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Iceland in November. Is still worth visiting?

As the winter is approaching, the weather becomes more difficult in Iceland and many travellers are wondering if it’s worth visiting Iceland during the winter months. Yes the weather is difficult and yes you should definitely visit Iceland during winter. May sound confusing but we have some tips for you. Keep reading!

November is the first month when the Polar night is getting installed in Iceland. The days are getting shorter and shorter as the month is passing by and the weather is getting colder and moodier. Strong winds and rain are more present and the night is longer.

What are the temperatures in November?

The average temperature in November in Iceland is about 4 °C ( 40°F). You can expect to experience all types of weather in just one day : rain, sun, fog, snow, wind. The sun rises at 8:58 am and sets at 4:53 pm at the beginning of the month which means there are about 8 hours of daylight. Until the end of the month there will be about 5 hours of daylight with the sun rising at 10:43 am and setting at 3:27 pm. Pretty crazy but that’s the beauty of the Polar night.

How to dress in November?

Layers! Icelandic winter is all about layers. You will first need a warm layer to keep your body warm and dry. Then you will need a good cover layer to protect you from the cold wind. Ideal will be if you’ll have a cover layer that is also waterproof to protect you from rain and snow. Thick socks and sturdy waterproof boots will be perfect to keep your feet warm.

Do not forget a warm hat, gloves and maybe a scarf to cover your neck and face when needed. As an inside tip, do not forget your swimsuit because you can not leave Iceland if you didn’t experience a geothermal bath like a true Viking.

Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash

What is the best and safest way to explore Iceland during winter?

As I mentioned, you can have all types of weather in Iceland and sometimes the weather is extreme here in the North. If you are not an experienced driver or simply you do not want to deal with crazy weatlas the best and safest way to explore Iceland is by booking a Private tour.

When you book a private tour, a local experienced driver will take you to all the places in your itinerary. More than that he/she knows how to deal with extreme weather and also knows the roads better. There are many advantages of booking a private tour during winter and you will find them all on our blog dedicated to this subject.

What to do in Iceland in November?

If you want to add more excitement to your trip to Iceland, there are many events and activities you can participate in while you are in Iceland.

Events to participate in Iceland

Iceland Airwaves Festival

3 – 5 November Reykjavik

“Iceland Airwaves is an immersive, multi-genre music festival held across a multitude of venues in the country’s capital, Reykjavík. This festival showcases hundreds of acts ranging from unheard-of up-and-comers to headline status artists, ranging from established international talent to the country’s rich melting pot of domestic rising stars.” (Iceland Airwaves) Find more information about the event and tickets on their official website Iceland Airwaves.

Facebook.com/icelandairwavesfestival

Icelandic Language Day

The 16 th of November

Icelandic Language Day is a festival celebrated every year dedicated to the Icelandic language. “In Autumn 1995, the Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Björn Bjarnason, suggested that one day a year should be proposed to celebrate the Icelandic language, which has been well-preserved in its original form over the centuries, unlike most other languages; and the efforts to preserve this unique symbol of the country.” (Wikipedia)

Activities to do in Iceland in November

Even with a few hours of daylight you can still visit some of the most known places in Iceland like Golden Circle, the South Coast with its stunning waterfalls and black beaches, Snaefellsnes Peninsula or Reykjanes Peninsula. If you are staying more Than a few days you can also travel to the North part of the country and explore some beautiful sights.

During winter, there are available some of the most exciting activities to do such as Aurora hunting, Ice Care exploring, Snowmobile riding, Dog sIedding, glacier hiking, geothermal baths and many more.

Snorkelling at Silfra

Snorkelling at Silfra should be on your bucketlist. Described as one of the top dive sites globally by National Geographic, Silfra is located in the historically rich Thingvellir National Park – part of the famous Golden Circle route. Snorkelling in Silfra is a once-in-a-lifetime transcontinental experience.

The guides will show you what National Geographic has described as one of the top dive sites in the world. As you glide between tectonic plates floating on pure, filtered glacial meltwater, you’ll find out for yourself and tick off your bucket list for the ultimate tour on breathtaking underwater views only available in Iceland in the world’s most transparent waters.

Snorkeling between Continents in Silfra | Free Underwater Photos

Snorkeling between Continents in Silfra

Free Underwater Photos

Hot Spring Snorkeling Tour

Hot Spring Snorkeling Tour

Snorkeling at a geothermal area at Kleifarvatn

Diving & Snorkelling

Diving & Snorkelling

Unique adventures to try

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Geothermal baths and hot springs

There is no right time for a geothermal bath. And it is a must-do in Iceland. Check our blog to see the best places to relax like a true Viking and where you can find natural hot springs in Westfjords.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a popular
spa destination

Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon

Relax like a Viking

Secret Lagoon

Secret Lagoon

A secret place to relax

Spa / Geothermal Baths

Spa / Geothermal Baths

Laugravatn Fontana, MyVatn,
Vök Baths, Geosea, Bjórböðin

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Hunting the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Is the beginning of the dark season and during November there is a high chance to see the Northern lights as this is an important condition when you want to “hunt” them. So if you are travelling to Iceland during November, take many layers of warm clothes with you because during your stay you will most probably be outside in the cold chasing the Northern lights. It is not a thing to miss, right?

