Best Time to Visit Iceland

The best time to visit Iceland really depends on the experiences you seek. One of the few places that remains spectacular year-round, each month is a great time to visit. Winter brings snow in abundance with cosy hotels, landscapes covered in a blanket of snow and of course the real star of the show: the northern lights, making November to March a popular time to visit. If you’re looking to travel to Iceland in the winter, it’s best to start planning at least six months in advance to secure the best availability.

As the months get warmer and the days get longer, Iceland becomes a real wildlife haven. Over 20 species of whale and dolphin can be seen in the coastal waters and on land, vast colonies of puffin, known as a ‘circus’, can be spotted along the coast. But one of the most enchanting experiences during an Icelandic summer is to watch the sun go down at midnight in June.

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Climate guide for Iceland

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Reykjavik 33°F 99mm 34°F 111mm 34°F 94mm 44°F 81mm 46°F 38mm 51°F 34mm 56°F 57mm 52°F 42mm 49°F 131mm 42°F 80mm 36°F 77mm 33°F 80mm
Southern Iceland 31°F 88mm 40°F 104mm 41°F 54mm 57°F 104mm 66°F 165mm 68°F 139mm 74°F 128mm 71°F 120mm 70°F 12mm 59°F 135mm 40°F 33mm 40°F 121mm
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