When Is The Best Time To Go To Iceland?

There's something truly magical about a trip to see the ethereal landscapes, jagged edges of icebergs, sand that's black as night, ancient waterfalls, and more.  As you start planning your trip, you'll want to decide what time of the year is the best time to go to Iceland.

This is by far the most popular time to go in volume which is why this is considered to be Iceland's peak season. June to August, visits will enjoy pleasantly mild climate and the midnight sun, or close to it.

Summer – High Season

Winter – Low Season

While it does get cold, the surprising thing is that the average temperatures rarely go below freezing. What you get with winter climate are clear and dark skies, perfect for the aurora borealis.

If you manage to come during this short range on the calendar, you'll enjoy smaller crowds, better prices, and wide availability of accommodations and rental cars.

Spring / Fall – Shoulder Season

When is the best time to see puffins?

The best time to see the puffin in Iceland between May and early August.

For the best chances of seeing the northern lights in Iceland, you'll want long hours of dark sky on your side which his why mid-September to mid-April is when the aurora borealis start appearing.

When is the best time to see the Iceland northern lights?

When is the best time to see whales?

For whale watching, you'll be able to see them from April to October. However, the peak season is in the summer months of June, July, and August when they are in Iceland en-masse.

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