The Best Time to Visit Iceland in 2018

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While winter can be a spectacular time to visit Iceland, temperatures can go as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees Celsius), especially in northern Iceland. So what’s the best time to visit this beautiful country?

December to February are definitely the iciest months. The wind chill in that period can make the temperatures feel even lower. Not a reason to avoid Iceland in the winter, but pack a thermal gear!

Late November, through December and January are seriously lacking in daylight. This may be frustrating for photographs or outdoor adventures.

The Northern Lights appear from September until April, but September and October, and February and March, are the best months to see them.

Orcas visit the Iceland coast in February and March, companies run boat tours and there are wildlife photography excursions to make most of it a magical moment.

June and July are the months of midnight sun. This may sound wonderful, but after having a few nights of troubled sleep, you might think differently. Your body must adjust to the Arctic light, but make sure to pack an eye mask. By August, night begins to darken.

The explosion of the Volcano in 2010 has affected flights everywhere. A similar explosion has taken place in tourism is Iceland since, with visitor numbers increasing by 30% in 2016. In order to avoid the crowd in Iceland you should think about doing the hotspots early in the morning or late at night. Most of the tourists stick to the 9-5.

You could also visit some more secret places such as the beautiful Secret Lagoon and Myvatn Nature Baths, instead of the Blue Lagoon. If you go on a photography holiday, the guides know where to find the spots without a large crowd go inside secret ice caves.