I was in Northern Iceland to visit the north. Not the north of Iceland but the North from Game of Thrones. As a Game of Thrones junkie, I was excited to visit the locations I’d seen on screen. There was one minor problem: Game of Thrones films all its frozen scenes north of the wall in Iceland…..in the winter.
Few destinations seem as appropriate for a winter vacation as Iceland and discovering the land of fire and ice is a completely different experience during the colder months. But before you set out to explore the icy wilderness, here are a few travel tips for Iceland in winter.
A sprawling wilderness of narrow fjords, steep rocky peaks and glacial passes, where herds of wild reindeer roam the hills, roads tunnel through the cliffs and vast woodlands blanket the valleys, visiting Iceland’s East Fjords feels like traveling to the end of the earth and if you’re looking to get off-the-beaten-track, there’s nowhere more appealing.
Sculpted from volcanic activity more than 10 million years ago, Iceland’s West Fjords are the country’s oldest landmass and remain one of its most visually stunning regions – an expanse of snow-capped mountains, soaring sea cliffs and glacial passes encircled by fjords. With difficult-to-navigate terrain and an abundance of 4WD-only tracks, the remote West Fjords are all-too-often left off tourist itineraries, but the adventurous few who do venture out west will find plenty of opportunities to get off-the-beaten-track.
Increasingly, campervans are becoming a popular way to see Iceland. Driving the Ring Road that encircles Iceland has long been a common activity for visitors and with so many beautiful landscapes to explore, the freedom of a campervan is enticing. Campgrounds are plentiful and, unless a sign tells you otherwise, you can wild camp just […]
Since merging with the northern Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and Skaftafell National Park in the southwest back in 2008, Vatnajökull National Park has become not only Iceland’s largest National Park, but the second largest in Europe, encompassing the entire Vatnajökull glacier (Europe’s largest glacier). A striking landscape of glacial lakes, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, this is one of the best places for hiking in Iceland, as well as offering plenty of options for glacier walking, ice climbing and boat trips.