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Iceland in February, love it or hate it?

What would a trip to Iceland in February look like? Answer: lovely, unforgettable, thrilling, something to tell the grandkids. 

Beyond the romanticization of the experience, a trip to Iceland in February can be memorable. The weather is not so harsh anymore, the daylight is increasing day by day, the 

Northern Lights still dance on the night sky and Iceland is as beautiful as always. 

February is the month of love all over the world and you can also celebrate it here in Iceland. There is no secret that people come to Iceland to get engaged or to marry. What other unique place can you choose for your big day if not the black sand beaches, the majestic waterfalls, the northern lights or the out of the world landscape? 

The experience in Iceland will be more beautiful if you want to celebrate a special event. Or you can make a special event out of visiting Iceland, everything is up to you. 

Let’s see what you can do and see in Iceland in February.

Celebrating Þorrablót, the mid-winter festival with the locals

Þorrablót is the mid-winter festival that begins in mid-January (22nd) and ends in mid-February (20th). 

The name of the mid-winter celebration comes from the Þorri which many says is derived from the name of the Norwegian King Thorri Snærsson or the old Nordic religious God Thor the God of Thunder.

In Icelandic tradition, Þorri was portrayed as a powerful man with a merciless character epitome for the Icelandic winter. 

During this celebration, people are eating þorramatur. þorramatur include the famous rotten shark’s meat (hákarl), boiled sheep’s head, (svið), cured rolls of lamb flank, congealed sheep’s blood wrapped in a ram’s stomach (blóðmör).

More about Þorrablót festival you can read on our blog Þorrablót, the mid-winter festival in Iceland.

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Enjoying the polar days

The days are getting longer in February so you have more time for sightseeing. But the sunrise and sunset are still the best parts of the day because of their astonishing colours. 

Also, you will enjoy those polar days if you are a photographer because of the long golden hours.

Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash

Exploring an Ice Cave

The cold season is the best one for exploring the icy part of Iceland, especially the ones under the glaciers. Exploring a Blue Ice Cave is one of those activities and I can guarantee that is something you will never forget. Plan and book in advance your tour at the Blue Ice Cave as many people come to Iceland during winter and want to explore the ice caves.

You can pair the Blue Ice Cave tour with a glacier hiking tour. You can choose a tour either on Vatnajökull which is the largest glacier in Europe or you can hike on Mýrdalsjökull located north from Vík í Mýrdal town.

Hunting the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

There is a higher chance to see the Northern lights in February because the weather is milder, there are not so many storms, the sky is clearer and this is an important condition when you want to “hunt” them. 

So if you are travelling to Iceland during February, take many layers of warm clothes with you because during your stay you will most probably be outside in the cold chasing the Northern lights. It is not a thing to miss, right?

Pssst, the Northern Lights has witnessed many engagements and at the same time has offered the best views for such a special moment. 

Photo by Julentto Photography on Unsplash

Experiencing a dog-sledging tour

A dog-sledging tour will be the cutest part of your trip. Our furry friends here in Iceland are ready to give you a memorable experience. There are also many other activities that are COOLer during the winter: snowmobile tour, enjoying a geothermal bath, enjoying museum exhibitions.

Reykjavik International Games

According to the official website of Reykjavik International Games, the event is “is a major sports festival where 15-20 individual sports are competed in. Most of the competition takes place in Laugardalur and its surroundings. The competition is divided into two competition weekends, but a conference is also part of the program.”

This year the competition is at its fifteenth edition and it is held from January 29 to February 6, 2022.

If you are a fan of sports and want to participate or compete at the Reykjavik International Games then you have to come to Iceland in January. Check their website for more information. 

*At the moment of writing this blog, the information about the admission pass or tickets are not available, but if you are interested you can check their official website Reykjavik International Games

Photo source: rig.is

Reykjavik Winter Lights Festival

To celebrate de growing daylight and the winter period, every year in February they are organising in Reykjavik the Winter Lights Festival. This year the festival will take place on the 4th-7th of February.

There will be light installations lighted up every festival evening between 7-10 pm. The festival takes place in the city centre of Reykjavik and there is a walk-path you can follow. 

More information about the festival you will find on the official website of the event, Winter Lights Festival.

Photo source: Winter Lights Festival Reykjavik

Art in the Light festival in Seyðisfjörður

If you are going to travel to the Eastfjords at the beginning of February, on 11-13 February you will be able to see the Art in the Light festival in Seyðisfjörður. 

The festival is called List í Ljósi in Icelandic and as the Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, is celebrating the ‘return of the sun’ when the days are getting longer. List í Ljósi festival is an award-winning festival and during its period, the town of Seyðisfjörður is “welcomes a selection of international and national artists to illuminate the wild landscape with contemporary artworks, on a thrilling scale. 

Alongside the unique outdoor exhibition, this renowned, free festival attracts visitors and participants from across the globe to experience a program of international film screenings, performances, talks, panels and events to both generate and gather a creative community.” (List í Ljósi)

More information about this festival can be found on the official website List í Ljósi.

Photo source: Visitseydisfjordur.is

Bolludagur, sprengidagur and öskudagur

This is probably the best time to be in Iceland because the Icelanders are celebrating Bun day, Explosion day and Ash Wednesday and this year all these festive days are happening between the 28th of February and the 2nd of March. 

Bolludagur – Bun day

On this day Icelanders are eating pastries filled up with cream, jam and covered in chocolate. The buns are either homemade or bought from bakeries. Children are dressing up kinda like on Halloween and they made their own “bolluvöndur” which is a paper decorated wooden stick.

Sprengidagur – Explosion day

This day took its name from the fact that Icelanders are eating so much soup with vegetables, salted meat and lentils until they metaphorically “explode”. This is the last day before Lent. Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday and it is a religious-related period that is happening before Easter. 

Öskudagur – Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday children have the day off from school, they are dressing up and go from house to house or from shops to different companies to sing for treats. It is like an Icelandic Halloween. 

Photo source: Reykjavik Excursions

Explore the Land of Fire and Ice with your loved one

It is the month of Love and everyone wants to surprise their loved ones with something special. What can be more special than a trip to Iceland? Iceland is exotic in its cold ways and the experience will be memorable. 

Photo by Dmitry Schemelev on Unsplash
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