Winter activities under the Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland is an incredible country to visit no matter what time of year. The country boasts some of the best winter activities in the world, from thrilling snowmobile rides, glacial hiking to skiing holidays; all set to the backdrop of the Northern Lights.

One of the most popular winter activities in Iceland is glacier hiking. As the country’s name will tell you, Iceland has various icecaps waiting to be explored. Why not climb the Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue, transversing between different glacial formations or ice climbing at the Solheimajokull glacier, learning the ropes and discovering Iceland’s magical landscape for yourself.

For the adrenaline junkie in you, snowmobile tours will prove to be the best outdoor winter activity. Snowmobile tours will allow you to mix adventure with sightseeing, whilst tackling ice and snow with speeds up to 40mph.

Iceland also boasts some beautiful ski resorts and ski areas for you to enjoy some incredible skiing and snowboarding. The Hlidarfjall ski resort, located in the capital of the north, Akureyri, is one of Iceland’s most popular resorts and caters for beginners through to upper intermediates. There are many cross-country skiing trails and walking routes within the resort’s limits, as well as the Kjarnaskogur forest area. The resort is open from 10th November 2010.

Certainly the most concrete reason to experience any winter activity in Iceland over other popular destinations is the frequency of Northern Light activity during the winter. This is due to the intensity of the Northern Lights being affected by an 11-year solar cycle, for which the cycle is reaching its peak between 2011 and 2013 within the Northern Hemisphere.

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