5 Best Things to do in Iceland in the Winter
Go on a glacier hike! Yes, it’s how it sounds, you can go hiking on a glacier, and it’s really awesome. When I did it, this past December, I went with the Icelandic Mountain Guides and we hiked on a blue glacier. They equip you with crampons (little spikes that attach to your boots for traction- they’re great) which make walking on ice a breeze. The views from the glaciers are incredible and if you’re familiar with the HBO series, Game of Thrones, part of it was filmed in the mountains and glaciers of Iceland.
Go on the Golden Circle Tour. This tour hits a lot of the famous landmarks and natural spots of Iceland. There are many options to take this tour whether you go on the large tour buses, mini buses, or private tours. I personally took the Iceland Horizon Golden Circle Tour with David, which I highly recommend as it was a smaller group and David was very friendly and knowledgeable. This tour was great, you see geysers, amazing waterfalls including Gullfoss, as well as Thingvellir National Park where the Vikings held their Parliament meetings.
Swim in the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon, located in a lava field, is a geothermal heated lagoon that is mineral rich with silica and sulphur and is indeed BLUE! It’s basically a giant mineral rich, blue watered, hot tub. The Blue Lagoon is located close to the airport and about 40 minutes from Reykjavik which makes it a nice location to hit right when you enter Iceland or just before you leave. The relaxing blue lagoon is a place you won’t want to miss.
Experience the Northern Lights. Some of the best spots in the world to view the northern lights or Aurora Borealis are in Iceland. And the winter is the best time to see the lights. 2013-2014 is said to be the highest rate of activity and after 2014 the rate will decrease. I saw them in early December and there are numerous tours you can do to view the lights and they know the best spots. The northern lights are something you will never forget.
Roam the city of Vikings- Reykjavik. Reykjavik is where most people in the country of Iceland live and work and it is also the main destination for visitors. Reykjavik has great museums, cozy cafes, lively night clubs, great restaurants, shopping, and Icelandic culture to indulge in. Whether it’s the Pearl and the Saga Museum, the National Museum of Iceland, or the Open-Air Folk Museum, there’s something that everyone will love.
And people get scared of winter trips to Iceland, but it’s really not too bad and the prices are cheaper as it’s off season. Have fun, bring warm clothing, and make the best of it. Have you been to Iceland before? Have a story of your own to share? Let us know and Share Your Story.
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