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BEST TIME TO VISIT Iceland

Quite contrary to its name, Iceland is a verdant country, abounding in natural beauty - waterfalls, wildlife, flowering valleys and more! The best time to visit Iceland is from June to August - the summer season as the weather is pleasant. However, the other seasons in Iceland showcase different facets of the country with just as much aplomb. For instance, winters are the best time to watch the Aurora Borealis in all its glory. Winters also mean snow sports, while in spring the chances to enjoy greenery all around is a major attraction. Because of the Gulf Stream, the temperatures are cool in the summer season, whereas the winters are pretty mild. So, anytime can be the best time to visit Iceland, based on what sort of experiences you want.

Summer Season

The months of June, July and August bring summer with them in Iceland. This is the high tourist season since this is the warmest time of the year. Summer is a great time to visit Iceland, and you can plan full days outside without having to worry about the weather. In fact, expect to enjoy at least 20 hours of sunlight during the summer season in Iceland.

Summers are also when the Landmannalaugar valley, Þórsmörk valley and other famous trails are accessible – the best time for hikers to go see the Icelandinc highlands

This is the best time to visit the Blue Lagoon of Iceland, which is a famed geothermal hot water spring. The summers are also a great season to enjoy bird watching, especially with several indigenous birds coming back home because of the warm weather. Loads of summer music festivals and events are held, most of them outdoors, so make sure to be a part of them.

A large variety of whales visit the Icelandic waters in June, July and August. Summers are the best time then, to go whale watching – be it humpbacks, minkes, orcas or even dolphins.

Tips: Even thought it’s “summer”, temperatures vary from 5°C to 25°C so do carry warm clothes! If you are planning to visit Iceland in summer, book accommodation in advance to avoid last minute hassles in this peak tourist season.

Autumn Season

Autumn in Iceland lasts from September to November and may not be the best time to visit Iceland. Daylight hours are no more than 5 to 6 hours. On the other hand, this is a good time to enjoy discounts on accommodation options. In addition, since tourists are less, you can hope to have the entire place to yourself. In fact, this shoulder season is the best time to visit the famous hot springs of Iceland – when they’re still accessible by road and are not teeming with tourists. Head Towards the end of autumn (Sep – Oct), there are chances that you might catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Tips: Take along rain protection gear with you, since the weather can be pretty unpredictable.

Winter Season:

Winters in Iceland last from December to February and are a great time to visit the country because of the Northern Lights. Apart from this, winters are also great for seeing glaciers and active volcanoes, albeit from a safe distance.

Christmas celebrations in Iceland are massive and signify the Yuletide season and the feelings of well-being associated with it. Frozen waterfalls and hot springs are a major contradiction and yet they occur sometimes in the same place, so make sure to enjoy those.

Tips: This is a good time to enjoy plenty of discounts, be it accommodations or sightseeing packages. Make sure to book in advance to reap these benefits though.

Spring Season

Spring in Iceland lasts from March to May and is a lovely time to visit Iceland. The beginning of the season brings thawing snow, so towards the middle of spring you can expect to see a lot of flowering valleys. Crowds are lesser, especially outside of Reykjavík. This is also a great time to watch the arrival of puffins, the cute birds that Iceland is famed for.

Towards early April, there are chances of catching the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in action. Spring is also the perfect time to catch the waterfalls in all their gushing glory.

Tips: Make sure to carry winter apparels because spring in Iceland is not like a typical spring season, where the sun is shining all the time. It does get cold, and it is advisable to wear woolens.

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