“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!”

1st November 2020
Arctic Fox in Þórsmörk valley/ Picture taken by Jallen.

November is here –referred to Ýlir according to the old Norse traditions.  It is the second so called month of winter and traditionally begins in the fifth week or around about the 20th to the 27th of November.  This is then taken over by Mörsugu in late December.  To quote Snorri-Edda´s saga, : „From the equinox of autumn until the sun sets when it rises, winter will be the same day.  It continues into the spring months and until summer arrives and back to autumn again.”  From the middle of November until the end of January the daylight is only about 4 – 6 hours.

Fostinn & Stella in Þórsmörk Valley. Picture taken by Tomas Tonon

A very popular topic in Iceland is the weather – understandably as it affects our daily lives with great fanfare in the forms of blizzards in winter and 24 hours of sunshine in the winter.  There are many instances of snow in May and June!  We therefore have many words to describe snow …. snjór, snær, hjarn, mjöll, fönn, lausamjöll, nýsnævi, krap, snjókoma, bylur, drífa, él, fannkoma, fjúk, hraglandi, hríð, kafald, kóf, ofanbylur, skafrenningur, snjómugga, hundslappadrífa  to name a few 😉

November in Iceland is a special and wonderous time.  Winter has arrived and so manynew activities are waiting to be enjoyed and partaken in.  The “busy-ness” of Christmas is still a month away.  Many of the lowlands are still snow-free and the mountains and glaciers thick with fresh new snow and so it makes an ideal time to still travel relatively easily around Iceland.   Care still needs to be taken as roads will be slippery at times – the air is crisper and winter coats, hats, gloves and warm woolly scarves become best friends!

In November the amount of daylight really starts to become noticeable – at the beginning of the month, we have about 8 hours of good daylight. By month end, we are down to about 5 – something that travellers need to keep in mind when planning trips.  The temperatures drop rapidly as well, often adding a very “fresh” wind chill as we get more storms and winds from the cold Arctic.  The average temperature is 4°C /40 F – our advice to you is dress warm friends, dress warm!  Layers are also a good idea as we often get snow, rain and fog in the same hour – as the famous saying goes, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!”

Winter time activities and the new adventures awaiting you are very broad: super jeep tours, hiking, relaxing in geothermal pools cocooned in warmth.  There are many activities that are possible throughout the year leaving you with unforgettable memories and your adrenaline coursing through your body.  Glacier hiking and ice climbing gets you up close and personal with the majestic Icelandic nature.  Glacier hiking has really become popular in the last few years.  All hiking tours are operated by very experienced mountain guides whose top priority is your safety.  No experience is needed and you can choose a tour depending on difficulty levels….so strap on your crampons and be ready for anything!  This activity is a lot of fun, suitable for all levels of experience with our guides.  Glacier hiking and ice climbing is available all year round and is based out of Sólheimajökull, a tongue of the massive Mýrdalsjökull- glacier.

Of course then there is snowmobiling  Iceland has many glaciers and  snowmobiling is a breathtaking way of seeing their vast beauty – an opportunity not to be missed! It is weather dependent but we provide all the right gear. Difficult to find a better way to experience the tranquility of Icelandic nature and to escape the hustle and bustle of busy lives….swopping instead for a snowmobile ride on a glacier! The only thing required for these tours is a valid drivers license and a desire for adventure. We will provide snowsuits, gloves, helmets and boots.  During the winter months, we advise that you dress for the weather.  Each tour is anything from 1 to 3 hours depending on what you are looking for.

Snowmobiling tour on Eyjafjallajökull / Picture taken by Magnus Thoroddsen

Now for some very exciting news….

It is always a cause for celebration for a company to achieve it´s projected goals and make a profit…especially in 2020 which has been a year of extreme hardship for companies around the entire globe.

To be successful and achieve these goals, many strict conditions need to be met. A vital part of the success is linked to high achieving staff that the company feels will help them attain the success they are looking for.  The company including the staff, needs to be able to withstand the extra pressures and stresses when the market itself is under extra pressure and stress.

Creditinfo conducts annual analyses of Icelandic companies and their operations and based on the outcome, awards are offered to those companies who have met their criteria.  These awards also help towards building a stronger credit foundation in the companies and it is therefore a very desirable goal to strive towards and achieve.

Companies therefore need to be stable and show a progressive and steady profit and above all conduct themselves in a professional manner. To be considered an outstanding company, many standards need to be met.

Southcoast Adventure ehf has recently received recognition for their operations in 2020 from Viðskiptablaðið and Keldun here in Iceland.  A notable achievement as only 2% of companies achieve that list annually. The conditions that needed to be met are similar to those of Creditinfo. 

As mentioned before, staff play a vital role in the success of a company.  Southcoast Adventure ehf are very proud of our achievements and our growth in satisfaction, experience as well as providing an excellent service to our clients.

We hope that you are enjoying our monthly blog posts….we wish you all well and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Our warmest regards

Southcoast Adventure team