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Traveling with Children and Infants

We aim to make the flight enjoyable for our youngest passengers. 

Activities On Board

On board, we aim to entertain the kids.

In the personal in-flight entertainment system you will find a variety of movies and TV shows for children of all ages, ranging from live-action movies to animated series. We provide the children with headphones as well, so they can enjoy the show.

For those who like more hands on activities, we hand out pencils and activity sheets for them to spend time on. 

Meals for Kids

We care for our youngest passengers. Children between the ages of 2 and 11 years receive a complimentary meal and juice on all flights.

Warm water is always available on board in order to warm up milk and baby food and it is also possible to order yogurt and a banana for infants.

An infant meal needs to be reserved in advance, at least 24 hours before departure or at the time of reservation (1-800-223-5500 prompt 1).

All children between the ages of 2 and 11 years of age receive a complimentary meal on all flights.

Child Seats

Passengers traveling with children aged 2 to 11 years old may bring on board an approved child seat if the child sits in the chair during the flight.

When traveling with infants under 2 years old, passengers may also bring an approved child seat on board, provided that a seat by the window is available on the plane. Passengers can ensure a seat for a child seat by purchasing the child fare.

The use of child seats is allowed during all stages of the flight, including during take-off and landing, provided that:

  • The child seat is designed for attachment to a seat with a 2-point belt (normal seat belts on passenger seats in aircraft). Child seats that are specifically designed for attachment with 3-point belts (normal seat belts in cars) may not be used.
  • The child seat meets at least one of the following conditions:
  • The child seat is approved for use in vehicles in accordance with the European Standard ECE R44-03 or later amendments.
  • The child seat is approved for use in motor vehicles and aircraft in accordance with the US Standard US FMVSS No. 213 and has been manufactured according to this standard as of 26 February 1985. Child seats that meet US requirements must have the following label in red lettering: 1) "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards" and 2) "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft".
  • The child seat is approved for use in aircraft in accordance with the German Standard on "Qualification Procedure for Child Restraint Systems in Aircraft" (TUV Doc.:/958-01/2001).
  • The child seat is approved for use in motor vehicles and aircraft in accordance with the Canadian Standard CMVSS 213/213,1.
  • On board, the child seat shall be anchored securely in a window seat using the seat belt.

CARES Child Aviation Restraint System is approved on Icelandair flights. CARES is designed specifically for aviation use for children aged 1 and older who weigh between 22 lb and 44 lb.

The airline does not provide child seats of any kind during on our flights, neither CARES Child Aviation Restraint System or any other. It is the passengers' responsibilities to bring the child seat.

Booking a Ticket for Infants

When you are traveling with an infant under the age of 2 (24 months), the infant does not require a seat as he or she will be seated in the parents lap.

You are still required to purchase a ticket for the infant which is subject to infant fares and taxes. They are priced significantly lower than tickets for children but the actual discount depends on the fare type

For more information about baggage allowance for infants, check out our Baggage Allowance page.

Passengers can purchase seats for infants but they will need to hold the infant during takeoff and landing. 

Children Traveling Alone

On Icelandair flights an Unaccompanied Minor (UM) is a child between 5 and 11 years of age (11 inclusive) who is NOT accompanied by a passenger 12 years of age or older having the same reservation status and capable of taking full responsibility for the child.

Unaccompanied Minor service can be arranged to passengers between 12 and 15 years of age (15 inclusive). Same rules and fees apply as for passenger with mandatory Unaccompanied Minor service.

  • A maximum of 4 Unaccompanied Minors may be carried on each flight.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor service charge is US$150 each way to Iceland, and US$250 to Europe. Only one fee is charged if two or more unaccompanied minors are traveling together.
  • Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) board before other passengers. When UMs travel cabin crew will pamper them and make sure that they are given food and drinks throughout the flight. They are offered everything that is available on the Economy menu free of charge (except for alcoholic drinks).
  • We only accept Unaccompanied Minors on Icelandair flights; onward connections with other airlines are not possible.

Unaccompanied Minor Travel Guidelines

  • Unaccompanied Minors must be checked-in by an adult guardian who must provide photo identification and contact information, as well as the relationship to the child. The responsible guardian must remain at the airport until the aircraft is airborne. On arrival in the destination city, the Icelandair ground agent will also check photo identification and contact information before releasing the child to the guardian, who is predetermined in the child's reservation documents.
  • Travel documents for the Unaccompanied Minor are placed in a special Icelandair wallet clearly visible on the child.
  • Please note, that all Unaccompanied Minors must be confirmed at least 2 business days in advanced before traveling. Contact our reservations department to make a reservation for them.

Please fill out and print four copies of the Unaccompanied Minor Form.

Booking for an Unaccompanied Minor

It is not possible to book a child traveling alone via the internet. Also, it is not possible to book for an unborn child. When planning on traveling with a child that isn't born yet, you can add their name to the booking when the child has been given its name.

To book for an Unaccompanied Minor, please contact Icelandair Reservations at 1-800-223-5500. Unaccompanied Minors must be confirmed at least 3 days before the flight, so please allow for advance purchase.