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ICELAND IN FEBRUARY 2022

How is Iceland in February?

What is there to do in the winter and most importantly … How crazy is the weather!?

Enjoy my local guide to Iceland in February.

Basically,

Everything you’ll need to know to ensure an unforgettable time in Iceland during winter.

Let's dive in!

Egill Fannar
Egill Fannar
Last updated: April 28, 2020

WEATHER IN ICELAND IN FEBRUARY

February is one of the coldest months in Iceland.

but thankfully …

it’s not one the darkest!

Here, we have an average sunrise around 10:20 am and sunset at 5:20 PM.

This is something that us Icelanders celebrate, it’s a big improvement from the 3 hour daylight we have in December.

The average temperature in Iceland in February is 32° fahrenheit (0°C).

February is also the month of the year where Iceland tends to have the most amount of snowfall.

average temperature and weather in Iceland during february

AERIAL VIEW OF ICELAND DURING WINTER:

AERIAL VIEW OF ICELAND DURING WINTER

Fun fact:

The Reykjavik Pond (located in downtown Reykjavik) usually freezes over during February.

During the summer time, the pond will be a place for locals to bring their families and feed the birds and swans.

However,

When it freezes over – it’ll turn into something completely different:

The perfect place for Ice skating!

… or romantic walks.

Reykjavik pond frozen during february

NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND IN FEBRUARY

Here is a little Northern Lights motivation before reading any further…

If you’re wondering:

“Is it possible to see the Northern Lights in February?”

Absolutely!

In fact…

Thanks to the early sunset, February is one of the best months for a northern lights adventure!

Is also get asked a lot:

“Is it possible to see the northern lights in Reykjavik in February?”

Yes – but due to the light pollution, it’s very uncommon.

Your chances of really seeing them in all their glory is to get out of the city.

For that you’ll have two options:

Book a Northern Lights tour (recommended)

Rent a car & try to find them on your own

To safe you some time on searching for Northern Lights tours. This here is without a doubt the best one (great value & affordable as well, compared to others)

This blog post here will also really come in handy – If you’re planning on going on a self-drive northern lights hunt.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY 2020

THE ABSOLUTE BEST TOURS AND ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN ICELAND

You’re on your way to the incredible island of Iceland!

Why not create some truly unforgettable memories?

I always only recommend tours that I’ve tried myself and that I know are truly awesome.

But also tours that are great value for money.

… and tours that either take place in downtown Reykjavik or tours that offer convenient pick up and drop off from all (or most) hotels in the downtown area of Reykjavik.

That way – you’re free from the hassle of renting a car and the stress of driving and trying to navigate your way to the meeting location.

1. THE REYKJAVIK FOOD WALK

Icelandic food tasting on Reykjavik Food Tour

This is the single best thing to do in Reykjavik

…in both my opinion and 3000+ other travelers on Trip Advisor.

If you do one thing in Reykjavik … do this tour (trust me).

The delicious Reykjavik Food Tour is a 3 hour walking tour through Reykjavik with a local. You’ll learn useful tips and fun stories about the city while visiting the best local restaurants and hidden gems to enjoy some of the very best Icelandic food available.

You will taste one of the very best home made Icelandic ice creams I have ever tasted in my life, get home made lamb soup, fresh catch of the day, the famous Icelandic hot dog, local cheese and so, so, so much more!

Personally, I think the Reykjavik Food tour is one of the single most funnest ways to explore and get to know Reykjavik first hand.

Cost:

Duration:

3 hours

Reviews:

The Reykjavik Food Walk is currently rated as the #1 activity to do in Reykjavik on Trip Advisor with over 2.600+ 5 star reviews. (read the reviews).

Pro tip:

If possible, try to fit this tour in the beginning of your trip (preferably the first day) since you’ll really get to know the Reykjavik area in this tour. (fun stories, local tips & where to go – and not to go)

You can find more information and/or secure your spot on the Reykjavik Food Walk here.

2. EXPLORE WATERFALLS & HIKE A GLACIER

glacier hike on solheimajokull glacier

You’ve made your way all the way to Iceland

… why not explore the majestic Solheimajökull glacier?

it’s truly an awesome experience.

This is a perfect activity for travelers that want to do something different, see some incredible sights and create fun memories!

You can find more information and/or secure your spot on a glacier hike & waterfall tour here.

3. GO SNOWMOBILING ON A GLACIER!

Snowmobiling tour on langjökull glacier

This is the perfect activity for all adventure/thrill seekers!

Instead of hiking on a glacier – you’ll be traveling high speed on a powerful snowmobile!

P.S.

Bring your GoPro if you have one!

Most of the helmets have mounts where you can attach your GoPro to capture some fun footage to show your friends back home. (It’s a great way to make friends and family members jealous of your super cool trip to Iceland.)

Just kidding, but really – bring a camera if you have one!

Pros:

  • A lot of fun
  • Great way to explore the Icelandic glaciers
  • Cool scenery that you’ll see on your way driving to the glacier

Cons:

  • 7 hours duration (The glacier is located approx. 1.5 hours from Reykjavik. So it will take a while to get there.)
  • Pricey (This is one of the more expensive tours that I’m recommending on the list. But it’s still worth it in my opinion, if you take into account the amount of fun you’ll have.)

Find our best Snowmobile tour here!

4. EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THE SOUTH COAST

frozen seljalandsfoss waterfall during february

I can not say enough great things about this wonderful tour.

It’s in my opinion – one of the best ‘see it all / do it all’ tour if you want to explore as much as possible in on day.

