Winter in Iceland

Iceland is located just south of the Arctic Circle. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, that shields the island from the northern influence of the Arctic currents, temperatures are remarkably mild in winter. So, winter in Iceland is not as harsh as it looks when it comes down to it. The average winter temperatures are hardly ever below -5 degrees Celsius. The only exception is the interior of the island, whose temperatures can drop to -20 degrees Celsius.

Iceland's winters present a buffet of light and colors and give us a glimpse of all of Iceland's dazzling winter landscapes!

Wintertrip: use a 4-wheel drive vehicle!

Iceland is Hot!

 

(also in winter)

Winter glacier hiking on Sólheimajökjull

The Sólheimajökull glacier is situated about 2 hours east of Reykjavik. This glacier is a magnificent phenomenon, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. We explored the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

By the eruption of Eyjafjalla in 2010 the Sólheimajökull glacier is contaminated with ash that the ice and snow shades in all kinds of varries gray and even black color.

In the gallery a random selection of our most favorite Iceland winter shots

More updates follow soon!

Glacier Climbing

Glacier Climbing

Traveling in Iceland offers plenty opportunities for adventures, like glacier climbing

Natural Hot Springs

Natural Hot Springs

The mixture of geothermal activity, ice and fire, means that there are numerous hot springs all over the island.

Ringroad 1

Ringroad 1

Ringroad 1 near Hvergardi.

Reykjadalur

Reykjadalur

A warm river flows down the geothermal valley of Reykjadalur.

Steam Valley

Steam Valley

Reykjajaldur has an amazing abundance of geothermal hot springs, gurgling melting pots and heated pools of water.

Hengill Volcano Mountain Range

Hengill Volcano Mountain Range

This volcano system consists of a series of basaltic fissure vents, crater rows and small shield volcanos.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Located in the lavafields of Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula, the mineral-rich water of the blue lagoon is a relaxing experience for body and soul.

Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders

Iceland shows an astounding array of contrasting winter landscapes.

Hiking in the highlands

Hiking in the highlands

A group of hikers enjoy the vast sweeping views of the beautiful highland nature.

Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula

The peninsula is defined by its large lava fields, historical volcanism, numerous hot springs, geothermal energy and rugged landscape.

Krísuvík

Krísuvík

In the middle of the fissure of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, in the south of Reykjanes, is the geothermal area Krísuvík. Columns of steam rise skywards...

Self-drive winter tour

Self-drive winter tour

A self-drive tour is a fantastic way to experience Iceland in winter.

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