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Frequently asked questions

When is the best time to visit Iceland

Iceland is beautiful in all four seasons. In summer you enjoy 24 hour daylight and withness the midnigh sun over the horizon. In summer time you can reach the most remote location in the highlands, while in winter time they are not accessible.

Autumn is short in Iceland. At the end of August the trees become yellow and rusty color.  You may experience temperature around 6° C (43°F). They change of the weather may bring you the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.  You still can travel the ring road and there are plenty to see without going far.  But remember, extreme weather conditions might interupt your itinerary, as weather can be completely unpredictable during winter time.  Therefore please pack your warm cloths, with scarfs and hats, if you plan to vist in Autumn and Winter.

In Winter you can expect more darkness, and the shortest day in Iceland is 21st of December.  Four to sex hours daylight, but still magic to see such as the Aurora Boralis.  The temperature drops down to 1°C (34°F)

Prices are lower during winter time and the density of tourist are much lower compared to summer time. 

It really does not matter when your travel to Iceland, as you will for sure find things you will love.  But the highlands are closed from late autumn until late June in summer time, but some glacier tours are accessable.  Tourse can easily be cancelled during winter time due to weather conditions.

How to get to Iceland: Airlines flying to Iceland

How long is the flying time to Iceland

  • Amsterdam – 3 hours
  • Barcelona – 4 hours & 30 minutes
  • Berlin – 3 hours & 30 minutes
  • Birmingham, UK – 2 hours & 45 minutes
  • Boston, US – 5 hours & 30 minutes
  • Copenhagen – 3 hours & 20 minutes
  • Edinburgh – 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Florida, US – 7 hours & 30 minutes
  • Frankfurt – 3 hours & 45 minutes
  • London – 3 hours & 10 minutes
  • Los Angeles, US – 8 hours & 45 minutes (8 hours & 20 minutes from Iceland)
  • Miami, US – 7 hours & 35 minutes (8 hours from Iceland)
  • New York, US – 5 hours & 30 minutes
  • Oslo – 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Paris – 3 hours & 25 minutes
  • Pittsburgh, US – 6 hours & 5 minutes (6 hours & 30 minutes from Iceland)
  • San Francisco, US – 8 hours & 25 minutes (9 hours from Iceland)
  • Seattle, US – 7 hours & 30 minutes
  • Washington, US – 6 hours & 25 minutes

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What type of clothing to pack for Travel in Iceland

Depends on what you will be doing in Iceland, in which season. Are you only planning to stay in Reykjavik, or do you plan to go around on day tours, and possibly take short hiking tours in the highlands?

Iceland might give you some indication what to pack.  Basically you should expect all kinds of weather, no matter what the season is.

  1. Sturdy walking boots (with a good grip for short unevel landscape)
  2. If hiking mentioned in the description then Hiking boots (waterproof)
  3. Thermal underware (especially for highland ttravel)
  4. Insulated jackets
  5. Warm socks
  6. Fleec jacket/light weight wool sweater
  7. Prainproof/windproof Jacket
  8. Rain pants
  9. Gloves /scarves
  10. Hat (preferrable warm)
  11. Swimsuit and towels for visiting pools and hot springs. (but are available for renting)

What is the Icelandic weather like?

This is perhaps the most difficult question.  Firstly, the name Iceland is not very attractive, but the country enjoys a much milder climate then the name suggests.   Besides the weather is unpredictable.  We have a saying in Iceland:  If you do not like the weather in Iceland then wait 10 minutes.  It will change.

How are the seasons?

Iceland has four seasons, Summer, autumn, winter, and spring.  All seasons have their own characteristics, and all are remarkable great.

Summer is the country high season for travelling.  The weather is milder, and the days are longer.  The highland roads open in late June and stay open until late Autumn. That is the only time you may visit the famous “Landmannalaugar” (unless you go on a super jeep winter tour).  Hiking tour in the highlands are only possible in July/August

Autumn is short in Iceland. From the end of August until early November.  It is a popular time to travel, even though it is little colder compared to summertime.  You may experience temperature around 6° C (43°F). You will see the beautiful color combinations of the vegetation turning yellow and rusty color.  The change of weather may bring you the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.  You still can travel the ring road and there are plenty to see without going far.  But remember, extreme weather conditions might interrupt your itinerary, as weather can be unpredictable.  Therefore, please pack your warm cloths, with scarfs and hats, if you plan to visit in Autumn and Winter.

In Winter you can expect more darkness, and the shortest day in Iceland is 21st of December.  Four to six hours daylight, but still some magic scenery to see such as the Aurora Borealis.  The temperature drops down to 1°C (34°F).  If you plan to drive during wintertime, then you should take special precautions to the icy conditions

Prices are lower during wintertime which is from November to March. The density of tourist is much lower compared to summertime, excluding Christmas and New year’s eve which is very popular time in Iceland.  Some like visiting and bath in the hot springs which are open all year around.  Bathing in the hot springs is especially nice when you have snow covering all the surroundings.  It is not always snow in Iceland, but it certainly comes and goes very fast.

It really does not matter when your travel to Iceland, as you will for sure find things you will love.

Spring comes in April and May. But due to unpredictable weather, then you may expect snow falling during those two months. Spring is the time when the migration birds start coming.  The first Puffins comes in April and leaves in September.  Springtime weather can be anywhere between 0 to 10°C (32-50°F).  The highlands are closed during springtime.  Fewer tourists are around, and prices are lower

For more information about the climate and weather in Iceland, visit the Icelandic Met Office website.

May the weather affect my tour?

If we have wind or rain, which are common in Iceland, then we will not be affected.  That will not stop us, but please remember to bring waterproof jackets and trousers and good shoes.  If we will have extreme weather conditions or bad road condition, we might need to adjust or cancel the trip.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

From late September to April.  Due to the certain risk of not seeing the Northern Lights, then Spectacular Iceland do not have standard or regular tours for this purpose.  But we of course are able to offer tailor made tours at the risk of the traveler.  Here you can see the forecast which guides your to the Northern lights every day https://auroraforecast.is/

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When can I see the puffins?

The beautiful migration bird come to Iceland in April and leaves in September. There are several places around Iceland where you can see the puffins close.  For example, in Westman Islands and in Dyrhólaey.

Where are the Game of Thrones film settings in Iceland?

  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Þórufoss
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Svinafellsjökull Glacier
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Grjótagjá and Lake Myvatn
  • Þjórsárdalur Valley
  • Hengilsvæðið
  • Reynisfjara  (The black beach)
  • Dyrhólaey
  • Skogafoss the waterfall

Please note that Spectacular Iceland tours will take you to some of those places in a day tour. We can tailor make your trip only visiting those settings.

Is Iceland very cold and icy?

You might be very surprised.  The weather in Iceland in generally very mild. But weather can be unpredictable and changes very frequently. Icelanders have a saying: „if you don’t like the weather then just wait 10 minutes“ and another saying is:  “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

No matter the season you should always pack wind and water-resistant outerwear, as well as thermal layers, especially when going on excursions and hiking tours

Is Covid 19 going to affect our trip and is it safe?

Safety is of utmost importance at Spectacular Tours, and we are confident about our government safety measures and regulations which we follow.

We know that government actions, so far have been successful and therefore we are confident that it is considered safe to travel to Iceland. Quarantine measures and mild restrictions on large public gatherings have been used with good result. Icelanders have been very careful and kept social distances as required by the government at all times, and the usage of sanitizer has become a routine which are available in all stores and public places.

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