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Best Winter Activities from Reykjavík

Visiting Iceland in the wintertime offers excellent opportunities to see beautiful winter landscapes, take part in some unique activities, and chase the Northern Lights. The weather might be a bit chilly but it’s magical to be here. Average temperatures in Reykjavík during the winter range from -2°C to 4°C. The Icelandic winter usually starts in October and lasts through to April but if you add on a layer or two of warm clothing, you’re good to explore the city and its surroundings.



The great thing about Reykjavík is that it’s one of the smallest big cities in the world. Reykjavík offers a range of tours and activities you can take part in all year round. In the wintertime, fewer cars are on the roads and you’ll find fewer crowds when visiting the top attractions. This calmer atmosphere only adds to the magic of Iceland in the wintertime.


Also, because of its size, Reykjavík is located a short distance from numerous attractions. Here’s our list of the best winter activities from Reykjavík.

The Golden Circle

One of the top attractions of Iceland, the Golden Circle is fully accessible during the winter season, given that the weather doesn’t play too many tricks on you. It’s possible to visit the area in different types of vehicles, a bus, minibus, or even a super jeep, whichever you prefer.


The Pearl Tour - Golden Circle Super Jeep and Snowmobiling is a great option for those who want to experience the classic attraction and include some thrilling snowmobiling as well! If you prefer relaxation, the The Pearl Tour - Golden Circle Super Jeep and Snowmobiling is the perfect tour for you.

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon you should definitely add to your bucket list. They’re only visible in the winter, so the experience of chasing them while enjoying authentic Icelandic pastries and hot chocolate is a perfect winter activity. The Northern Lights Small Group Tour is a great option for those who prefer to avoid crowds. An alternative way to hunt for the Northern Lights is via a Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavík harbor .

Glacier and Ice Cave Tours

Iceland has numerous glaciers and ice caves, both man-made and natural. A perfect place to experience the refreshing Icelandic winter. An Into the Glacier tour from Reykjavík is a treat for every adventure lover. Another great glacier tour is the Katla Ice Cave Super Jeep Tour where you explore the south coast, crystal blue ice caves, and rugged Icelandic nature.

Holidays in Iceland

Did you know that Iceland has 13 yule lads (our version of Santa Clauses)? And we celebrate the New Year with a bonfire and fireworks? We’ve put together a list of amazing tours and activities you can join if you’re spending the holidays in Iceland.