March in Iceland is an interesting time of year. Locals here often joke about how it’s a time of year where we get ‘false spring.’ This is when the weather warms up for a week or two making us all think winter is over.
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However, usually just as we’ve started to get used to the new temperatures and excited about how soon we can break out those shorts, the snow falls again.
This makes March unique if you’re travelling here because it often gives you one last chance to do many of the winter activities available in Iceland. So if you’re looking for the magic of winter this March, we’ve put together a list of tours filled with some of the experiences Iceland has to offer that you won’t want to miss.
Snorkel between Continents in Silfra
See an aquatic world like no other in this incredible geological excursion. Iceland is a hotbed of volcanic and tectonic activity. What you might not know is that in Iceland you can swim between two tectonic plates.
The incredibly beautiful Silfra Fissure lies between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, and entering this watery world provides visions few have ever seen. Silfra lies within Þingvellir National Park and is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland.
You are provided with dry suits to ensure your comfort and a safety briefing from an experienced divemaster. Despite the time of year, Silfra’s waters remain a consistent 2°C, which is quite comfortable with the assistance of the equipment provided that gives optimal thermal protection.
As an added bonus, you can have your picture taken by a GoPro while you snorkel. The souvenir of your swim through the cathedral-like tectonic plates will be available straight after the tour, via email.
Ice caving tour from Vik in South Iceland
March is one of the last months of the year to get inside an ice cave, because after the weather starts to get warmer, and our beautiful ice caves are inaccessible until next winter.
In the peaceful town of Vík on Iceland’s south coast, you will board a Super Jeep and venture to one of Iceland’s 13 glaciers. This specific tour is a fast-tracked one, perfect for visitors who want to see ice cave beauty but are a little short on time.
On your way to the ice cave, you will take in the breathtaking beauty of the South Coast’s rugged mountains and picture-perfect shorelines.
Upon arrival at the glacier area, you will be fitted for all the necessary ice exploring gear, then head up to the ice.
Once inside the ice cave, prepare for a mind-blowing experience. These intricate sculptures are naturally forming, and each one is as individual as a fingerprint. Your guide is armed with expert knowledge of how these natural phenomena are created and know precisely where the best photo spots are.
Once you have finished your expedition, you will be returned to Vík via the comfort of a Super Jeep, ready to unwind in the peaceful town or continue on your journey.
Skaftafell Glacier Hike
Have you ever wanted to feel like an Arctic Explorer? This tour takes you to a place few on this planet can say they have been, the top of a glacier. The setting for this tour is the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull on Iceland’s south coast.
Vatnajökull covers 8% of Iceland’s total land mass, and you will be getting up close and personal with this ancient giant. Climbing a glacier is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
Equipped with all you need to take on the icy elements, you will be lead by your guide as you scale the ice cap. On your journey, you will gain an insight into the continually changing landscape of Iceland.
Once you reach the top, you will witness views that demand the attention of any camera. You will stand on top of the ice sheets as their whites, and blues swirl and dance. The crisp, fresh, clean air pairs with the serene panoramic views. The experience can only be described as feeling like you’re on top of the world.
Northern Lights by minibus
You can finally see this BuzzFeed celebrity in person. The Northern lights are synonymous with Iceland, and nothing compares to the magic of seeing them in person.
This cosy tour keeps groups smaller, making it feel extra special. You’re picked up from your accommodation and travel in comfort through the Icelandic countryside. Your guide is filled with a wealth of knowledge about how the lights come to be and where are the best places to see them.
Arriving at your hunting ground, you will be greeted by the peace and serenity of the Icelandic countryside, with the absence of light pollution. Your eyes will then be upward as you wait for the green ribbons to dance before you.
Northern lights hunt by super jeep with a photographer
If you want to level up your Northern Lights experience, you could try this tour. Travelling in style and comfort, you will be able to take in the scenery in this 4×4 built to handle Iceland’s harsh terrain.
The Super Jeep is unmatched in comfort and perfect if you’re looking for a real ‘treat yourself’ experience. The smaller size of the vehicle also means that your guide can take you places large buses can’t.
The smaller group will give the experience a more private feel, and the added benefit of an experienced photographer means that when the northern lights start dazzling in the sky, you will get the best possible snapshot as a souvenir and let’s face it, to make your friends back home jealous.