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Iceland With Kids Podcast
16 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Episode 14: Visiting Iceland in 2021: Covid-19 and a volcano!
Episode Notes On March 18th, Iceland started allowing vaccinated individuals to visit Iceland. On March 19th, a volcano erupted not too far from the airport! [UPDATE March 31st: Well, some of the information in this episode has already changed! The volcano is still going strong, but the travel restrictions were outdated before they were even implemented. See covid.is for the latest, which is constantly changing!] But can you bring your kids? Will the airport close? Here's what you need to know about visiting Iceland in 2021! If you do visit, be sure to follow the rules at Covid.is. Things are kind of back to normal, but there's still plenty of mask wearing and social distancing in Iceland! Let Iceland With Kids help you plan your vacation! For more information and pictures of the volcano, check out IcelandWithKids.com/podcast.
30 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Episode 13: Ice Caves and Glacier Hikes: An Interview with Melrakki Adventures
Episode Notes We're so excited to share this interview with Melrakki Adventures! We chat with the owners of the company, who offer small group ice save and glacier tours. Oddur and Katarina are experts about all things related to ice caves and glaciers in Iceland. We learned so much, and we're sure you will too. Why ice caves are bluer in the winter. Why you should bring sunglasses for a glacier hike. And, how to save 15% off of a tour with Melrakki Adventures! We honestly weren't expecting this, but Melrakki is offering a 15% discount to our podcast listeners. Book a tour on Melrakki's web site and use the coupon code icelandwithkids. The coupon is good at least through the end of 2021, but try it any time! Melrakki offers glacier hikes to kids as young as 6, but only if their feet are big enough to wear crampons. The minimum show size is EU 34, which is a size 2 1/2 men's and 4 women's in the US. Most 6-year-olds won't have feet this big, but your 8-year-old might! Melrakki has tons of stunning photographs from their tours on Instagram. Check out or favorites at IcelandWithKids.com/podcast. There you'll also find information about tour planning services we're offering for your 2021 or 2022 Iceland vacation!
29 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Episode 12: Planning a trip to Iceland with pre-teens
Episode Notes Planning to visit Iceland with kids between the ages of 8-12? This is the episode for you! You'll learn our major tip for avoiding boredom. Plus, we cover dozens of things to see and do in 5 areas of Iceland we recommend for your family vacation! Visit IcelandWithKids.com/podcast to download our free map showing these 5 areas we recommend. (And also the spellings for some of the hard to pronounce place names in this episode!) Need help planning your Iceland vacation? Just visit our Iceland tour planning information page to learn about our VIP Iceland vacation planning services. It's less expensive than you think, and there's no extra fee if you have to change your plans! Visit Iceland With Kids for more tips to help you plan your Iceland vacation!
29 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Episode 11: Interview with Whale Watching Expert Judith Scott
Episode Notes On today's episode I'm thrilled to interview Judith Scott, a whale watching tour guide in Iceland and other countries. I knew she was an expert, but Judith has led over 4,000 whale watching tours! Judith talks about why whale watching in Iceland is unique from many other countries, and also offers tips on what to wear and how to avoid seasickness. She also gives us some advice about how to find the best whale watching trip for you and your family. Judith is also a fantastic photographer. You can see some of her amazing whale watching photographs on her web site. Finally, check out some of our favorite pictures she has taken at IcelandWithKids.com/podcast/. While you're there you can also see information on how Iceland With Kids can help you plan your 2021 Iceland vacation!
18 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Episode 10: Tips for booking lodging in Iceland
Episode Notes Today we share 6 great tips to make sure you find the perfect lodging options for your trip to Iceland! When to book, how to find the best location, rules for campervans, and much much more. And of course, how to save money! Find campsites in Iceland here: tjalda.is/en/camp-sites/ See out trip planning options, as well as free information related to each podcast here: IcelandWithKids.com/Podcast
21 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Episode 9: 9 Things to see in Iceland with Teenagers
Episode Notes In this episode, we'll share 9 amazing things you can see and do with teenagers in Iceland. Even if you don't have teenagers, listen to hear some of our more adventurous recommendations. A boat ride to an isolated puffin paradise. A hike that's called "Waterfall Way." And even a competitive game of "footgolf," where you play golf with a soccer ball! If you plan to hike the Skógafoss Waterfall Way (or the full trail, called Fimmvörðuháls,) be sure to check out these excellent articles: https://www.earthtrekkers.com/skogafoss-waterfall-way-hike/ https://www.earthtrekkers.com/fimmvorduhals-hike-complete-guide/ Here are the flood tables that tell you when it is safe to walk to Grótta: http://www.seltjarnarnes.is/thjonusta/menning/fraedasetur/flodatoflur/ And finally, visit our web site for photos of some of the places we discuss in this episode, and for more help planning your vacation to Iceland: https://IcelandWithKids.com/Podcast
14 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Episode 8: Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland!
