Best Time To Visit Iceland

The best time to visit Iceland is from September to December when the nights are long, and you have a better chance of catching clear days for viewing the northern lights. During these months, temperatures vary between 0-15°C, and nighttime temperatures rarely drop below -3°C. It is also one of the least busy times in Iceland, making it the best time to visit the spectacular landmarks on the southern coast. 

In summer, the weather in Iceland is warm and sunny, and popular spots such as Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon are at their busiest. Also, the northern lights are not visible in the summer season due to the 20+ hours of sunlight. 

In January and February, days are short with an average temperature of 0°C, experiencing frequent rain and snowfall. The atmosphere is not ideally positive to enjoy the natural wonders on the south coast around this time. As the country enters the spring season, the weather gets warm, but the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis are thinner.

Monthly Travel Guide For Iceland

Travelling in Iceland in January and February

In these months, the daytime is around 5-6 hours, so there may not be enough time for sightseeing and exploring Icelandic culture in the exciting capital Reykjavik.

It is a quiet time in Iceland, and the long winter nights offer plenty of opportunities for catching the northern lights. But it is recommended to keep in mind that temperatures are usually below zero on the Southern Coast. Also, the strong winter winds make it difficult to savor the natural landmarks.

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lake

Travelling in Iceland in March and May

The temperatures are rising, and days are long enough for daytime activities, but you may expect to find the countryside covered in snow. There are still chances of seeing the northern lights on clear days.

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Kirkjufell Mountain

Travelling in Iceland between June and August

Summer is the peak season in Iceland, and the most popular attractions in the south are very crowded during this time. As the summer solstice draws near, Reykjavik, Skógafoss waterfall, and Blue Lagoon get filled with tourists looking to experience the Midnight Sun. 

If you are traveling to Iceland around this time, packing up an eye mask is recommended for the long-lasting Arctic light. Summer is not the best time to visit Iceland if you wish to explore the eye-catching northern lights. 

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Northern Lights at Kirkjufell

Travelling in Iceland in September

September is one of the best times for the entire Icelandic experience, from exploring the volcanoes and glaciers to watching the spectacular northern lights. The crowds leave the country towards the end of August, which means that you will have the natural sites to yourself for a quiet vacation.

Iceland starts experiencing rainfall in early autumn, but the weather is perfectly moderate for sightseeing with an average temperature of 8°C.

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Goðafoss Waterfall

Travelling in Iceland in October

October is a quiet time in Iceland, and the country experiences most of the rainfall around this time. As the weather conditions are more stable in the south, you may catch the northern lights when you take a Golden Circle tour. There are numerous hot springs locations in these regions. October offers the best time to visit Iceland to enjoy their healing powers.

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Tromsø

Travelling in Iceland in November

November is a perfect month for trips to Iceland, especially if you wish to experience the Northern Lights to the fullest. Clear night skies, darkness, and solar activity are the three conditions for the most beautiful viewing of the northern lights, and November brings these conditions together.

If the odds are in your favor, Reykjavik and the countryside of South Iceland are some of the best places to watch the northern lights.

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Tranøy Lighthouse

Travelling in Iceland in December

December is one of the colder months, but it is the best time to visit Iceland to experience the festive cheer as New Year’s Eve draws near. The city of Reykjavik is vibrant, while the natural landmarks on the south coast will be quieter for sightseeing.

You have a better chance at seeing the northern lights as the nights are very long, which offer the most fascinating views of the Icelandic countryside. Packing up for the cold weather and winds is advisable for a comfortable experience. 

