Iceland is a wonderful place to visit, especially during the winter. There is huge range of fun activities available and for some of them, the crisp winter chill really is the cherry on top (believe it or not!) Reykjavik is not only a city which is home to loads of history and culture but it’s the perfect base to explore the rest of Iceland. Although it will be cold during the winter time in Reykjavik, there will be plenty to get your teeth stuck into so layer up and get into the winter spirit!
The Northern Lights
Perhaps the main attraction in Reykjavik during the winter is the chance to see the Northern Lights. They can be unpredictable as various factors are involved in their appearance. But, if you get the chance to spot the lights during your time in Iceland, you’ll be witnessing one of the most beautiful natural phenomenons in the world. With a clear sky and great weather conditions, hues of green, pink or blue dance across Iceland’s skies. It’s always worth heading just outside of the Icelandic capital to increase your chances of seeing the lights.
What else is Iceland best known for? It’s hot springs and geothermal baths of course! And in the winter there is no better way to warm up. Although the baths are open all year round, they are especially enjoyable during the cold wintertime. The most well-known geothermal spa has to be the Blue Lagoon and as a result is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. The Blue Lagoon is close to Keflavík airport and isn’t too far away from Reykjavik. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, there are many swimming pools dotted about the capital where you can get your thermal spa dose.
What’s winter if you’re not around ice? In this instance, ice caves! Iceland has a remarkable collection of natural ice caves, all of which are incredibly unique. They’re not around for very long, as the summertime causes them to melt. Consequently, exploring Iceland’s ice caves are the ultimate wintertime activity as they’re only around during this period. Iceland is also home to the largest glacier in Europe called Vatnajökull. So, a glacier tour here is simply wonderful and a great stop off during your trip to Reykjavik. Although, Vatnajökull is a five to six-hour drive away from the capital, it is also accessible by plane.
If you’re looking for that rush of adrenaline, give snowmobiling a try! Head up to the Langjökull glacier where you can join a tour which allows you to race across blankets of snow on the glacier. The views will also be superb from up above too. There are plenty of other snowmobile tours in other part of the the country, so it’s easy to find one you’ll take a liking to.
The Golden Circle
Finally, no trip to Reykjavik would be complete without a trip around the Golden Circle. It’s a great tour to go on at any time of the year, but during the winter it can be even more impressive. The Golden Circle consists of Thingvellir National park, Geysir geothermal area and the Gullfoss waterfall. Iceland is no stranger to natural wonders and this tour is worthwhile as you will get to witness three marvellous sights.