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Important information about Winter Tours

Important Information about Winter Tours

Daylight in Iceland

During the winter time and in particularly the shorter days in December and January our guides must keep to a very tight schedule to make the most of each tour. Sometimes certain stops will seem quite short but this is necessary so you can see each sight during daylight whenever possible. But each cloud has a silver lining, so the longer hours of darkness mean, that there is a better chance to see the Northern Lights once it’s dark!  

 

Weather in Iceland

Icelandic weather is infamously changeable. The road conditions can deteriorate really fast, which requires careful driving. On top of this, the ice and snow situation is always different around tour attractions so your Guide must make on-the- spot safety assessments. It is your Guide's responsibility to advise all customers about what is possible at each location. You must follow all instructions given by your Guide as this is in your best interest and ensures  your own safety and the safety of your companions.  

 

Car Fleet

Our fleet consists of minibuses and super jeeps which are suitable for Icelandic weather conditions. Our priority is to get you between places (which can actually be huge challenge during the Icelandic winter) in a fun and enjoyable. We prefer smaller tour groups as this gives us the chance to offer excellent and personal service.  

 

Disclaimer

All guests participating in Glacier activities do so at their own risk. Although “Made By Iceland” takes all necessary precautions to ensure guests´ safety during all activities, the company cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or damage arising from negligence or failure to follow a Guide´s instructions during the tour. By purchasing a Made By Iceland tour you agree to follow all instructions when asked to do so by your Guide. Occasionally glacier hikes and/or ice caving tours can be cancelled due to poor weather and/or other safety reasons. If an activity is cancelled we will try to replace it with another one when possible, and refund the cost of the cancelled part of the tour.  

 

Ice Caves in Iceland

Going into an ice cave in Iceland is something you probably only experience once in your lifetime. It is truly amazing but due to its popularity and the rarity of the caves they usually get quite busy in the short time they are open during the year. Every winter the ice caves form in the glaciers in Iceland and they melt away in the summer. Conditions have to be perfect for it to be safe to enter these unique wonders of nature. To be on the safe side, the caving part of the tour will be cancelled if circumstances are not right.

 

How to dress for Icelandic winter 

The weather in Iceland is very changeable and winters can be very cold. We also get a lot of rain and snow and some very strong winds at times. It is very important to dress accordingly so you can enjoy your tour and be safe.  

  • Hiking boots (over the ankle)*
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm hat, gloves and scarf
  • Wool or fleece sweater
  • Thermal base layers (preferably wool, no cotton)
  • DON’T wear jeans or sneakers / trainers or other types of sports shoes.

 

Note

Good hiking boots are needed for most of our tours. If you do not have a pair, then you can rent them from us. Please state your shoe size when booking your tour.

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