Iceland in winter can be a magical experience, with the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, snow-capped mountains, and frozen waterfalls. However, it's important to be prepared for the colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Here are some tips for making the most of your winter trip to Iceland:
- Dress in layers: The weather in Iceland can change quickly, so it's important to dress in layers that you can easily add or remove as needed. Make sure to bring a waterproof and windproof outer layer, as well as a warm hat, gloves, and insulated boots.
- Rent a 4x4 vehicle: Many of Iceland's roads can be difficult to navigate in winter, especially if there is snow or ice. Renting a 4x4 vehicle will give you more options for exploring the country and will increase your chances of reaching remote locations.
- Check the weather forecast: Iceland's weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to check the forecast before you leave on any excursions. This will help you plan accordingly and avoid any surprises. A good website for this is www.safetravel.is
- Don't miss the Northern Lights: The Northern Lights are one of the main draws of Iceland in winter. They are visible from September to April, but the best time to see them is during the darkest months of December and January.
- Take a dip in a hot spring: Iceland is home to many natural hot springs, and taking a dip in one is a great way to warm up after a day of exploring in the cold. Some popular hot springs include the Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Myvatn Nature Baths.
- Be prepared for shorter daylight hours: Iceland has fewer daylight hours in the winter than other seasons, so be sure to make the most of the daylight when you have it. Plan your activities accordingly, and make sure to bring a good headlamp or flashlight for when it gets dark.
- Be respectful of nature: Iceland's natural landscapes are fragile, and it's important to take care when exploring. Stick to designated trails and paths, and avoid disturbing any wildlife.
The best part to travel is the south coast and around Reykjavik. Here you have plenty of guest houses to pick from. I have made a 7 day south coast itinerary that is optimised for winter travels.
With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to having an unforgettable experience in Iceland during the winter. Remember to pack all essentials, and have a safe trip!