Iceland: Húsdýragarðurinn (Reykjavik Family Park and Zoo)

July 10, 2012

This day was our 13th wedding anniversary.  We had spent our 12th anniversary in Iceland and again we found ourselves in this wonderful country, celebrating our marriage.  We couldn’t think of anywhere we’d rather be at that time, together.  We felt so lucky.

We didn’t think we’d make it up to Reykjavik during this visit to Iceland, but for our anniversary, we wanted to have a fun, easy day.  So we drove into Reykjavik (it only took about 40 minutes) to visit the Family Park and Zoo (Húsdýragarðurinn).  We’d heard people rave about this place the last time we were in Reykjavik, so it was time to check it out.

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The kids were so excited!  We arrived and it was an absolutely perfect sunny day.  We had to wait in line for maybe 15 minutes or so — not too bad.  Then, we went exploring!

First, we visited the area of the park where there are many amusement rides.  Most of the rides were for older kids, so thankfully, we were able to skip most of those.  We found a nice spot to sit and have our lunch, right next to a lookout tower.  The kids took turns climbing up to view the surroundings.

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Next, it was on to the adventure playground!  This place was A. MAZE. ING.!!!!!!  Pirate ship, a little village of play houses, a sand box full of operational kid-sized construction diggers, water games, a pull-across ferry raft, a giant bouncy mat, and a cafe selling hot dogs that you can grill on the electric grilling stations right next to all this stuff.  This country has seriously got it together for the kids.

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The pièce de résistance was the carousel with Norse gods and goddesses, vikings, trolls, and giants.

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Best.  Carousel.  Ever.

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After a ride on the carousel, we visited the animals (there weren’t really that many — all Icelandic animals, so mostly farm animals).

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Pigs (they were moving them from one pen to another)

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Amazing Icelandic goats.  Check out those horns!

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Sea lions.

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And cows.

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As you can imagine, we had a great time, and were fairly worn-out after our adventures.  We headed over to the Kringlan mall to pick up a few things and have a snack, then back home to Selfoss for a quiet evening.

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