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Northern Lights

Iceland Climate & Weather Guide

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RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavik -2°C -1°C -1°C 0°C 3°C 6°C 8°C 7°C 5°C 2°C 0°C -2°C
Akureyri -4°C -3°C -3°C -1°C 2°C 6°C 8°C 7°C 3°C 0°C -2°C -4°C
Egilsstadir -7°C -4°C -3°C 0°C 1°C 3°C 7°C 6°C 3°C -1°C 0°C -4°C
Vik -1°C -1°C 0°C 2°C 5°C 6°C 9°C 8°C 6°C 2°C 0°C 0°C
Reykholt -5°C -3°C -3°C 0°C 2°C 5°C 6°C 7°C 4°C 0°C -2°C -1°C
Höfn -3°C -2°C -2°C 0°C 3°C 6°C 7°C 7°C 4°C 2°C -2°C -3°C
Kirkjubajarklaustur -3°C -2°C -1°C 0°C 3°C 6°C 8°C 7°C 5°C 2°C 0°C -2°C
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RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavik 27°F 29°F 29°F 33°F 39°F 44°F 47°F 46°F 41°F 36°F 31°F 28°F
Akureyri 24°F 25°F 26°F 30°F 37°F 44°F 47°F 46°F 39°F 33°F 27°F 24°F
Egilsstadir 19°F 24°F 26°F 31°F 34°F 39°F 46°F 43°F 39°F 30°F 32°F 24°F
Vik 30°F 30°F 32°F 36°F 41°F 44°F 49°F 48°F 44°F 37°F 33°F 33°F
Reykholt 23°F 25°F 25°F 33°F 36°F 41°F 44°F 45°F 40°F 32°F 28°F 29°F
Höfn 26°F 28°F 28°F 32°F 35°F 42°F 44°F 44°F 39°F 35°F 28°F 26°F
Kirkjubajarklaustur 26°F 28°F 29°F 32°F 38°F 44°F 47°F 46°F 42°F 36°F 33°F 28°F
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RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavik 136 mm 118 mm 112 mm 104 mm 91 mm 74 mm 82 mm 97 mm 133 mm 109 mm 94 mm 103 mm
Akureyri 187 mm 177 mm 173 mm 116 mm 119 mm 83 mm 135 mm 153 mm 193 mm 211 mm 207 mm 236 mm
Egilsstadir 236 mm 226 mm 196 mm 141 mm 148 mm 90 mm 118 mm 126 mm 152 mm 221 mm 245 mm 279 mm
Vik 34 mm 32 mm 30 mm 22 mm 20 mm 29 mm 38 mm 37 mm 25 mm 36 mm 36 mm 40 mm
Reykholt 113 mm 93 mm 98mm 78 mm 48 mm 31 mm 44 mm 51mm 78 mm 95 mm 76 mm 96 mm
Höfn 163 mm 130 mm 122 mm 95 mm 97mm 88 mm 86 mm 113 mm 120 mm 183 mm 118 mm 145 mm
Kirkjubajarklaustur 113 mm 121 mm 86mm 107mm 42 mm 30 mm 36 mm 47 mm 85 mm 120 mm 99 mm 117 mm
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RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavik 13 12 14 9 2 0 0 0 0 2 9 12
Akureyri 22 20 24 16 9 2 0 0 2 11 17 22
Egilsstadir 19 18 22 14 10 2 0 0 1 9 16 20
Vik 20 19 18 5 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 16
Reykholt 16 13 17 12 4 0 0 0 1 6 12 16
Höfn 8 7 11 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 8
Kirkjubajarklaustur 10 9 13 7 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 10
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RegionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavik 24 km/h 25 km/h 23 km/h 22 km/h 19 km/h 15 km/h 15 km/h 16 km/h 21 km/h 21 km/h 23 km/h 24 km/h
Akureyri 18 km/h 17 km/h 17 km/h 15 km/h 14 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 12 km/h 15 km/h 15 km/h 17 km/h 19 km/h
Egilsstadir 17 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 14 km/h 14 km/h 16 km/h 17 km/h
Vik 18 km/h 18 km/h 18 km/h 16 km/h 15 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h 18 km/h 18 km/h
Reykholt 18 km/h 18 km/h 18 km/h 16 km/h 15 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h 18 km/h 18 km/h
Höfn 17 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h 14 km/h 13 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 11 km/h 14 km/h 14 km/h 16 km/h 17 km/h
Kirkjubajarklaustur 18 km/h 18 km/h 18 km/h 16 km/h 15 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 13 km/h 16 km/h 16 km/h 18 km/h 18 km/h

When to visit Iceland

Iceland Tours from September to December 


September to December hosts the ideal weather for the highlight activities in Iceland. The magnificent waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers scattered across the north and south coasts are best explored in September and October. Temperatures are relatively warmer in the south, but the weather is comfortable enough for sightseeing. The best trips to Iceland take place during these months, as the days and nights are almost equal in length, offering the perfect chance to watch the northern lights. 

It is also one of the least busy times, ideal for enjoying activities in the hot spring area of Námaskard and the Blue Lagoon. Towards the end of December, the daytime is as short as 4 hours, and the northern lights are at their most frequent. Our Iceland Circle tour offers insight into the most spectacular destinations in the Icelandic Ring Road, all of which are perfect for visiting from September to December.

Explore the Golden Circle in Autumn


Autumn is the shoulder season, offering the best time to visit Iceland for adventures in South Iceland. It is an ideal season to take advantage of both the day and the night. The hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lighthouses, and fishing villages along the famous Golden Circle route are enjoyable in temperate weather conditions without the crowds. It is also one of the best times for sightseeing in Reykjavik and experiencing the unique Icelandic culture.

Towards the end of autumn, the skies are clear, and nights are long. There is a better chance of catching ethereal views of the northern lights around this time. Our Land of the Northern Lights tour is perfect if you wish to experience the best of Iceland in Autumn.

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