You’ll visit my two favourite waterfalls in Iceland (Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss.)

Not only that, but you’ll also explore the absolutely stunning black sand beach – it’s really something else!

You can check out and secure your spots on my most recommend south coast tour here.

5. GOLDEN CIRCLE

Gullfoss waterfall during winter in Iceland

If you’re been doing your research on things to do in Iceland.

Then chances are that you’ve seen the phrase ‘Golden Circle’ pop up.

It’s a driving tour outside of Reykjavik that combines three fantastic sightseeing spots:

  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir
  • Þingvellir national park

It’s a full day activity of sightseeing and fun.

You can check out my favorite Golden Circle tour here.

6. VISIT NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

Travelers enjoying Secret lagoon natural hot spring

This is as awesome as it sounds.

One of my favorite things to do in Iceland is to gather my closest friends and embark on a natural hot spring journey.

This activity is extra nice during winter time since there is really nothing that beats relaxing in a warm hot spring in the cold winter weather.

You can check out my natural hot spring guide here.

7. VISIT THE BLUE LAGOON

Blue lagoon

Some consider this as a very touristy thing to do.

It might be – but I still really enjoy it.

Tickets to the Blue Lagoon can be on the pricier side but it’ll definitely be a memorable experience.

Pro tip:

Plan your trip to the Blue Lagoon at the beginning or end of your trip to Iceland. (i.e. go there directly from the airport when you arrive – or when you’re on your way to the airport on last day.)

The reason for this is that the Blue Lagoon is only 10 minutes away from the airport. This can save quite a bit of time – but also money on your transfers since your combining the airport & blue lagoon transfer into one.

The best place to buy Blue Lagoon tickets or on their website.

8. EXPLORE REYKJAVIK

arial shot of reykjavik

Reykjavik gets dark during winter time.

But the snow here in February really brightens the city up.

I would definitely take an evening to explore the wonderful area of downtown Reykjavik.

It’s a small area – filled with art, churches, cute coffee shops and great restaurants and bars.

Also you might not know…

Iceland is super safe. We have one of the lowest crime rates in the world and there aren’t any ‘bad neighborhoods or areas’ to avoid.

9. GO ON A NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE

northern lights in iceland in february

The photo above says it all.

I definitely think it’s a must to attempt to see the magical northern lights if you’re visiting Iceland during the winter time.

The northern lights tour that I recommend is great for a few reasons:

  • You won’t need to rent a car
  • It’s a small group experience (non touristy)
  • You get hot chocolate and biscuits on the tour (yummy)
  • You can get a refund or reschedule if you don’t see the lights
  • The tour has weather experts that monitor the best spots for each particular night with the highest chance of seeing the lights

You can check out my favorite northern lights tour here.

EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

1. SÓNAR MUSIC FESTIVAL

DATE: _ FEBRUARY (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

If you are in Iceland during February and are really into some sweet electronic music, then you’re truly in for a treat!

February is the month when we host the magnificent Sónar musical festival!

Sónar is really making its way to become one of the biggest music events in Iceland so don’t let the opportunity to attend to this dance fiesta slip away!

Worldwide artists visit the island and perform on the stages of Harpa for whole three nights, is there any better way to work off these cold winter evenings?

Exact dates in February are to be announced. It’s possible to sign up for the waiting list on the Sónar website.

Sónar musical festival

From Sonar 2019. Photo: Reykjavik Review

2. WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL

DATE: 6-9th FEBRUARY

From February 6-9th , the Reykjavik Winter Lights festival will be held for the 18th time.

The Reykjavik Winter Lights festival is a a captivating four-day festival in Reykjavik where creativity with bright lights are at focus point. This festival is truly welcomed after months of dark skies!

Here, every single museum, art gallery and event has something unique going on, with the yearly snowboarding event on Arnarhóll and swimming pool parties and yoga!

Hallgrimkirkja during winter lights festival

Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavik Winter Festival

3. VALENTINES DAY IN ICELAND

DATE: 14th OF FEBRUARY

Icelanders don’t celebrate Valentines day as intensively as Americans but I’d still like to put this suggestion on the list because Iceland is a very romantic destination for sure!

Especially when it comes to restaurant scene here.

Even though it’s a small country, we do know a thing or two when it comes to running a restaurant and serving yummy foods!

If you are in Iceland during Valentines, why not head to the Blue Lagoon for a romantic date or head out to the south coast for a romantic getaway?

blue lagoon in iceland

The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

4. NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN ICELAND

DATE: 24th OF FEBRUARY

Like mentioned before, we don’t celebrate Valentines day too much. Instead, we like to celebrate “Men’s day ” and “Women’s day “instead!

While we do of course celebrate the love for each other, we also like to dedicate a whole day for the women in our lives.

So, if you are in Iceland during February, mark 24th of February as that is the Women’s day here in Iceland!

The Icelandic male goes out of the way to show how much they appreciate the women in their lives.

Not only their spouses, but their moms, sisters, coworkers, friends and grandmothers too!

So if you are here on the 24th, treat your woman! For the boys however- your special day is in January!

THANK YOU!

If you’re made it this far …

then you’ve read my entire local guide to visiting Iceland in February.

VUHU! congratulations!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed it and that it comes in handy!

Please feel free to drop me a comment below if you have any questions.

It would also mean the absolute world to me if you’d share this on your social media or with your travel buddies :)

Safe travels friends!

Your friend in Reykjavik,

Egill :)