Winter has officially come to Iceland! Although the daylight hours are limited, the adventure level still runs high during those hours. And believe us, we utilize every single second for your adventure when you come to Vik Iceland for our 4×4 tour! As you have likely already figured out, the South of Iceland is the richest of landscape diversity. Every 5 minutes, your eyes will be overwhelmed by a stunning waterfall, beautifully shaped mountain, unique rock formation, or glaciers in the distance.
So when you start thinking about winter in Vik Iceland… What kind of tours get you the most excited? Today we would love to introduce you to the incredible things to do during winter time here in Iceland (and also bust any myths that you might think are available or easy accessed)!
Ice Cave Tour in Vik Iceland
This might be our favorite type of tour during this time of year because every year new ice caves are formed (because our glaciers are receding each year, not growing in length). The really amazing thing about our secret glacier area, is that there are multiple layers to the glacier so you see years of history coming out of the glacier. How exciting is that? You’ll feel like you’re part of Icelandic history!
You will witness black ice (from years of the black desert sand hitting it and freezing), you see pure white/clear ice (once the sand washes off) and the glimmer of blue ice (which is light reflecting). Our ice caves in Vik Iceland are many times not the glorious “blue ice” caves you see in the typical photos, but they offer more charm, history, and seclusion.
The ice caves our Vik Iceland based Katlatrack team will take you to offer a more private feel. We commit to not taking in large groups in to journey to the ice caves (whereas our competition in other ice cave areas will take in 30-50+ people at time) so you have a more intimate moment with the subglacial volcano. It’s our mission to provide the most memorable and intimate experience you have when you come to visit Iceland. So during our Ice Cave Tour in Vik Iceland, you will interact with a local guide educating you the home-grown geology, folklore stories, safety brief, and an unbelievable adventure into a natural ice cave!
Plus, our team is continuously scouting for new ice caves around our glacier so often times during our tours, we may see more than one! The ice caves may vary in size, texture and tone, but they will leave you impressed and totally connected with Vik Iceland for the rest of your lives! Feel free to grab a seat on one of our Ice Cave tours in Vik Iceland, HERE.
Super Jeep 4×4 Tour in Vik Iceland
There is something really unforgettable about buzzing through the snow in a 4×4 super jeep! You feel like a total badass, free, and a little high on adrenaline! So if you take our advice from our previous post of splurging on an extraordinary Offbeat Tour in Vik Iceland, you’ll never regret it! You’ll be able to go home and know you saw areas of Iceland the majority of the locals haven’t even seen! Think Hidden caves, a subglacial volcano (say what?!), tops of incredible mountains, and landscapes you’ve only seen in movies! Our “Under the Volcano” 4×4 super jeep tour from Vik Iceland would be a fantastic fit for you if you find yourself looking for just that! Feel free to grab a seat on the tour, HERE.
Frozen Waterfall Hunting in Iceland
Waterfalls are one of the most amazing natural wonder features we have in Iceland. And I’m proud to say that Southern Iceland is gushing with them! In winter, they sometimes freeze partially or fully making it a really unique photo opportunity! Fun Fact: Iceland is an island that boasts over 6,000 waterfalls and only 3,000 of them have names! Can you imagine finding a secret frozen waterfall with us and giving it a name you create!? We would love to take you on a custom private waterfall hunting adventure. Feel free to contact us HERE to find out more information on a custom winter 4×4 tour in Vik Iceland.
Caving in Vik Iceland
There are countless unique natural caves in Iceland that have been created by lava flow, glaciers receding, or the ocean retreating. During winter, they may need to be dug out a tiny bit, but that only adds to the adventure level, right?! We would love to put together a custom tour for you to experience some of Iceland’s natural caves. Contact us HERE for more information.
Game of Thrones Tours in Vik Iceland
Countless films and television shows have been filmed in Iceland and specifically the Southern part. In our local area of Vik Iceland there are many locations where Game of Thrones and several of the Star Wars movies were filmed. If you’re a fan, seeing the area in wintertime is quite the treat! Feel free to book one of our Custom Tours to delight in that once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Snowmobiling in Iceland
During wintertime in Iceland, there is an endless list of company’s doing snowmobiling tours. It can be a fun way to ride around on the landscape! Although we prefer to stay warm and cozy in our super jeeps, we understand some of you may love the wind blowing on your face!
This is one of the biggest myths about Icelandic wintertime I would like to “bust.” We are not a culture that ever required sleigh dogs. We only use our dogs for herding sheep. Many people assume since we are a Nordic country, dog sledding is part of our culture, but it’s not. There is only one company in the entire island doing dog sledding tours in Iceland. More often than not also if there is not a enough snow, they have the dogs run you on a wheeled sleigh, so it is NOT the traditional dog sledding experience I am sure you were hoping for. That said, we encourage you to do dog sledding tours in Greenland or Lapland =)
Northern Lights Hunting in Vik Iceland
Hunting for Northern Lights can sometimes be a daunting task… Why? Because it’s unpredictable. So booking a ticket to Iceland during our “Northern Lights” season (which is typically between October-March) does not guarantee you will see them, sorry! There are several variables in play here like the weather (it needs to be cold and a clear night), the sun (it needs to have emitted solar flares a day or two before) and the amount of nearby light (you want it to be DARK, no light pollution). But if you have several days to commit to the challenge your chances of seeing increase!
Glacier Walking / Ice Climbing
Hearing the crampons click onto the ice is one of my favorite sounds. It’s empowering and you’re one with the glacier all at the time same time. By coming onto the glacier (either by walking or ice climbing) you’re able to experience a viewpoint that is not only unique, but gives you perspective. More often than not you’ll leave the glacier feeling accomplished and inspired. We offer these tours by custom booking only, based on skill level and availability. Feel free to contact us HERE for more information on glacier walking / climbing in Vik Iceland.
So what Winter Tour will you choose in Vik Iceland? So many exciting options! Or if you choose to journey on your own to the tourist locations in Vik, please make sure you go back and read our wonderful blog post, “Driving in Iceland” for tips to keep you safe. We look forward to seeing you on one of our Adventure Tours in Vik Iceland!
Until next time,
Guðjon + Katlatrack Team