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Travel to Iceland will give you the chance to meet amazing people, to see remarkable landscapes and one of a kind natural features, and to spend a great deal of time outdoors. It may also make you colder than you've ever felt, so if you don't have a great deal of winter gear or experience in cold weather, choose your time of year with care.

Time of Year

Winter in Iceland runs from October through April. Days will be short, and the Northern Lights can be beautiful. However, if you don't have a lot of experience with snow and cold, be sure you connect with people who have learned to function in a hard winter so you're not surprised or dismayed by the temperatures you have to face. Walking and hiking in Iceland will be remarkable, but walking and hiking on ice and snow is a skill that takes time. Exposure to continuous sub zero temperatures can mean that your lashes will freeze and your skin will be chapped and dry. No matter what time of year you go to Iceland, you'll want to bring a jacket or coat. It’s recommended to wear something heavier for the sub zero winter temperatures and pack something lighter for the summer months.

Places to Go Hiking

The terrain of Iceland is beautiful. Every hike you take will be completely worth the effort. The only worry is that some of the terrain can be tough, so be sure to bring sturdy gear and to be ready to work hard on some trails. Be sure to layer up and to protect your skin, and remember to bring sunglasses or snow goggles as the reflection off the snow can be tough on your eyes. It's a good idea to put on a light layer of rain gear and wind protection to keep you warm as you climb higher. For a long hike, try the Laugavegur Trek. Beginning mountaineers might enjoy a two- or three-hour trip up Mt. Esja.

Try to Visit on the Shoulder Seasons

Iceland is a popular destination in the summer, which means jostling through crowds and dealing with packs of tourists everywhere you try to go. Instead, try going in September and October. You’ll be able to enjoy fewer people competing for attractions, as well as stunning autumn beauty and maybe even some Northern Lights thrown in as a treat. 

Your trip to Iceland is sure to be unforgettable, but make sure that it’s unforgettable for the right reasons. If you're going in winter, invest in the gear you'll need to stay safe and warm. Always pack at least a light jacket, and do your best to protect your skin from drying out.

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