My recollection is that there are a few Icelandic Dopers around, who I am hoping can give some advice: my wife and I are heading to Iceland at the end of January for a very short jaunt (4 nights*) to try to see some northern lights. We’ll be staying outside of Reykjavik in Husafell to try for the darkest night skies possible without being completely in the middle of nowhere. While we’re there, we’re planning to do a snowmobile glacier tour. Oh, and we’ll be stopping on the way at the Blue Lagoon - touristy, sure, but there’s nothing like a pampered, relaxing soak right after you get off a red-eye flight.
The question is: what else should we spend our days doing? We’ve been to Iceland once before in the summer and did most of the “usual” stuff already. We went as far north and west as the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and as far south as Vik and are not looking to drive that far this time. We did much of the Golden Circle, but are open to revisiting things if it’s better/much different in the winter. We might stop in Reykjavik for lunch on the way there/back, but don’t feel the need to spend much more time there. We’ll be renting a car.
Other things we should look at doing that are winter specific? Things that are within driving distance from Husafell, obviously. What are Icelanders doing for fun in January?
*Yes, I am aware this is a very narrow window and that chances of seeing good northern lights in such a short time is risky. Tough luck for us, that’s how much time we have, so we’re doing it anyway. Bucket list. Cross your fingers for us.