No matter what the season or weather is, Iceland is a country with many facets, with hot springs, glaciers, high mountains and rugged fjords with majority of them are accessible all year long. But visiting Iceland in summer has many advantages… You can benefit from longer and warmer days as well as an abundance of activities.
The summer months in Iceland are June, July and August and this is the most popular time to visit the country, of course there is plenty of sunlight. From hiking to festivals, and even ice cream, we’ve compiled the best activities that inspire you to book a trip to Iceland in the summertime.
Bathe in a swimming pool or Hot Spring
Bathing in the outdoor pools which are heated naturally by thermal hot springs on a hot summers day in Iceland is a must do, it one of the most memorable experiences. From the Blue lagoon to the 82 foot pool hidden in the Seljavallalaug valley. Be completely alone with nature, relax and watch the wonderful landscape surrounding you
Trekking and Hiking around Iceland
If looking for something more adventurous and to get closer to nature, discover the breath-taking scenery and natural beauty of Iceland by hiking. Pack your hiking boots and spend the day exploring the many beautiful places such as the hot springs, mountains, glaciers and glymur the highest waterfall in Iceland. The Lanugavegur Trek is Iceland’s most popular trek.
Make the most of the Midnight sun
The days are pretty long and bright during the summertime in Iceland as the sun is visible for almost 24 hrs. with the sun setting just after midnight and rising again before 3am. So if you are thinking of visiting in the summer months the best time to head to Iceland is starting of late May and until August.
Ride on Horse in Iceland
If you are visiting Iceland on a family trip, this is the perfect adventure for you and the kids, exploring the wonderful nature of Iceland on top of an Icelandic horse. Imagine riding through some truly gorgeous countryside, dried lava plateaus, farmland and rivers and being surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the volcanic mountains.
Enjoy a Whale Watching Tour
Whale watching is as essential a part of any trip to Iceland. The best time for whale watching is from April to late September-early October, with June, July and August recognized as the peak season.
If you have the time to travel north, the record sighting nine different species of whales in one tour! That tour was near at Dalvík, close to Akureyri.
Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour
The Golden Circle is the most popular tour to experience in Iceland. The name given to a 300 kilometer circular route from Reykjavik. During the summer months the weather becomes warmer meaning the glacier slowly shrinks. The tour takes you in three popular attractions all within 100km of the capital including the Geyser Hotsprings, Gulfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. None of these three attractions are further than a two-hour drive from Reykjavik.