Wonderful Iceland is made of fire and ice. Incredible unEarthly landscapes.
Land covered with moss, green grass, black beaches, incredibly beautiful waterfalls, blue glaciers and green mountains. Everyone dreams of visiting Iceland, looking at centuries-old glaciers, swimming in the clear waters of Blue Lagoon on Keflavik Island, looking at the famous hot spring Geyser and admiring the funny and beautiful puffins. And of course the most important thing is to see the Northern lights.
When is the best time to fly to Iceland? Is there a season for whale watching or puffins birds? And the most important question – when and where is the best time to watch the Northern Lights? Let’s discover it step by step.
Reykjavik is the northernmost European capital, the name of the city being translated as “smoky bay”, thanks to the large number of warm springs around. 60% of the population lives in the capital and 80% of the country is deserted at all, Reykjavik is just 2% south of the Arctic Circle, and then only Greenland sea and, in fact, Greenland. The weather here is appropriate to its location; the average summer temperature is no more than 13-15 degrees. Winters, by the way, are not as frosty as you can imagine, the average temperature is minus 6 degrees. It is still difficult to guess with the weather, because it is also extremely changeable. Frequent light rain and wind gusts. Well, if the weather is less understood, we will start to deal with the seasons.
So, the advantages of the summer season (the best month, in my opinion, is June):
- Warm weather (if I may say so).
- Puffin birds season. Puffins are located on the territory of Iceland from May to the last dates of August (in some travel companies tours can be ordered up to 15th, in others – until 20th August). But do not think that it will be possible to get close to these lovely and very fast birds. They live on alienated islands and rocks. Tourists are also brought on boats to admire them from a distance. Binoculars will be given to you there, but probably you will need better zoom. The bird is also small; an adult length is only about 20 cm. You can find this tour in Reykjavik at the port. Departure occurs several times a day and the duration of the tour is 1 hour. You can find more information following the link https://specialtours.is/tour/puffin-watching/ and more fun ways to have a great time in Iceland.
If you want a selfie with these unreal beauties, then go to Borgarfjarðarhöfn, (the northeastern part of the country), where they like to spend time at cliffs.
- Blooming lupine fields. Go to the village of Vik in June. It is famous for its black beach and unreal cliffs. As a bonus from the top you can admire the fields of lupines or even have a photo shoot.
- Walking on Diamond Beach close to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. It is an unreal place with breathtaking views. Imagine the vast depths of bright blue ice in clear waters. Summer is a good time for this perfectly beautiful place. Moreover, tourists are offered a walk through the lagoon on special amphibious boats.
- Unrealistic moss-covered landscapes of lava. Depending on the season, the moss changes its color from gray-green to bright emerald. This is the first thing that impressed me. Keflavik Island, from which my journey began, is all covered with the depths of frozen lava, completely covered with moss, no trees, neither large bush. Only huge areas of lava. In winter, this beauty is likely to be covered with snow, so you won’t be able to see it. In general, there are almost no trees in Iceland. This is very unusual for us. The trees disappeared centuries ago due to the climate and deforestation. Icelanders are now actively planting many young trees, but they need time and conditions.
- Blue Lagoon. This miracle deserves special attention. It is a combination of true natural wonder and human-created comfort. It’s so nice to enjoy warm waters when the temperature outside is only 10 degrees. But when it’s minus 6, it’s kind of scary to go out in a wet swimsuit. The Blue Lagoon is a whole complex, a real SPA resort.
There is also a luxury resort where you can admire the lagoon right out of the window, a restaurant and a cosmetics shop where you can buy a variety of masks and skin care products. Including many products with the famous silica, it is this white clay that makes the water color so deeply sky-blue. In addition to the on-site swimming pool, there are lockers, a shower, a hairdryer, etc., a water bar, and a mask bar where you will be offered a mask for your skin type. There are several options for visiting the Blue Lagoon. Use the link below to choose the best holiday option for you. Perfect relaxation and true pleasure for your body and soul. https://www.bluelagoon.com/accommodation/retreat-hotel If you do not want to pay for this visit, there are numerous absolutely free hot water springs in Iceland, for example, Mývatn Nature Baths. I’m sure it is also worth to visit.
- Geyser. That’s right, namely hot spring located on the territory of Iceland with the name “Geysir” gave the name to this natural phenomenon. A hot spring that periodically releases fountains of hot water and steam from pressure associated with volcanic activity. In fact, there are not many countries in the world to watch this miracle, such as Russia (the Geyser Valley in Kamchatka), the United States (Yellowstone National Park), New Zealand, Chile and some in Japan and China. Why is it best to visit the Golden Ring and Geyser in the summer? Sometimes the fountains are so powerful that can cover tourists from head to toe. Better to have such warm shower in summer.
- Waterfalls and colorful rainbows. Only in summer with good weather you can enjoy the unreal rainbows near Iceland’s waterfalls, which are very powerful and beautiful. The largest is the Golden Falls, which is a fabulous and enchanting area that you will not tire of admiring.
- Whale watching. Several times a day, tourists have an opportunity to go to the sea and watch these amazing prehistoric animals. But to match expectations with reality, real luck is needed.The fact is that humane Icelanders do not use sonar, so whales can only be seen through the eyes. The boat has a biologist guide thought. Most likely, you will see a minke whale, but your meeting will be just for a second. Great luck when a whale comes up to the surface and shows its tail. Most likely, it will be a fin for a second, followed by long minutes of waiting. But if you saw a tail, this whale goes deep, so try to find another one. The reasons why this 3-hour walk is better in the summer are so clear. Even in summer, tourists wearing special suits almost blow off the deck by the cold piercing wind of the Greenland Sea. But it is worth to realize that you are on the edge of Earth in the midst of eternal element. If you want to know more about whales, there is a museum 500 meters from the port, where you can hear a lot of interesting facts about these extraordinary ocean giants and see their real size.
As much as I would not list the benefits of summer holidays, it is still worth saying that in winter there is something that you can give up most of the benefits. Correct, the Northern lights. The Northern lights season begins in September and lasts until the end of March. It’s best to look this miracle outside the city at the time of mostly clear sky. There are several webpages where you can observe the Aurora (
another name for the northern lights) http://auroraforecast.is/
In addition to the listed natural wonders, it is a country with almost zero crime, and also one of the cleanest countries in the world. Due to the large number of volcanoes, locals use geothermal energy sources, providing the country with both water, heat and electricity. The hot tap water smells of sulfur coming straight from the springs. The cold tap water is good quality water and you may drink it without further purification.
Incredible Iceland is a true fairy tale in which everyone will find their own wonder.