I bet when you tell your friends and family you’re planning a trip to Iceland in winter, a few puzzled gazes will await you. So, let’s put the cold stares to bed with this epic guide to visiting this Nordic wonderland during winter. Wait… A trip to Iceland? In winter? Sounds mad. Perhaps, but sometimes …
Iceland has emerged in the past decade as one of Europe’s hottest (coolest?) travel destinations.
But what makes it so special?
If you are planning a visit to Iceland, prepare yourself for stunning waterfalls, and, depending on which time of year you visit, the chance to peek at the Northern Lights.
Read these comprehensive Iceland travel guides, articles and tips.
From the best time to travel to Iceland, how much a trip to Iceland costs, what you need to pack and Iceland’s hidden gems, to a peek at Iceland’s beautiful beaches and waterfalls– here’s what you need to know to plan your trip.
A trip around the Golden Circle is a must do activity when in Iceland. Check out the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall as a priority – it’s one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and for good reason.
Other stops on the Golden Circle circuit include Þingvellir National Park, the location where the continental plates meet, Geysir and Strokkur geysers.
The South Coast
I can only describe Iceland’s South Coast as one spectacular view after another.
That’s before you even start on the waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss, Svartifoss, Skogafoss – some are perched jauntily at the side of the road, others take a bit more hunting out, all of them are highlights on any Iceland travel itinerary.
Take some time out to explore Reykjavik’s thriving buzz.
From art, to music and spectacular attractions, there’s plenty to do and see in the Icelandic capital.
You won’t be able to miss the towering Hallgrímskirkja church, which offers 360-degree views over the whole city. The stunning architecture is inspired by Svartifoss waterfall in South Iceland and is truly unique in design.
There’s plenty of culture on offer, including museums, galleries and the famous Harpa Concert and Conference Hall, which in itself is an architectural masterpiece. Not to mention a penis museum. Yep, you read that right.
This humble fishing port, with a small population of 18000 people, is a surprising Icelandic gem that’s definitely worth visiting. It’s a great spot to hang out in some independent cafes of teahouses or have a shop around in the boutiques or craft stores.
Grundarfjordur may not be the most talked about town in Snæfellsnes but it’s filled with plenty of nature lead activities. This town is home to one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, Kirkjufell and is real sight to behold.
This is the ideal place to slip on some hiking boots and get exploring. You’ll see stunning waterfalls, hike nature trails and catch glimpses of the local wildlife. You can also take boat trips in the summer months and go deep sea fishing.
In summer, you can also be treated to a ‘Viking Reenactment’ by the Viking Association as they transform the town into their stage.
The Blue Lagoon
This geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s biggest attractions. With a picturesque backdrop and gorgeously warm water to swim in, it’s no wonder.
Not only is the water great for relaxing in, but locals swear by the fact that it nourishes the skin.
That said, one local driver I met joked that everyone came out of the Blue Lagoon looking like a troll… who knows. There’s only one way to find out and that’s giving it a go yourself.
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