Iceland, the island of fire and ice, has turned out to be one of the world’s best travel destinations. This place is not only for those who seek for thrill adventurers, but also for the nature lovers who are looking out for something different. Here, you’ll discover active volcanoes, fountains, hot springs, glaciers, ice fields, and fjords, for this thinly populated nation, resting at the verge of the Arctic Circle, stands on the top of one of the world’s most volcanically active areas.
Today we are going to talk about Iceland In December, so that you get a clear picture about spending your vacation during the last month of the year in Iceland. Iceland DMC
What to Expect in Iceland In December?
As this beautiful northern most capital of the world is situated so close to the arctic circle, the days get super short during the winter months.
December is considered to be one of the absolute most beautiful months of the year in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is the best part of the year when you can see the dancing aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) above you to keep the night lit up as well. On the other hand, one must take note that December is when we have our shortest days in Iceland and therefore it is the darkest month of the year.
On December, you will observe shortest days of the year and the longest nights, getting the amount of daylight around 4 hours, from around 12 PM to 4 PM. But there’s no doubt about it that if you are lucky enough then you will definitely see the magical Northern lights, as the chances are great during this month.
In addition to that the average temperature in Iceland during December is from -1°C to +4°C. In other words it is about 30-39° fahrenheit. So, you must be prepared before visiting Iceland in December and must pack high quality warm clothes and jackets.
Things To Do In Iceland In December
Hunt for Northern Lights
There are only few places in the world where you can experience this once in lifetime experience and every place has its own uniqueness and popularity and Iceland is one of them. The best time is during the winters. It is cold and dark outside so the lights shine much brighter than usual. If you go out when there is clear sky then you will see lights with amazing view but if the sky is not clear then the clouds will become obstruction in the view and you won’t be able to see the lights clearly.
Some of the great options comprises of Seltjarnarnes in Reykjavik, Vik, Látrabjarg/Westfjords, Eldborgahraun, Djúpavík, Þingvellir National Park.
Go For Ice Caving and Glacier Tours
During winters, Ice caves are one of the best things that you can witness in Iceland during winter season. There are many Ice caves located in Iceland in several different locations. On the other hand, if you want to walk, snowmobile, or take a super jeep tour on top of a glacier, then you’ll also find it there to make your experience lot more better.
Go on a Santa Claus hunt in downtown Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital and is now the hotspot for travellers all around the world. It is surrounded by magnificent landscapes and amazing restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, boutiques, etc. It is composed of vibrant streets of booming culture and is a host of affordable travel options.
Wear all your layers of clothes and take a romantic walk in down town Reykjavik and try to find all the 13 hidden hologram Santa Clauses around the city. Here you must enjoy warm coffee/hot chocolate along with Icelandic pastries at some local shop. You will definitely love it!
Go for Hiking
Iceland is known for its wonders and during the month of July, there are plenty of things to do. One of them is you can go hiking. You could explore the natural wonders of Iceland. A month would pass but still you won’t be able to visit all the wonders of Iceland. You could have a hiking tour that is organized by some of the local tour/guide companies. Hiking would give you a unique view of volcanoes, lava fields, forests, lakes, glaciers, rivers, etc.