Much of the weather conditions one experiences living in England are very similar to those that you will experience in Iceland. Logical really when you know that Iceland is actually responsible for the English weather. Just as I would want to defend the reputation of my own country I feel also a sense of duty in defending Iceland’s climate.
The weather in Iceland isn’t as extreme as most presume & I am living proof of this after sleeping a week long in a car in the middle of Winter with no shortage of snow. Okay, I did experience some hefty blizzards with gale force winds that at times were so strong that I couldn’t open the door of the car. It is very important to be able to open a door now & again as you get snowed in so quickly that once you can’t open the doors then you have a serious problem.
Generally though I can honestly say that it was never colder during the night than -2°C so that I could sleep quite comfortably in my sleeping bag. I had lots of sunny weather on that Winter trip too, I was so surprised I wish I could have stayed longer, it was beautiful.
Iceland is of course best known as the island of Fire & Ice which is true & the impression that many have of the country is that it is dangerous, isolated & cut off from civilization. Well, if you are one those people that put the heating on as soon as a cloud covers the sun in the middle of summer or can’t survive without fast-food restaurants & social gatherings at football stadiums & concert halls at the weekends then you may well be correct in assuming that Iceland might not be your idea of a break other than maybe a nervous breakdown.