Episode Notes This episode tells you everything to need to know to see the Northern Lights in Iceland! Well, to try and see them at least. Even with perfect planning, the lights just might not be active on any given night. But if you're lucky enough to see them, you're in for a treat! Here are the useful websites I mention during the episode: The Iceland With Kids article about seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland The Iceland With Kids article about hours of daylight in Iceland The Time and Date web site, which shows you sunset and sunrise times The Icelandic Meteorological Office's Aurora forecast Thanks for listening! As always, check out IcelandWithKids.com/podcast for even more freebies! Or e-mail me at Eric@IcelandWithKids.com with questions, comment, or for help planning your Iceland vacation!
18 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Episode 7: Places to Visit with Babies and Toddlers in Iceland
Episode Notes If you're visiting Iceland with small children, there are still tons of incredible things to see and do! Here are 7 activities you can do with babies, toddlers, or anyone of any age! Even if you don't have small children, listen in for activities the whole family will enjoy, from youngest to oldest. See pictures of our recommendations at IcelandWithKids.com/podcast.
32 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Episode 6: Interview with Kellie Floyd about her Iceland vacation!
Episode Notes I'm excited for my very first interview episode! Kellie shares some great tips for families visiting Iceland, as well as tons of amazing things to see. Follow Kellie on Instagram to see her Iceland pictures! https://www.instagram.com/together_wewillwander/ And as always, visit https://www.IcelandWithKids.com/podcast for more show notes and freebies. Thanks!
13 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Episode 5: Rescuing Lost Pufflings in Iceland, and my book award!
Episode Notes This is an exciting episode for 2 reasons! First, I share the amazing story of how children in Iceland rescue thousands of baby puffins (pufflings) every year. Second, the book I wrote about this true story just won a children's book award! I won the silver medal for (second) best children's picture eBook at the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards! "Lundi the Lost Puffin" is on sale right now to celebrate the award. See the book on Amazon! RA Anderson also won a Moonbeam award for her book series about ... puffins in Iceland! Here is the first of her books on Amazon! As always, check out IcelandWithKids.com/podcast for more show notes and freebies!
14 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Episode 4: 3 reasons to visit the Westman Islands in Iceland
Episode Notes Most people don't visit the Westman Islands during their Iceland vacation. And that's too bad! A fun and not too long ferry ride (which is an adventure in itself) gets you to a fascinating island with a rich history. The recent volcano eruption here isn't ancient history. Add millions of puffins, a rope attached to a cliff, and more, and you're in for a memorable trip! For free maps and lots of other freebies to help you plan your trip, visit IcelandWithKids.com/podcast. Westman Islands links: Eyja Tours: www.eyjatours.com Sea Life Trust Aquarium: belugasanctuary.sealifetrust.org/en/ Ferry: facebook.com/herjolfurvestmannaeyjar (Posts usually have English below the Icelandic)
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Episode 3: Three questions to help you plan your Iceland vacation
Episode Notes You're planning a vacation to Iceland, but have no idea how to create an itinerary? Today we're asking 3 questions to help you get started. You'll have a plan in no time! Some of these Iceland With Kids resources can also help: Our Driving in Iceland Course Our travel guide book, Iceland With Kids Thanks for listening!
12 minutes | Sep 22, 2020
Episode 2: Why Iceland is the best starter destination
Episode Notes What's a "starter destination?" If you've never traveled internationally, we think Iceland is the perfect country to start with. Today is all about why Iceland is the perfect combination of safe and amazing! Visit IcelandWithKids.com/podcast to grab our free printable page of our favorite Iceland photographs, and to grab all of the freebies from all of our episodes! Also check out Travel Babbo's math about how a vacation to Disneyland is around the same price as a family trip to Iceland!
12 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Episode 1: The Golden Circle
Episode Notes Go to IcelandWithKids.com/podcast to grab your free printable map of Iceland! We cover the "Big 3" attractions on the Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir, and Þingvellir. (And we teach you how to pronounce them!) Plus, hear about the hidden gems of Friðheimar, Slakki, and more!
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