You may have heard rumours about Iceland in January behind dark, cold and all sorts of things, some which might be true and others speculations. However the fact is January in Iceland is one of its coldest and darkest months of the year, in a day, the sun can only shine for several hours and then it will be gone leaving behind icy roads and landscapes covered in meters of snow. It is one quiet month pf the island country because of the Christmas festivities that have just ended and the lull in tourism.
It may not be the easiest place to go over during this month but it requires you just a little bit of determination to have an excellent, immersive and intense winter holiday. The month being quieter means that tourists can have hours to hunt for the northern lights in the day enjoy the view of the beautiful wintery landscapes and go to places they want to see without worrying about overcrowding.
January in Iceland is all about making the most of the light hours available during the day and even though it might be cold, snowy and dark, January still has a wealth of things to do and several tours that stull run. Some of the tours are at their best in the depths of winter; there will be more exciting experiences than you would have thought possible. January has the most chances for tourists and the locals of catching the northern lights than even those coming to Iceland between September and April. Because there are only a few hours available of sunlight per day throughout the month, the sunrise and the sunset times can be seen below. As long as there is less light pollution around you, you can clearly see the aurora borealis from the city of Reykjavik and trust me, your experience will be much better, you should therefore get out of the capital and into the nature if you want to have a really good show of this wonderful and magical scenario.
Weather in Iceland in January
The capital of Reykjavik usually experience average temperatures of between 30 and 33 degrees Fahrenheit although it has been measured as low as -12 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a reasonable wet month with an average pf 88 mm of precipitation coming in every form. There is a likelihood of experiencing, rain, snow, wind, hail, and some sun in January in Iceland. Bearing in mind the above, you should consider packing water and windproof clothes and hiking shoes that can endure the weather when visiting.
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Travelling Iceland in January
When you want to arrange for tours to go on a search for the northern lights, buses and super jeeps are the best option because with these you can further into the nature and access places that other vehicles could not otherwise access. You can take a Northern Lights Cruise from the city and Akureryi to enjoy the auroras from the surface of the ocean. Another option is renting a car and driving yourself and your friends or companions for the search however you will have to make sure the aurora forecast is above a ‘3’ and inspect the cloud cover so you can find places that can give you the clearest view of the sky.
Renting a car however comes with several risks especially during this month, you should only do it if you are an experienced driver on icy country roads, be sure to rent only four wheel drives. If you are up to it, check the roads website to have a knowledge of the condition of driving will be because floods and avalanches could sometimes block roads.
Get yourself a package to get to see as much of Iceland as you can, you can go around the country and have the chance to see the East Fjords in a seven-day tour. A twelve-day package will of course give you more time to see more things such as the sites on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You will also explore ice caves and glaciers considering most are often open for hikers throughout the month of January to December. Hiking in January is the best time because it is in the depths of winter when the glaciers have gained an otherworldly beauty covered with fresh and electric blue ice that melts away with every coming spring.
In spite of the inclement and chill weather during the first month of the year in Iceland, you will always find many exciting winter activities and landscapes to stare at. With the benefit of having few other tourists clogging the sites, there will be ample time to watch the northern lights, a sight and many more you will reminisce over always.