Iceland is a place that will impress most people during the wintertime and there are many things that make our country interesting and exciting during the winter season. December is no exception and here are 5 reasons for why it is a brilliant idea to visit Iceland in December!
Winter in Iceland is not that cold
The average temperature in Iceland in December is around 0°C, so it is not that cold. Even New York gets colder than Iceland during the winter months. We recommend that you dress in layers as the weather in Iceland is very unpredictable and can change fast.
Short days, but the light is beautiful!
The Winter solstice in December, the longest night of the year. Reykjavík city is in the southwest part of the country and has only four hours of daylight at the winter solstice. The light during these few days is very warm, soft and beautiful- perfect for photography.
The Northern lights
The geological location of Iceland is perfect if you want to see these mind-blowing lights, dancing in the night. We have had some great clear skies and the travelers who have been going on trips with Arctic Trucks Experience have had some great views of the night skies from the remote mountain huts.
Hot springs & hot pools
Remember to bring your swimming suit as Iceland is known for its many hot springs. Some of the hot springs are boiling hot but other ones have the perfect temperature for bathing. We love to visit the ones in the highlands and watch the magical northern lights dancing above our heads while taking a bath – and even sip on a cold beer. The local and naturally heated swimming pools are in almost every town of Iceland, they are a big art of the Icelandic culture and we highly recommend that you check it out.
Fireworks at New Year’s Eve – something you have never witnessed before!
New Year’s Eve in Reykjavík is magical as here in Iceland everybody can shoot fireworks, so families and friends gather together and shoot fireworks. From 11:30 the fireworks will light up the sky and at midnight everything goes crazy! Good places to watch the fireworks is Hallgrímskirkja church at down town Reykjavík or Perlan.