10 important things when planning a winter visit to Iceland

10 important things when planning a winter visit to Iceland

Get ready for the winter season in Iceland

natural pools iceland

Natural pool with geothermal water

Are you planning to visit Iceland during winter? Iceland has so much to offer during the winter season, for example nothern lights, ice caving, glacier hiking, super jeep tours, geothermal pools and much more. The landscape is particularly beautiful during winter and you should plan ahead to get the most of your visit. Here below you find things that are good to know when planning to visit Iceland during winter.

 

1. Choose your tours before you book your flights!

Many tours are not available every day – some perhaps only once a week – others once per year. Finding out that you already paid for a flight to Iceland and the tour which is the reason for your whole trip is not available on your dates is ... well... disappointing – to say the least.

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2. Choose tours before booking accommodation in Reykjavik

Some of the best winter tours are 2 or 3-day ones in the country side and include accommodation.

 

3. To see the auroras it is important to have overnight tours

Make sure you ordner a 2 and 3 day tours, where the accommodation is in the darkness of the countryside. Evening tours out from Reykjavik, out from the light pollution, are usually back to the city around 12:30 and very often the lights snow them selves later into the night.

 

4. Drive according to the weather

If you have no experience of driving in snow, on icy roads, in heavy winds or in total darkness, avoid self-drive tours during the winter. Let the experts do the driving;choose scheduled guided tours, feel safe and enjoy.

 

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Eruption helicopter sightseeing

5. There are many scheduled guided tours

Most of them with no minimum bookings, every day out from Reykjavik. Day tours, two day tours, three day tours and longer. Enjoy your travel instead of spending the day inside a bus = have two and three day tours instead of long day tours.

 

6. For Snaefellsnes Peninsula ~ 2 day tour,  not the day tour

For South Coast and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon choose the two day tour but not the day tour. And if you want to include ice caving then have the 3 day tour. For Landmannalaugar the same ... choose the 3 day tour. For glacier hiking choose the 2 day tour for the South Coast but not the day tour. That way you get much more out of your visit to Iceland.

 

7. Choose your pick-up with care

Most tour operators offer pick-up an drop off from all main hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik. But if you choose accommodation on the countyside, even if they are not located far from Reykjavik, only private tours are possible.

 

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Super jeeps in the highlands of Iceland

8. Choose and book all tours some weeks before arrival

Be organized! Don´t choose your tours when you have already arrived in Iceland. The most popular tours are often fully booked one or two weeks in advance and sometimes longer, even more than a month during Christmas and New Year.

 

9. When the sun rises...

Timing of sunrise and sunset does not tell all the truth about the daylight ... there is daylight in Iceland long before sunrise and long time after sunset.

 

10. Organise your activities and tours before arrival

Do your homework, research your options, read the tour descriptions, choose tours, then book your flight, then book the tours and the last thing you do is organise and book your accommodation.

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Popular winter tours in Iceland

 

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Super jeeps in the highlands of Iceland

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