When should you visit Iceland?

September 4, 2016
Birta Bjornsdottir

Iceland is completely different during the summer and during the winter. The contrast between the seasons is so great that Iceland can look like two completely different countries depending on when you are there. Each season is definitely worth a visit, but to help you decide when to take your trip to Iceland, we have created this blog post for you!


Midnight Sun

Perhaps the best thing about summer in Iceland is the midnight sun. The sun does not set during the summer months which makes it light out all of the time. Because of this, the days seem longer and you can pack more activities and sightseeing into your days. You can even go out exploring during the night!

Silhouettes during the midnight sun

You Can Get to Anywhere

During the summer the roads are clear from snow (for the most part). Iceland has a road around the country that you can take and to explore everything that Iceland has to offer. During the summer months, you can also go exploring in the highlands since the highlands are accessible.

A Lot of Life Downtown

It is very fun to visit Reykjavik during the summer months. Reykjavik comes alive when the sun comes out, and you will see people sunbathing downtown, eating outside, and taking a stroll down Laugavegur shopping street. During the summer there are also many music festivals, including Secret Solstice, which is an outdoors music festival in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik at night

Everything is Green

Despite its name, Iceland is very green during the summer months. Iceland’s nature is largely untouched by man, which makes it that much more special to explore. Get out of the capital and go explore the stunning countryside.

Sky clouds and mountains

So many sights and activities

In Iceland there are countless sights to see and activities to partake in. During the summer months we suggest that you get out of the capital and go explore the nature. Here are some of our summer tours with countless activities.

You Can Always Find Snow

You can always find snow and ice when you are in Iceland. Even during the summer. Take a day tour to go on a glacier hike or go sailing on a glacial lagoon. You will forget that it is summer in a heartbeat.

Boat ride through glacier lagoon


Northern Lights

The northern lights are often the main reason why people come to Iceland. It is to get out of the city and go hunting for the magical northern lights. The array of beautiful colors in the sky is a must see for anyone visiting Iceland in the winter time.

The reflection of mountains and northern lights in a lake

It’s not as cold as you think!

Despite what many people think, Iceland is not that cold. In Reykjavik the coldest month is January at 0°C (32°F). You should definitely bring a winter coat and some warm clothes, but despite the name Iceland, the temperature is quite mild.

Very little daylight

During the winter time Iceland does not get a lot of direct sunlight. Even though it may not sound appealing to have darkness around you all of the time, it is definitely something that is unique to experience. Imagine going for a coffee in the morning and it is still completely dark, and a few hours until you get any light at all.

Snow capped mountain and a frozen lake

Ice caves

Winter is the perfect time to go exploring some ice caves. You will be mesmerized by the blue ice of the crystal caves and the breathtaking beauty of nature. The ice caves become very special and beautiful in the right light and conditions.

inside a crystal blue ice cave

Geothermal pools surrounded with snow

Nothing feels better when you are cold than to warm yourself up in a naturally heated geothermal pool. Sitting in a hot spring surrounded by raw nature is a magnificent experience. Surrounded by snow and winter, being in a warm pool underneath the stars and the northern lights is a reason enough to visit Iceland.

So many enjoyable sights and activities

During the winter months we suggest that you get out of the capital and go explore Iceland’s breathtaking nature. Go caving, glacier hiking, snowmobiling or on a super jeep ride. The possibilities are endless. Here are some of the winter tours that we offer.

snow covered geothermal pool

Do you like extreme adventures?

If you like adventures, Iceland is the place to go. If you want, you can go on a super jeep tour to the highlands of Iceland. You will be guaranteed an adventure you will remember for a lifetime. Make sure to go with an experienced driver-guide in order to stay safe.



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