For viewing the northern lights and exploring ice caves, you’ll want to visit Iceland in the winter which is generally the low season. However, with more and more discovering just how stunning Iceland is, you’re unlikely to score any significant discounts on accommodation like you mind find in other countries.
Low Season: November through April
While winter in Iceland will be cold, it’s not as frigidly cold as one might think despite being close to the Arctic Circle. In fact, most of the time, temperatures hover right around freezing. When blizzards roll in, however, many roads can be impassable. And most interior mountain roads will be closed. The biggest downside may be the lack of light as winter brings long, dark days with just four to six hours of daylight. Major roads are regularly plowed, including Ring Road that circles the island, although it can close during a severe storm. Some attractions may be closed, but with the country becoming such a popular destination in recent years, most are open year-round. This is the perfect time for watching the northern lights, touring ice caves, and enjoying other winter sports. You can even ride Icelandic horses in the snow!
If you’re here on New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy one of the world’s most impressive celebrations in Reykjavik. This is the only time of year when private fireworks are legal and you’ll see many individuals putting on their own unique displays, setting the skies ablaze.