Iceland was once thought of to be the land of ice and snow and while that's far from true, it has given people the wrong impression in the past. Rather, it's their neighbor country Greeland that is truly the land of ice and snow, while Iceland experiences mild summers with fields in full blooming green. The landscape is dotted with glacial features, waterfalls, natural springs, and volcanoes, with beaches sporting black volcanic sand and unique stone outcroppings. What's there not to love?


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If Iceland is on the list then the next logical thing to do is determine when the best time to visit would be. Iceland is home to the midnight sun which happens every June, as the summer solstice marks the turning point between long winters and long, long summer days filled with sunlight. So, while it might be a new experience learning how to sleep with all of that sunlight, it means there's more actual daylight to do and see things around the country. Alternatively, the winter months bring with them surprisingly mild weather - despite the mild months, it is possible to theoretically experience four seasons in one day due to the combination of Gulf Stream air and Caribbean Atlantic air flows. Let's dive into how to navigate this.

Weather In Iceland According To The Months

In terms of specific months, most people will want to visit Iceland during the warmest time of the year which is August. Traditionally, August is always the warmest month out of the year and brings with it plenty of sunlight. However, that's not to say that the weather can't face a sudden shift and, if it does, some days in August could feel chillier than anticipated and could even see more precipitation than expected. The coldest month out of the year is February and brings with it chill winter winds so while this is definitely the off-peak season, it's one that requires a ton of bundling up and preparation for the wild Atlantic winds that rip across this landscape.

The months between October and February are the rainiest and often bring snow with them since they're also the coldest, so any trip should be taken prior to October, despite the fact that this is a prime trip-taking month in many parts of the world. For those who aren't as worried about the temperature as they are sunny weather and a lack of precipitation, then June and July are the best months to plan a trip - however, the months between June and August are also the most crowded. The least crowded months are, of course, those that fall between November and February - but if you don't mind an extra chill in the air and the occasional rainy or snowy day, March, April, May, and September might score you some tourist-free excursions.

The Seasons And What To Do During Each One

A trip to Iceland can also be planned around what a person expects to experience. For example, if the Northern Lights are on the itinerary, travelers will be faced with the choice of picking a winter month - preferably one that's milder than February. The perk is that there are fewer crowds during this time, the con is that it will definitely be colder.

Speaking of fewer crowds, the autumn season is the perfect time to plan a trip for a tourist-free (mostly) trip. Booking in September might allow travelers to soak up the last of the summer's offerings as well as its higher temperatures, but October, while it's technically one of the colder months, isn't all that bad either.

For those seeking out Iceland's wildlife, fishing, and bird-watching, the spring, just like in any other part of the world, is the time to witness it all in nearly full bloom. Every bit of wildlife and plant life starts to poke its head out as the winter chill is staved off with warmer spring temperatures, and it's quite beautiful before the crowds come during the summer months.

If the crowds really aren't a concern, and the Northern Lights aren't something travelers want to experience, then booking a summer trip is a no-brainer. With that being said, the differences between June, July, and August Iceland weather should be noted: June's days have up to 21 hours of daylight, July's days have between 18 and 21 hours of daylight, and August's days have up to 18 hours of daylight. July is the most popular time to visit and this is when the country sees the most crowds, however, June technically has more daylight hours. August is still popular but starts to lose daylight hours, but also has the warmest temperatures.

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