When to visit Iceland

Iceland is an island that has plenty of things to attract tourists to visiting it, yet some of those attractions can only be seen or visited at certain times of the year. The geographical position of Iceland means that some things can be seen on the island better than anywhere else, or from a different perspective than anywhere else. Yet that position in the world means that not everything can be seen or experienced all year round. Tourists need to bare this is in mind when they are planning to visit the country. If they want to do, see, or visit something specific then they will need to pay attention as to when the best time to visit Iceland will be.


If people want to travel around with greater ease then the best ti me to visit Iceland will be in the summer and spring months. People that travel to the country for a self drive holiday will certainly prefer to do so when there is no ice or snow to contend with. They may also prefer the scenery in the summer such as lagoons, fjords, and mountains. Travelers that want to go fishing, sailing or whale watching may find the sea less bracing in the summertime. Tourists considering a city break to the capital of Reykjavik may be happy to travel to Iceland at any time of the year. Likewise people will generally want to visit the Iceland Blue Lagoon and Jokulsarlon Lagoon.


Alternatively when travelers come to Iceland to view the Northern Lights then Iceland in winter is the best time of the year to travel there. The Northern Lights are better to see as it gets very dark in Iceland over the winter. Away from the capital people should have a great of the lights. Some tourists prefer to visit the country when everything is covered in snow. Again that makes winter the ideal time to visit.

Seeing the northern lights

For my second Iceland vacation, I decided to do something I hadn’t had the opportunity to do on my first trip: see the Northern Lights. My first trip wasn’t during the winter, which is when the Northern Lights are visible. While I went on a self-guided tour on my initial trip to the country — which I do recommend if you like to explore on your own — I decided to look at Iceland vacation packages for my second venture, and I’m glad I did. I settled on a Northern Lights cruise, and it was incredible!



I’d been on cruises before, but this one was totally different. Of course, Iceland itself is unlike any other place on the planet, but when you throw in such a phenomenon it becomes even more special. The ship I was on was really nice, and it even had free Wifi in each of the suites. During the day you could either lounge in the ship, take part in the activities onboard, or go on sightseeing and hunting excursions. I did go on a day tour, and that was fun. The food was great, they had a light spread out for the Northern Lights shows, and each night when it was time to go out to see the Lights there was a nice hot drink bar set up.


Fortunately, the sky was clear during my trip and we could all see the Iceland Northern Lights each night of the cruise. The guide on-board was awesome, entertaining, and so knowledgeable about all that we were seeing — it was like getting a fact packed, fun presentation each night. I’m big into science and love the outdoors, so for me this was like the ultimate vacation. I definitely want to head back again in the next few years for another Iceland vacation, probably during winter so I can get a chance to see the Lights again.