Iceland is a country where ice and fire both co-exist. Different travel feels are experienced in different months in Iceland. Visit Iceland in January is more adventurous. Another also has its feature. Let’s figure out all about its travel.
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is outlined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and volcanic rock fields. Huge glacier area unit protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. With an area of the 103,000-kilometer square and a population of 360,390, Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Most of the population lives within the capital, Reykjavik, that running on energy power and is home to the National and adventure story museums, tracing Iceland’s Northman history.
If you have short holidays and you are looking to go somewhere in Europe, then Iceland can be a good spot to go to.
Where in Iceland
There are a lot of places you can visit in Iceland, but regarding your short vacation, we will recommend 3 places where you can enjoy the fullest of your short vacation.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the country’s largest city. It is considered the home to the national and sage museums which trace Iceland’s Viking history. The rotating Perlan glass dome and the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church offer widespread views of the sea and hills. The nearest attractions in Reykjavík are- Hallgrimskirkja church, Solfar Sun Voyager, Harpa Concert Hall, Laugavegur Street, Laugardalur recreation area, Nautholsvik Beach.
How to Go
There are fly busses that depart every fifteen minutes from Keflavik international airport for Reykjavík. You also can take a taxi or rent a car. It takes around 50 minutes to reach Reykjavík from Keflavik international airport
Hotels to Stay
You will find many hotels with walking distance. We recommend these three hotels for two adult single rooms. If you like then pick one with your budget.
1- 105 – A Townhouse Hotel (Avg.- 95$ per night)
2- Reykjavik Residence Apartment Hotel (Avg. 128$ per night)
3- ION City Hotel (Avg. 240$ per night)
Þingvellir which can be anglicized as Thingvellir, situated in southeastern Iceland, is a national park that holds cultural, historical, and geological significance. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park lies in an exceedingly vale that marks the crest of the mid-Atlantic Ridge and therefore the boundary between the North yank and Eurasian tectonic plates. Things to see in Þingvellir are- Almannagja, The Law Rock, Booths, Drekingarhylur (The drowning pool), Öxarárfoss waterfall, Thingvellir Church and Prime Minister Summerhouse, Flosagjá and Nikulásargjá, Silfra.
How to Go
The distance from Reykjavík to Þingvellir is about 48km and takes around 50miniutes to reach there. You can use a taxi or rent a car to go there.
Hotels to Stay
We recommend these hotels with different prices for two adult single rooms.
1- Rey Apartments (Avg.- 85$ per night)
2- Centrick Guesthouse (Avg.- 103$ per night)
3- Storm Hotel By Keahotels (Avg.- 144$ per night)
Þingvallavatn, which can be anglicized as Thingvallavatn is a rift valley lake. To it north the Þingvellir is situated. It is considered the largest natural lake in Iceland with a surface of 84 km² and the greatest depth of 114m. To its northern shore, the national parliament Alþingi was founded in the year 930 and held its sessions there till 1799. And still, the name AlþingiÍslendinga is carried by the parliament of Iceland. You can see the volcanic origin of the island in the lake. And the cracks and faults around it show where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. There is a popular scuba and snorkeling site named Silfra fissure. The outflow from the lake is the river Sog which is the only outflow. The presence of four morphs of the Arctic charr is one of the noted features of the lake.
How to Go
The distance between Þingvellir and Þingvallavatn is around 20km and takes about 25 minutes to reach. You have to take a taxi to go there. Or if you have a car on rent then that would be much good.
Hotels to Stay
We recommend you to stay at Þingvellir. And Come from there. There is no ideal hotel to stay at Þingvallavatn
Visit in January
Iceland’s one of the coldest and darkest months is January. It is not easy for everyone to visit in January. Colder, darker, and less sunlight make travel difficult also adventurous.
Reasons to Visit
Of course, this month has its stunning beauty offered to the visitors. More opportunities are coming in this month to catch the northern lights. Ice-curve is one of the reasons to visit Iceland in January. The glacier appears will all of its beauty this month. So great experience will be felt in glacier tour compare to other months. Snowmobiling, snorkeling, and driving become more amazing in that month. Winter hiking, whale watching, horseback riding, etc are also interesting things to do. Another reason is to visit in this month for its many festivals and events.
Things to Do in January
January is such a winter month in Iceland when the weather will super cold. And this month offers you the most exciting things you can do in Iceland.
- Northern Lights
January will give you the more possibility to see the incredible northern lights. The reason behind this is January has short daytime and long night. So if you are in January then it will be the greatest thing to enjoy those beautiful lights.
If you are an adventure lover then it will be more thrilling for you. In January Iceland is covered with a thick layer of snow. And that’s mean it will be the perfect time for Snowmobiling tour.
- Hiking in Iceland
Hiking in Iceland is popular as there are many stunning trails. But in January those have snow everywhere. So hiking through the snow will be more thrilling.
- Whale Watching
Iceland is one of the best places in Europe to watch whale. So if you are interested in watching sea wildlife then this time is good for you.
- Visiting Museums
Iceland has a good list of museums where you can visit.
- The beauty of the Golden Circle
The golden circle consists of several popular landmarks in Iceland. Exploring the beauty of this Golden Circle is most famous in January.
- Glaciers & Ice Caves
To enjoy beautiful glaciers and colorful ice caves, January will be the best month.
For those who know Snorkeling will be adventurous things to do.
- Horse Riding
Horseback Riding is another favorite thing to do as a horse in Iceland looks so beautiful and there are favorable conditions to ride.
- Events and Festivals
More events and festivals are held in January. New year concerts, Christmas, amusic concerts, food festivals, and so many traditional festivals are held that you can enjoy.
Good to Know About January Visiting
You should know about these things before visiting.
- Weather: As this month offers cold and dark weather so make sure about your surviving conditions.
- Cloths: Select your cloths depending on the weather.
- Driving: If you are not experienced in diving then you should avoid driving in that bad weather.
- Booking: If it possible then booked all your travels.
In a word, January is the month for those who want to feel the real adventure with challenging weather.
So those were the information if you were intending to go to Iceland with short days in your hands. Also, visit Iceland in January. I hope you can enjoy the fullest.