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Visiting Iceland in Winter
Photo: Páll Stefánsson.
Q: I'm visiting Reykjavik in a few weeks and was wondering if you had any suggestions about fun/cool things to do? I'm from New York and am excited for the trip.
A: It really depends on what you enjoy doing! Of course the winter weather and short days will have some impact on your visit, but they shouldn’t restrict you too much.
For example, the famous Golden Circle tour is an all-year attraction and Gullfoss waterfall often looks its very best in the ice and snow.
You may not wish to brave the waters to go whale watching, white water rafting, diving or surfing at this time of year – quite understandably – but don’t forget we have a lot of hot water too. A visit to a geothermal outdoor swimming pool or spa is a must during your visit and all of the city’s main attractions are similarly not seasonal. Museums, restaurants, live music, galleries and tourist information offices are open in (nearly) all weathers.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, then be sure to check out the Bláfjöll resort – or any of the dozens of other ski slopes across the country. And then, of course, there are the northern lights.
Basically, as long as sun bathing and the midnight sun are not your top priorities, then Iceland is your oyster! If you are traveling independently, do be sure to check road conditions and weather before setting off.