The most frequently asked question by our customers is about the best time to visit Iceland. It is also the hardest question to answer.
Iceland is a unique destination that offers great travel experience all-year-round. No matter when you travel Iceland will not disappoint you.
Summer, of course, is the most popular season but it comes with its own pros and cons. There are good reasons why it is considered high, the most important being warmer weather, extended daylight, arts and cultural festivals, green landscape and open highland roads paving access to less explored and somewhat virgin parts of Iceland. The downsides are crowds of tourists, higher rates and difficulties finding reasonably priced accommodations in certain areas.
Summers are brief in Iceland and the end of August feels like early fall. Most tours and adventure trips end in mid-September. Back roads are closed from mid-October to mid-May. The prices fall and there are fewer travelers so most places are not so crowded. This is a great time to enjoy spectacular fall colors though they are different from usual autumn color show. Since Iceland does not have a lot of trees, the color changes are mostly in the grass, mosses and low shrubs. For the best fall foliage travel on the east coast which has lots of trees. Bring warm clothes and be prepared for possible cold weather though you might get lucky and experience summer temperatures for a short time.
Iceland is located close the Arctic Circle, but due to the Gulf Stream, temperatures are cool in summer and very mild in winter, milder than, let’s say, in New York. Mild Atlantic and cold Arctic air meet over the Gulf Stream, driving wind and rain, causing overcast skies and frequent shifts in weather. It is not unusual to experience four seasons in just one day. Iceland’s precipitation is highest from mid-October to February, and lowest in May and June with southern and western parts of the island receiving the most rainfall.
Winter is becoming more and more popular with tourists from all over the world coming to Iceland in search of Northern Lights. The best way to travel in Iceland this time of the year is to join an escorted group tour. Experienced guides and drivers will keep you comfortable and your chances of seeing Northern Lights are higher.
Spring arrives late and is very short, several wonderful weeks between winter and summer. A new exciting season is in the air, longer and warmer days, but still no crowds and low prices.
No matter when you travel to Iceland you will enjoy this amazing country with its warm and hospitable people, natural wonders and authentic culture
Nordic Saga Tours offers many exciting trips to Iceland all-year-round. Experience everything there is to see in Iceland on our summer and winter escorted Iceland Tours. See incredible natural wonders, volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs, Blue Lagoon and Icelandic horses, hunt for unique sightings of Northern Lights on our Northern Lights Explorer winter tours. However you choose to explore Iceland, you’ll surely remember the time spent in this magical land for years to come. Visit http://www.nordicsaga.com to book one of our exciting tours. Iceland will not disappoint you.