October is here and most of us are already quite busy with work or school. We have barely gotten over the fact that the Summer is over and that we are back to our ordinary, mundane lives. But, don’t put that suitcase away just yet. Spare a few days in October for a short trip to Iceland and we promise you it will be worth your while. Now, let us start with the obvious reason why you should visit Iceland this October.

1. In October, Iceland is far less busy with tourists.

You know that feeling of disappointment when you finally get up close and personal with that tourist attraction you’ve seen looking so magical on social media, only to feel completely let down by the fact that the sight is crowded with tourists and that you have to wait in line just to snap a photo or two? Well, in October you don’t have to worry about those “pesky tourists”. In October, Iceland is far less busy, offering enchanting views coated in the colours of Autumn.

2. In October, the weather in Iceland is still relatively mild.

In October, the average temperature in Iceland is around 7°C (44.6°F). Granted, you will still need to pack warm clothes and waterproof footwear, as let’s be honest there will very likely be a few stormy days thrown into the mix. But, there will also be quite a few sunny days that will keep you out exploring all day long. Make sure you check the weather forecast beforehand and do pack a swimsuit as well. In Iceland, there is a pool in every town! Also, there are dozens of hot springs you will stumble upon around the country. Trust us, there is nothing better than warming up in a natural hot spring in the middle of the wilderness.

3. In October, you will have just the right mix of daylight and darkness.

On top of the mild weather, the Autumn months have the ideal mix of daylight hours and darkness. In October, there is an average of around 11 hours of daylight. This means you won’t have to fit everything you want to see in a few short hours of daylight in the winter, and you definitely won’t struggle to fall asleep at night with the bright Midnight Sun shining through your windows, as it happens during summer months. It’s a win-win for people living closer to the Equator.

4. In October, the Northern Lights will sweep you off your feet.

The darkness in Iceland certainly has its benefits. One such benefit is seeing Aurora Borealis in all its glory. If the Northern Lights are indeed on your bucket list, do not think you have to wait for the winter to experience the best light show on the planet. The month of October can be an amazing time to view it as well. Here too, the mild weather has its perks! The chances are that the night sky will be clear from cloud coverage, something that is very important when it comes to catching the Northern Lights. Of course, you can never trust the Icelandic weather to fully cooperate, but at least you won’t freeze your fingers off while waiting for the space weather to “overreact”. The Sun is in the cycle of increased activity, so 2021 and especially the month of October is the time to cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list.

5. In October, the Fagradalsfjall volcano is still alive and kicking.

For those who are still struggling with the name and location of the volcano, it can be found in the Geldingadalir valley at the Fagradalsfjall mountain on the Reykjanes peninsula, South-West Iceland. The eruption is happening about 30 km from Iceland’s capital city and our guesthouse IG Reykjavík. The volcano started spouting lava on March 19, 2021. That means it has now surpassed the Holuhraun eruption to become Iceland’s longest-lasting eruption of the 21st century. It still shows no signs of stopping, and experts have stated that the eruption could last years or even decades. To put expert opinions aside, this October is ideal for visiting the volcano for several reasons. Firstly, with the recent swarm of tiny earthquakes, it will for sure remain active in the coming weeks. Secondly, October is off-season in Iceland, so once again you won’t have to deal with endless swarms of tourists. Thirdly, the dark hours will allow you to see the volcano at its best, and to take some very dramatic photos.

6. In October, you will get better deals on hotels, flights and tours.

As October is an off-season month in Iceland, you might be able to afford yourself a little budget-friendly Icelandic adventure. Most of the tours in Iceland are still in operation in October, the flights will be cheaper, as well as the accommodation. Should you find yourself looking for a place to stay, look no more! Iceland Guesthouses currently has three operational guesthouses, conveniently located on the western and eastern side of Iceland.

Located in the heart of Reykjavík, only 3 minutes on foot behind the majestic Hallgrímskirkja church, our recently opened and freshly refurbished IG Reykjavík guesthouse offers an unbeatable price, location and comfort ratio! Check out IG Reykjavík rooms here.

Ideally located between Vík and Reykjavík, surrounded by enchanting waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi, formidable glaciers, active volcanoes and the valley of Thor our IG Eyja Mörk cabin promises great comfort and lots of nature to explore! Book IG Eyja Mörk cabin here.

Following the Iceland’s south-east route, along the Ring Road, you will stumble upon a charming little town of Höfn and our IG Höfn guesthouse. This small and cozy, but surprisingly busy hub is the perfect starting point for discovering the eastern part of Iceland. Check out IG Höfn rooms here.

We hope these 6 reasons will encourage you to visit Iceland in October and to experience a trip you will talk about for years to come. Welcome!




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