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Why Visit Iceland in 2023?
Of all the travel destinations out there, why visit Iceland? And why this year? The Land of Fire and Ice offers pristine landscapes, jaw-dropping natural attractions, and exciting cultural experiences. If you’ve not checked Iceland off your bucket list yet, 2023 is the year to do it.
With new places to visit and things to do popping up, there have never been more reasons to go to Iceland. From tastebud-tingling food halls in the capital city to new bathing experiences around the country, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy!
- Book your 2023 Iceland vacation package today.
Why visit Iceland now?
There are plenty of brand-new reasons to visit Iceland in 2023, including:
- Wonderful new geothermal bathing experiences to try
- An exciting new lava-based attraction
- Food halls opening in Reykjavík and Akureyri
- Delights of the lesser-visited North Iceland region
- Cultural events and music festivals throughout the year
Of course, any of these new attractions can be paired with tried-and-tested favorites, such as:
- Classic road trip routes, like the Golden Circle and Ring Road
- Whale watching boat tours from Reykjavík or Húsavík
- Bucket-list sights, such as black sand beaches and ice caves
- Northern Lights hunting over the winter season
- Outdoor activities, like riding an Icelandic horse or diving in the Silfra fissure
- Visiting national parks at Þingvellir or the Vatnajökull glacier
What’s new in Iceland for 2023
Here we’ve rounded up for you the 5 hottest new things to see and do in Iceland this year.
1. North Iceland
There are few places in the world better suited to slow travel than North Iceland. This sustainable approach to traveling is all about you forging a connection with the places you visit. You have a deeper sense of where you are in the world, and learn about the local people and culture.
Many people skip North Iceland or just pass through it, but for no good reason. It’s got a captivating blend of mindblowing nature, charming villages, and rare wildlife. Here you can go whale watching, soak in a bubbling hot spring, and see a roaring waterfall, all in the same day.
And it’s accessible too, with Route 1 (aka the Ring Road), running right through it.
- Explore these Iceland Ring Road tours that include the north.
As well as nature, the region delivers on culture too. North Iceland is home to Akureyri, Iceland’s second city. The beautiful old town hugs the sides of the Eyjafjörður fjord. In summer, explore the surprisingly lush botanic gardens, or come winter you could go skiing in the mountains.
You’re spoiled for choice with local restaurants and boutiques too. Just outside the town, you’ll find the newly opened Forest Lagoon (Skógarböðin). This is the only place in the country where you can bathe surrounded by trees.
Drive further north and you’ll reach the town of Siglufjörður, known for its wonderfully restored historic buildings. Or instead, you could head east from Akureyri to Húsavík, a fishing village known as the whale watching capital of Iceland.
Come to North Iceland and follow the past less traveled. You’re guaranteed to see a different side of the country.
2. Lava Show Reykjavík
Iceland’s known the world over for its volcanic power and moss-blanketed lava fields. It’s difficult to get close up to the liquid stuff though. First, it’s incredibly dangerous. And second, you have to be there just when it’s erupting.
Thanks to Lava Show though, you can now see molten lava flowing just feet away from you in a completely safe environment.
Lava Show has been a popular attraction in the town of Vík, South Iceland for some time. But now you can also experience it in the capital, Reykjavík. Here real lava is superheated and poured out for you to see. As you watch the lava flow, you’ll learn about its fascinating properties and how it’s formed.
This is the only place in the world where you can get this close to real lava. You can even hear it sizzle and watch bubbles escaping from it. Truly an unmissable experience!
3. Hvammsvík Hot Springs
Outdoor bathing is a central part of Icelandic culture, thanks to the seemingly endless supply of hot water from the ground. You might well have heard of geothermal baths like the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon.
Hvammsvík Hot Springs are the latest way for you to experience the nourishing energy of Mother Earth. You’ll find them in Hvalfjörður fjord, around a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík. The fjord is rich in Viking history, having been settled in the 11th century.
At the hot springs themselves, you’ll find 8 pools of varying temperatures. Some are connected, whereas others merge with the sea as the tide comes in. The local geothermal well produces water at 90°C (195°F), which is then mixed with seawater to make it suitable for bathing.
The pools have been designed to blend in seamlessly with the environment, and are made from local materials where possible. Enjoy contrast bathing in the cold and warm waters, or you could make use of one the free paddleboards!
There’s also a steam cave, in-water bar, and indoor and outdoor changing facilities. If you’re feeling brave, why not do as the locals do and get changed outside?
Afterward, you can tuck into a tasty light bite at the Stormur bistro. There are also excellent hiking trails in the area, including to the Glymur waterfall, the second highest in Iceland.
4. Pósthús Food Hall
Food halls have taken Iceland by storm since the first one opened in downtown Reykjavík at the old Hlemmur bus station in 2017. They’ve quickly become a firm favorite among locals and visitors alike.
If you’ve never eaten at a food hall before, you might be wondering what the fuss is about. You’ll find a selection of restaurants serving up dishes made from local ingredients, but with flavors from around the world. The prices are normally more wallet-friendly, and you can be sure everyone you dine with will be able to get something they like.
- Learn more about Iceland’s food culture & restaurants.
The latest addition to the scene is Pósthús Food Hall, in a former post office on Austurstræti. This is in the heart of Reykjavík’s bustling city center. The building has been lovingly restored and transformed into a food hall. You’ll find the best seats in the house under the glass roof at the back.
Walk in and you’ll be hit with aromas from all kinds of cuisines, including Italian, Indian, Japanese fusion, and more. It’s definitely worth stopping by here for a snack, lunch, or dinner.
5. Festivals & events
There are 2 main seasons for cultural festivals in Iceland: summer and autumn. From June to August, you’ll find loads of fayres in small towns around the country. This is also the season for outdoor music festivals, such as Secret Solstice and Þjóðhátíð.
In late autumn, the main event is Iceland Airwaves. This indoor music event is spread over venues across Reykjavík, so no matter what the weather’s doing, the show goes on.
Stay up to date with everything happening this year with this Iceland events calendar.
When is the best time to visit Iceland in 2023?
Choosing when to go to Iceland might seem tricky, but it just comes down to what kind of experience you want to have.
If chasing the aurora borealis is top of your list, then you need to go in winter, as they only appear in dark skies. Plus, you’ll be able to see Iceland in its snowy, icy glory (a sight definitely worth seeing). Winter is long in Iceland, but October, November, December, and January are all popular months to visit.
