Best Time to See the Northern Lights: Many people come to Iceland hoping to see the aurora borealis, or northern lights. It’s an ideal place to do so, as the country’s small population and long distances between towns make it easy to escape light pollution, even if you’re in or near Reykjavik. There are a number of conditions required for them to be visible, including guaranteed darkness, which is why the best time to see them is from late September through late March, when there are full dark nights. (Although the lights can sometimes be seen as early as mid-August or as late as mid-April.) Another important factor is the weather – cold, clear nights are best for aurora views, because warmer nights often bring precipitation or cloud cover. Solar flares on the sun or solar wind is also required. When all of these conditions are met, you’ll have the best chance to view the colorful dancing lights. As there is less precipitation in October and November along with full dark, chilly nights, these months tend to bring the highest odds for viewing.
Best Time for Sightseeing: Iceland is renowned for its numerous spectacular waterfalls, geysers, and volcanoes. In order to see as much as you can, you’ll want to have longer days, fewer crowds to interrupt the view, and weather that doesn’t make roads impassable. That means going in the weeks that frame either end of the high season, around the last week of May through mid-June, or anytime in September.
Best Time for Whale Watching: Generally, the best time to go whale watching in Iceland is from April to October. The peak season is in the summer months: June, July and August, with tours available from Reykjavik, Vestmannaeyjar islands of the south coast, Husavik Akureyri and Dalvik. You aren’t out of luck if you come during the winter, however. Provided a storm doesn’t blow in, winter whale watching is available from Grundarfjordur on the Snaefellsness Peninsula. In the winter months, watchers are given thermal suits, making it fairly comfortable to see the orca whales that follow the herring in the area waters.
Best Time for Good Weather: The best time for optimal weather in Iceland is during the high season, particularly July and August when average highs are around 13°C, though temps can reach as high as 15°C or even 20°C. If you’re hoping to avoid the rain, the lowest amount of rainfall occurs in May and June, and temperatures are often a pleasant 11°C.
Best Time for Visiting Blue Lagoon: The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions all year round, though the biggest crowds tend to be there between May and September, peaking in July and August. Winter months are typically the calmest, particularly December and January, outside of the holiday period. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the least crowded days of the week, but more important than the day is the time of day you visit. Peak hours are in the morning, from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunchtime is generally the busiest time of day overall. By 3 or 4 p.m., the crowds are much smaller, and you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy a soak; the lagoon is open until 10 p.m. January 1 through May 25 and August 21 through October 1; until 11 p.m. May 26 through June 29; and until midnight June 30 through August 20, and October 2 through December 31.
Best Time to Save Money: Airfare and accommodation rates in Iceland are typically cheapest during the winter months, outside of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Prices for everything peak during the busy summer months. If you’re hoping for a combination of lower overall costs and better weather, go during the shoulder season: mid-May through mid-June or September through mid-October.
Best Time to Avoid Crowds: If you’re hoping for a more relaxed experience without the crowds, avoid going to Iceland in the high season, from mid-June through August. By visiting in April or May, September or October, you’ll encounter fewer tourists, yet the days will be long enough to enjoy sightseeing and possibly decent weather. The fewest visitors come between November and March, but this is also when inclement weather and short, dark days can affect your plans.
In summer, there's midnight sun and the temperature gets a little hotter! But if you want to hike, the best season is July and August. February, March, September, and October are typically best for the Northern Lights. I have visited to Iceland this summer through the help of Discover Iceland Tours, it was a great journey for me. I enjoyed the food most.
Hi Shubham, The best time to visit Iceland is from September to April as you can get a chance to see the northern lights. That's the topmost attraction in Iceland. Trip budget totally depends upon the the number of days you are planning for, stay options and exploration. I will suggest you to stay in budget hotels/homestays in Iceland. Check here: https://www.tripoto.com/hotels. This will minimize the the entire trip cost. Use local vehicle when possible for commuting. An average cost for Iceland is INR 113,967 per person for a complete week. Have a safe and memorable trip!
Hi, Best time would be from mid September to April so you have the chance to witness the northern lights. Starting from Mid September is when the show starts, when the activity is high, the whole city goes on voluntary blackout for an hour every evening to enhance the visibility of the northern lights. But be aware that during winter season, you only get 5 hours of day light so that can be a bit hard. For accommodation, I highly recommend Hostal Pod Galaxy with the cost of 50-55 euros per night. For transportation and especially for the capital city you might want to consider renting a car because every place worth visiting is outside of the city and if you not used to snow and cold, public transportation can be painful. For food, well there not the best so if you can pack some food from home it would be a great way to save money. Try couch surfing to save some money for accommodation, you might get lucky. Keep in mind, it's a very expensive country so you might want to expand your budget a little bit. Enjoy your trip, it's a magical place worth every single dollar you will pay.
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