In February 2015 I visited Iceland for a week with my family. Here’s where I went and what I thought!
When is the best time to go to Iceland? That’s a difficult question to answer. Each season has its perks depending on what you want to see, do and experience!
Iceland is the perfect destination for a first time solo traveler to a family looking to road trip around the island. With friendly locals, stunning scenery and a lively tourism scene, you should experience Iceland at least once in your lifetime.
Months: December to April
Winter in Iceland is snow and ice, but Reykjavik enjoys milder temperatures than the rest of the country—only about 31 degrees. Tours book up for the Northern Lights, glacier hiking, and other exciting snow activities.
Some roads will be closed during this time, and it’s not uncommon to hear a nationwide storm alert on the radio. If you’re looking to drive around the island in remote areas, it is best to avoid this season—most people stay indoors to avoid the weather.
Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of 332,529 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence still keeps summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate.
^ Thank you wiki!
My family and I travelled to Iceland in February 2015. We stayed for a week and travelled around the south of the island via bus, staying in 4 different places over the week. This enabled us to see a lot more of Iceland and gave us a better chance of seeing the northern lights! * which as you can see by the photo, we saw, and they were incredible!
I think Iceland is number 2 on my favourite holiday destinations list. Santorini being number 1! I had so much fun, especially because I didn’t have to worry about being ‘bikini ready’ and my morning routine consisted of ‘put as much clothing on as possible’, it was just quite refreshing to not really worry about what I looked like everyday and go out and explore the incredible geography of Iceland.
The best time to visit Iceland is during the winter months, due to the hours of daylight and the chances of seeing the northern lights are better. You also get a better opportunity of seeing the lights if you are out of the main cities due to the light pollution. Travelling around on the coach was a ideal as most of the hotels we were staying in were miles away from anything and had no light pollution at all.
I was lucky enough to see the lights over 3 nights.
The Blue Lagoon is now a Geothermal Spa and is run like most other day spas you find around the world. There is accommodation, as well as saunas, restaurants & cafes, lockers, showers, etc.
The geothermal water features three active ingredients: Silica, Algae & Minerals.
While it looks blue, the water is actually white. If you pour it into a transparent cup, it will have a milky white colour. The sun simply makes it look blue!
The water temperature is 37-40°C (98-104°F), year-round.
I travelled around Iceland on a bus for a week, stopping off at different sites with a tour guide who stayed on the bus with us all week. She was Icelandic and absolutely filled with information! We were able to spend some time exploring places ourselves and also had a guide for other areas.
We visited the blue lagoon, a tomato plantation, wild Icelandic horses, giza’s, glaciers, waterfalls and much more! It really was incredible and the landscape is out of this world.
I definitely think that Iceland is an amazing travel adventure, solo, as a couple or with a family.
I hope that you enjoy the read! Maybe it will inspire you to visit Iceland or to share your thoughts of your visit to Iceland.