Alternatively, if you want to see the midnight sun and enjoy warmer weather, then a summer vacation is for you. At this time of year, you can also travel to Iceland’s interior. Summer arrives fairly late in Iceland, so you’d be looking at a trip in June, July, August, or early September.
Of course, February to May is also an option too. That said, winter isn’t truly over until around March or April, so that’s worth bearing in mind when picking your dates.
Planning your 2023 trip to Iceland
If you’re thinking about traveling to Iceland in 2023, how do you go about planning everything?
First of all, decide how you want to travel. Are you happy to take the wheel yourself and have the freedom to go wherever you like, whenever you like? In that case, an Iceland self-drive tour is for you.
On the other hand, if you’d rather not drive, you might prefer a multi-day tour from Reykjavík. Travel this way and you would join day trips into the countryside by bus. For a more social experience and expert guidance, a guided group tour is great option.
If you’re planning a summer trip, you might even consider a camping itinerary so you can get close to nature. At the other end of the spectrum, a private tour might suit you if you want to take advantage of the knowledge of a local guide.
With Iceland Tours, you get accommodation, local transport, and an itinerary arranged for you. This means less stress, and more time getting excited about your Iceland vacation.
You can now secure your booking with just a 5% deposit. So why not book an Iceland vacation package today and start looking forward to your 2023 Iceland adventure?
Iceland in March: Things to See & Do
Why take a trip to Iceland in March? You’ve got a great chance of seeing snow, and though the days are getting longer, the Northern Lights continue to appear. That sense of winter magic is still very much in the air.
If you want to make the most of a winter break in Iceland, then the month of March is a great time to visit. You’ll get all the charms of winter, but have much more sunlight than in December, January, or February.
So what does Iceland have in store for you in March? Read on to find out.
- Check out these Iceland winter vacation packages and plan your March trip today.
- Blog: Why visit Iceland in 2022?
Should I go to Iceland in March?
For sure! Even though March is definitely still wintertime in Iceland, it’s a great time of year to visit. It’s normally one of the snowiest months, making for not only beautiful backdrops but ideal skiing conditions.
March also offers you a good balance between day and night. The days are steadily getting longer, but equally you still have enough darkness to go out and hunt the Northern Lights.
Visiting Iceland in March allows you to catch all the highlights of winter before they disappear, including shimmering ice caves, snow-capped mountains, and glaciers at their fullest extent.
- Walk inside a glacier on an ice cave tour in Iceland.
- Blog: How many days do you need in Iceland in winter?
You’ll also be able to enjoy classic natural sights such as geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, volcanoes, and mountains.
Best things to see and do in Iceland in March
You’ve got shedloads of options on a trip to Iceland in March. Shake up your itinerary with a mix of nature and culture, all without having to venture too far from Reykjavík.
Imagine fresh and crisp winter days, with the bright sun illuminating snowy landscapes. Clouds of steam rising from the ground as naturally heated water hits the cold March air. A truly magical sight!
Here are some ideas for things to do in Iceland in March:
- Take a whale watching tour from Reykjavík or Húsavík
- Go glacier hiking and snowmobiling on Langjökull
- Relax and unwind in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
- Join ice cave tours in Vatnajökull National Park
- While away the evenings chasing the Northern Lights
- See snow fall on Reynisfjara black sand beach
- Ski the slopes of the Bláfjöll mountains
- Check out the classic gems of the Golden Circle route
- Watch water boil in the ground at the Deildartunguhver hot spring
- Venture to the Snæfellsnes peninsula with its own glacier
- Spot Icelandic horses as you drive through South Iceland
- Soak up culture in Reykjavík or Akureyri
Want to go earlier? Find out what you can do on a trip to Iceland in February.
Events in Iceland in March
Icelandic Beer Day
A curious fact about Iceland is that beer was banned in the country until 1989! Every year on 1 March, Icelandic Beer Day (called Bjórdagurinn in Icelandic) is held to mark the day the prohibition was lifted.
You could say we’re living in the golden era of the Icelandic beer scene. Over the past decade or so, craft breweries have sprung up around the country. The selection of high-quality, characterful Icelandic beers grows bigger and bigger every year.
Brewery tours are a great way to experience Icelandic beer culture. Why not visit Borg brewery in Borgarnes, West Iceland? Or if you’re heading up north, you could visit the famous Einstök Brewer’s Lounge in Akureyri.
- Read more about Iceland’s bars & nightlife.
Best places to visit in Iceland in March
1. West Iceland
Location: Around an hour’s drive north of Reykjavík.
Why visit? West Iceland is easily accessible at all times of year, so it’s perfect for a winter road trip.
For the fast route west, follow the Ring Road through the Hvalfjörður tunnel. Alternatively, you could drive the scenic way around the fjord along route 47. Hvalfjörður has fantastic coastal scenery and is famous for its clean waters, where mussels are harvested.
Check out the quaint town of Borgarnes, one of the oldest in Iceland. If you want to learn more about the first settlers, pay a visit to the Settlement Center museum in the town.
- Explore West Iceland on one of these winter vacation packages.
- Related: Best towns & cities to visit in Iceland.
The jewels in the crown of West Iceland are around the Reykholt area. There you’ll find the awe-inspiring Deildartunguhver hot spring. And be sure to check out Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, two of Iceland’s prettiest waterfalls.
Don’t miss: A guided tour of the Víðgelmir lava cave, if you’re feeling adventurous!
Location: North Iceland, 1–2 hours from Akureyri.
Why visit? Húsavík has been making a name for itself in recent years, mainly as the capital of whale watching in Iceland. The town’s most recent claim to fame though is as the backdrop to the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Whatever reason you decide to visit Húsavík, there’s no denying its small-town charm. Here you’ll also find the Húsavík Whale Museum and Icelandic Maritime Museum.
What’s more, Húsavík boasts its own microbrewery. If you happen to be in town on or around Icelandic Beer Day, be sure to stop by for a cold one!
- Head to Húsavík on a winter self-drive trip around Iceland.
Don’t miss: The charming wooden-framed church opposite the harbor. When it’s open, you can climb the tower for a fantastic view over the sea.
3. South coast
Location: We’ll give you 1 guess.
Why visit? The great thing about Iceland’s south coast is that it’s easy to get to pretty much all year round. In wintertime, its star attractions look fantastic. Chief amongst them are the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, which are particularly stunning against the snow.
