When it comes to the best time to visit Iceland of year it very much depends on what it is that you want to do when you are there, your budget and how much you like or dislike the cold! This post will outline the benefits of visiting in each season.
Iceland in autumn: is beautiful in the autumn as the light changes, the nights start to draw in, the trees change colour and the darkness returns. It is certainly less busy at this time of year and it is a cheaper time to visit so if you are on a budget then it might be a good time of year to consider. The only real downside is that the weather can be very unpredictable.
Iceland in winter: If you want snow, and lots of it, then the winter is a good time to visit. It is also the best time to visit if you want the most stunning images of the aurora borealis (Iceland northern lights). The lights are visible for most of the year but the displays are certainly the best in the winter period. Christmas is particularly magical in Iceland and it is a wonderful time to visit. The only real downside is that some parts of the island are quite difficult to access and certain things will be more difficult to do, such as accessing some parks.
Iceland in spring: This is a particularly short season in Iceland but it is beautiful. You will definitely notice the difference in the light levels and wildlife! Again, it is slightly cheaper at this time if year. Perhaps a good time to come for watching geysers.
Iceland in summer: The country is certainly most accessible in the summer months with all of the roads passable. If you don’t mind the midnight sun then the weather is a definite bonus. However, the crowds are much bigger and there are generally more people everywhere. It is also more expensive to visit in the summer and in some places it is difficult to get any accommodation at all as it books up quickly. It is though a great time of year to come to do all of Iceland’s activities.