Full of sharp contrasts and dramatic landscapes such as the northern lights, Iceland is a country with fire and ice co-exist. You’ll find volcanoes, geysers, and several hot springs, including the famous Blue Lagoon. You can take a tour through a lava field, into ice caves, or hidden treasures.
Go on a hiking tour along one of the massive ice glaciers found in the Snæfellsjökull and Vatnajökull national parks. The capital Reykjavik is home to the majority of the country’s population, powered by geothermal energy. Iceland has an exciting Viking history that you can learn about in one of the capital’s many museums.
When to Visit
Iceland’s winters are the best time to view the magical shows of the northern lights and to experience snow adventure activities such as ice caving and snowmobiling. With surprisingly mild temperatures (-0.5 c / 31 f) you might see snow from October through April but it typically is gone a few days after it falls.
April brings the arrival of the Spring season in Iceland. The temperatures begin to rise and the flowers start to bloom. This is a great time to view the migratory birds, and whales, and save some money. April and May are the slower seasons before the summer crowds arrive, making them the ideal time to visit for budget travelers.
The summer months of July – August are the warmest months to visit Iceland, making it the most popular time for tourism. The summer’s midnight sun is during the month of June, providing you 24 hours of daylight to explore this beautiful country. The North, East, and Interior areas of the island have the warmest summers and much less precipitation.
In fall as the leaves change to autumn colors, the temperatures start to fall, and the northern lights begin to show. September & October offer travelers better rates and cultural events such as art and music festivals. You’ll experience splashes of autumn colors throughout the island, fewer tourists, and chances to go whale watching.
Please note that Iceland’s weather is very unpredictable, and it is not uncommon for bad weather (strong winds, rain) to occur at any time.