You could also head down to the Vík area. This popular village is nestled between mountains and the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. And because it’s Iceland in winter, you can’t rule out snow on a trip to the beach!
- Stop off at Reynisfjara on an Iceland Ring Road trip.
- Blog: Your guide to Reynisfjara black sand beach.
Don’t miss: The Reynisdrangar sea stacks. These columns of rock are visible from both the village of Vík and Reynisfjara beach.
4. Golden Circle
Location: Around 1 hour’s drive east of Reykjavík inland.
Why visit? It’s essentially a crime to visit Iceland without doing a Golden Circle tour. Here you’ll find 3 of Iceland’s most famous attractions.
First, there’s Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This is the site of Iceland’s ancient Viking parliament and spectacular scenery between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
Next, you’ll make your way to the Geysir area. Named after Iceland’s most famous geyser, it’s a hotbed of geothermal activity. Although Geysir itself may now be sleeping, you can see its younger brotherStrokkur erupt every few minutes.
- See Þingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss on a multi-day tour from Reykjavík.
- Blog: Your complete guide to the Golden Circle.
The icing on the cake is the jaw-dropping Gullfoss waterfall. Witness the powerful stream of water tumble over multiple sheer rock faces, over a total height of more than 40 meters (130 feet). On a sunny day, you might even be lucky enough to see a rainbow form in the waterfall’s mist.
Don’t miss: Peningagjá gorge at Þingvellir. Throw a coin in here for good luck!
5. Reykjavík culture
Location: Southwest Iceland.
Why visit? Reykjavík is packed full of galleries and museums, which make perfect additions to your itinerary in between adventures into the countryside.
Museums downtown include the Settlement Exhibition, National Museum of Iceland, and Icelandic Phallological Museum. Hold on, what? That’s right, Iceland has its very own museum dedicated to penises of various species.
- Delve into Reykjavík and its surroundings on a city break.
- Related: Best museums in Reykjavík.
On the more conventional side of things are the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, and Ásmundarsalur Gallery. The Reykjavík Art Museum is also well worth checking out. It has two main locations: downtown in Tryggvagata, and at Kjarvalsstaðir in the Klambratún park.
Don’t miss: The Nordic House, a short walk from downtown near the University of Iceland. A beautiful library and gallery space designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
What’s the weather in Iceland like in March?
March is wintertime in Iceland, so weather conditions are still pretty cold. But don’t let that put you off!
The average high in Reykjavík in March is 3°C (38°F), whilst the average low is –2°C (28°F). This means there may well be snow, although if you get a warmer day it might not stick around.
Wind is a fairly constant fixture of the weather in Iceland at all times of year. It can knock a couple of degrees off how cold the temperature feels, so make sure you bring extra layers to keep warm.
- March sound too cold? Check out our guide to Iceland’s climate to find the perfect time of year for you.
Is there snow in Iceland in March?
Snow and ice are a definite possibility if you’re visiting Iceland at this time of year. In fact, the weather in March tends to be really quite snowy, with heavy overnight frosts.
On average, around 23 cm (9 in) of snow falls across the month in Reykjavík. This makes March the snowiest month of the year.
Is driving in Iceland in March safe?
Driving in Iceland in March can be done perfectly safely. That said, conditions are likely to be different from what you’re used to back home. There’s the chance of frost and snow on the roads, but they are cleared regularly.
You should keep an eye on the weather forecast and check for any road closures. That way you can adjust your itinerary if needed.
- Find out more about driving in Iceland with our car rental guide.
If the temperature climbs above freezing though, the snow will soon disappear by itself.
How many hours of daylight are there in Iceland in March?
The days are starting to get decently long by March. At the start of the month, sunrise is around 8:35 a.m. and sunset around 6:45 p.m., giving you a good 10 hours.
Towards the end of March, the sun is coming up by 6:50 a.m. and setting at around 8:15 p.m. This adds another 3½ hours onto your day.
Good to know: There’s no daylight savings time in Iceland, so the clocks don’t change in March as in many other countries.
Can you see the Northern Lights in Iceland in March?
Definitely! To maximize your chances, you should think about a trip in early March if seeing the Northern Lights is top of your list. That way you’ll have more darkness and therefore more opportunities to spot the lights.
Although it’s certainly possible to see the Northern Lights at this time of year, no one can guarantee a sighting. This is because they’re a natural phenomenon dependent on clear skies and high solar activity.
Northern Lights tours run every evening, and you normally get a chance to go again if you didn’t manage to catch them the first time. So try your luck, and fingers crossed they come out to play!
If you want to know more, check out the best places to spot the Northern Lights in Iceland.
What to wear and what to pack for a trip to Iceland in March
As the Icelandic weather in March is still decidedly wintry, it pays to pack well. Bring plenty of warm layers and extra changes of clothes. Streets can be wet and slushy, so having a spare pair of socks to hand means you’re never far away from being dry and toasty.
Here’s your list of must-pack items for March:
- Warm and waterproof winter coat
- Sturdy, waterproof boots and thick socks
- Gloves, scarf, and woolen hat
- Wooly sweaters
- Thermal underwear
- Swimwear and towel for hot springs and pools
- Lip salve and moisturizer
Read our packing guide to get all the deets on what to bring on your Iceland trip.
Planning your trip to Iceland in March
Now that you know how amazing visiting Iceland in March can be, how do you start putting your trip together? The first step is to pick your dates. Go for early March for more Northern Lights hunting time, or the end of the month if you want more daylight for road trips.
- Rack up more ideas for your trip with our winter must-sees and must-dos.
Next, think about how you want to travel. If you want the most freedom to explore, then a self-drive tour is a good option for you. Start and stop when you like, and take as many detours as you fancy.
On the other hand, if you’d rather not drive in wintry conditions, you could join a multi-day tour. On this sort of trip, you’ll stay in Reykjavík and join different day tours in the Icelandic countryside.
If you prefer a group vibe, you could join a guided group tour. You’ll spend your whole trip with the same driver-guide and pack of like-minded travelers.
With Iceland Tours, you can travel in any of these ways. All it takes to confirm your booking is a 5% deposit. And with our Book with Confidence promise, you have ultimate flexibility should Covid disrupt your plans.
So what’s holding you back? Start browsing winter vacations to Iceland and get that dream trip booked!
