Travelling in winter in Iceland can be one of the greatest experiences you can have. But this beautiful and rugged landscape also contains some difficulties and dangers for the driver Traveler’s should prepare well for each trip and know its trail and route conditions. This is the best way to prevent accidents and ensure a pleasant and safe journey.
Winter in Iceland is unpredictable. Iceland is located just south of the Arctic Circle, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, temperatures are cool in summer and remarkably mild in winter. (New York’s winter lows are normally lower than Reykjavík’s). You can have all types of weather in one day; sunshine, the heaviest rain and everything in between. The only thing you can really count on is that the daylight will be short.
Official winter season is from late October to late April. First day of winter is usually in late October but this does not mean that the weather will definitely be nice until then. One thing to keep in mind when traveling in Iceland in winter is that the daylight is very short. During the shortest day of the year, December 21st, there is only about 3-4 hours of actual daylight. This is important to keep in mind when planning your trip so you can see certain sites during daylight and spend the drive there in darkness. But don’t worry the darkness can be magical in Iceland with the northern lights and stars.
In this section you will find information about winter driving in Iceland along with information, tips and links so you can make your trip to Iceland as safe as possible.