Things to do in Iceland’s winter

1. Spend the night in Vik

If you like small towns, that have a magical feel to them then Vik is the town for you. Being right next to Reynisfjara, you can explore it during the day or rest the night. Surrounded by a lot of terrific landscapes, this beautiful town on the south coast should definitely be on your list.

In winter, blanketed with snow, Vik looks like a place straight out of a fairytale. With its subtle beauty and marvelous appearance, it’ll be like a view you’ve never seen before.

With the Vikurkirkja church overlooking the town, snow-dusted, and illuminated homes below, it resembles a Thomas Kinkade painting. Could it be any more perfect?

2. Try ice caving

One of the many perks of visiting Iceland during winter is the ice caves. These gorgeous caves can be explored from the end of October through to march. If mesmerizing and enchanting landscapes are something that you love, then you got to add ice caves to your Iceland winter travel plan.

Formed underneath the glaciers, these ice caves are a beautiful blue. Picturesque will leave you in a state of awe, especially if you’re a photographer.

Just like hiking on glaciers, to see the inside of an ice cave, booking a tour guide will be required. Spring season breaks apart the caves, so keep in mind to visit them in the winter.

3. Take a glacier tour

Going to Iceland in winter and not taking a glacier tour is like visiting France and missing out on the Eiffel tower. It’s one of the most remarkable hikes to do in Iceland in winter. Containing many tremendous glaciers, Iceland is home to the largest glacier in Europe, the Vatnajokull.

Setting out onto the glaciers by yourself isn’t a great idea. A tour guide should be booked to ensure one’s safety.

Transportation from Reykjavik is included by a lot of tours, so one needn’t worry about driving. Be geared up with warm clothing and appropriate shoes.

Glaciers are reputed to be risky, but hey that just adds on to the thrill and exhilaration of the adventure.

4. Search for the Northern Lights

Want to check things off your bucket list? What better place than the phenomenal Northern Lights to start by. Viewing the Aurora Borealis is one of the most favored things to do in Iceland during winter.

Visiting Iceland in winter doesn’t 100% guarantee you seeing the Northern Lights. Certain conditions are to be met. Firstly, one needs to be there between late August and mid-April. The best times being March and September.

Then, as the night darkens, start your quest, favorably from 9:30 pm to 1 am.

Lastly, ensure pretty clear skies and get out of the town for the lights to be seeable.

Booking a specialized tour would ensure an easier time experiencing the marvelous Northern Lights.

5. Soak in the Hrunalaug hot springs

Just when you think Iceland cannot get any better, it does. Hrunalaug hot springs being there to visit in Iceland in winter. Not only one but with three different soaking options. A super hot pool, then a medium, and lastly a colder pool.

Be kind and respectful enough to the landowner, pay a little fee and maintain cleanliness.

Visiting hot spring in the winter ensures lesser crowds. So say hello, to more privacy while changing, and oh, to a little chilly wind too!

6. Photograph the Budir Church

Encircled by open fields on the Snaefellsness peninsula, Budir church is one of the most scenic churches in Iceland.

The black color of the church contrasting against the pure, white snow in winter, totally stands out. This remotely built church in the sweeping landscape makes a terrific photography stop.

Photographer or not, one ought to visit this amazing place in Iceland in winter. It’s just a short drive from Route 54 near the ocean.

7. Warm up in the Blue lagoon

Situated near Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular hot springs in Iceland. This large, beautiful spring with breathtaking milky blue water is full of silica. Making it very good for your skin.

Heated by an underground volcano, the water temperature is maintained at 102° Fahrenheit year-round. One can explore Iceland for a day or two and then come visit the Blue Lagoon to relax and warm up in the cold winter.

The body will appreciate the warmth that the lagoon will provide. On the plus side of the winter season, lesser tourists will be there, thus adding to the great experience.

8. Pet some Icelandic horses

Coming to Iceland and not enthusiastically praising these cute Icelandic horses is kind of bizarre.

These balls of fur for a creature, are very inquisitive and amiable, so it’s pretty easy to get them to snuggle with you.

These small horses can be readily found roving all over Iceland, no matter what the season is. You can gain their attention by an Apple or carrot, but trespassing on private land for them won’t be a bright idea.


You can avail yourself of a horseback riding tour with these beautiful animals if the weather is appropriate. One can visit a stable too and get to know more about them.