Iceland in January: Things to See & Do
On a trip to Iceland in January, you can ring in the New Year Icelandic-style under the fireworks! And at this time of the year, the country is blanketed in a white winter coat. Picture frosted waterfalls, snow-covered mountaintops, and frozen rivers.
Whilst this may not seem the most obvious time to visit, there’s actually a whole bunch of top things to do in Iceland in January.
Apart from the New Year’s festivities, there’s the Þorrablót festival at the end of the month (or in early February). This moveable feast is based on Viking traditions – keep reading to learn all about it.
January is a great time to experience Iceland without the crowds. Nature is open all year round, so you can still get your fill of gushing geysers and glistening glaciers. You also have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Get inspired for your Iceland winter trip with these top tips!
Is it worth going to Iceland in January?
For sure! Iceland offers a whole host of unique experiences in January.
If you fancy doing something different for New Year’s, Reykjavík is the place to be. The whole city celebrates with firework displays and neighborhood bonfires, and the atmosphere is electric. And of course, there’s the nightlife that Iceland’s capital is famous for.
- Browse these winter tours of Iceland.
- Prefer to visit in November or December?
Next, there’s the Northern Lights. Although the days have already started getting longer by January, there’s still plenty of darkness. This makes for ideal conditions to hunt down the Aurora Borealis. Learn more about how to chase them down with our Northern Lights guide.
In the winter months, chances are there will be snow on the ground. As well as giving you the perfect backdrop for your vacation pics, the snow brightens everything up. This helps make up for the relative lack of sunlight.
Here are some of our favorite reasons to visit Iceland in January:
- Fantastic conditions for Northern Lights tours
- More daylight than December, so you can go further and see more
- Frozen wintry landscapes covered in snow and ice
- Cultural events to enjoy at the start and end of the month
Best things to see and do in Iceland in January
Traveling to Iceland in January is a great idea if you want to experience the country at the peak of its winter beauty. You’re pretty much guaranteed snow-covered mountains and icicle-lined waterfalls.
Things you can do in January:
- Warm up in a geothermal spa as the snow falls around you
- Visit the Jökulárslón glacial lagoon when it’s frozen solid
- Go on a whale watching boat tour from Reykjavík
- Hunt down the Aurora Borealis by night
- See the Strokkur geyser erupt out of a field of ice
- Spy an Icelandic horse in a snow-white field
- Walk through clouds of steam at the Deildartunguhver hot springs
- Go glacier hiking at Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap
- Join an ice cave tour beneath a glacier
Get more inspiration with our Iceland winter must-sees and must-dos guide.
Events in Iceland in January
Although the sun doesn’t show its face for long in January, Icelanders have no trouble brightening up the month themselves with two big celebrations. And of course, you get to take part!
It’s fair to say that New Year’s is a Big Deal in Iceland. There are massive firework displays, bonfires throughout towns and cities, and a great festive atmosphere. Don’t miss the main display down by the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík’s old harbor.
Icelanders kick off their New Year’s celebrations with dinner at around 6 p.m. There’s no set meal, but many people enjoy some kind of roast meat such as leg of lamb or goose. It’s worth securing a booking at a local restaurant if you want to join in on this tradition.
- Want to join the festivities? Check out these Iceland New Year’s packages.
After dinner (and plenty of desserts), do as the locals do and visit a local bonfire. Later on, Icelanders watch New Year’s addresses from the prime minister and president, before getting into the party mood!
With a belly full of good food, now’s the time to head out to a local bar before watching the fireworks at midnight. Whether you party on is up to you, but you can be sure that the locals will!
Like many other nations, Icelanders have their own midwinter festival held around the end of January (and sometimes in February). The feast, known as Þorrablót (or Thorrablót), marks the first of the four months on the Norse pagan calendar: Þorri.
Although based on ancient Viking tradition, Þorrablót first began to be celebrated in the 19th century and has become increasingly popular in recent decades. Similar to Scotland’s Burns Night, Þorrablót centers on sharing traditional food and reciting poems.
It’s that traditional food, known as Þorramatur, that is the highlight (or lowlight, depending on your view 😂) of the festival. Icelandic delicacies enjoyed during Þorrablót include:
- Kæstur hákarl – fermented shark with a pungent smell (pictured above, the yellow cubes on the right)
- Hrútspungar – ram’s testicles pressed and preserved in aspic
- Svið – singed and boiled sheep’s head, complete with eyeball
- Lifrarpylsa – a lamb-based liver sausage
- Blóðmör – a type of black pudding
- Hangikjöt – smoked slices of lamb
- Harðfiskur – wind-dried cod or haddock, served buttered (pictured above, the white fluffy fish in the middle)
Although you might well be put off by the sound of these ‘treats’, some of them are quite popular and enjoyed by visitors and Icelanders alike. It’s definitely worth trying hangikjöt and harðfiskur, even if you give everything else a miss.
Look out for Þorramatur buffets at restaurants around Reykjavík. That way, you can sample what you like and be as adventurous as you want to be!
- Learn more about what to eat with our Iceland food guide.
Best places to visit in Iceland in January
Location: North Iceland, 4–5 hours’ drive from Reykjavík.
Why visit? Akureyri is the capital of Iceland’s north and the country’s second city. Explore its charming old town, dine at its delicious restaurants, and soak up Icelandic culture in the galleries and museums. Oh, and if beer’s your thing, don’t forget to try Einstök, the local brew!
- See Akureyri on winter self-drive trip around Iceland.
Just outside Akureyri is one of Iceland’s main ski resorts, Hlíðarfjall. January offers a good chance of snowfall and is bang in the middle of the Icelandic ski season. So if you feel most at home on the slopes, why not head up to Akureyri?
Don’t miss: The Hof Culture House, Akureyri’s answer to Reykjavík’s famous Harpa Concert Hall. Also, make sure to visit the local pool for a relaxing dip in the hot tubs!
2. Vatnajökull National Park
Location: Southeast Iceland.
Why visit? Okay, we admit that Vatnajökull National Park ends up on pretty much all of our month-by-month guides to Iceland. But that’s just because it’s so unmissable. First up, you have Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which is spectacular at this time of year (especially in the long twilight).
- Visit Vatnajökull National Park on one of these guided group tours.
Then there’s the Vatnajökull glacier itself. The largest in Europe, it offers all kinds of adventure-packed experiences. Go for snowmobiling tours or hikes on the surface, or explore one of the many ice caves that form underneath during the winter. January is the perfect time to see these.
