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.
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.