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The Polar Bear’s Lair: A Trip to Iceland in Winter

The Polar Bear’s Lair: A Trip to Iceland in Winter

It’s the dead of winter, and you’re getting ready to embark on your long-awaited trip to Iceland. You already packed your sweaters and pants, your scarf and gloves, and your ticket home—now it’s time to research the places you want to visit in Reykjavik and beyond before you arrive! Although you know that Iceland gets its fair share of sun during the summer months, it’s easy to assume that winter in Iceland isn’t ideal for travelers. If you assume this, you’d be dead wrong!

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It’ll Hit You Hard
Theoretically discussing the cold and assuring oneself that nothing will go wrong is one thing. Sure, everything will be OK, but the unexpectedly cold temperature will hit you and you could even start to wonder why you ever bothered to travel to Iceland in the first place. It’s common to hear people remark things like, “I thought holidays were meant to be tranquil and restful.” You should be prepared for the conversation the cold will spark among your pals. And if you’re traveling as a group, it can be tricky not to feel like some are having more fun than others. When I visited Iceland with my friends during winter last year, I was the only one who didn’t bring enough clothing. I definitely felt left out when my friends and I would meet up at night by the fire drinking hot cocoa or other warm beverages. Still, it was worth it for me because this trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

But That’s Fine
You may still take full use of your trip. You’ll be pleased with how things turn out as long as you are conscious of the fact that you cannot disregard the cold and that you must dress appropriately. You’ll have the time of your life if you have faith that the experience isn’t focused on swimming, tanning, or sunbathing. There is so much more to do than just these activities, after all. So what about skiing? Hiking? The Northern Lights? And there are even some indoor activities for those times when the weather does not cooperate with outdoor activities.
As a final note, we would like to recommend taking a photo of yourself at the geothermal area (a spot near Reykjavik) so that you can post it online and let people know where you’ve been while they shiver back home.

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was go on a trip. The time had finally come for me, and my friends and I were set on going somewhere exciting this winter. We started looking at different places, but eventually we decided that Iceland would be the best place for us because it has never been below freezing there. When we booked our tickets, we were under the impression that when it was wintertime in America, it was also wintertime there. What we didn’t know is that the temperature changes so drastically between the months of November and February. While our plane touched down at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavík on November 12th, it was only two degrees outside!

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In order for us to get from the airport into Reykjavik, we had to take a bus and then a ferry. The bus ride was about an hour, and the ferry took about 45 minutes. We had been warned that it could be a long wait for the next boat, but luckily there were two boats leaving when we got there so our wait was only 15 minutes. Once we got on the boat, our first glimpse of Iceland was breathtaking. One side of the boat was out over the water, while the other side faced into a dark forest of sorts with snow-covered trees sticking up through the deep drifts like little islands. This is what people mean when they talk about a land of ice and fire. It seemed so unreal!

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