Relaxing in steaming hot waters whilst appreciating the natural beauty of southwest Iceland is on the wish list of many avid travellers. Iceland has a lot of thermal activity and natural occurring hot springs. It is a way of life for the locals to chill out at their local hot pool and catch up on the local gossip. Some of the hot pools are hidden and very rugged whilst others are more commercial places. However if you are visiting Iceland in the middle of winter, not all of the hot pools are accessible. Harsh weather conditions can make it almost impossible to reach some of the sites and the vast amount of snow and rain can cause the water to be too cool for pleasant swimming. Alternatively, if there is too much thermal activity occurring the water can be boiling hot and not safe to swim in.
A winter road trip through Iceland is a special way to spend Christmas. We purchased a map of the south and west coasts, rented a four wheel drive and away we went on our winter road trip through Iceland. Admittedly we were cautious about battling extreme weather conditions as well as maximising the four hours of sunlight each day. But the beauty of Iceland is breathtaking. From its mountainous terrain and peaks covered in fluffy white snow, to its violent waterfalls and boiling geysers. Iceland is horrendously expensive but it is a once in a lifetime adventure and winter proved to be an especially magical time to visit.