Be sure to pack your camera!
There’s no wrong time to visit Iceland, but there’s just something magical about being able to watch the sunset at 12 am and then rise just 3 hours later. And with the warm weather comes infinite opportunities for hiking, swimming, and practicing photography without having to worry about your fingers freezing.
Exodus Travels made a list of reasons why summer is the best time to visit Iceland!
24 Hours of Sunlight… Almost
During the summer months, the days are much longer, meaning there is more time to do the activities. Take your time on hiking trails, spend a bit longer out on the water, visit more waterfalls in one day – whatever your heart desires! There’s no need to rush to make sure you make it back to the hotel before sunset, since there’s nearly 24 hours of sunlight.
Whale & Puffin Watching
It wouldn’t be a trip to Iceland without heading to the coast in search of the country’s more adorable residents. An impressive 60% of the world’s puffin population lives in and around Iceland.
While you’re on the coast, be sure to hop on a boat for a whale watching tour. During the summer months, there are quite a few species of whales that make their way through the waters surrounding Iceland.
Go Further in the Summer
Due to cold temperatures and lots of snow creating treacherous driving conditions, the interior roads are closed throughout the winter months. It is still possible get around the country in the winter, but if you really want to explore deeper, you’ll need to wait until the weather warms up and the roads open back up.
Drive along magical mountain roads and through the incredible landscapes of the highlands. With longer days, you get the added bonus of not having to worry about driving in the dark.
Geothermal Swimming Pools, Anyone?
Did you know Icelanders take their swimming pools very seriously? There, a town isn’t a town unless they’ve got a pool for locals to jump into after a long day at work. If you truly want to experience the country like a local, you’ve got to visit at least one public pool, but who wants to take a lap when the air outside is cold enough to freeze your hair?! Point one: Summer.
Green Fields and Rainbow Flowers
The island nation dotted with volcanic peaks truly comes to life in the summer months and makes hiking through the wilderness that much more enjoyable. Throughout your journey, be sure to keep an ear out for tales of elves and trolls and Norse gods who are said to have created the very landscapes you’re trekking.
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