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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ICELAND?
Many people visiting for the first time often ask when to visit Iceland and the best time to go. The answer to this question is dependent on your personal preferences and travel itinerary. Planning your trip at the right time is important since weather is known to be unpredictable.
Wintertime: is harsh and cold but certainly a rewarding experience. Temperatures will hover around freezing, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The lack of daylight can be troublesome (during the solstice, in December, daylight is limited to less than four hours). If your visit is solely with the intention of capturing and witness the Aurora Borealis then certainly this is the only time to go.
Summertime can offer travellers nearly 21 hours of daylight, with the sun rising as early as 2:55 a.m. near the end of June and setting just before midnight. Moderate temperatures, typically in the 50s and 60s, can be enjoyed from May until September. So If you’re looking to explore Iceland’s wonderful natural landscapes, or planning an adventure into the central Highlands, then this is definitely the best time to visit for you.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO CROSS THE ICELANDIC HIGHLANDS IN WINTER?
It is possible but you will need a modified vehicle with an experienced driver. In winter the Icelandic highlands are impassable/closed for anyone not in a super jeep.
Timing of these closures depend on weather and conditions each year. (Every year is different)
HOW TO CROSS TO THE ICELANDIC HIGHLANDS IN SUMMER TIME?
A 4×4 vehicle is required to cross the highlands, where you might encounter rough terrain and unbridged rivers. Most mountain roads and roads in the interior of Iceland have a gravel surface. The surface on the gravel roads is often loose, especially along the sides of the roads, so one should drive carefully and slow down whenever an oncoming car approaches. The mountain roads are also often very narrow, and are not made for speeding. The Icelandic highland roads are closed in the spring when the snow is melting. Usually most of them will open around the 3rd week of June til late autumn.
-You should check information about weather forecast and roads conditions before you start your adventure - http://www.road.is/
-Make sure that you have the proper knowledge for driving in the highlands
-Remember to fill up your car at Hveravellir. That's the only one gas station you will find in the highlands.
-Drive slowly and do not cross rivers unless you are completely sure about yourself
-Buy a detailed map of the route you will be travelling
-Take with you enough food and water, but of course remember to bring the trash on your way back (sure you are someone who cares about our beautiful planet)
-Emergency number 112
-Be aware that phone signal in the highlands is unstable and not guarantee depending on the specific area. You can go for a long while without a mobile connection, just completely isolated from outside world.
- Do not do off-road driving, first because driving outside of marked tracks is prohibited by law and considered a serious crime and second because there is nothing "cool" in destroying the fragile natural environment around you.
-Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds respect others privacy when flying your drone
-Do not fly your drone higher than 130 meters (427 feet)
-Do not fly your drone within 2 km (1.24 miles) of commercial airports, or 1.5 km (0.93 miles) of other airports
-Due to the proximity of the airport in Reykjavik to the downtown area, it is prohibited to fly your drone here unless you keep the altitude of the drone below that of the buildings
-You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
-Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
The best time is from September to mid-April
WHERE CAN I SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?
The Northern Lights are a weather dependent natural phenomena and therefore their appearance cannot be guaranteed, but in case of Aurora activity the most important thing to remember before the hunt, is to find a location away from artificial light source.
IS THERE A MONTH WITH GUARANTEED VIEWING?
No, unfortunately there are no guarantees. It depends on the solar activities and the cloud coverage. When the sky is all cloudy, you will see nothing at all.
SHOULD I TAKE A ROAD TRIP IN ICELAND IN WINTER?
Yes, but only if you feel yourself comfortable and experienced with driving on ice, blustery winds, low visibility, snowstorms and narrow roads. (4x4 car highly recommended)If you have no experience , avoid the self-drive during the winter. Just choose scheduled guided tours and enjoy your trip!
Travelling in Iceland can be one of the greatest adventures you can have. But on the other hand this incredible and rugged land of contrasts also contains some difficulties and dangers for the driver, something that you may not have come across in other countries.