Can I go around Iceland in winter time?


I want to rent a car and drive around Iceland in winter time with the road 1. Is that possible and save to do that in winter ?


I don’t recommend you choose self drive in winter time,because Iceland always snowing in the winter time,so that the road also have snow and ice due to low temperature ,it’s difficult to control the car,even though No.1 road ,unless you have much experience of driving on snow road,other wise will be possibility to happen car’s better you choose local tour,because the local tour driver used to drive in this situation,it will be keep safe for you traveling in Iceland.


The south, sure. South Iceland is fine in winter, but I’d really not recommend driving in the east of the north west. You can drive to Akureyri in winter, but maybe not around the Tröllaskagi. If you’ve never driven in snow, I’d just recommend you come in summer instead :stuck_out_tongue:


It is not only the heavy snow you have to worry about, but the winds can also be fierce. A strong gust of wind can blow a car off the road, and there are certain roads that Icelanders try to avoid when it is really windy out. Just listen to the advice of the locals and you’ll be fine.

If you do get a car, make sure it is a 4WD manual car. It is the best thing for the wintertime here in Iceland. People driving 2WD or automatic in the city sometimes get in troubles due to snow. So if you are planning on leaving the city, get a 4WD Jeep/SUV manual.

I think you should be safe in the south of Iceland and also the west.
There are some beautiful attractions there. You can check out the winter self-drive tours here.

You can travel the whole south coast to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. On the way, there are some stunning sites such as the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. I just read a blog where a woman was wondering whether Skógafoss was more beautiful in the summer or the winter. I am sure this is the same for so many attractions in Iceland. Here is the blog

The cool thing about Icelandic winters is that they are really dark. The sun only comes up for a few hours each day. My favourite thing is to get a remote cabin somewhere and chill in the hot tub surrounded by darkness.

The nights can be a bit spooky. There is a horror film festival in Akranes, in East Iceland held in late October or early November. They have screenings in an abandoned factory, how creepy is that?!?! If you are a horror fan, it is perfect on long dark Icelandic nights. Check it out here

So, if you do get a car, make sure you listen to every advice you are given. It breaks our hearts every time we hear of a car accident (or death) that could have been avoided because people weren’t careful. They maybe went out driving in conditions they couldn’t handle, in conditions in which Icelanders know that nobody should go out.


Yes, You can go around Iceland in the winter time.


No, I have not gone to Iceland in the winter time.


Not so advisable with all the snow and winter storms, unless people are very flexible with time.


I agree that it is not advisable to drive in the East, North East and Westfjords in winter as the conditions can be very poor and you would do better to enjoy your holiday without the stress.

If you do get a car and you will be travelling in the countryside, I would say the most important thing about the car you get is to request studded tires. These are tires with nails in them and this gives you a much better grip on the road.

Car rental companies offer rentals with studded tires & by Icelandic law, in the winter months all cars are on winter tires or all-year round tires. Whether or not you receive your car with studded tires is based on availability so it’s often best to get in touch with the rental company a couple of days before you’re due to arrive to make your request.

Wherever you choose to travel in the winter months, always check the road conditions on these websites:

You can check the conditions on the road and check for road closures which can be common in Iceland - do not disregard this information.

If you get stuck in the snow, the cost for a tow starts at 50,000 ISK (and if you are in a very remote location you will be charged per km) and this is not covered in roadside assistance plans and insurance packages. If you get stuck on a closed road, chances are, the local mechanic/tow-truck driver will not be able to get to you either so be safe and informed!