- Get active in winter on one of these Iceland adventure tours.
Don’t miss: Breiðamerkursandur, also known as Diamond Beach. Jewels of blue-tinged, crystal-clear ice wash ashore and look magical against the dark black sand.
3. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls
Location: South coast, 1 hour or so from the town of Selfoss.
Why visit? These are two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls and they are both striking in their winter costumes.
Seljalandsfoss is often crowned with icicles, and the mist from the falls freezes into a glistening sheet of ice behind it. Depending on how heavy the snowfall has been, you may still be able to walk behind it following the path.
Skógafoss is Seljalandsfoss’s more powerful big brother. Often completely hemmed in by blue-white ice in wintertime, you won’t want to miss its wintry majesty.
Don’t miss: Gljúfrabúi, a virtually hidden waterfall a 10-minute drive up the road from Seljalandsfoss.
4. Golden Circle, including Þingvellir National Park
Location: 1 hour’s drive east of Reykjavík.
Why visit? The Golden Circle route is a popular classic and remains accessible all year round. It includes the Geysir area, with Strokkur, a live geyser that spurts hot water into the air every few minutes. Another star attraction is the epic multi-tiered Gullfoss waterfall.
Finally, there’s Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This was the site of Iceland’s Viking-era parliament, so it’s a great place to get an idea of what life must have been like in Iceland centuries ago. At this time of year, its rocky gorges are caked in ice and snow and the small streams that criss-cross the area freeze solid.
- Browse self-drive trips that include the Golden Circle.
- Blog: Your complete guide to Iceland’s Golden Circle.
Don’t miss: At Þingvellir, the Drekkingarhylur pool where witches were drowned, and the Silfra gorge with its crystal-clear waters.
5. Blue Lagoon and other spas
Location: ½ hour from Reykjavík (Blue Lagoon); around the country (other spas).
Why visit? Although the January weather can be bitterly cold, Iceland makes up for it with its endless supply of hot water from geothermal sources. Bathe in the warm and nourishing waters of the Blue Lagoon to relax and recharge after a day’s sightseeing.
There have never been more spa options in Iceland than right now. Instead of the Blue Lagoon, you could visit the new Sky Lagoon in the capital area, with its fantastic views across the sea. Or there’s the Fontana spa in Laugarvatn, just off the Golden Circle route.
And if you’re heading north to Akureyri, you’re only an hour or so away from the Mývatn Nature Baths, which overlook a picturesque valley.
Wherever you plan to travel in Iceland, you’re not far from a fantastic lagoon or local swimming pool!
- Get the low-down on Icelandic bathing with our guide to hot springs and geothermal pools.
Don’t miss: A drink from one of the in-lagoon bars available at many of Iceland’s most popular spas.
What’s the weather like in Iceland in January?
January is often Iceland’s coldest month, although you might be surprised by how mild temperatures actually are. The average high in the south is 3°C (38°F) and the average low is -2°C (29°F). Knock a degree or two off for the north of Iceland.
The wind chill factor can make it feel much colder than the thermometer suggests though. With that in mind, make sure you pack a warm winter coat, extra layers, and gloves, scarf and wooly hat.
And don’t bother with umbrellas or baseball caps, you probably won’t be able to hold onto them long in the wind!
Is there snow in Iceland in January?
There’s also a good chance of snow in January, especially outside of Reykjavík. Across the whole month, average snowfall is around 20 cm (8 in).
Is it safe to drive in Iceland in January?
As January is one of the highest snowfall months in Iceland, driving can be a bit trickier (no thanks to the famous winter wind either). That said, trunk roads are cleared regularly and in cities most major roads will be snow-free.
As conditions can change rapidly, it pays to be flexible with your plans. It’s a good idea to stick to shorter day trips, such as the Golden Circle or south coast, rather than attempting to do the whole Ring Road.
So whilst driving in January in Iceland is doable, we wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not a confident winter driver. You could still enjoy a city break in Reykjavík with day trips by bus if you’d prefer to skip the driving.
How many hours of daylight are there in Iceland in January?
By the time January comes around, the days are already getting noticeably longer. You can expect around 4½–7 hours of daylight, depending on when exactly in the month you plan to travel.
At the start of January, the sun rises at around 11:20 a.m. and sets by around 3:45 p.m. By the end of the month, the sun appears as early as 10:10 a.m. and goes down at approximately 5:10 p.m.
So as you can see, you gain a few extra hours of daylight over the space of just a few weeks. This is worth bearing in mind when choosing your travel dates.
Can you see the Northern Lights in Iceland in January?
Absolutely! January provides ideal conditions for chasing down the lights. The 3 things you need are plenty of darkness, clear skies, and high solar activity. If these things coincide, then you’ll witness a spectacular light show.
- Check out these Northern Lights tours of Iceland.
- Blog: Best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.
The good news is that January provides darkness in spades. And as the Icelandic weather never stays the same for long, there’s a good chance you’ll have at least one clear night during your stay.
You should know though that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, so even if the weather’s in your favor, you’re not guaranteed a sighting. Part of the attraction is their mystery and rarity, which makes chasing them down all the more exciting!
Get tips on how to spot the aurora with our guide to the Northern Lights in Iceland.
What to wear and what to pack for a trip to Iceland in January
Since January falls right in the middle of the Icelandic winter, it’s important to make sure you bring everything you need to keep warm and comfortable. As we mentioned earlier, the wind chill can make it feel much colder than it might seem.
The wind tends to be chilly and dry, but that’s nothing that you can’t protect yourself from with the right clothing! Here’s a list of essentials to take in January:
- Warm jacket with waterproof layer
- Woolen sweaters or fleeces
- Gloves, scarf, and wooly hat
- Solid hiking boots and thermal socks
- Warm underwear, such as long johns
- Swimming gear and towel for spas, hot springs, and pools
- Lip salve and moisturizer
Read our packing guide to get all the deets on what to bring on your Iceland trip.
Planning your trip to Iceland in January
Now you’re in the know, how do you go about making your dream January trip to Iceland a reality? First, decide if you want to attend any festivals such as New Year’s and Þorrablót. This will help you narrow down your dates.
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Secondly, think about what kind of activities you want to do, such as ice caving, and which parts of the country you want to see. The further you venture from Reykjavík, the more sunlight you’ll want to have.
