When to travel to Iceland

When should I go to Iceland?

While people often refer to Iceland as the ‘land of ice and fire’ (no thanks to Game of Thrones), the reality is more complicated. During winter, thick, smeary fog rolls off the endless rolling weight of the north Atlantic. By summer, lush vegetation and warmer days wage a gentle war against the blue-white ice. It’s not all knee-deep snow and boiling lava. Because we have local guides and deeply knowledgeable experts on the ground, we can make sure that your Icelandic adventure suits not only your calendar, but the types of things you want to see and do once you get there. 

And so, this is our account of when to travel to Iceland – but it isn’t by any means exhaustive. Call or email us today to ask our intrepid travel experts about how you want to ‘do’ Iceland. Even if that involves a lot of fire and ice.

When to see the Northern Lights

Because of the country’s astonishing lack of light pollution, the night sky in Iceland is not only great for star-gazing, but also perfect for chasing the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. Properly speaking, the prime season to see the lights is between October and March. There’s no guarantee that you’ll catch sight of them (weather conditions, cloud, and other factors can intervene), but we’ll ensure you’re guided by the region’s biggest aurora-fanatics who will do everything they can to light up your life. Travel between late August and early April to increase your chances. 

When’s the best time to go ice climbing?

The icelandic summer can be warm and bright, melting away the snow which blankets this great, gnarly island during the winter. However, it’s possible to go ice-climbing year round in Iceland depending on where in the country you go and which of these glaciers you wish to scale – be that near snowy Skaftafell or suspenseful Sólheimajökull.

When is Iceland’s summer?

Summer in Iceland falls between April and August. Things are mostly at their warmest after July, however. And this is Iceland, so don’t expect to melt too quickly. 

When to see the Midnight Sun? And what is it, exactly?

Good question. The Midnight Sun describes a period during which the hours of daylight are massively lengthened. Peaking in June, the period lasts broadly from May to August. Due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle, you’ll discover days when it seems the sun will never set (it does, eventually). 

So what is the best time to visit Iceland?

After years of travelling to Iceland, throughout the year, we’ve learnt that it can hugely depend. For those wanting to see the Northern Lights, then late September is the peak moment. June to August have balmier temperatures and summer festivals, while also making this the ideal time to go hiking due to drier conditions. Snow might start in September and continue into May. Winter is always cold, and difficult, and majestic. As ever, drop us a call and we’ll be happy to talk you through our days of summer sun and winter cold in this infinitely rewarding country.


So, whether you want to go hiking during the warm summer or ice climbing during the depths of winter, we can tailor your Icelandic adventure exactly to your needs.