Complete Guide to Iceland in February

A wide-angle image of Jokulsarlon Lagoon in Iceland taken in February.

February is a magical time in Iceland. The beauty of sparkling snow-capped landscapes lingers. At the same time, there is an anticipation of spring as nature quietly rejuvenates under the frost. From taking a warm dip in a natural hot spring to stepping into a cosy cafe for some Icelandic delicacies, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. 


Did you know that February is a quiet month in terms of tourism in Iceland? This means you’ll be able to truly experience the tranquillity of Icelandic scenery. If you’re planning to visit Iceland in February, we have prepared a complete guide with all you need to know. 

Weather in February 

Precipitation in Iceland is quite high during February, and it can come in many forms such as rain, snow, and sleet. It is quite windy around this time of year, even by Icelandic standards, so storms and blizzards are not uncommon. 


Snow is more frequent in the northern parts of the country. As such, it is relatively colder and darker in this region. As for the rest of the country, there is abundant sunshine with temperatures averaging between -3 and +3°C (26-34° Fahrenheit), which is mild by Icelandic standards. 

Driving Conditions in February 

Icelandic roads are some of the most well-maintained in the world. However, driving conditions during the winter months can be harsh. Due to high precipitation and prolonged darkness, the likelihood of road hazards is relatively higher. 


You should be prepared to drive on countryside roads in difficult conditions. Rental car companies in Iceland usually provide studded tires which are best suited for driving in Iceland in winter. Nevertheless, you must always check weather and road conditions before your journey and be prepared to adapt accordingly.  

A humpback whale jumping in the waters of Iceland.

Things to do in Iceland in February 

February may be a quiet month for tourism, but that doesn’t mean there’s little to see and do. What it does mean, however, is that you can capitalise on the best things to do in Iceland in the winter. There are also many events that happen only around this time, so this is your chance to enjoy them.

1. Snowmobile on a Glacier 

Snowmobiling is an absolute blast in February! Nothing beats the thrill of driving a high-speed vehicle across glacial ice. Most snowmobiling tours begin from Reykjavík making them highly accessible. Plus, they usually cover ice caves meaning you get an added treat.

2. Go Whale Watching 

Adding a whale-watching tour to your February itinerary will allow you to observe the majestic aquatic life in Icelandic waters. Most sea creatures like dolphins stay throughout the winter season making it the best time of year to spot them. There are also minke whales who migrate early and then return in February.

3. Celebrate Valentine’s Day 

Valentine’s Day is becoming increasingly commercially popular in Iceland. Hotels and restaurants now offer Valentine’s Day packages which are perfect for adding to your February itinerary. Enjoy a romantic holiday under the Northern Lights and create some unforgettable memories with a loved one.

The colourful Northern Lights across the sky in Iceland.

4. Spot the Northern Lights in Iceland in February 

Dark skies and reduced cloud cover in February make it the ideal month for viewing the Aurora Borealis. To maximise your chances of spotting them, leave the light pollution of the city behind on a Northern Lights tour or a cruise.

5. Soak in a Hot Spring

You cannot miss dipping into a hot spring in the chilly winter weather. Iceland has several lagoons where you can put on a clay mask and enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of a geothermal pool. There are also swimming pools with hot tubs and outdoor heated pools in most Icelandic towns.

6. Enjoy the Winter Lights Festival

Every year on the first weekend of February there is a Winter Lights Festival in Iceland. It is a celebration of the beauty of winter and the increase in daylight. From sports and music to food and culture, there are several events taking place. And it all begins with the light switch in the city!


What to Wear in Iceland in February? 

If you’re planning to visit in February, you must pack plenty of layers to keep you warm in the Icelandic winter. These are some essentials you must have in your suitcase.

  • Woollen or fleece sweaters

  • Waterproof insulation jackets

  • Waterproof insulation trousers

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Thermal underwear

  • Warm gloves, scarf, and hat

  • Heated pads for toes and fingers

  • Swimwear and towels for hot springs

  • Face and lip moisturisers 

The Blue Lagoon in southern Iceland

Should You Visit Iceland in February?

Absolutely! February offers the best of both worlds in Iceland; you can enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling in the brilliant sunshine as well as witness the Northern Lights due to the prolonged darkness. Along with the peacefulness that comes from the lack of crowds, you can also observe the slow beginnings of spring. 


Ready to start planning your Iceland in February holiday? Discover comfort and sophistication at budget prices at our top hotels. Try Icelandic delicacies made from the freshest produce at the best  Reykjavík restaurants on your next Icelandic voyage.