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North Iceland in January is a winter wonderland. Here you will find good ski resorts, snowmobile tours, hot geothermal water and no better place to experience the Northern lights. 


Temp -2°C / 28.4F

Average high 1°C / 33.8F

Average low -6°C / 21.2F

Precipitation 55mm/day

Snow days 11

Daylight hours 4

What to expect

Midwinter, travelers should expect all weathers so please monitor the forecast closely as conditions can change rapidly. Warm and waterproof winter clothing is necessary. Daylight is sparse and travelers should consider that when planning their days. The chances of catching a glimpse of the Northern lights are good.

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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