If you want to experience a real Nordic winter, visit Iceland in February. There is just something about the darkness, the harsh weather conditions and the atmosphere that makes it different from other months. Reykjavík wakes up from it’s Christmas hangover with numerous events happening during the month of February, with the Winter Lights Festival kicking it off. It’s also rumoured to be the best month to see the Northern Lights. Ten points for that. Here is a list of what keeps us going during the coldest, and shortest, month of the year!
FESTIVALS IN FEBRUARY
WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL
The Winter Lights Festival will be held for the 18th time in Reykjavík this coming February. It’s an annual event celebrating the winter and the slowly growing sun light after a long period of darkness. The program offers a unique mixture of art and industry, environment and history, sports and culture with participation of the major museums, geothermal pools and ski resorts and provides entertainment for Reykjavík’s locals and guests alike.
CELEBRATE ICELANDIC FOOD TRADITIONS
February holds a series of interesting, Icelandic, food traditions. Have a taste of Þorramatur, an old custom left behind by the Norse pagan tradition, but still interesting and luscious. You’ve probably heard about some of the traditional Icelandic food; sheep’s head, fermented shark and dried fish. Doesn’t sound too appetising does it? But there are some good bites in there. Dried fish is one of my favourites, and the slices of smoked lamb, called Hangikjöt, is delicious on flat bread. February 13th is the day of bean stew and salted meat, known as Sprengidagur, or Bursting Day. February 16th marks Bolludagur, or cream puff day. Personal favourite of mine. Make your way to the nearest bakery and choose one (or more!) from the many incredible flavours! Finally something that we can all agree is delicious!
THE ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL
It was on March 1st, 1989 when a 74 year old prohibition was lifted off Iceland’s back; The infamous beer ban. KEX hostel hosts a celebratory Beer Festival with some of the most exciting breweries both local and foreign.
TOURS TO LOOK INTO DOING IN FEBRUARY
GO ON A GLACIER ADVENTURE
February is most often the coldest month out of the year in Iceland, giving great conditions for glacier and ice cave exploration as well as Northern Lights sighting. Join us for a tour that can allow you to tick off all the incredible things the South Coast can offer; majestic waterfalls, black sand beaches with it’s big and powerful waves, incredible gorges, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach as well as a glacier hike and ice cave. Our two day tour also leaves a window for Northern Lights in the evening.
Looking forward to see you this coming February!
Hi I’m Dagný Björg, a twenty-something Reykjavík-dweller, mother, designer and freelance journalist who loves getting lost in nature, coffee and easy Sunday mornings.