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Winter activities | The Diamond Circle
Picture by greenzowie

Winter activities

Most people don’t even consider the Diamond Circle as a destination for a journey during the off season months, mostly in winter. Nothing could be more wrong! When the country is dressed in its natural white, snowy blanket, it shows a quite, dark and magic side, unknown in the bright summers. After all, this is Iceland, land of ice, isn’t it?

All the corners and the highlights of the Diamond look totally different. The waterfalls grow huge columns of ice and icicles that modify the shape itself, often making the waterfall more dramatic. The nature baths represent an even more exciting experience with a wind or snow storm (or both) raging outside the relaxing and warm waters. Moreover the geothermal areas and the lava fields, in such a condition, embody the stereotypical image of Iceland being the land of ice and fire.

In winter there are also excellent terrains for cross-country skiing and a few ski lifts with easy slopes. Anyway the main role as an attraction, off season, is played by the dazzling Northern Lights. This spectacular natural phenomenon occurs when electrons and protons enter the atmosphere from above and cause cause ionisation and consequent optical emissions. Aside from the difficult scientific jargon, the result of the chemical reaction is a breathtaking show of green, pink, yellow, violet and white (but mainly green) beams dancing, twisting, twirling in the sky.

Several operators offer a range of winter tours. The focus is both on sightseeing and on more specific activities, such as, of course, Aurora photography tours.

Heading picture by greenzowie

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