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It has been rather cold in Iceland! Usually the November is the time when Icelanders start to get ready for winter. We get a glimpse of the winter cold and some snow but usually we get some milder days in between as well. Sort of to give everybody a warning: Winter is approaching... get ready! But not this year. By middle of November we were hit with a Siberian type of winter spell – no forewarnings – temperatures dropped accompanied with lots of snow. Even Reykjavík was hit with an unusual early snowy and winter spell – right in time for the lightning of the Christmas decorations downtown.
Every year around this time you will see announcements by the Ornithological Society to not forget the small birds and many people put out corn for them to pick during the harsh winter days.
Inside the houses we enjoy the long evenings with candlelight, board games and of course Christmas preparations. The Leaf bread Laufabrauð and Christmas cookies are prepared and in many households people come together for crafting such as knitting and sometimes Advent Wreahts are made from fresh evergreen branches.
Christmas markets are opening, the most popular one in Hafnarfjörður, a beautiful historical town right outside of Reykjavík. Some of the ski slopes might be opening to give everybody a touch of looking forward to the skiing season. The many local geothermal pools are visited to enjoy a hot steaming bath underneath the starry sky and northern lights. And Jólahlaðborðin, the Christmas Buffet Season starts end of November as well. Because during winter we just need those extra calories.... 😉
Please check out our Self – drive Cottage Adventure in South Iceland. We offer several cottages in South Iceland that sleep up to 6 adults, all of them situated within the famous Golden Circle. Some of them have their own private geothermal hot tub and are in close distance to the famous Secret Lagoon, a natural geothermal bathing spring. All the cottages are situated on a farm so far away from the light pollution of the big towns and going for a horse ride or a hiking tour right from the door steps is a perfect addition to your Icelandic adventure!
If you don´t feel comforatable with driving in winter conditions ask us for a private guided tour for your party! Including dogsledding, glacier adventures and the hot steaming natural bathing springs!
Enjoy the Winter season!
(Photos by Meike, Steinunn and Andy )