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Winter Adventure with KuKu 

Yes you can for sure have a truly fantastic adventure during winter camping trip with KuKu Campers.  You do not have to give any discount on comfort as our campers do have overnight heater so you can be really comfy even though outside you have a blizzard as our campers have a dual batteries for this purposes.  The road conditions are gernerally pretty good as our amazing roard service guys keep the main roads open all year round and when you arrive we give you a extensive overview on travelling in winter and show you how the camper works.  You can easily take the full circle on road 1 during the winter.  Just remember to check the weather forcast, the road conditions and also ask around at the campsites and all of the information centers where the staff welcomes you with warm coffee and something interesting to see. 

There are more than enough campsites (even a Reykjavik campsite..!) open all year round and also most of our fabulus warm water swimming pools all around the country. You only have to remember that during mid winter the daylight is a bit limited so you must take that into consideration when planning how much you intend to cover each day.

All our campervans are ecquipped for winter drivng with studded tires and of course our all around the county road side assistance is open all year round.  

Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis in Iceland

The Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis, and Norðurljós in Icelandic, are one of the most spectacular shows on this earth and can frequently be seen in Iceland from September through March on clear and crisp nights. The Northern Lights occur high above the surface of the earth where the atmosphere has become extremely thin, at an altitude of 100-250 km. They are created by electrically charged particles that make the thin air shine, not unlike a fluorescent light. Auroras can be seen in auroral belts that form 20-25 degrees around the geomagnetic poles, both the north and the south.
The name Northern Lights was first chronicled in the original Old Norse, as “norðrljós”, in 1230; while the name Aurora Borealis (“Dawn of the North”) is jointly credited to have first been used by Galileo Galilei and Petrus Gassendus in the 17th century. Derived from Aurora, the Roman goddess of Dawn, and Boreas, the Greek god of the North Wind, the name evokes some of the majestic, otherworldly splendour of an auroral display. 
What causes this spectacular phenomenon, so characteristic of our northern skies here in Iceland? Well, it’s electricity that does it – and of course it all.
Here you can find the Northern Lights forecast

Warm baths in the Ice cold winter

Being outside in a bathing suit in the middle of Icelandic winter is one of many visitors favorite experience.  not only are you warm in the cold (contradiction in term) but usually there are few people around that gives you an opportunity to relax and listen to the winter silence while exploring the sky above.

There are both natural hot pots and the public swimming pools to be found all around the country.

Here you can find location of the bath that fits you travel schedule.

Weather in Iceland during winter

Iceland can be cold, windy, cloudy, rainy/snowy, and very unpredictable during winter.  You may know the saying “The only thing constant is change” ?  Well is could have been written about the Icelandic winter weather so make sure to follow closely the forecast and do ask around,  for example at the nearest information center.

To check the weather forecast click here

Road Conditions

Driving in Iceland during winter can be a challenge but if you just take care and drive according to the road condition you should be fine.  The main roads are serviced all year round and at the most they are partially closed down for few hours if there is bad snow blizzard.  You can travel all around the country except for the highlands that is close due to snow until late June.

For checking the road conditions you can click here

Days are short in the Icelandic winter

Our shortest day (December 21st) is only about 4 hours long so we recommend you take the limited daylight into your planning efforts and make sure you can get to place of planned overnight stay before dark.  We do recommend that you have a flash light as part of your luggage, you might need it!

Winter campsites in Iceland

Even though there are many campsites in Iceland, most of them are only open over the summer months but many are open all year round.  Here on the map below you can find some of them.
The services vary from a simple field where you can camp for the night ( note if you arrive at a closed campsite you are allowed to stay there for free but there will not be any service )  

 

                                 

A glimpse of winter camping

Winter conditions on gravel roads