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Icelandic Times issue 37An Icelandic winter is unique. One minute, there’s a clear blue sky, crispness to the air and a view that stretches to the horizon. Then, before you know it, there’s a gale blowing, visibility is cut to almost nothing as snow swirls around you. So being prepared is very important. If you’re bringing a car, make sure you have everything you need, should the weather turn off. See the article about road safety in the magazine.

As for clothing, layers are advisable, with a good hat, warm scarf and gloves and good shoes. A warm, windproof coat is essential. You’ll find the Icelandic sweaters made from genuine Icelandic wool, are both very warm and comfortable—not to mention, very long-lasting. Given this preparation, you’ll find your stay much more comfortable when going outside.

This is the time for the Northern Lights to be very visible and the tour operators are quite adept at finding the best spots to view this spectacular display, both from the land and sea. Some hotels and
guesthouses have ‘hot pots’ or jacuzzis where you can sit snugly in the warm water while sipping a glass of wine and watching the show overhead. Take photos—your friends won’t believe you otherwise.

Einar Th. Thorsteinsson
Managing Editor and Publisher