The Best Time to Visit Iceland
| Lella Erludóttir
Iceland is fast becoming one of the most Insta enviable destinations in the world and travellers are determined to have their own picturesque Iceland affair. Visiting Iceland is absolutely amazing all year round, but every season has its own charm.
Summer is the best time to visit Iceland
Icelandic summers of endless light welcome you to experience the magic of eternal sunshine. This is the brightest and most colourful season in Iceland and during summer almost anything is possible. Summer is prime time for hiking and pool hopping between natural hot springs. It‘s also the only season you can access the awe-inspiring Highlands. This is when we have longer days, warmer nights and an endless list of activities that await you all around the country.
Our top reasons for visiting Iceland in the summer:
- Midnight sun
- The Highlands: for a rugged adventure
- The Westfjords: reach the unreachable
- Glacier activities: snow is still around
- Pool hopping in natural springs
- Summer: the season for cuteness
- Warmer days
If you want to come to Iceland for hiking, road tripping, hanging with puffins and enjoying the morning sun, then summer is your season. You can still explore the glaciers and the whales are swimming around the island all year round. The roads are more accessible, nature is in bloom, the weather is mild, travelling around is easy and you‘ll have the perfect light for your pictures at all hours. The only downside, there will be more people exploring the same things you are so you can expect some crowds at the most popular attractions.
Winter is the best time to visit Iceland
Iceland is your winter wonderland. The Arctic island is always beautiful and provides a world‘s worth of dazzling and dangerous natural wonders. But let me tell you, winter takes things to another level. From snowy landscapes to Northern Lights displays, winter in Iceland offers some any things which other seasons just can not provide. In fact, if you have already visited Iceland in summer, the country might warrant another visit just to experience the seasonal difference. Snow covered waterfalls around every corner, sunrises and sunsets that reflect pink and oranges across the snow and the Northern Lights dancing across the sky; Iceland in the winter time is a scene fit for a fairy-tale.
Our top reasons for visiting Iceland in the winter:
- It‘s not all that cold
- The weather is unpredictable
- Long sunrises (and sunsets)
- Magical landscape
- Blue ice caves
- Northern Lights
- Hot springs, hot pools and hot pots
- Less crowded
- Cute Icelandic horses are even cuter
- Fly and stay for less
If you haven’t considered a trip to Iceland in the winter yet, perhaps it’s time you did! If you are up to the challenge of driving in Icelandic winter conditions, if you like to tackle the unknown, if you want to experience Iceland at its harshest and toughest, then winter is the best season for you to visit. It‘s also the season for experiencing otherworldly phenomena like the Northern Lights and the oh-so-beautiful and mesmerising ice caves.
To sum things up: the best time to visit Iceland depends on your interests and needs, and what you want to get out of your trip. Every season is the best time, and every season brings on fantastic adventures. If you need help deciding which is the perfect season for you to cisit Iceland, you check out our articles about why you should visit Iceland in the summer and why you should do so in the winter.