When considering or planning a trip to Iceland a lot of questions come up. One of the most asked questions is when is the best time to visit Iceland. And it is understandable as Iceland is a destination where especially the weather can have a huge impact on your trip or vacation. However even though the question is straight-forward and understandable, it is not as simple to answer. There are a lot of things to take into consideration in order to get the most appropriate answer.
What do you want to do in Iceland?
Please consider this question. Iceland is a country and travel destination that offers a great variety of experiences. And not everyone wants to do the same things. Do you, for instance, want to go horse riding on Icelandic horses? Do you want to stay in an authentic and local hut? Do you want to see geysers and waterfalls? Do you want to go hiking? Do you want to explore the cities of Iceland or go off-road? As you can see there are many different ways your trip to Iceland can go and some of them can be impacted by things such as weather and temperature. If you plan on outdoor activities you might consider to go in spring or during the summertime, as it can get very cold during the winter. But if you want to experience the winter wonderland of Iceland you definitely want to go during the wintertime. But if you’re going to Iceland to experience northern lights, your chances are best during the late fall.
A general recommendation for traveling to Iceland is during the summer. The summertime during mid-June through August is also Iceland’s peak travel season. It is a great time to travel to Iceland, especially if you use a good itinerary planner to make sure you get the most out of your vacation, even in the months where Iceland is most popular.
Traveling on a budget
If you’re looking to minimize expenses on your Iceland trip you might want to travel during the winter months (outside Christmas and New Year). During that time the prices for both airfares, accommodation, and activities are lower. Another advantage of this travel period is that Iceland is very beautiful with its snow-filled landscapes and scenery and that Iceland is way less crowded than during the summertime.