(Closed) Anyone been to Iceland…when it's cold?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my co-worker just got married there on July 1st…. he LOVED it…

Post # 6
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We were there last Oct/Nov.  The excursions are expensive but if you can afford to do a couple of them, I recommend it.  We rented a car and saw Thingvellir, Gulfoss, Geysir, and basically drove around the golden circle.  There’s a public pool in Reykjavik that I can’t remember the name of, but that was really nice.  It’s inexpensive and the spas are heated by natural means… they have several of different temperatures so it was fun to try them out.  

The weather was really hit and miss, some days were honestly just horrible, others were okay.  We did a couple of whale watching tours and just saw a couple of dolphins – it’s not really a great time of year for that due to migration patterns, so I wouldn’t waste your money on those excursions.  We also never saw the northern lights once.  Their appearance depends on certain activity within the layers of the atmosphere, and the activity level was 3-4 on a scale of 1-10 the entire time we were there which means nothing visible.  If activity is high, the best time to see them is between 1-2am.

Also, on the weekends the locals love to go out and party.  The streets get super crowded with lots of young people bar hopping, and the next day there’s trash everywhere so be prepared for that, though the city does a good job of getting it cleaned up a day later.  There are also restaurants that serve puffin meat and minke whale meat… I had a huge moral issue with that and stayed away from places that served it, so just something to be aware of if it’ll bother you.

Post # 8
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

How long will you be there?

I’d really recommend renting a car and doing your own thing. The tour buses really rush people, and you have so little freedom to explore! We did 2 weeks there summer 2011, and it was amazing! We rented a car and circled the country. The floating ice bergs in the south of the country, glacier hikes, the volcanoes in the north central, and the western fjords were my favorites. The Blue Lagoon can easily be done on your way to/from the airport – don’t waste a full day on it. It’s cool, but so much of what Iceland is all about is the vast and spectacular interior/nature areas.

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