Iceland in winter

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A fourth reason is seeing the northern lights from the capital, Rreykjavik.

A fourth reason is seeing the northern lights from the capital, Reykjavik.

If you haven’t considered Iceland as a winter holiday destination before then there are some good reasons why you should add it to your bucket list.  Here are just three.

For or a start you can go swimming. Before you consider me mad, you should know that Iceland has a number of geothermal springs as a result of passages from a hot core many miles underground. These springs warm natural swimming pools so anyone can swim in winter or summer regardless of the weather. It’s just like having an outdoor Jacuzzi but without the bubbles! The Icelandic tradition of bathing outdoors in volcanically heated pools dates right back to Viking times. Watching the stars (or the northern lights if you’re lucky) from a warm geothermal pool in the cold of winter is an experience unique to Iceland.

You could see the winter Icelandic landscape in a snowmobile tour. You are tucked up nice and snug in the warm snowmobile but at the same time you are seeing glaciers, geysers and some tours take you to Langjökull, the second largest ice cap in the country.

It isn’t just the Icelandic landscape that changes dramatically in winter. Icelandic animals change too. The arctic fox is the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland. As the seasons change the arctic fox changes the colour of its coat from dark brown to white to match the surrounding snow. Icelandic horses, with their unique fifth gait grow a dense winter coat, with lots of under-fuzz to keep them well insulated in winter. Ptarmigans, a traditional festive bird in Iceland, change from a greyish-brown to white in the winter to camouflage themselves, with only a black tail tip and a black beak.

Combine these three reasons with the food and hospitality on offer and you can see why more of us are visiting Iceland than ever before.

Iceland has good connections with us. there are flights from Dubln, East Midlands, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Manchester on Bluebird, easyJet, Icelandair and WOW.

For more about Iceland, click here.

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