21 days Iceland, France, UK
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 23, 2013 5:42 AM Last Post By: iviehoff
Sep 22, 2013 8:59 PM
21 days Iceland, France, UKHi - just wondering if you would be so kind as to check our itinerary please.
We're traveling with a 10 month old.
I know it's not an ideal time to travel, and we only have a limited amount of time... but it's the only time we can get away, and traveling all the way from Australia - well we want to squeeze in as many destinations as possible!
12th October fly Australia - France: 3 nights Paris (we've been to Paris before so this will just be to have a little taste again)
Fly Paris to Iceland: 4 nights? Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and then another day trip somewhere? Also - is it possible to do the Golden Circle as a one day trip with a baby or should/could we spread that over two days drive?
Fly Iceland to London: 4 nights London.
Hire car - drive around bits of England/Scotland and fly home from Edinburgh (or maybe London) on the 4th November. Any suggested route for self drive touring of UK in that timeframe?
- how much warm clothing - or HOW warm a clothing do we need to have for our baby? It's hard to buy anything properly warm here in Australia... is there a good online shop or somewhere we could go the first day we arrive?
Sep 23, 2013 12:34 AM
1To me this sounds like a rush, especially with a 10 month old. Why not skip Iceland and enjoy France and England/UK??? I've taken my children travelling when very young, but always made sure we had plenty of time. My youngest was about 10 months when we went to Holland, and it worked fine, but we stayed in one place and went to a few places by rented car. He was easy going, could take a nap everywhere - I suppose that comes with being the youngest and always carted about together with the older boys..... Obviously you know your own child better than I do, maybe he/she will handle a long flight and change of time zone very well...????
About clothing: layers of thinner clothes work best to keep one warm, how much he/she will need depends on the individual and also what kind of climate you arrive from.... Be prepared for rain, wind and about 5 degrees - then you'll cover all needs!! It might also be nice and warm in France..... Thermal underwear, tracksuit and rain clothes..... You'll be able to buy winter gear in Paris. A good idea might be to get a woollen rug to use in pram/stroller, will double as 'sleeping bag' for your kid if it gets cold.
This is just my opinion, I hope you have a lovely holiday whatever you decide and wherever you go!!
Sep 23, 2013 3:13 AM
2I have a lot of sympathy with what you are suggesting. I think a 10month yr old is easier to travel than they will be for a long time afterwards. Having done it, the only issue is trying not to waste too much of the limited daylight hours with them being asleep. Which is why I went on a trip to South America with my daughter when she was only 8 months old, and did a moving-on holiday, because I knew it would only get harder for a long time after that, a correct judgment with hindsight. We didn't bother with a pushchair for that, just a baby back pack with a foul weather cover, which she slept inside one horribly cold wet day we suffered.
One tricky issue is that some car hire companies charge a ridiculous amount for child seat hire. So much it would be cheaper to buy one and throw it away. And some airlines aren't very friendly about carrying them either, it would be cheaper to buy one and throw it away...
The Golden Circle is a natural day trip. Geysir and Gullfoss are things you gawp at for a while, not hang around too long. And I expect you won't want to be doing any long daywalks at Thingvellir.
Paris is actually as cold or colder than London in the winter so it should be easy to buy all the warm clothes you need for yourself and a baby there - enquire on Western Europe branch for suggested stores. And Iceland in October is probably not going to be materially colder than the worst winter weather you'd get in Paris.
Sep 23, 2013 4:15 AM
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