Iceland Information & Frequently Asked Questions
How cold does it get?
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland isn’t as cold as it sounds. Temperatures are moderate year-round. In the winter, temperatures may be just below 32°F and in the fall, spring and summer, can range from 40 to 60°F
How should I dress?
In the summer, light clothing is often all you need – but always be prepared for both cold and wet weather at all times of the year. The weather can change on a dime. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes.” Layers are always important – in the fall and spring (and even summer just in case!) We recommend base thermal layers as a base, then pants or jeans, a warm jacket or coat, and warm hat, scarf or balaclava. Also recommended is a water and wind resistant outer layer (jacket and pants) and warm shoes or boots that can get wet. For winter, appropriate winter boots and winter outer layer for activities like show shoeing. Outfitters are available in the main square of Akureyri for any items you may forget or realize you need.
Finally, always bring a bathing suit, whatever time of the year you visit. Bathing in the geothermally heated pools and backyard Jacuzzis is a favorite Icelandic pastime, whether to to gather with friends or to gaze at the stunning northern lights overhead.
When is it daylight in Iceland?
Summer visitors arrive to a bright midnight sun sky. The sun barely sets in the summer and at the peak of summer it is round-the-clock in the north. Starting September, fall and winter guests will find the evenings growing longer with only a few hours of daylight during mid-winter (December / January). The sun increases against the winter whites February – April, as spring arrives growing into fairly even nights and days before summer.
What is the food like?
Contrary to popular belief, the food in Iceland is abundant and delicious. The cafe where we’ll have most of our lunches and dinners typically offers two fresh soups, fresh breads, a salad bar and hot entrees at every meal. Locally grown potatoes, fresh-caught white fish and the famous Icelandic lamb rotate on the menu as well.
Icelandic farmers take pride in their connection to the land, and many of the dishes that guests enjoy are made with locally grown, farm-to-table ingredients. Iceland has amazing greenhouses, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the food which includes vegetarian and vegan options. Should you wish to venture out on your own, Akureyri is home to several cafe’s, coffee houses, juice bars, wine bars, and several other more formal restaurants for a special night on the town. Reykjavik, where we often spend the last night of our visit, is a foodie’s paradise with plenty of nightlife.
What are the accommodation like?
The shared apartments are some of the nicest in Akureyri. They feature modern design, central temperature control, comfortable beds with down comforters, full kitchens and common living areas, and natural, pristine drinking water straight out of the tap. Piping hot water for the showers and Jacuzzi’s is tapped from below, heated by the earth itself. An array of common breakfast items, fruit, coffee and selection of teas are also provided. The apartments are just a 10-12 minute walk to the town center, where we’ll have many of our meals together.
We love Iceland for so many reasons!
Uniquely situated on a mid-oceanic ridge, the geology of Iceland known as “the land of fire and ice.” It is home to several volcanos and glaciers which have, over time, carved an epic landscape unlike any other in the world. Breathtaking mountains, dramatic waterfalls, turf homes, rolling farms and hills, natural geothermic springs, local wildlife, and of course the Northern Lights await discovery.
Just as unique are the Icelandic people, who proudly share a deep connection to the land, their native language, and traditional folklore. On our tours led by knowledgeable, local guides dedicated to preserving the wonder and integrity of the island, you will get the insider’s view of geological formations, Icelandic history, secret waterfalls, and legends of trolls and elves that inhabit this storied land.
The main square of Akureyri is home to several locally owned shops selling outdoor gear, garments made of Icelandic wool, an artisan co-op, clothing shops, and bookstores. It is also home to a number of bars and clubs featuring live local music. The capital city of Reykjavic is both welcoming and cosmopolitan, and home to some stunning architecture, artist workshops, fine dining, and nightlife.