This Winter, Chill Out In Iceland
Iceland in winters? Seriously?
Have you gone bananas?
No, we haven’t.
We know the temperatures drop between -10 to -5 degree Celsius (14 to 23 Fahrenheit) in winters and let’s not forget about the winds, which will make it even chillier. We are aware that snow, ice and storms ravage Iceland. We have also learned that visibility is poor during these months and also driving is as easy as doing a catwalk in the snow but we would still recommend Iceland to you.
Iceland may have ‘ice’ in the beginning of its name, but we tell you that you will have an experience of a lifetime when you head to Iceland in winters. Here is how you can go about having that experience. Hunt down the Northern Lights, strip down to bare essentials and take a bath while literally throwing all caution to the wind , explore the frozen mysteries of ice caves, go dog sledding and much more. This by the way, is just the beginning.
Here is a list of activities for you to chill out in Iceland this winter:
Go to see the natural ice caves
If you want to see a natural sight that is truly awe-inspiring, head to Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier, where every winter ice caves are formed naturally. In summers, the ice caves melt away but come winter and they magically spring out of the ground. Some caves are large and some are small but all will mesmerize you the same with their magical blue color that will no doubt remind you of castles from fairy-tales.
The caves are accessible only during winters (obviously because they melt away in summers) and are accessible during November to March. Vatnajökull is in the southeast part of Iceland, near the town Höfn. It’s a 5-6 hour drive (if you don’t stop on the way to see some heavenly waterfalls and volcanoes) from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland.
If you are driving from Reykjavik, we recommend that you spend at least two days to explore the place. If you’re hard pressed for time, take a day tour by flying to the ice caves. It is recommended that you hire a car with an experienced driver if you are not used to the local conditions.