When it comes to the best time to visit Iceland, there is really no bad time to go. But, keep in mind that there are some attractions that you will only be able to see during the winter or summer time.
The Aurora Borealis, or Iceland Northern Lights are best seen in the winter months. There are several different factors that you should take into consideration when you are making plans to see this unpredictable attraction. The Northern Lights are created when electrically charged particles start to collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. This is what causes the bright colorful dancing lights to appear.
Generally, the best time of year to go see these lights are during the winter time, which falls between September to January. This time of year, Iceland experiences months where the night sky is pitch black. Having complete darkness will allow you to be able to see the light show better for a longer amount of time. To get the full Aurora Borealis experience you should plan on staying for at least week since sometimes the lights will not always be visible. This is due to the unpredictable cold weather that Iceland can have during the winter months.
If unpredictable winter weather is not up your alley there are still plenty of things that you can do in the summer months. During this time, the west coast of Iceland becomes a great place to watch the setting of the Midnight Sun. The sunset causes the sky to turn amazing shades of pink and gold.
You can also choose to snorkel between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. This is located in the Thingvellir National Park and is the only place in the world where you are able to swim between the plates. These two tectonic plates have been pulling away from each other at a one-inch rate every year. The visibility of the water is around 120 meters, which means that it is home to some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world.
You can also visit some the famous lagoons in the area. One of the most popular is the Blue Lagoon. It is surrounded by lava that allows this milky blue water to stay at a warm temperature of 37–39 °C all year round. The geothermal pool is fed by a mineral-reach stream of heated seawater. The mud that is found in the pool works as a relaxing mud mask and will make your skin feel nice and smooth.