The majority of visitors to Iceland arrive and leave between mid June and the end of August. This is the main summer season but there are plenty of activities which can be enjoyed in the spring or the fall. Alongside this it is also cheaper to fly to Iceland or book a hotel or even rent a car when outside the main summer season.
Advantages of visiting in the fall
The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is far more visible in the winter than it is in the summer. The view can be simply breathtaking. The Icelandic people are also big fans of Christmas and they have impressive celebrations throughout the season. The fall is an excellent time to visit the spas, go snowmobiling or horseback riding. The temperature is also relatively mild, although it can be unpredictable and there are as many daylight hours as in North America which provides ample time to explore the delights this country has to offer. The fall is also the only time of year that you can participate in the annual Icelandic sheep round up or even round up the horses. If you are not an experienced rider then you can go in a jeep or simply watch.
Skiing is also a popular pass time in the fall and can be combined with the excellent nightlife at Reykjavik, which is the first point of call for most visitors as it is a bustling, vibrant city at all times of the year. It is particularly good to visit this city in the fall so that you can attend the opera or a concert at the world’s most Northern opera house; which is only open off-season. It is also possible in the fall to take an aerial tour or to go dog sledding. If visiting a glacier, hiking or playing golf on the snow is part of your ideal holiday then you are best to visit out of the main season.
Advantages of visiting in the summer
Summer in Iceland sees the arrival of near constant sunlight and an opportunity to discover a green and largely untouched land. Many of the highland roads are closed in winter; making summer the best time to explore the untouched parts of Iceland that few people see. Of course, the majority of tourists visit in summer so prices tend to be higher and there are always plenty of crowds.
Summer visitors will be able to join an organized tour or adventure trip to anyone of the well known spots in Iceland; the majority of these tours are not possible after September and visitors in the fall may miss out on some fantastic experiences. It is also important to note that the majority of museums outside ofReykjavik are not open in the summer as the Icelandic people tend to vacate during the summer. As a result of this many of the cultural attractions, such as the theatre or opera are closed during the summer, although the arts and cultural festivals outside of the city during the summer should more than make up for this.
The locals are very friendly all year round although they are especially geared to meet the tourists in the summer, when the bulk of visitors arrive. They are well known for their hospitality.
Of course it is possible to visit some places, such as Snaefellsnes Peninsula or the Strandir coast at any time of the year and experience some truly remarkable scenery. On Snaefellsnes travelers will be amazed by the dramatic volcanic peaks, sparkling fjords, sweeping golden beaches, sheer sea cliffs, and crunchy lavas flows; on top of everything, the landscape is breathtaking.
Iceland is a country that offers something for everyone, whether you are after an adventure holiday or a cultural city break. It doesn’t matter if its summer or fall as this place has it all exquisite ski resorts, beautiful coastlines, amazing people and fascinating landscapes. In spite of rather low temperatures, Iceland is a magical land; a territory that will leave you speechless. That being said, choosing this destination for your honeymoon is not that crazy. On the contrary, this place is once in a lifetime opportunity to admire surreal scenery.
By Alfred Stallion and BalticTravelCompany.com!