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The best time to visit Iceland

When is the best time to visit Iceland? The simple answer to this is all year long. The land of fire and ice has such a wide range of flora and fauna that you’ll experience a different side of Iceland whatever season you decide to embark on your activity holiday.

That being said, when it comes to the weather, it can be unpredictable and temperatures are far more icy than fiery!

Visiting Iceland in spring

Expect temperatures between 0-10 degrees in Reykjavik and about 10 degrees cooler in the north.

Springtime in Iceland takes place in the months of April and May. It’s considered a great time for tourists to visit as there is still a chance that you may catch the epic Northern Lights but enjoy milder weather and fewer tourists.

Make sure you’re prepared for any kind of weather, from snow and sleet to rain and sun, but in return you’ll be greeted by the spring colours starting to emerge.

Visiting Iceland in summer

Expect temperatures between 5-25 degrees from June to August.

Visit Iceland in summer and you’ll really be able to make the most of your stay. Iceland’s midnight sun happens in summer which means long days, almost no darkness and spectacular sunrises.

And with the long days comes warmer temperatures and the country comes alive with festivals and music. This is, as a result, the most popular time to visit so expect crowds and be sure to book your place on tours early.

Visiting Iceland in autumn

Expect temperatures similar to spring – between 0-10 degrees from September to early November.

Obviously, it goes without saying that if you want to avoid cooler temperatures in the autumn, plan a visit around September. You may experience some snow at this time of year but as autumn emerges, an abundance of colours explodes over the country.

However, as the weather starts to cool, some tours may come to the end of their yearly run, so be sure to check this in advance.

Visiting Iceland in autumn

Expect temperatures around 0 degrees in Reykjavik but about 10 degrees cooler elsewhere from November to March.

Despite the much cooler temperatures and dark days, Iceland really comes into its own during the winter. Warm up in the natural hot springs or get cosy in Reykjavik’s cafe culture.

But if nature is more your thing, then you are probably interested in Iceland’s main event, the Northern Lights. Not to mention the natural ice caves, glaciers and incredible winter landscapes.

A super excursion is a day at Reykjanes Geopark and the Blue Lagoon. Read our blog to find out more:

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