At Iceland Tours, we’ve got a wide range of winter vacation packages. If you’re happy to drive in wintry conditions, choose a self-drive tour. Or go for a multi-day tour from Reykjavík if you prefer to travel by bus.
Once you’ve found the package that suits you, simply book it online. A great thing to know is that you can secure your booking with us with just a 5% deposit. And with our Book with Confidence promise, you can get a refund or rebook your tour should Covid-19 get in the way of your plans.
So why not get over to Iceland in January and experience the Land of Fire and Ice at its wintriest?
Guide to Iceland’s Volcanoes and Geothermal Activity
You might have heard Iceland called the “Land of Fire and Ice”. Thanks to its northerly location, there’s ice in all forms, from snow to glaciers to icebergs. But what about the fire?
If you think about Iceland, “volcano” might be one of the first words that springs to mind. So why are there so many in the country?
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Iceland hovers above what geologists call a hotspot. This is basically a patch of the Earth where the mantle, deep below the ground, is unusually warm and active.
If you’ve ever seen a map of the world with ocean trenches, you might have noticed that Iceland sits bang on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In fact, it straddles two continents: North America and Eurasia.
As the tectonic plates supporting these continents drift apart, new land is formed. This is how Iceland was born, about 16 to 18 million years ago. Believe it or not, that’s actually pretty recent in geology terms!
So apart from the famous volcanoes, what other cool geological features can you find in Iceland? And how do Icelanders put all that geothermal energy to good use? Read on to find out. (Hint: it involves lots of hot tubs.)
Iceland’s geothermal features
In Iceland, geothermal activity is much greater than in many other parts of the world. And you can see the jaw-dropping effect of this activity pretty much wherever you go in the country.
First of all, volcanoes. Since 2000, there have been 6 volcano eruptions in Iceland. So there’s no doubt that the country’s volcanic systems are still very much alive and well.
Above you can see some of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes, along with the year they last erupted. You’ll notice that they’re spread all over the country, but mostly in an axis running from southwest to northeast.
Visiting Iceland’s volcanoes
So can you see Iceland’s volcanoes? For sure! The most recent eruption, Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula, started in 2021. Its freshly formed lava field is incredible: you’ll be amazed by the newly-formed, sharp black rocks.
- Blog: Your guide to the Fagradallsfjall eruption.
- See the country’s most famous volcanoes on an Iceland self-drive tour.
Another eruption that sparked interest around the world was Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. As you might have heard, this one spewed out a lot of ash and caused some disruption. You can still see black fields of ash in the valleys below the volcano to this day.
One that left a more permanent mark on the country was the 1963 Westman Islands eruption. The lava flow destroyed half the town on the main island of Heimaey. The eruption also gave birth to a whole new island, Surtsey.
If you visit Heimaey, make sure to stop at the Eldheimar Museum to hear the story of how the locals saved the island’s harbor. There you can also see an excavated house that was swallowed by the lava.
When will the next volcanic eruption in Iceland happen?
You might be wondering when the next Icelandic volcano will erupt. Volcanic activity is famously hard to predict. There are a few prime suspects for the next eruption though, with Askja being the likeliest.
The eruption could start tomorrow, or be years away. But their mystery is part of what makes following volcanoes so exciting!
Did you know that Iceland gave us the word “geyser”? It comes from Geysir, the Icelandic name for a specific hot spring in South Iceland. Today, Geysir is dormant, but its younger brother Strokkur is still active.
- See the Geysir geothermal area on a guided group tour of Iceland.
Strokkur erupts every 10 minutes or so. But what makes it spout those jets of hot water? Well, groundwater heated by the rock collects in a small chamber underground. When the water reaches a certain pressure, it bursts out forcefully through a hole in the Earth.
There are a few other geysers around Iceland, but they are mostly dormant. So if you want to see a classic geyser in action, head to Strokkur on the Golden Circle route.
- See the Geysir area on a Golden Circle tour.
3. Hot springs
You can find hot springs in lots of parts of Iceland. Many of them are really quite hot, with water reaching around 70°–90°C (160°–195°F) at the surface. So far too hot for you to dip into, but not bad for boiling an egg. (Don’t try this yourself!)
Some examples of hot springs in this temperature range include:
- Deildartunguhver – West Iceland
- Geysir – South Iceland (Here there are lots of small hot springs near the geysers.)
- Gunnuhver – Reykjanes peninsula
- Námaskarð – near Lake Mývatn, North Iceland
- Seltún – near Krýsuvík, Reykjanes peninsula
There are also cooler hot springs with temperatures in the range of 25°–40°C (75°–105°F). This means they’re often suitable for bathing, so bring your swimming gear!
Icelanders call these náttúrulaugar or “natural pools”. Some of the best are:
- Grettislaug – North Iceland
- Hellulaug – Westfjords
- Hrunalaug – near Flúðir, South Iceland
- Landmannalaugar – Highlands
Landmannalaugar is definitely the jewel in the crown of Iceland’s natural pools, but is only accessible in the summer due to its location in the highlands.
If you want to experience Icelandic hot pools, check out our suggestions in the spas and lagoons section below.
4. Mud pots
These are a pretty rare geological feature that forms in areas with less groundwater. Sand and dirt are dissolved in the little hot water there is, creating the effect of a bubbling cauldron.
You can often find them near hot springs, for example at Seltún in southwest Iceland. They come in all sorts of colors too – whilst they’re often gray, they can also be white, yellow, or brown.
How Iceland uses its geothermal resources
Icelanders are lucky to have access to such an endless natural energy source. We don’t waste its potential though: geothermal energy is used both for heating and electricity. You can see signs of this all over the country.
As geothermal energy is one of Earth’s abundant renewable energy sources, Icelanders are less dependent on fossil fuels than some other countries. If you’re looking for a green vacation destination, then it doesn’t get much more eco-friendly than Iceland.
Geothermal heating and hot water
When you visit, you might notice that Icelandic homes don’t have boilers or hot water tanks. You just turn on the tap, and you have (almost) infinite hot water from geothermal sources.
Geothermal energy in Iceland is also used for space heating in buildings. Having access to so much hot water is pretty handy given how chilly Iceland can get in the winter.
You might also notice a distinct smell from the hot water in Iceland. Some people describe it as sulfuric or a bit like boiled eggs. This odor is a side effect of how the water is heated up.
In some parts of the country, naturally hot groundwater is piped straight into homes. Because this water is heated directly in the ground, it picks up harmless minerals that create that boiled-egg odor.
