Iceland is magical to go to. Exactly where else can you see numerous waterfalls, the midnight sun or the northern lights, and landscape that appears otherworldly?
When organizing a trip to Iceland, naturally one particular of the initially considerations is which season to choose. There are pros and cons to each and every, and getting gone in the peak of summer season in July and in October, proper on the cusp of fall and winter, I have some thoughts on when to travel to Iceland and why:
Climate: Iceland’s winter climate is, of course, cold nevertheless, it is not almost as frigid as you’d anticipate – thank you gulfstream! The temperature commonly hovers involving 20 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so whilst you really should prepare for cold, wind, and snow, know that the winter climate is on the mild side – for the arctic.
Maintain in thoughts that Iceland only sees four to five hours of daylight in the winter, nevertheless this is best if you want to catch the Northern Lights!
Typical rainfall: The winter season sees an typical of about 9 inches of rainfall, about three inches per month. Though it does rain in Iceland year-round, autumn and winter have a tendency to see extra rainfall than other instances of year.*
Pricing: Flights and accommodations have a tendency to be a lot less expensive in the winter months than in the summer season months. In reality, some rates even drop to half of what they would ordinarily be in peak season.
Booking ease: Booking a spot to keep and reserving spots on tours and excursions is considerably less complicated in the winter than in the busier months. Not only will you have no issue acquiring availability, you will spend a a lot less expensive price tag than you would at other instances of year.
Road situations: Some routes will be closed this time of year, like Iceland’s highlands. Important attractions like the Golden Circle, nevertheless, really should nonetheless be largely accessible. Be conscious of icy roads and higher winds, and don’t forget that daylight hours are handful of. Oh, and watch out for reindeer!
Important attractions availability: Handful of of Iceland’s key attractions close for the winter. In reality, quite a few of them are basically extra enjoyable in the winter! For instance, all-natural hot springs may well be the most enjoyable in the colder months, and preferred all-natural characteristics are all the extra amazing when not overcrowded with vacationers and frosted with snow. Also, the island’s ice caves can only be visited from November to March. You even have the highest possibilities of seeing the Northern lights in the winter due to the skies getting their darkest.
Climate: The spring months bring somewhat warmer temperatures, but quite a few days nonetheless see rain or snow and variety from 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Springs sees considerably extra daylight than winter.
Typical rainfall: The spring season experiences about 7 inches of rainfall, ranging from three+ inches in March to much less than two inches in May possibly.
Pricing: Tourism is nonetheless sparse in the course of the spring, as quite a few travelers want to go to Iceland in the summer season when the sun is out late at evening. As a outcome, a springtime trip is considerably less expensive than a summertime one particular.
Booking ease: Crowds do not start to gather till the finish of May possibly (the start out of summer season tourism), so acquiring accommodations is effortless in the spring, specially in March and April. If you book effectively in advance and decide on dates in early or even mid-May possibly, you will be in a position to get pleasure from a mixture of warmer climate, affordability, handful of crowds, and lots of daylight!
Important attractions availability: Spring presents a wide selection of attractions and activities nevertheless, it is critical to note that a handful of winter attractions may well not be readily available for the entire of spring. For instance, the ice caves close at the finish of March, and right after mid-April, brighter evening skies make the Northern lights tougher and then not possible to see. Nonetheless, this is a terrific time to camp along the Ring Road with fewer folks about and greater climate than in the winter months, specially if you rent a camper van with a space heater.
Road situations: Driving in Iceland is undoubtedly safer in the spring, and quite a few roads are extra accessible as the temperatures warm up. Nonetheless, routes in the Central Highlands stay closed, and roads could nonetheless be unsafe if the snow and ice persist additional into the spring months.
Climate: Summer season in Iceland indicates that the sun is out all the time, even late at evening. Temperatures are at their warmest, ranging from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold, windy day are nonetheless a possibility, even though.
Typical rainfall: The summer season season sees about six.five inches of rainfall, with roughly two inches each and every month via June, July, and August.
Pricing: Rates will be at their highest in the summer season, as this is peak tourism season in Iceland. Every thing from hotel rooms to rental automobiles to guided tours will considerably jump in price tag.
Booking ease: Booking for this season is not effortless. Accommodations and activities are costly and fill up immediately. The important is to strategy your trip effectively in advance for maximum availability.
Road situations: Roads are their ideal in the summer season, when the ice has melted off and closed routes have opened back up. Though there will be extra automobiles on the roads than in other seasons, summer season is the ideal time to drive about Iceland.
Important attractions availability: The only downside to Iceland’s list of attractions in the summer season is that each the Northern lights and the ice caves are not one particular of them. With the sun out almost 24 hours a day, the skies do not get dark sufficient for the lights to be visible, and warmer temperatures protect against travelers from touring the ice caves. That stated, it is the only time that is feasible to hike the Laugavegur and fimmvorduhals trails, offered their really quick hiking season of July and August. This is an encounter worth getting! Far better climate and lots of daylight guarantee that you can attempt lots of the numerous other points Iceland has to supply.
Climate: The climate begins to cool off in the fall, with temperatures hovering about 50 degrees Fahrenheit in September and lowering towards 30 degrees via October and November. Daylight hours narrow considerably as winter approaches, but September nonetheless does see a very good quantity of sunshine. By October, you will encounter pretty much an equal quantity of light and dark, producing this an best time to travel the Ring Road (here’s an itinerary) in search of the Northern Lights. Personally, the fall is my preferred time in Iceland for the altering colors, smaller sized crowds, and lights.
Typical rainfall: Autumn receives about 9 inches of rainfall in all, ranging from two.five to three.five inches per month.
Pricing: Fall marks the starting of “off-season,” so most rates will drop a terrific deal the initially week of September. In reality, some off-season rates can drop to much less than half of what they would be in the course of peak season. This goes for anything from tours and excursions to flights and accommodations.
Booking ease: As the “midnight sun” starts to disappear, so also will the crowds. It is a lot less complicated to book flights, locations to keep, and activities in the fall, and the later in the year you go to, the fewer vacationers there will be.
Road situations: Some regions will start to come to be inaccessible as the climate modifications. Nonetheless, September is nonetheless pretty warm, so roads will not start out closing till ice and snow come to be a issue.
Important attractions availability: Fall may well just be the ideal season for Iceland’s attractions. The Northern lights reappear in September, and Iceland holds each a film festival in late September and a music festival in early November. Most of the activities readily available in summer season are nonetheless readily available in the fall, plus the ice caves open back up in November.
What we can take away from this is, there’s no poor time to go to Iceland. Thanks to the milder temperatures than the rest of the Arctic tends to encounter, it is cold but not unpleasant all through most of the year. And in contrast to the rest of the Arctic, Iceland does not get mosquitoes in the summertime, either! So if you want the best mixture of beauty and comfort, Iceland is best. And if you ask me, it does not get any greater than going to in the autumn months, unless you want to hike, then you will just have to go back once again like I did!
*All rainfall primarily based on statistics for Reykjavík, Iceland