Have you been dreaming of visiting Iceland but not sure what’s the best month to go? Worry not, as we take a closer look at the climate and attractions in Iceland throughout the year, to help you find your perfect travel moment.
January to March: Winter Wonderland
If you’re a fan of snowy landscapes, sheepskin jackets, and Northern Lights, then winter is the ideal time to visit Iceland. While the days are shorter and temperatures drop to around -1°C (30°F), the breathtaking scenery and activities more than make up for it.
One of the most popular activities in winter is visiting a natural ice cave that takes shape from the meltwater of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The best time to visit a natural ice cave is when the nights are long, from mid-November until mid-March.
On the other hand, if you’re someone who prefers to soak in natural hot springs surrounded by snow-capped mountains, then a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon is a must. Though, keep in mind that booking in advance is highly recommended due to high demand.
April to May: Slightly Milder
As the snow starts to melt and the days start getting longer, April marks the start of spring in Iceland. The average temperature ranges from 2-8°C (35-46°F), and visiting in this season means you may be able to witness the little lambs roaming around the fields.
This is also the time when hiking and trekking enthusiasts can enjoy scenic landscapes, such as biking or hiking from Þingvellir National Park to Geysir and Gulfoss waterfall.
June to August: Peak Season
If you’re looking for the full tourist experience in Iceland, or simply seeking a warm getaway, then June to August is the time to go. During these months, you can expect mild temperatures that range from 10-15°C (50-59°F) and the days are long and bright, where the sun sets just for a few hours.
This is also the ideal time for whale watching, as more than 20 types of whales call the Icelandic waters their home. Tour operators offering whale watching trips can be found throughout the country, such as in Reykjavík or in Dalvík in North Iceland.
September to December: Autumn and Winter
If you’re looking for lesser tourist crowds and more affordable accommodation prices, then visiting Iceland during autumn and early winter could be the right choice for you.
September and October offer pleasant weather, and the airfare and accommodation prices are much lower than during peak season. It is also a great chance to see the Northern Lights before the winter fully kicks in.
November to December marks the real beginning of winter months, with shorter days and colder temperatures ranging from -2 to 3°C (28-37°F). While many activities may not be available during this time, visiting during December means you can enjoy Christmas markets, festive delicacies, and an overall cozy holiday atmosphere that is unique to Iceland.
As you can see, the best time to visit Iceland depends entirely on your personal preference and the kind of experience you’re seeking. Whether it’s a winter wonderland, scenic spring, warm summer, or budget-friendly autumn, Iceland has something for everyone throughout the year.
So, pack your bags and prepare to be enchanted by this breathtaking destination no matter the time of year you visit!