Scouts in Iceland
Outdoor activities in Iceland with kids
This is a guest post by Mia Schmidt. She travelled to Iceland in the summer of 2014 with her husband, a group of young scouts and her 22 months old son Lauge for an outdoor adventure.
In the summer 2014 we were headed for Iceland with our son Lauge aged 22 months and 8 scouts in the age of 12-16 years for a holiday with a lot of outdoor activities. My husband has been a scout for 17 years and he wanted us to take part in his active outdoor life. The trip to Iceland was going to be our first combining family holiday with my husbands job as a leader of group of young scouts.
Before going on this outdoor trip to Iceland we did a lot of planning. Actually we planned the trip throughout 1,5 years. Three months ahead of the trip, we decided to move Lauge out of his cot, so he could get used to falling asleep in a wider space in his sleeping bag. We also did some outdoor activities with Lauge and we did some camping, so he got used to sleep in a tent.
The day before our departure to Iceland we were all excited. I was suddenly a bit nervous about bringing along a boy aged 22 months on an outdoor trip to Iceland. But there was no need to worry. The flight went well. Our son has had troubles with his ears and therefore we chose to give him analgesic to make sure, he wasn’t in pain during the flight. It worked, our son was happy and excited with no pain.
We arrived to Iceland to a camp site for scouts, which was our base during our stay. We slept in either cabins or tents. We had bought a baby carrier “Deuter kid comfort lll” for our son. The carrier was great. Lauge was sitting on my husbands back, while we were wandering in the beautiful nature of Iceland. Lauge was really pleased about the carrier, he could read books in it and he could sleep in it. We had tied a string to his favorite teddy bear, so he wouldn’t throw into a waterfall or similar and it worked really well.
Every day we had oatmeal for breakfast, soup for lunch cooked on our camping stove and then we had freeze-dried food for dinner. Lauge enjoyed all meals and we had no difficulties with the type of meals whatsoever. Lauge also enjoyed sleeping in the tent in his sleeping bag. During the days he played in the nature with the other scouts and even though the weather was rough, he enjoyed the time outdoor.
We had planned a 5 day hike from Lannmannalagur to Torsmark. Lauge and I had been on some of the other hikes, but this hike was a 5 day tour and with the overall bad weather, we decided to stay at our camp. The weather wasn’t the only reason – also the luggage for Lauge was an issue, because we had to carry it all. So one person would have to carry his own luggage and Lauges luggage.
It was the right decision to stay at the camp. Iceland experienced the worst weather in 20 years that summer and the weather on the 5 day hike got so bad, that my husband and the 8 young scouts were evacuated from the mountains in the middle of the night. There was a storm and it was to dangerous to continue the hike.
We had a base during our visit to Iceland and I will strongly recommend it, for people travelling with smaller kids, because it demands extra luggage to travel with smaller kids especially kids not able to walk themselves. It will be difficult to travel so light, that you are able to carry all your belongings during hikes. When you got a base, you can do daytours/day hikes from there.
The trip was amazing! We think of it as quality time with our son and a great family holiday. We experienced our son develop skills about the nature and he really enjoyed to be part of a group consisting of both his parents, but also the 8 younger scouts.
Since our holiday to Iceland a baby-girl has arrived. We look forward to showing her the world and we wouldn’t hesitate to do a trip like the one to Iceland again. A lot of our friends had been skeptical about bringing a small child on an outdoor trip to Iceland, but it really worked well. All it takes is planning.
Our motto is that kids are not an obstacle to travel and experience the world.