In other areas, cold water is pumped underground, where it picks up the heat from the Earth’s crust. This water tends to smell a bit less!
Don’t worry about the smell though, it doesn’t linger on you. And after a day or two in Iceland, most people don’t notice it anymore.
If you walk around Reykjavík in wintertime, you might notice that the snow doesn’t settle in certain areas. This is because some sidewalks in Iceland are actually heated. There’s so much hot water, we had to find some use for it!
This means there’s no need to clear these sidewalks after a snowstorm, making it easier for everyone to get around. Look out for them if you’re in Iceland in wintertime.
Swimming pools and hot tubs
Icelanders love their swimming pools, something you’ll definitely notice pretty soon after you arrive in the country. This is a part of Icelandic culture that we definitely recommend you try out!
Every town and village in Iceland has its own municipal pool. Alongside the main pool, there are often a series of hot tubs (known as heitir pottar or “hot pots” in Icelandic). It’s here that you’ll find the locals, chatting and relaxing after work.
There are normally a few different temperatures to choose from – anywhere between 36° and 41°C (97° to 106°F). Try different ones to see which you prefer. The water in all of these hot pots is heated geothermally.
And if you’re feeling brave, why not have a dip in the cold pot afterwards? This tends to be a chilly 5°–10°C (40°–50°F) but will definitely perk you up!
- Learn about Iceland’s bathing culture in our spas & hot springs guide.
Spas and lagoons
A relative newcomer on the Icelandic bathing scene is the geothermal spa. The first was the Blue Lagoon, which opened in 1992. Famous for its murky, bright blue water, the spa is a must on your Iceland itinerary.
There are now similar baths and spas all around the country. Why not check out one or two of the most famous:
- Fontana in Laugarvatn (South Iceland)
- Gamla Laugin, aka the Secret Lagoon, in Flúðir (South Iceland)
- Krauma at Deildartunguhver hot spring (West Iceland)
- Mývatn Nature Baths near Lake Mývatn (North Iceland)
- Sky Lagoon in Káranes (Reykjavík area)
Each of these lagoons has something different to offer. At Fontana, Gamla Laugin, and Krauma for example, you can bathe in breathtaking natural surroundings.
If you’re looking for more of a classic spa experience with beauty treatments, then the Blue Lagoon and Sky Lagoon are for you.
Read more in our guide to the best hot springs and geothermal pools in Iceland.
So now you’ve read all about Iceland’s amazing geothermal features, and seen some ways you can experience it for yourself.
If we’ve got you thinking about your own trip to Iceland, take a look at our vacation packages. We’ve got a whole host of routes, and all of them feature some of Iceland’s amazing active geology.
Check them out today and start planning your adventure in the Land of Fire and Ice!
Your Ultimate Guide to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
You may have seen the tranquil photos of bathers in milky-blue waters set against stark lava fields. The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is synonymous with relaxation and incredible spa experiences. It’s no wonder this geothermal pool has become one of the most popular attractions in Iceland!
If you’re looking to know more about this spa and what you can expect from your visit, we answer your frequently asked questions about the Blue Lagoon below.
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About the Blue Lagoon
First things first, what is the Blue Lagoon? Maybe you’ve heard the name and know it’s a must-see in Iceland, but not much more?
The Blue Lagoon is a spa pool with milky-blue waters enriched with minerals. As the lagoon is soothing as well as a spectacular sight, it has become a very trendy stop in Iceland. In fact, it is one of the most visited places on the island!
Read on to learn about how it was formed, what is in those iconic blue waters, and more.
What is in the Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon is famous because of the unique color of its water: a milky shade of blue. This is thanks to its high silica content. The water is also rich in salts and algae.
And you’ll be glad to hear nothing else is added. In fact, the Blue Lagoon holds 9 million liters of geothermal seawater, which naturally renews itself every 40 hours or so. As foreign bacteria don’t thrive in this ecosystem, no disinfectants are needed.
Where is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?
The Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes peninsula, south of Reykjavík. It is set amidst the lava fields of Grindavík near Þorbjörn mountain.
The lagoon is only a 20-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport and about 45 minutes from Reykjavík. This handy location makes the Blue Lagoon an ideal spot to visit upon arrival or departure from Iceland, or as a day trip from the capital.
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Is the Blue Lagoon a natural spring?
It may surprise you to hear that no, the Blue Lagoon is not a natural hot spring but is actually man-made. And in the same vein, the water actually comes from the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant.
After the geothermal extraction at the power plant, the extra water that isn’t used to heat the homes of Icelanders is released onto the nearby lava field. This is how the Blue Lagoon got its humble beginning.
After a lot of research into the benefits of geothermal seawater, including the algae and silica, the Blue Lagoon was founded officially in the 1990s. It has since evolved into the well-known hub of hospitality and wellness that exists today.
Does the Blue Lagoon smell like sulfur?
Generally, the hot water in Iceland sometimes smells of sulfur, the effects of its geothermal origin. Although some geothermal areas you might visit smell strongly of sulfur, like Námaskarð or Seltún, you may not notice it at the Blue Lagoon.
Some do smell it upon arrival, but you’ll get accustomed to it as you relax and enjoy this memorable experience.
Good to know: The smell is natural and nothing to be worried about. In fact, did you know Iceland has one of the cleanest waters in the world? Icelanders drink it straight from the tap, unfiltered. So, to do like the locals, don’t forget your bottle to refill during your trip.
Is the Retreat Spa at Blue Lagoon worth it?
Only you can answer that question. It depends on what you want out of your visit, how much time you have and, importantly, your budget.
The Retreat Spa is the luxury spa of the Blue Lagoon and therefore you’ll enjoy an exclusive experience if you book it. The price starts around 50,000 ISK (321 EUR, 390 USD, 278 GBP) for a 5-hour stay.
You can expect access to:
- The famous Blue Lagoon
- The exclusive Retreat Lagoon
- A private changing room
- The Blue Lagoon Ritual, an exhilarating spa journey
- The Blue Lagoon skincare amenities
- The Spa Restaurant
- The 8 subterranean spaces (relaxing rooms, a sauna, and more)
You’ll also get a drink of your choice and the chance to enjoy massages and beauty treatments.
How much does it cost to go in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland?
Prices to visit the Blue Lagoon depend on the package you choose. There are 3 levels: comfort, premium, and luxury. For up-to-date information and prices, we recommend checking the Blue Lagoon website.
