Back from Iceland at last. I still haven’t unpacked my bag but I’m ready to share my experiences with all of you. Heading to the land of Fire and Ice was definitely a memorable experience. But Iceland is not the type of place you only visit once. I’m back home but ready to book another flight and head back for more. There’s so many reasons to fall in love with Iceland, but I have to say what appealed to me the most was visiting this time of year.
Here’s why Autumn is the best time to visit Iceland:
Cool but Comfortable Weather:
You’ll experience comfortable, but wet Autumn weather daily. The weather at times was very unpredictable, so plan for anything. The weather in Reykjavik stayed around 10°C (42°F) daily. In the South though, it can drop down to zero, which meant it was 32°F. Not my type of weather at all. It’s best to wear appropriate clothing and layer up when heading here for a visit. You’ll enjoy your time so much more.
A Chance to See the Northern Lights:
For some reason I didn’t have much luck seeing the Northern Lights on my trip. There were several nights they came out, but I was either already sleeping or didn’t come out in time to see them on display. September was a great month to see them this year. Many people posted photos on their social media accounts. Check out this shot from Bus Travel Iceland’s Instagram account. If you want to see the Northern Lights the best time to visit would be September to March.
Warming Up with Hot Chocolate:
Keep yourself warm with a nice cup of hot chocolate. My favorite spot was Te & Kaffi in the morning when I was ready to head out and explore the city.
Experience Sunrise and Sunset in Reykjavik:
Reykjavik on a cool, crisp morning is filled with natural light. Experience a beautiful Nordic morning by heading over to the Sun Voyager sculpture, watching it light up as the sunrises. Because the sun only appears for 1 to 2 hours in the winter, Autumn is a great time to experience what a full day is like in this beautiful city. Walking along the promenade that stretches for several miles, what could be better than taking in views of the mountains and sea.
Each season in Iceland has it’s own beauty and charm. Keep in mind accommodation/lodging costs will also go down during the fall season. You will also be less tourists on the streets of Reykjavik during this time of year. It’s always best to take a look at costs, weather and excursions when building your travel plans. Many activities get booked up quickly, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
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