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Dec 6th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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Iceland for New Years?

Most of the info I've seen on Iceland is about visiting in summer but my wife and I and some friends are contemplating a 5 day trip around New Years this year. We all ski so we could spend time at a ski resort and of course hot springs and northern lights are a draw as well.

We are wondering if we are crazy to contemplate this trip. Are tourist facilities open in the winter? Is there enough daylight to see anything of the island at that time of year? Has anyone had experience visiting in winter?

Thanks in advance for any info,

John
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Dec 6th, 2011, 09:38 AM
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On New Years day you will have about 4.5 of daylight, about half of that is more like a twilight.

As far as tourist things are concerned, winter is the season for culture such as symmphony concerts, opera, ballet and also night life. There are tours to many of the tourist spots e.g., geysers, waterfalls, etc but public transportation outside of cities is sharply curtailed. An of course, there is always the Blue Lagoon.
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Dec 6th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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here's a link to a website about skiing all over the world and what it has to say about skiing in Iceland:

http://www.onthesnow.co.uk/iceland/profile.html

i agree with basingstoke that your outdoor activities may be curtailed by a lack of daylight. why not try the Icelandic tourist board to se what they suggest?
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