what you're thinking, "slow? isn't that just another word for boring?" Au contraire, my friend! Slow travel is all about savoring the journey, soaking in each moment with intention. When it comes to family travel, slow and steady wins the race. Forget about running from one tourist destination to the next, this is about opting for the scenic route and opening yourself up to the magic along the way.

And Iceland is chock-full of Magic.

ho hum, yet another breathtaking waterfall in Iceland
one of Iceland's many secluded waterfalls

If you have not tried slow traveling with kids before, I encourage you to try it out in Iceland. Iceland is the perfect place to drop all plans and open to the magic slow travel inspires. One only needs to drive or walk in any direction, to experience jaw-dropping raw nature at its finest.

Imagine unexpectedly stumbling upon one of the hundreds of secluded cascading waterfalls that dot the Icelandic countryside. You may have had great intentions that day of visiting the much talked about Golden Circle, but you allow yourself to become lost in the magic of the moment and instead find a safe spot to pull your car over for an impromptu picnic lunch. As you step out of your car, you realize you'd be smart to surrender your best laid plans and take advantage of this natural VIP lounge with special reservations for you and your family.

children exploring a waterfall in Iceland
Exploring in Iceland with Slow Travel Iceland with Kids

Slow travel has this magical ability to turn these spontaneous discoveries into stories that'll be retold at the dinner table for years to come.

Slow travel isn't just about what you see however; its about how you choose to experience it. Its about taking the time to stop and smell the proverbial roses (or in Iceland's case, the sulfur-infused hot springs!). Whether you're gazing in awe at the northern lights, or foraging Icelandic bilberries, slow travel allows you to truly connect with the world around you.But perhaps the greatest benefit of slow travel is the opportunity it provides to strengthen connections with your kids on a deeper level.

When you're not constantly rushing from one exciting activity to the next, you have the chance to really listen to them, to laugh together, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

In a world where distractions abound and quality time can feel like a rare commodity, slowing down and paying attention to each other becomes more important than remembering to shower before entering an Icelandic swimming pool!

So there you have it. My ode to slow traveling in Iceland with kids. Now grab your passports, pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Iceland, here we come!

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