What time of 12 months do you have to go to Iceland? In the event you ask me, I’ll in all probability reply that it is dependent upon your expectations! My favorite season is winter: I like freezing myself, particularly in Iceland.
Winter makes all of the landscapes white, the times brief and the daylight make them look much more lovely because the solar lazily rises and units. You even have the prospect to be amazed by stormy skies, which paint the sky with shades of yellow, orange, blue, pink, generally all on the similar time. The lengthy nights are fairly particular whenever you’re standing exterior at midnight after which all of the sudden you are surrounded by loopy inexperienced Northern Lights.
Winter in Iceland is normally the season between November and March… however the winter can begin sooner and last more. There’s virtually no spring or autumn as these seasons are very brief. In winter, the daylight lasts round 6 hours which lets you do some actions. Simply be sure you plan forward to keep away from cramming too many actions into the day which could go away you too drained to remain as much as hunt the Northern Lights.
I have to admit that glacier’s actions are my favourites. To me, the South Coast is “the place to be” within the winter time. There are many excursions organized throughout the winter (click on right here to discover glacier excursions).
When in Iceland, it is exhausting to withstand exploring one of many many glaciers accessible by foot or Tremendous Jeep! Glacier hikes are a good way to discover these icy giants & I recommend that you just check out my weblog about this exercise.
There are many excursions out there all 12 months lengthy! If it is your first time on a glacier, simply go for the best tour, particularly if you do not know how you’ll stroll with crampons (HINT: simply stroll like a cowboy 😉 ). In the event you’re driving the South Coast, I might extremely advocate stopping by Skaftafell, because it’s considered one of my favorite spots and there are numerous issues to do on the adjoining glacier in addition to normal mountain climbing routes (see my weblog right here). Simply do not forget that the hikes are solely doable with crampons throughout winter 😉
After all, Ice caves ought to be in your bucket record throughout winter. Being beneath the ice is only a magical expertise. There are numerous excursions out there that mean you can discover these hidden wonders. My favourites are possibly those that begin by Jökulsárlón, as you may spend a while earlier than or after on this superb place (see my weblog right here).
Frozen waterfalls, glacier lagoon, black snowy seaside and superb landscapes
Winter would not change the fantastic thing about the landscapes in Iceland, it is much more magical. You’ll generally really feel fully misplaced and disoriented when strolling in an limitless fully white setting.
Discover Winter Self-Drive Excursions right here.
The must-sees of Iceland are amazingly lovely in winter, particularly when dramatic skies present up. In the event you fancy an Icelandic highway journey within the wintertime, I extremely advocate the south coast. Right here, you can see essentially the most well-known waterfalls (Seljalandfoss, Skogafoss), the black sand seaside, Vik, glacial paradises and naturally, Jökulsárlón (see full article right here).
There are loads of excursions on provide throughout the winter on the South Coast. It’s also possible to discover some nice 2-3 days excursions that mixed visits in several components of Iceland. My favorite is this tour that features a 5 days tour, combining a go to of the south coast, so far as Jökulsárlón, an ice-cave go to, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. If you wish to expertise the Icelandic winter in a short while, this tour is for you! (transportation and lodging are included).
Chasing northern lights is a well-liked exercise throughout winter time. You may attempt to spot them by your self however you too can e-book a day tour. My private expertise: I believe, the primary time, I simply missed northern lights as a result of I did not know what to have a look at or observe. Typically, it is possibly higher to e-book a tour simply to verify to see some 😉
Properly, for those who actually do not know what to decide on, particularly if it is your first time in Iceland, I like to recommend taking a combo-tour. There are numerous excursions that may fulfil your expectations:
Someday tour with ice caving and northern lights (departure from Jökulsárlón)
Two days excursions together with ice caving and the south coast (many choices out there, tough to decide on generally however there’s all the time a fantastic surroundings to be seen 🙂 )
See all of the combos out there throughout winter right here. Contact me for extra data.
Bear in mind :
– In the event you plan travelling by means of Iceland, all the time examine and double examine these web sites: https://en.vedur.is/ (climate forecast – you even have a bit for aurora forecast), http://www.highway.is/ (examine the map on the high of the web site, it exhibits the highway circumstances in all of the areas of Iceland)
– Hire a 4×4 if you wish to drive round Iceland.
– Do not put your self in peril (like standing in the midst of the highway watching northern lights… 😉 )
– At all times take some heat and waterproofs with you – anytime in winter, particularly for those who’re planning on watching northern lights throughout few hours exterior.
Have a pleasant journey! Góða ferð!