With November rolling in, we bid farewell to the days of the Midnight Sun, green meadows and clear blue skies, but instead, we are rewarded with pearly-white snowfall, stunning frozen caves, and the luminescent glow of the Northern Lights.
See Also: Iceland in November
Visitors to Iceland will be overjoyed at the knowledge that a whole host of new winter tours are now available across the country, and below you’ll find our top picks of things to do this November.
Ice Cave Tour by Vatnajokull Glacier | Departure from Jokulsarlon
When it comes to seasonal authenticity, there can be no better tour option that is venturing deep into one of Iceland’s newly formed ice caves.
This particular tour is the highest rated ice caving tour on the market and an excellent choice for travellers hoping to confront Vatnajökull glaciers in all its forms.
For one, you depart from the famed lagoon, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can admire the breathtaking aesthetic found there, complete with enormous icebergs floating on a clear body of water, resident seals, and unobstructed view of one of Vatnajökull’s outlet glaciers.
Upon beginning the tour, you will be driven up Vatnajökull glacier, where you will undertake a short, picturesque hike toward the ice cave itself.
Then there is nothing left but to enter the glittering cave and admire its light shades of blues, deep sinkholes and fey corners.
Husky Dog Sledding | Akureyri, North Iceland
The late US comedian, George Carlin, once joked “What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job.” Well, as right as he often was, it would seem that, in this case, he missed the mark… a husky’s job could not be more active!
And, oh, what a fun vocation dog sledding is! This is a fantastic option for both adventure seekers and animal lovers visiting Akureyri, Iceland’s unofficial “Capital of the North”.
With immense strength, incredible speed and a penchant for teamwork, Siberian Huskies are wonderfully natured animals and offer a truly unique means of discovering this most beautiful of northern regions.
As your sled picks up speed, the landscape rushing by, you’ll quickly realise its a difficult question as to who is having more fun—you or the dogs?
After the tour itself, you will have an opportunity to thank the dogs in person, offering them a well-deserved belly rub, and you are of course welcome to take selfies with the kennels’ latest additions, adorable young puppies still too bouncy and juvenile to pull a sled.
Snowmobile Tour on Myrdalsjokull Glacier | South Iceland
Snowmobiling is the perfect balance between heart-thumping adrenaline and memorable sightseeing, especially when it takes place on the majestic Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s southernmost glacier.
Beneath this 250-metre thick ice sheet hides the 10-kilometre wide caldera of Katla, one of Iceland’s biggest volcanoes, only adding further excitement to this wintertime adventure.
Don’t worry, all of Iceland’s volcanoes are highly monitored, and we will know in advance if one is about to erupt. However, that does not take anything away from this experience; you are still riding a snowmobile on a glacier which sits on top of an active volcano!
Those who are a little afraid to steer can ride as passengers, while others will relish the chance to take control of the throttle and zoom out onto that great white expanse.
West Coast & Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Lava Caving & Northern Lights Hunting | 2 Day Tour
This 2-day tour is quite arguably the optimum method of exploring Iceland’s stunning western regions, including the famed Snaefellsnes Peninsula (known as “Iceland in Miniature” due to its variety of natural attractions).
This tour truly has it all, from Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, to black sand beaches, expansive lava fields, domineering cliff faces and cascading waterfalls—the very best of Iceland’s west all contained into a single life-changing trip.
It also includes a subterranean voyage into an 8000-year-old lava tube, known as Vatnshellir, and offers you the opportunity to grab your very own snapshot of Iceland’s most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, now famous for its role as the ‘mountain like an arrowhead’ from HBO’s Game of Thrones fantasy series.
To further exemplify just why this tour hits the jackpot, your evening will be spent scouring the skies for any sign of the dazzling Northern Lights, a phenomenon known for its sheer magnificence, and a staple on visitors’ bucket lists.