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Winter in Iceland is an excellent season to explore. The days are certainly shorter, but that just means more time to hunt for the northern lights. From snowmobiling to horseback riding, there is something for everyone. Here are our top winter activities in Iceland.
Visit an Ice Cave or Go Glacier Hiking
Winter is a great season to hike on a glacier with an expert guide who will share fascinating facts as you explore. Or venture inside an ice cave and marvel at the colors and textures of the ice. These unique structures actually grow and change according to seasonal weather conditions.
Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull–the volcano-glacier that erupted in 2010–is one of the best winter activities in Iceland. Zoom across the snowy glacier while you experience incredible views of Iceland’s south coast.
Ride a Horse
One of the world’s oldest and purest breeds, the Icelandic horse makes the perfect companion for novices and children. Ride through lava meadows, explore volcanic terrain and enjoy expansive views of the mountains, coast and countryside.
Drive a Buggy
Buggy tours are a unique and exciting way to enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty. Traverse remote parts of the countryside and experience Iceland’s stunning landscape up close. Feel the wind in your hair as you drive across a black sand beach or beside hidden waterfalls.
Visit an Ancient Cave
Hotel Rangá is located minutes from several mysterious caves in the town of Hella. Tour the caves with a local guide and learn the theories behind the caves’ creation. Explore underground and ponder how Iceland’s early inhabitants might have lived.
Soak in a Hot Spring
Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit on your trip to Hotel Rangá–south Iceland is home to amazing natural hot springs like Landmannalaugar and Reykjadalur valley. Or grab a glass of wine and soak in one of our geothermal heated hot tubs overlooking the beautiful Rangá River.
Take a Super Jeep Tour
Winter is a wonderful season to visit Iceland’s highland interior on a super jeep tour. Visit remarkable locations like the Þórsmörk nature reserve or Landmannalaugar–a stunning geothermal valley bordered by colorful mountains.
There is no better way to see Iceland’s fantastic landscape than from above. A helicopter can pick you up outside Hotel Rangá’s front door and take you on the ride of a lifetime over mighty volcanoes, ancient glaciers and powerful rivers.What’s more, our guests can even book a ride on Iceland’s first electric aircraft.
Guided Day Tours
Experience the best of south Iceland by taking a day tour with a local guide. Go off the beaten path and explore hidden waterfalls, majestic mountains and beautiful black sand beaches. Your guide’s expert knowledge will ensure that your trip is unforgettable.