April 15, 2019

The best time to visit Iceland

by Águsta Björg Þorsteinsdóttir
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The best time to visit Iceland

Before sitting down to write this post I went to my colleagues to get their opinion on the ever popular question “When is the best time to visit Iceland?”. To be absolutely honest, each and every season has something great to offer travellers and in so many cases the answer will come down to when you will finally get that much earned time off at work.

But to give you a brand new way of looking at things I’ve decided to do something different. One thing everybody can agree on is that Iceland offers an incredible spectrum of colour. It’s one of the reason so many photographers have Iceland on their bucket lists, and what drives so many cinematographers to choose Iceland as a backdrop for their films and TV shows. So why not start by looking at the different colours we have on display and find your way from there.


For those of you that think yellow is the prettiest of colours then for you the spring is the right time to visit. The sun is gracing us with its presence longer with each day and the yellow road construction signs let us know that roads around the country are getting their spring make-over. The great thing about spring is that you’ll experience less travellers around, and many of the services providers continue their shoulder season prices into late May. The perfect tour for spring is with out a doubt  While you’ll hopefully be basking in mild spring weather and walking amidst bursting buds of yellow spring flowers, chances are that winter might linger. If it does, our only rule is; don’t eat the yellow snow! [Tweet “Our only rule is: Don’t eat the yellow snow!”]


Summer tends to be the most important time of year for Icelanders. The reason is part due to school holidays, better weather, and the chirping summer birds, but mostly it´s because summer allows us to fill up on daylight that will last us through winter, thanks to the ever dramatic midnight sun! The perfect tour for this season might be a late departure to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik or just an evening walk where ever you are located. So if you like your days long with a hint of orange at the beginning and end, then summer is THE time for you to visit Iceland. [Tweet “Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green – What’s your travel colour? “]


It’s the colour of love and what’s more romantic than a hand-in-hand walk through the autumn colours on an island in the North Atlantic? Answer: Absolutely nothing (well, maybe a steamy geothermal bath in the middle of winter but that’s a different blog post!) Autumn is the perfect time to visit Iceland. You’ll find fewer travellers around, lower prices, and cultural activities returning to their normal state of busy after the summer’s vacation time. The perfect tour: The autumn colours at Thingvellir National Park as simply breathtaking so a Golden Circle tour would be a great choice for fall


In our book of colors, green stands for Northern Lights. If this is the first time you’ve heard about the phenomena then you can read all about it in our Ultimate Guide to the Northern Lights but if not, then you most likely know that in order to see the lights you´ll need darkness. This leaves us with the knowledge that if green is your colour then you should visit somewhere from late September to the middle of April. There are so many and so different but this one is always a favorite.


Blue skies reflecting on the cold blue of the glacier is a sight that will remain with you forever. And if blue is your colour then your in luck as our glaciers are so many and offer you different landscapes through out the year! The perfect tour of course has a bit of blue in the name.

Black & White

In an Icelandic winter you’ll find the perfect coming together of darkness and light. With the darkest days only offering couple of hours of daylight we hope for snow to grace us with its presence in order brighten up our existence . Even though the winters have become more popular with travellers you’ll still be experiencing less people around and better prices. What would be your favourite time to visit Iceland?

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