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Midwinter, travellers should expect all weathers so please monitor the forecast closely as conditions can change rapidly. North Iceland is a winter wonderland. In December the Icelandic Yule Lads welcome visitors in Dimmuborgir lava formations by Lake Mývatn. There are good options of hot geothermal baths in North Iceland, soaking in hot water on a cold winter day is not to be missed. The Christmas decorations brighten up the darkest days and the Northern lights may appear.  


Temp -2°C / 28.4F

Average high 1°C / 33.8F

Average low -5°C / 23F

Precipitation 53mm/day

Snow days 11

Daylight hours 3

What to expect

Warm and waterproof winter clothing is necessary. Daylight is sparse and travellers should consider that when planning their days. Winter solstice is between the 20th and 22nd December.

What to pack 

  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm layers (wool sweater, down/primaloft jacket, warm socks etc.)
  • Ice cleats/ice grips/anti-slip soles (even if you are only staying in town)
  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Sunglasses (during spring/summer it’s bright 24/7 and during winter the sun rises low an reflects from the snow, if there is any).
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat (toque/beanie)
  • Thermal underwear (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Waterproof hiking boots (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Warm socks (specifically for winter and highland travel/activities)
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-dry towel (for visiting pools and hot springs - towels are available for rent at swimming facilities)

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