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The Best Times to Go to Iceland

Updated February 20, 2019 49 votes 8 voters11 items

When it comes to the best time to go to Iceland, the best answer most likely depends on exactly what you're looking to experience during your trip. If you're a first-time traveler to the island then, before you grab that great airfare deal, think about what you're most excited to see in Iceland. Good Iceland travel times may come down to things like the seasons when the weather is the most pleasant or the best months to see the Northern lights. If you're looking for something a bit more specific, then you may be more interested in some of Iceland's best music, art, or cultural festivals. No matter which category you fall into, you'll find a nice variety of options that should give you a good idea about the best time to travel to Iceland, based around your specific interests.   

Whether you're looking for a broader time span such as the best time of year for good weather, the coolest festivals and events Iceland has to offer, which Iceland tour from Tourradar to choose, or even the cheapest time to go to Iceland, you'll find plenty of options, both broad and specific. If you've actually been there or live there, then be sure to cast your votes for your favorite seasons or timeframes in order to let other travelers know your personal recommendation on when to visit Iceland.


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    During the Winter Lights Festival

    Each year, the people Iceland celebrate the end of another winter with a cool event called the Winter Lights Festival. Usually, it takes place around the beginning of February and is held in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik.

    During the four-day festival, the capital city is decked out with light displays, lots of outdoor activities & entertainment, and celebrations of culture. All the local museums and thermal pools in the area usually jump at the chance to participate in the fun as well.

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    • In the Middle Of Winter
      Photo: anieto2k / Flickr

      In the Middle Of Winter

      Okay, this may sound crazy, especially considering that Iceland can get next level cold during the winter months. If, however, you want to capitalize on the best time to get a peek at the elusive Northern Lights, then winter is definitely your best bet.

      Keep in mind that winter days in Iceland tend to be incredibly short, with as little as three hours of daylight right around the winter solstice (December 21). This does, however, maximize your chances of spotting the Northern Lights which, of course, are only visible in the dark. You can also enjoy plenty of winter activities like snowmobiling, ice craving, glacier hiking, or visiting the Blue Lagoon.


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        If you're looking to experience Iceland when it's green but also less crowded, then spring can be a great time to go. But don't mistake an Icelandic spring for t-shirt weather, as you will want to pack some warm clothes and rain boots because you'll probably experience both wind and rain.

        For the most part, the temperatures are moderate, however, and the scenery is gorgeous as the snow gives way to the lush green landscape. This is also a great time to spotpuffins, who start arriving in April for their yearly nesting.


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        • Summer
          Photo: ronkroetz / Flickr


          If you don't mind crowds and aren't into frigid temperatures, then June, July, and August may be the time to plan your Iceland adventure. It's definitely peak season on the island, which means more crowds, but there are plenty of good reasons that summer months are so popular.

          Not only is it the warmest time of the year but there are also plenty of activities open to keep the huge flow of visitors entertained. You'll get to experience longer days, peaking at over 21 hours of sunlight during the summer solstice. This is a great time to take in Iceland's unparalleled natural beauty, visit its beaches, ride horses, or tour its Golden Circle. 

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