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Visiting Iceland in either Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring will result in a very different experience. Not every area is accessible or will be worth visiting in a certain season, thus not all of our tours are available in every season and some of them are tailor-made to fit a specific season.


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Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis?

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are only visible when the nights are dark enough. This means they can be seen as of late August until end of April in Iceland. Outside of this period there is too much sunlight during night time which blocks out any chance of seeing any activity. So generally speaking it is only visible in winter time.

There are a few of things that have to be taken into account:

  • Seeing the aurora greatly depends on how cloudy it is and how much solar activity there is. This information can be found on the Icelandic Met Office website.
  • The aurora can sometimes be seen from within the city limits but with lower activity you increase the odds of seeing it by going away from any kind of light pollution.
Aurora Reykjanesviti Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove

When I travel to Iceland in Winter, should I expect 24 hours of darkness?

When it’s winter time, the days are a lot shorter compared to summer but this does not mean that Iceland is covered in darkness all day long. Iceland is not on a high enough latitude for it to be covered in darkness every minute of the day.

To give you an idea of what to expect: on December 21st, the shortest day of the year, Iceland gets sunlight from around 11.30am until 3.30pm. Before and after that period of sunlight there is also a period of twilight which is not pitch dark.

Reykjanes Peninsula Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove

When and where is it best to spot puffins?

Puffins are migratory birds and spend most of their lives at sea and only come to shore to breed. This means that they can only be spotted a few months a year near the Icelandic coast. Generally speaking this period lasts from the second half of May until the first half of August. This timeframe could change depending on climate conditions. If the weather has been warmer, some birds might leave Iceland earlier.

Puffins make their nests in or near cliffs. Some of the best puffin location include Dýrholæy, Vestmannayjær (Westman Islands), Borgarfjörður-Eystri and Ingólfshöfði. There are also boat tours being organised from Reykjavík. These mainly take you to Lundey, an island close to Reykjavík where a lot of puffins come to breed.

Puffins Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove

What kind of weather should I expect when travelling in Iceland?

Icelanders tend to say that if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change.

The Icelandic weather is very different between the seasons and can be very localised also. Be sure to keep an eye on the Icelandic Met Office website during your trip. Below is a short overview of what to expect in different seasons:


The temperature during winter is relatively mild for its latitude, with an average temperature of 0°C on the southern parts of the island and -5°C in the North. The Icelandic highlands usually float around -10°C.  Snow is to be expected in most parts of the country as well as strong winds and gusts. The weather can be very unstable during Winter. It usually lasts from the end of October to first half of April.


Spring is considered to last from April until the first half of June. The first day of spring is usually celebrated the first Thursday after April 18th but it’s not uncommon for it to snow on this day. The days are getting longer, the weather more stable and the average temperature is getting higher, with an average of about 7°C. Spring is heralded in by the migratory birds arriving to the island and the flowers blooming.


The second half of June, July and first half of August are considered to be the summer period in Iceland. The weather is relatively stable. Average temperature usually floats around 10-11°C. In the summer of 1939 the highest temperature ever recorded in Iceland was measured (30,5°C) in the East Fjords. Don’t expect that any time soon though!


In September the temperature starts to drop and the weather is becoming more unstable. Autumn storms with very strong winds are not uncommon. The days are getting shorter at a fast pace and the Northern Lights can be seen again. The lush green plants and bushes start to change colours very fast and the average temperature floats around 5°C.

Icy Roads Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove
East Fjords Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove
ISAK 4x4 Mike Seehagel

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