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Iceland in January
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on April 28, 2022 Share on

Iceland in January – Gorgeous Vacation Awaits!

Who doesn’t love gorgeous landscapes and unique travel experiences? Iceland fulfils every expectation of its visitors without letting them down. The land of ice and fire is a mesmerising dream destination for many people. Iceland in January is a great time to explore this amazing country because of fewer crowds, budget-friendly stays and airfares, fun winter activities and delicious winter food. Before going on this exciting adventure scroll down and read all the necessary information that might help you. 

Weather in Iceland – January 

January is a winter month making it a great opportunity for travellers to explore Iceland without any crowd, budget airfares, offer thrilling winter activities and so much more. The average temperature here is around -1°C (31°F). The temperature can go up to 3°C (37°F) and can be as low as -3°C (27°F) but the winds may be very cold. Also, it is very rare that temperatures drop below -10°C (14°F) in January. Almost everyone has a misconception about Iceland that it is extremely cold in January but thanks to the Gulf Stream’s water making winter a bit mild than expected. Get ready to explore as much snow as you want as it snows a lot in January.

Also read – Iceland in July – Weather, Places to Visit, Festivals and Hiking Places.

Iceland in January
Source – Pixabay

What to Pack for Iceland in January

  • Warm clothes and layers
  • Waterproof clothes as it might sleet, hail or rain
  • Good and comfortable shoes such as hiking boots
  • Warm layers under the clothes such as thermal underwear
  • Wool sweater
  • Windproof clothes
  • Wool socks
  • Warm hat and scarf
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuit if you wish to visit warm swimming pools or hot springs
 

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Places to Visit in Iceland in January 

1. Reykjavik

It is the capital city of Iceland steeped in Viking history, culture, traditions and the magical northern lights. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one must definitely visit it. Besides history and culture, the city also offers some splendid landscapes and strange food items (Give them a try). 

  • Places to visit
    • Hallgrímskirkja
    • Perlan
    • Reykjavík Art Museum
    • The Settlement Exhibition
    • Icelandic Phallological Museum
    • Harpan
    • Sun Voyager
    • National Museum of Iceland

Also read – 10 Best Day Trips From Reykjavik That You Should Not Miss At All!

2. Jökulsárlón

Plenty of tourists are attracted to this amazing destination in Iceland. Jökulsárlón has also been the destination for popular movies including The James Bond films, Tomb Raider and so on. You can also explore free-flowing icebergs, go on lagoon tours, and so much more. 

  • Places to visit
    • Diamond Beach
    • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Fjallsárlón
    • Breiðárlón
    • Þórbergssetur
Jökulsárlón
Source – Pixabay

3. Vik

Vik is a small village in Iceland offering incredible and breathtaking natural wonders to its visitors. This alluring place even houses the most popular black sand beach of Reynisfjara where plenty of movies and series have been shot. In conclusion, do not forget to add Vik to your itinerary and explore something wonderful.

  • Places to visit
    • Reynisdrangar
    • Reynisfjara Beach
    • Dyrhólaey
    • Icelandic Lava Show
    • The Perfect Circle, Made By Iceland
    • Vik I Myrdal Church
    • Vík Swimming Pool
    • Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara
    • Voyage Vik / Voyages Friendship Statue
    • Hálsanefshellir Cave
    • Dyrhólaey Viewpoint
    • Black Sand Beach Vik
    • Skaftfellingur Museum
    • Kirkjufjara Beach
    • Dyrhólaey Lighthouse
    • Arnardrangur

Also read – 10 Things to Do in Vik, Iceland For a Dreamy Vacation

4. Húsavík

Húsavík is mainly known for the best whale-watching opportunities on the island but in summers. This destination also offers great attractions to visit and delicious local food at restaurants. You won’t find any difficulty in finding accommodation as there are many nice and budget-friendly hotels, cabins and hostels to stay in.

  • Places to visit
    • Geosea – Geothermal Sea Baths
    • Húsavík Whale Museum
    • Puffin Island
    • Húsavík Mountain
    • Botnsvatn
    • Exploration Museum
    • Húsavík Wooden Church
    • Whale watching
    • Æðarfossar
    • Húsavík Lighthouse
    • Húsavík Museum
    • Húsavíkurfjall
Iceland in January
Source – Pixabay

5. Seydisfjordur

From thrilling outdoor activities to luxurious dining options Seydisfjordur has it all. You can add this lovely destination to your itinerary and explore a lot with your loved ones. Moreover, visit stunning museums, go shopping or participate in cultural events. In conclusion, everything here is worth visiting and giving a try.  

  • Places to visit
    • Gufu waterfall
    • Bjólfur
    • Skaftfell – Centre for Visual Art
    • Skálanes
    • Fjarðará
    • Vestdalsvatn
    • Stafdalur Ski Station
    • Seyðisfjarðarkirkja
    • Vestdalur
    • Monument to Þorbjörn Arnoddsson

Also read – Iceland in June – A Pocket Guide to a Splendid Iceland Vacation

Things to do in Iceland in January

  • Visit a beautiful natural ice cave
  • Relax in the geothermal pool 
  • Participate in thrilling adventure sports such as snowmobiling, etc
  • Snorkelling between the two tectonic plates at Silfra with the help of dry suits
  • Trekking across Europe’s largest Glaciers and witnessing some mind-blowing views
  • Watch the mesmerising Northern Lights
  • Drive along the magnificent Ring Road
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park,
  • Admire the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Visit museums at Reykjavik 
  • Walk along an unusual and popular beach – Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Go on the tasty Reykjavík Food Tour 
  • Discover the famous Golden Circle and don’t forget to click a lot of pictures

Also read – 10 Unique Things to Do in Iceland – Every Traveller’s Wish!

Iceland in January
Source – Pixabay

Major Festivals in Iceland in January 

DatesFestivals
1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
6 JanuaryThe thirteenth day of Christmas is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks in Iceland
25–29 JanuaryDark Music Days, Reykjavík (contemporary music festival)
28 January- 6 FebruaryReykjavík International Games
Mid-January–mid-February​Þorri (old Norse calendar)
Iceland in January
Source – Pixabay

Frequently Asked Questions For Iceland in January 

What is the temperature in Iceland in January?

The average temperature in Iceland in January is around -1°C (31°F). January is a winter month making a great opportunity for travellers to explore Iceland without any crowd, with great airfares, offering thrilling winter activities and so much more. 

What should I do in Iceland in January?

There are plenty of things to do in Iceland to have a memorable vacation-
1. Relax in the geothermal pool 
2. Participate in thrilling adventure sports such as snowmobiling, etc
3. Snorkelling between the two tectonic plates at Silfra with the help of dry suits
4. Trekking across Europe’s largest Glaciers and witnessing some mind-blowing views
5. Watch the mesmerising Northern Lights
6. Drive along the magnificent Ring Road

Which places should I visit in Iceland in January to have a great trip?

You can visit Reykjavik, Vik and Seydisfjordur to have a great trip without getting bored.

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