What are the Blue Lagoon opening hours?
The Blue Lagoon is open 365 days a year, but the opening hours vary depending on the season. In summer, you’ll find that opening times are longer. Check their website for up-to-date information.
Please be aware that pre-booking is essential. As it is one of Iceland’s most popular spots, you’ll want to reserve your slot in advance to avoid disappointment.
During your visit to the Blue Lagoon
You’re booked in and ready for all the comforts of bathing in the Blue Lagoon. Here is what you can expect of your visit.
What is included with the Blue Lagoon entrance?
There are 3 different packages you can purchase at the Blue Lagoon. Comfort, premium, and the luxury entrance for the Retreat Spa, which we’ve discussed above.
On a comfort package, you’d enjoy:
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
- A silica mud mask
- One drink at the in-water bar
- Use of a towel
- Sauna, steam room and steam cave
- Lagoon waterfall
In addition to these, on a premium package you’d also have:
- A second mask of your choice
- Slippers and use of a bathrobe
- Table reservation at the Lava Restaurant and a glass of sparkling wine if you dine here
How long do you need to spend at the Blue Lagoon?
It is recommended that you schedule at least 2 hours to savor the full wonders of the Blue Lagoon. But on average people spend around 4 hours here. This way you’ll have plenty of time to soak up all the benefits of the warm waters.
And it’s good to note that you book an arrival slot, but there is no time limit until closure, so relax and enjoy!
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What to pack to visit the Blue Lagoon?
If you’re visiting on a day trip from Reykjavík, you’ll want to pack a small bag with:
- Your swimsuit (and bag for the wet swimsuit)
- Flip flops or water shoes
- Any soaps or products you want to use
- Water bottle to stay hydrated
- Sunglasses for bright days
Please note that shower gel, conditioner, and body moisturizer are available in the changing rooms. So are hair dryers.
Every package also comes with the use of a towel, but you can bring your own if you would rather do that. You may want to pack a robe too as it is not included in the comfort package.
You don’t need to pack a lock as you’ll be given a wristband upon entry which also acts as your changing room locker key.
If you have your luggage with you, on your way to or from the airport, you can still store it at the Blue Lagoon. You’ll have to pay a small fee to leave your suitcase or large bags in the Luggage House in the main Blue Lagoon parking lot.
Don’t forget to pack a smaller bag with your essentials.
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Does the Blue Lagoon ruin your bathing suit?
No, the water of the Blue Lagoon is unlikely to ruin your swimsuit, or even cause stains. But it is recommended that you rinse your swimsuit with cold water and soap after your stay. If you’re worried about it, you can actually rent a swimsuit from the Blue Lagoon for a small fee.
On that note, the Blue Lagoon does recommend you remove any jewelry or glasses, so they aren’t damaged (or lost) while you’re in the water.
Does the Blue Lagoon ruin your hair?
No, your hair won’t be ruined as the water isn’t harmful. But the silica of the water may make your hair stiff and difficult to manage for a few days after your visit.
Our recommendation is to tie your hair up if it’s long and apply plenty of leave-in conditioner, which you’ll find in the changing rooms. We also advise you not to put your hair in the water.
Is the Blue Lagoon good for eczema?
While eczema isn’t mentioned specifically, the waters of the Blue Lagoon are generally soothing for the skin. The water is rich in minerals as well as silica, algae, and salts, and the combination helps improve the skin barrier.
In fact, the Blue Lagoon offers treatments for psoriasis. You could book a stay at the Silica Hotel for this. Bathe in the private lagoon and follow that up with UVB narrowband light therapy, all supervised by a nurse and a dermatologist.
There are decades of research that support the efficacy of the Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater for treating psoriasis.
Do you shower after the Blue Lagoon?
Yes, you should shower before and after your stay at the lagoon.
Guests are required to shower, without their swimsuit, prior to using the geothermal spa. Simply use the showers and soaps available in the changing rooms.
After your stay, you’ll probably find it more comfortable to shower, wash your hair and dry up before leaving.
Can you eat at the Blue Lagoon?
There is a café located in the main Blue Lagoon complex, where you can grab some light snacks and beverages. Make sure to keep hydrated while at the spa.
To make it a full day, you could also lunch or dine at one of the restaurants on-site. They all combine stunning views of the lava field surroundings with fresh Icelandic cuisine.
The Spa Restaurant and Lava restaurant are more casual. You could even dine in your bathrobe! For a treat, book dinner at the Moss Restaurant.
Can children visit the Blue Lagoon?
The lagoon is not suitable for children under the age of 2. Children age 8 and under are allowed entry with the use of arm floaters, which are provided free of charge. This is because in some places the lagoon has a depth of 1.4 meters (4 feet 7 inches).
Best time to visit the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is open all year long, so you have the choice to come for a dip whenever is best suited for you. If you’re visiting Iceland in order to bathe in the mineral-rich waters, here are our suggestions.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon in summer
As it is never too hot in Iceland, you’re likely to enjoy the soothing warmth of the Blue Lagoon even in summer.
Another bonus point of the high season is that you could actually bask in the midnight sun if you book for late in the evening.
Keep in mind that the summer months of June to August are the most popular with visitors to Iceland. For that reason, we recommend visiting in the shoulder months of April, May, and September if you want to see a quieter side of the lagoon.
- Check out summer tours to Iceland for more inspiration.
- Blog: Iceland in summer – must sees and must dos.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon in winter
We often get asked if the Blue Lagoon is warm in winter. Yes, it is! The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37-39 °C (99-102 °F). So it’s pleasant whatever the season.
The only difference is that if you’re visiting between October and April, you may want to walk from the complex to the pool swiftly. Don’t worry, it’s just a short distance, and you’ll warm right up once you’re in the water.
Is it worth going to Iceland and the Blue Lagoon in winter? We think so! Winter is a generally quieter season if you want more time and space to yourself. After days of adventures on glaciers or in national parks, you’ll really appreciate a visit to the geothermal spa.
One of the added benefits of visiting in winter is the chance to see the Northern Lights. If you book later in the day, you may be able to admire them dancing in the sky as you bathe below. What a sight that would be, right?
When you’re ready to book your adventure to the Land of Fire and Ice, browse our Iceland vacation packages or get in touch with our travel consultants. They’ll tailor a memorable trip for you, including a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon.