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sonicsam
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Traveling to Iceland in late Feb

For those who have been, what kind of pants should I wear? Ski Pants? Hiking pants? No pants?

Average temps at that time of year is between 25 - 45 degrees

Any help is appreciated! Thanks in advance.



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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
Just got back yesterday.

If you're doing a glacier hike, you're going to need ski pants and gloves. Prepare for cold and wind, especially in the south coast.

For the remainder of the trip, I was fine in jeans and a coat. But if you're thinking of being outside at night for long periods of time trying to see the Northern Lights, then ski pants are helpful.

It was much colder than 25-45 over this past weekend. I would say the high was around 20 most days. But it is a beautiful country and I can't wait to go back.

Feel free to shoot any questions and if I can answer I will. We were in Selfoss, Vik, and Reykjavik, FWIW.
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Great, thanks a ton! I will definitely follow up with a few more questions I have


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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
I'll be laying over Saturday and Sunday and will post after I get back.

The forecast sucks arse (rain and snow) so it looks like no northern lights. From what I've read the wind is usually a bigger problem than the cold, the ocean keeps things close to freezing in the winter.

I'm going to try to drive the Golden Circle on Saturday. Sunday I'll probably have to stick around Reykjavik since snow is forecast.

I'm just planning on blue jeans and a good down coat, and a merino wool base, and cold weather hiking boots, and an umbrella.

Driving around the island for 10 days in the summer is on my bucket list.


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What places would you recommend in Reykjavik on a snowy day? I'll be staying a little over a mile west of the city center and probably will just walk in and see the sights on Sunday. The church for sure. Maybe a couple of museums. Maybe the whale boat since the winds won't be much. Restaurants aren't a big deal to me, probably hotdogs from what I've read. I've had genuine Icelandic seafood on Icelandair, half of it was .


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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
Go to Publc House for lunch. Really great tapas and the Puffin was insanely good. I wouldn’t trust Icelandic food based on an airplane. Here's the puffin:



Grab drinks at Apotek for happy hour. They are known for their cocktails and they are very good, but they’re about $25 regular price, and half off for happy hour. Here's one of the cocktails I had - it has dill-infused gin and it was extremely good:



You pretty much listed the other good stuff to do as far as museums and such. Just plan accordingly because you don’t have a ton of daylight to work with. Sun rises around 10:30am and sets around 4:30pm this time of year.

The hotdog stand makes for a great lunch.
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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
Trip reviw with pics?




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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
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The hotdog stand makes for a great lunch.


I wasn't a fan of their hotdogs.


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I’m not saying they are life changing hot dogs, but I thought they were better than most. And like a said, a great lunch because it’s not too filling.

Don’t worry HGG I’ll get to one for you.
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I think it was mostly the mustard, that stuff was horrible, but compared to prices in the restaurants it's a bargain.


AbitaFan08
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Hell I loved the mustard.

To each their own.


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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
Review is in the pinned thread, I went mid March.

Here are the pics.

LINK


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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
Did you rent a car or use the bus system to get around?

I'll be going for 12-14 days in August. Will likely land at KEF and then take an Air Iceland flight from the domestic airport up to Akureyri. It's about a 45 minute flight and the cost is the same as a one way car rental.

I'll be in the remote parts of the northern island for a week, but won't need a car. After my time there, I'll rent a car a make a tourist drive back to Reykjavik seeing the sights along the way.


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We rented a car, which I highly recommend doing.


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704Reb
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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
Will you be in Reykjavik much? Wife and I were there last in October, and went for a really fun dinner at Mikkeller & Friends. Good atmosphere, food, cozy with the cold weather. Bar upstairs and then more of a restaurant downstairs. Check it out.


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Tigris
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Go to Publc House for lunch. Really great tapas and the Puffin was insanely good


OK, I might have to do this one, thanks.

For winter travelers there is a site that shows the forecast level of aurora activity and the cloud cover. It's at:

Aurora Forecast

For those with a car this site explains and shows parking zones in the heart of Reykjavik.

Parking


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IllegalPete
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re: Traveling to Iceland in late Feb
This may be a stupid question, but why do people go to Iceland in the winter?

Isn't all of the "touristy" stuff still there in the summer?

Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/QC1ibd5gImY/maxresdefault.jpg


Image: https://blog.tripcreator.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ice-summer-1000x600.jpg


Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-GfZXuOF05U/maxresdefault.jpg


My brother just went for a week and said the weather was fricking awful. I asked why he went in January. He didn't really have an answer other than that is what his wife wanted.

(not trying to be a dick, just wondering what the winter draw is)
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Not sure about going in the middle of winter either. We’ll be there in April when it will be beginning to thaw.


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why do people go to Iceland in the winter?


Probably to see the northern lights as much as anything. I'm only doing it because Icelandair lets you lay over for no extra cost and I have meetings in Germany next week. So I'm spending the weekend in Iceland on the way over. They usually don't get too much snow in the winter and the ocean keeps them from getting much below freezing. But the lack of light kinda sucks. You're right; I wouldn't go in January for a vacation. They say March might be the best month for northern lights if that's something you have to see. It's warmer then and there's a lot more daylight but still plenty of dark too.


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AbitaFan08
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I’m looking forward to going in the summer, but when I was there last weekend it was incredible. I normally advocate to not go to the same destination more than once, but everywhere I’ve read recommends you go twice: once in the winter and once in the summer. It’s like two entirely different places. I’ll add pictures later.

And yes, the northern lights are also a big draw. We were unfortunately not lucky enough to see them on this trip, but you have to go knowing that is a possibility and enjoy everything the island has to offer. Just means we’ll have to go somewhere else next winter. Already looking into Norway or Finland.
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