During the winter it can be quite challenging to drive on the Icelandic roads. This applies particularly to the Westfjords, the Eastern and North-Eastern part of the country. There are two main factors that make it difficult to drive in winter; the roads are often packed with snow and therefore very slippery, and the weather and winter storms can be harsh which often makes the view on the road quite difficult. For people that have always lived in conditions where winter never comes and those who never see snow on their roads, this is extremely hard and should not be underestimated when choosing a car for hire. It can be very difficult to drive a car on a slippery icy road, even for those who are used to those conditions. It can also be very dangerous as it is not uncommon for people to lose control of the car in such conditions. If you are planning a trip to Iceland, you should really and seriously consider the difference between the seasons and what each season entails. You almost need a particular reason if you want to travel the ring road or some other popular scenic routes in winter. There is a considerable difference in viewing the natural wonders in winter and in summer. So you must have a reason to travel in the wintertime. Like if you want to take photos during winter where everything is covered with snow, or you want to take advantage of the low light during winter. Icelanders themselves never travel the country during winter except to go skiing in Akureyri or on some of the better slopes in the northern region. And if for some reason you prefer to travel the country in winter you should definitely always follow the weather and you should rent a good mid size four wheel car with winter tires, preferably with snow spikes to enhance your security.
Tours and things to do in Reykjavík Iceland
Find an interesting tour in Reykjavík. A tour in Reykjavík or a day-tour to nearby natural wonders, a scenic drive or an adventure tour if you are ready for action.
Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting? This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders. And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn.
Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland. It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides. It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the Regions in Iceland that offers an impressive scenic drive, many exciting attractions and natural wonders. At the end is the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the landscape and dominating the view with its mystical power. A power sensed by many locals and visitors alike and inspired literary giants like Jules Verne and our Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxnes.
3 persons minimum
Explore one of the most exciting places in the Icelandic highland in a super jeep day tour from Reykjavík. Experience the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains, visit a beautiful waterfall, meet Hekla the active volcano and take a dip in the most famous geothermal pool in Iceland.
This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water. This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.