What to see in Iceland in winter months
Iceland is one of the most spectacular Nordic countries to visit during winter, that without a doubt. However, travelers always have the same doubt before reaching the island of ice and fire. What should I see in Iceland during winter time?
It is true that during winter the hours of daylight and weather conditions can slow down our desire to visit the different places marked on the map, but that does not mean that we have to stay at home watching how it snows through the windows. Ready to discover Iceland in winter?
Waterfalls covered by ice & snow
We usually think that ALL waterfalls in Iceland freeze completely during the winter months. Well, this is not entirely true. The amount of water that descends without stopping of the Icelandic glaciers causes that most of them do not stop flowing even during all the winter. Of course, the landscape is usually incredibly beautiful and different from what we have seen in postcards with summer landscapes.
What waterfalls can I visit in winter ?: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Kvernafoss, Svartifoss, Brúarfoss, Kirkjufellsfoss … the list almost never ends!
Hike a glacier
Iceland has almost 12% of its surface completely covered by glaciers. Sadly, some of them are disappearing as happened recently with the Okjökull glacier. Others, on the contrary, create incredible icy formations that defy our imagination. Moulins, gullies, ice caves, icebergs that break off from these immense masses of ice are some of the most common formations and phenomena that we can find during winter. An icy opportunity to get in touch with nature.
Different companies in Iceland offer glacier trekking tours, but it is very important to have one whose guides are specialized in accessing the glacier on a regular basis, who have the necessary training and who is a trustworthy company.
Have lunch in a greenhouse
When we consider what to see in Iceland, surely the option of visiting a tomato greenhouse never crosses our mind … much less the possibility of eating inside. It is an increasingly common practice to offer travelers an organic tomato soup in the greenhouses themselves. And without a doubt it is an experience worth doing once in a lifetime! You can taste everything from soups to pasta made with one of the different varieties of the tomatoes themselves grown in the greenhouse.
Freshly baked bread, delicious soups, and even … tomato beer!
Go off the beaten track.
As always, at Amarok Adventures we love to visit with our travelers the less traveled or more hidden places of the island of ice and fire. And it is that the winter season is NEVER an impediment when visiting those more hidden places.
For our part, on our Winter Wilderness trip we love to explore the most hidden corners of the Highlands with snowshoes. A unique experience that culminates with a night bonfire under the watchful eye of the northern lights.
Go into a blue ice cave.
Under the immense ice plains there are usually different systems of frozen caves with different shades of white and blue creating nooks and crannies that leave us speechless. Entering an ice cave is not an easy task, so we always recommend doing it with expert glacier guides.
To do this we will have to have special equipment and material to access the bowels of a glacier: crampons, ice ax, climbing harness and helmet make up the main material that we provide you during our tour. The desire and passion to enjoy the ice caves, it’s up to you to put them 😉
Be amazed by the Northern Lights.
The aurora borealis or Northern Lights (Norðurljós in Icelandic) are one of the most spectacular luminous phenomena that occur on our planet (and in others, such as Jupiter!). And it is certainly a must-see in Iceland. This phenomenon is produced by the interaction of solar winds with the Earth’s magnetic fields.
For a correct observation we will need to meet the following requirements or the SSSH law:
- Solar storms
- Solid darkness at night and zero light pollution
- Sky clarity
- Hot chocolate & patience 🙂