Northern Lights in Super Jeep Semi Private Tour - 6 People Max!

Northern Lights in Super Jeep Semi Private Tour - 6 People Max!

On the dark winter nights the lights are often seen dancing across the Icelandic sky

From Hofn - Aurora Hunting & Photography (Private Tour)

From Hofn - Aurora Hunting & Photography (Private Tour)

Book a private tour with a guide who knows where you'll find the best spots to view the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights Mystery Private Tour

Northern Lights Mystery Private Tour

Book a private Northern Lights tour

Northern Lights Mystery

Northern Lights Mystery

Join us on this tour to hunt for the Northern Lights

Northern Light tour on ATV/Quad

Northern Light tour on ATV/Quad

Experience the Northern Lights ATV/Quad Tour close to Reykjavik

ATV and Northern Lights

ATV and Northern Lights

Start with a full hour of ATV action on Mount Hafrafell

Akureyri Northern Lights Cruise

Akureyri Northern Lights Cruise

Watch the Aurora Borealis dance across the dark sky

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise

Search for northern lights on this thrilling winter cruise

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise & Aurora Exhibition

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise & Aurora Exhibition

Northern Lights Cruise including flexible Aurora Exhibition ticket

NORTHERN LIGHTS AND STARGAZING (Guided in 10 languages)

NORTHERN LIGHTS AND STARGAZING (Guided in 10 languages)

Guided in 10 languages.

Reykjavík Whales & Northern Lights

Reykjavík Whales & Northern Lights

This combo unites some of the most popular winter
attractions in Iceland - whales and northern lights!

Northern Lights Hunt

Northern Lights Hunt

Nothing compares to the enigmatic light show of the Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights Tour

The Northern Lights tour in Iceland
takes you to see a spectacular natural phenomenon

Sensational Iceland - Waterfalls, Glacier Hike and Northern Lights

Sensational Iceland - Waterfalls,
Glacier Hike and Northern Lights

Two great waterfalls, the best south coast sights,
a fabulous glacier hike and
the magic of the northern lights.

Golden Circle, Secret lagoon & Northern Lights

Golden Circle, Secret lagoon & Northern Lights

Experience Icelandic nature at its best!

Magical Auroras - Northern lights in a minibus

Magical Auroras - Northern lights in a minibus

A minibus evening tour where we hunt for the northern lights!

Northern Lights Explorer / Northern Lights Super Jeep tour

Northern Lights Explorer / Northern Lights Super Jeep tour

Jump on our super jeep to chase the northern lights off-the-beaten-track.

Sails, Lights & Winter Nights

Sails, Lights & Winter Nights

Dancing lights in total silence — powered by wind and electricity

Hiking, Hot Springs and Northern Lights

Hiking, Hot Springs and Northern Lights

This four-day winter adventure and hiking tour embraces
the highlights of the South West of Iceland.

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Experiencing a dog-sledging tour

A dog-sledging tour will be the cutest part of your trip. Our furry friends here in Iceland are ready to give you a memorable experience.

Exploring an Ice Cave

The cold season is the best one for exploring the icy part of Iceland, especially the ones under the glaciers. Exploring a Blue Ice Cave is one of those activities and I can guarantee that is something you will never forget. Plan and book in advance your tour at the Blue Ice Cave as many people come to Iceland during winter and want to explore the ice caves.

Blue Ice Cave Exploration

Blue Ice Cave Exploration

An unforgettable experience underneath
the biggest galcier in Europe

Private Blue Ice Cave Exploration

Private Blue Ice Cave Exploration

The most exciting activity to do in winter

Ice Cave Tour

Ice Cave Tour

Ice cave tour in Vatnajökull

Crystal Blue Ice Cave | Super Jeep from Jökulsárlón

Crystal Blue Ice Cave | Super Jeep from Jökulsárlón

Unforgettable experience under the largest glacier in Europe

Ice Cave - Only the Brave

Ice Cave - Only the Brave

Unforgettable experience under the largest glacier in Europe

Ice cave - Adventures dream

Ice cave - Adventures dream

Unforgettable experience under the largest glacier in Europe

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You can pair the Blue Ice Cave tour with a glacier hiking tour. You can choose a tour either on Vatnajökull which is the largest glacier in Europe or you can hike on Mýrdalsjökull located north from Vík í Mýrdal town.

November is mostly a dark month but if you plan properly, you can have some of the best experiences here in Iceland. Have a look at our private tours and let a local snow you the most famous places in Iceland.

Best places to enjoy a geothermal bath in Iceland

Best places to enjoy a geothermal bath in Iceland

Facilities, prices, opening hours

Guide for parking in Reykjavik

Guide for parking in Reykjavik

Rules, fines, recommendations

Photographer’s paradise

Photographer’s paradise

The most famous places for photographers

Photographer’s paradise

Stuðlagil Canyon

A beautiful canyon in East Iceland

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