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How to Survive Winter in Iceland Like a Local

Picture of Camille Buckley
Updated: 24 November 2017
Iceland is synonymous with winter. The winter in Iceland can be challenging, especially for those visiting from warmer climes. While winter does come with the magical Aurora Borealis to keep you mesmerised in the dark, winter nights, here are some other tips to help you cope with the cold.

After generations of coping with cold winters – which last from roughly October to April, with a hazy period of autumn and spring at either end– Icelanders have some expert tips to ensure your survival.

Head to the swimming pool

The public geothermal swimming pools dotted around Reykjavik are your best friend during the long, winter months. Open from very early in the morning until late in the evening, giving you ample time before and after work, a daily routine of hot and cold hydrotherapy will help your skin feel fresh, your muscles relaxed, and your mind calm. An added benefit is the communal bonding with friends and neighbours – a very important part of surviving the sometimes monotonous days of winter. If you can manage to get out of the city and visit a natural hotpot, even better. Some of the swimming pools offer a sunlamp in the common area, which can be great for battling winter depression. Alternatively, try winter swimming in the sea.

Swimming is a great way to get the blood pumping