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5 Ways to Enjoy the Snow in Iceland

By: Jenna
Posted in: Blogs, Iceland, In Brief

Iceland during the winter is pretty special. The island dressed up in its white winter coat, with pillowy snow falling on the rough, barren landscape, provides a soft light to the winter darkness. If you are lucky enough to see Iceland in all its snowy glory, here are some ways to spend your time.

Go Snowmobiling

Go for a thrilling snowmobile ride on one of Iceland‘s glaciers, Langjökull, in the highlands, or close to Lake Mývatn in the north. Zoom on snow and ice across the treeless vast landscape.

Snowmobiling at Lake Myvatn

Ride an Icelandic horse

A horseriding excursion in the winter allows you to enjoy the diversity of the Icelandic landscape from the seat of a strong, stocky Icelandic horse, that doesn‘t mind the snow or icy ground. 

The Icelandic Horse

Admire frosty waterfalls

While the landscape is lush and colourful in the summer, Iceland‘s natural pearls look beautiful during the winter. Just look at Skógarfoss below!

Skogarfoss waterfall during winter

Hunt for the northern lights

Catching a glimpse of the northern lights is probably the biggest draw for winter tourists to Iceland, and they look amazing against a snowy backdrop.

Northern Lights at Grimsborgir

Participate in snowsports

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced Nordic skier, you can try your hand at a few Icelandic slopes. Or, you can opt for a snowshoe tour in the highlands.

Thorsmork Winter snowshoe hike
Post by: Jenna

Originally from New York City, Jenna Gottlieb made her first trip to Iceland in 2007, promptly fell in love with the island and relocated in 2012. She lives with her Icelandic husband in rural West Iceland.

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Getting there

We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way - check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.