Best Times to Visit Reykjavik
The best time to visit Reykjavik is from June to August. Not only can you enjoy the balmy temps (for Iceland, at least), but you'll also experience long days (think: up to 21 hours of sunlight ... a phenomenon dubbed "midnight sun"). If you're looking to save some Icelandic króna, you'll be able to do so in the winter; but those who wrestle with seasonal affective disorder might reconsider: the sun only peeks out for four or five hours between December and February.
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By far the warmest time of year, summertime is also the brightest season with approximately 20 to 21 hours of sunlight. However, you'll pay for this loveliness with a hotel rate that's nearly double its usual price. You should also keep in mind that by warm, we mean highs average in the mid-50s, though the country's notorious wind can make it feel like it's in the 30s or 40s. And remember, summer's 20-plus hours of sunlight mean you won't be able to see the aurora borealis.
Temperatures will hover between the mid-30s and low 50s, but a visit during one of Reykjavik's fall months comes with its perks. Room rates drop significantly and attractions are generally less crowded after the city's peak tourist season concludes. You'll also have a chance to spot the aurora borealis on clear days.
Frequent rain and snow showers, long nights and temperatures in the 20s and 30s characterize Iceland's winter. However, the abundant festivals and slashed prices on airfare and hotel rooms might make it worth the dark atmosphere and cold, wet climate. What's more, these months offer the greatest chances of seeing the aurora borealis, although tours for other activities and attractions may not be available due to poor road conditions. Also, bringing your rain gear and winter essentials like gloves, hats, insulated coats and boots is a must.
April and May might still see some snow on the ground, but the days will be getting longer and the temperatures will be rising. Plus, the prices for flights and hotels won't be as high as they are in the summer. You're less likely to see the aurora borealis as the season progresses, though conditions are often favorable in April.
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