Top 6 Reasons To Choose Iceland For Your Northern Lights Holiday

By , October 15, 2011 9:56 am

The name Iceland is very misleading and makes the naturally lively island seem totally unbearable, (maybe because of the word “ice” in it) especially during mid-winter. There are sufficient reasons to choose Iceland as your top holiday destination especially during the months of December, January and February.

Contrary to popular belief, Iceland is not as cold as the name sounds. Average temperatures during Christmas season stay around 32 degrees Fahrenheit and don’t go any higher or lower than 2-3 degrees. In comparison, the temperature is pretty much close to that of New York or Amsterdam in December.

There’s a significant drop of visitors of almost fifty percent during winter season. The famous Blue Lagoon will only have a few visitors during this time of the year. Hotels are not over-crowded and you can effortlessly book a bus or a travel tour with less struggle and competition. Reykjavik is expected to be unaffected by this statistics, as it is always full of warm and friendly Icelanders all throughout the year.

The law of supply and demand tells us that tour operators during a major drop of visitors will most likely drop their prices too. Tour operators are expected to compete with each other and would chase after the few tourists during the winter months of December, January, and February. Further, Iceland has recently been listed as one of the best places to stay for your holiday vacation on a weak dollar.

Iceland is the perfect place to party all night during winter as the nights are six hours longer than usual. Icelanders are innately party-animals. Don’t be surprised to see people scattered all over the street of Laugavegur at around five in the morning. It is during this time of the day that the bars begin to close.

Of course, who would not want to see the northern lights in Iceland? Reykjavik is the top destination to see the best view of the enchanting aurora borealis. There’s no guarantee though you’d see the aurora in your first attempt, as it is quite elusive and playful. Whether you catch a glimpse of the northern lights or not, it’s still a win-win situation as Iceland offers the best starry skies possible.

Iceland is one part of the globe where the sun doesn’t soar above the horizon during winter. The sun only floats around the skies making the sunrise and sunset views in Iceland spectacular. The sunset lasts longer in Iceland than in places in lower latitudes. Professional photographers surely wouldn’t want to miss this great opportunity.



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