5 Things to do in Iceland over wintertime

Winter in Iceland is a season of wonder, offering adventures that are not just about braving the elements, but also about embracing and enjoying them. From the awe-inspiring Northern Lights to the thrill of riding the Icelandic Horse, each activity adds an experience that makes Iceland a premier winter destination. So, bundle up and prepare for Icelandic winter adventures!

Riding in Iceland

1. Horseback Riding in the Snow:

Riding an Icelandic horse through the snowy landscape is both a peaceful and unique way to experience the winter beauty of Iceland. These sturdy horses are well-adapted to the cold and offer a comfortable ride. A visit to  Ishestar Horse Center, where you can choose between tours for beginners to experienced riders, is a must for anyone traveling to Iceland during wintertime as they are open the whole year around.

Ishestar Day Tours

2. Hunting the Northern Lights by boat:

No winter trip to Iceland is complete without attempting to view the Northern Lights. These ethereal green and purple lights are visible on clear, dark nights and are a breathtaking sight. Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city in the background is something you won’t forget!

Special Tours

3. Glacier Hiking and Ice Caving:

Exploring  glaciers in Iceland is a thrilling winter adventure. Guided hikes on Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Eourope, offers a  breathtaking views and the opportunity to enter blue ice caves, a winter-only phenomenon, that creates an otherworldly experience.

Arctic Adventures

4. Soaking in Geothermal Pools:

After a day of adventure, there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in one of Iceland’s many geothermal pools. The Sky Lagoon and the Hvammsvík Hot Springs are popular choices, but there are also many lesser-known hot springs  around the country that offer a more secluded experience.

Sky Lagoon

Hvammsvík Hot springs

5. Museums and Cultural Sites in Reykjavik City:

Winter is a great time to explore Reykjavik’s indoor attractions. The city is home to many museums and galleries, including the National Museum of Iceland, the Reykjavik Art Museum, The Whale Museum and the Saga Museum, which offer insights into the rich history and culture of Iceland.

The Whale Museum

National Museum of Iceland

Reykjavik Art Museum

Saga Museum

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