When is the best time to visit Iceland?
So a visit to Iceland is on your radar? Maybe you’ve got some dates in mind for your adventure vacation, and haven’t quite settled on a destination, but Iceland makes the shortlist? Well this is a great place to start to find out more. Let us tell you all about the best time to visit Iceland, and what you can expect from a visit at different times of the year.
This page is the ultimate guide to the best time to visit Iceland, consider it a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about planning an Iceland adventure. We’re covering the seasons in Iceland, when it’s 24-hour daylight and when you can expect to see the sun at midnight (yep, that’s a thing in Iceland!) We’ll also talk about whether you’ll need a visa, things to do, how to choose a guided tour operator, booking flights, and pronouncing Icelandic words. So ‘velkominn’.
Seasons and weather in Iceland
Grasping the seasons in Iceland, and what each season comes with, is crucial to planning your Iceland vacation, and more importantly, to enjoying every minute of it. Iceland is very similar to New Zealand in that it’s famous for having four seasons in one day. In fact the local saying goes "If you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes and you’ll get something different." Another important thing to consider is daylight hours in Iceland – in December for example, there’s only around 4 hours of daylight per day, whilst you can see the sun at midnight between late May and July, when it never gets completely dark! Let’s get stuck into Iceland’s seasons in detail.
The seasons in Iceland follow the norm for the Northern Hemisphere, and so spring is generally considered to be March, April and May. Weather conditions are still pretty chilly, although with the right gear these months can be a great time to get out hiking whilst there are a few less tourists on the more popular routes. Temperatures during spring average 1⁰-5⁰C (34⁰-41⁰F), with an average monthly rainfall of around 35mm.
If the Northern Lights are your reason for visiting Iceland, then March is one of the best months of the year to see them, around the equinox. Another reason to visit Iceland, at any time of year, but particularly in spring, are its waterfalls. As the winter gives way to the warmer temperatures of spring these natural beauties really get going, and thunderous falls such as Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Kvernufoss are in full flow with glacial meltwater – a sight to behold.
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