Winter 2017 in Iceland
Despite all rumors to the contrary, Iceland is a spectacular destination in Winter. The temperature is quite mild, with averages of just around 0°C in town. Snowfalls transform the cute and charming city of Reykjavik into a sleepy blue-white village. Out in the country, the landscape turns into a crystal wonderland with blue ice caves and frosty waterfalls. Snow activities will keep you busy with many Iceland tours near Reykjavik designed to make the most of winter-fun.
Why go in winter?
Winter is a good time to travel to Iceland for travelers on a budget. It’s the heart of low season, which means less crowds, less competition for hotel rooms. Prices for flights and car rentals tend to be much lower than in the summer. Plus, some tours such as hunting for the Northern Lights, visits to ice caves and snowmobiling are only available this season. The glacier lagoon,- and golden circle tour are available whole year round but with snow and ice Iceland really becomes magical!
What’s the Weather Like, exactly?
The winter months are like every season in Iceland subject to sudden weather changes —so be sure to check the Icelandic Met Office website daily for updates. Dress warmly and preferably with woolen layers; don’t forget your windbreaker. Fortunately for visitors, the hours of daylight change rapidly over the month: from 4.5 hours on January 1, to 7 hours by the end of the month. Light hovers just above the horizon, casting a lustrous blue hue over the land—a beautiful lighting for photographers.
Things to do
Though the days are much shorter, there are still plenty of things to do in Iceland in wintertime. Snow makes for the best Iceland tours in winter! Hop on a guided tour to the country for a chance to see the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is an absolute must see in Iceland. Venture into deep blue ice caves, go snowmobiling, visit amazing Glacier Lagoon with floating Ice bergs or soak in the Blue Lagoon. In Reykjavik, there are tons of bars to catch a live concert, or meet and party with Icelanders and expats, well into the wee hours of the morning. The city is home to three swimming pools, complete with hot pots and saunas.