By Megan Millisky
One of the best times to visit Reykjavik, Iceland is during February. It’s the best time to see the Northern Lights! Many travelers swear that February is the best month to see lots of Reykjavik’s sights, such as glacier climbing or snorkeling. This February, adventure awaits you!
1. Winter Lights Festival
February 6-9 is one of the most magical times of the year in Reykjavik. Beautiful light installations decorate public buildings, including museums and concert halls. Readings, concerts, and shows take place across the city over the duration of the festival.
2. Food and Fun Festival
February 27-March 3, stop by the Food and Fun Festival. Professional chefs will be whipping up delicious cuisine! If you’re looking to taste authentic Icelandic food, this is the place to be!
3. Northern Lights Run
Take a fun run or walk through downtown Reykjavik! Run through the illuminated streets of Reykjavik. Runners get glowing merchandise so they can light up the street as they run. The fun run takes place on February 8.
Address: 43X6+G2 Reykjavík, Iceland
4. Visit Snaefellsnes
Snaefellsnes is often called “Iceland in Miniature,” and it’s a great place to travel year-round. It contains mountains, volcanoes, lava fields and beaches. Snaefellsnes is also known as one of the only parts of Iceland where there are orca sightings! Visitors can visit through February.
Address: Snæfellsnes Iceland
5. Northern Lights Bachata Festival
February 21-23, attend one of three parties over this awesome weekend of dance! Learn bachata dancing from professional teachers. Guests can buy passes for classes, or for energetic nightly dance parties.
Address: Skútuvogur 13a, Reykjavík, Iceland
6. Horseback Riding
It might feel cold to us, but Icelandic horses are used to low temperatures! Go for a horseback ride this February to explore the Icelandic wilderness in a new way. Riders will see the waterfalls, geysers, and more during the two-hour ride.
7. Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride
February 13-15, let your pride shine. Stop into a comedy show, play queer bingo, or even take a geothermal bath! There will also be parties at popular bars around town. Don’t miss the hottest pride festival in Reykjavik!
8. Northern Lights Cruise
February is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights! If you want a beautiful and memorable way to discover the natural phenomenon, take a cruise. Cruises guide you to the best areas to see the lights, all while you sip hot chocolate and take in the sights.
Address: Geirsgata 5c, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
9. Snorkeling in Silfra
It might sound crazy to go snorkeling in February - but it’s actually a great time to try it! Modern equipment makes it possible to snorkel even in frigid temperatures. Head to Silfra to swim through the crystal-clear Icelandic waters.
Address: Fiskislóð 31, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland