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Iceland in October. The most colorful month

Autumn can be felt better in Iceland in October. It is the most colourful month from the sky to the ground.

The northern lights dance in the night sky, sunrises and sunsets are like fire, and the leaves of the trees are dressed in orange, red, and burgundy colours. The blue ice cave can be explored again. 

Weather in October

October is an excellent month to visit Iceland for winter activities, but that depends on the weather. We are closer to the winter, so the weather is unpredictable, and it is better to check it a few times daily.

The average temperatures are between 19 F (-7.2 C) and 59 F (15 C) during October, and the wind can be extreme. There are 11 hours of daylight at the beginning of the month and around 9 hours of sunlight at the end. 

Photo by Roman Kirienko

What to wear in Iceland in October?

Dressing for Iceland in October demands a blend of warmth and versatility. Layering is essential; start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep dry, then add insulating layers like a fleece or sweater, topped with a waterproof and windproof jacket.

Opt for sturdy, waterproof boots to navigate the varying terrains, and don’t forget a warm hat, gloves, and a scarf to shield against brisk winds. Packing thermal leggings or pants beneath your jeans helps combat the chill.

Consider bringing a mix of clothing for different weather scenarios, as Iceland’s conditions can shift swiftly. Ultimately, dressing for comfort and functionality will ensure you’re ready to embrace the stunning landscapes while staying cosy in Iceland’s ever-changing weather in October.

Photo by Roman Kirienko

Imagine Peace Tower Lighting

On October 9th

Imagine Peace Tower is a light tower built in memory of John Lennon. It is situated on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, and Yoko Ono made it.

“IMAGINE PEACE TOWER symbolizes Lennon’s and Ono’s continuing campaign for world peace  – which began in the sixties, was sealed by their marriage in 1969 and will continue forever.

Inscribed on the walls of the Wishing Well is the phrase IMAGINE PEACE, translated into 24 different languages. IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is composed of a tall shimmering tower of lights. It appears every year and is visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death).” Imagine Peace Tower

Photo source: Imagine Peace Tower

October still has enough daylight for sightseeing and doing some exciting activities.

We selected some of the most popular activities you can do in Iceland in October.

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 of 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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Boat tours 

The weather still permits the boat tours to operate. The most famous glacier lagoon of Vatnajökull is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, full of icebergs broken from Breiðamerkurjökull tongue.

All the icebergs from this lagoon are taken by the ocean currents and brought back to land at Diamond Beach, right next to the lagoon.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Iceland and for an excellent reason. Also called the Crown Jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon will impress you with its beauty and unicity. The landscape is fantastic.

The glacier lagoon is still not frozen, so boat trips on the lagoon are almost daily. There are two options for boat tours on the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

One Hour Small Islands Trip - 2021

One Hour Small Islands Trip - 2021

Explore the small Islands around Vestmannaeyjar

Fjallsárlón - Iceberg boat tour

Fjallsárlón - Iceberg boat tour

Tour among icebergs - sailing
to the edge of the glacier

Two Hour Round Trip - 2021

Two Hour Round Trip - 2021

Sail in Vestmannaeyjar on a RIB speedboat

Photography Private Boat Tours

Photography Private Boat Tours

Photography Private Boat Tour

Vestmannaeyjar Boat Tour

Vestmannaeyjar Boat Tour

Explore Vestmannaeyjar from a
different perspective

Amphibian Boat Tour

Amphibian Boat Tour

Explore Jökulsárlón lagoon on a boat

Zodiac Tour

Zodiac Tour

Explore Jökulsárlón lagoon
on a boat tour

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ATV tours

The South Coast of Iceland is a geological masterpiece of past volcanic activity. South Coast has some of the most beautiful black sand beaches and an impressive volcanic and glacial relief.

Exploring the South Coast is such an exciting experience, and it can become unforgettable if you study it on an ATV tour.

Our friends from Arcanum are organising some ATV tours on the South Coast of Iceland, and you have to try one if you come to Iceland in October.

ATV - Super View

ATV - Super View

2 Mountain Adventure ATV/Quad Tour
in the countryside of Reykjavik

ATV and Northern Lights

ATV and Northern Lights

a full hour of ATV action on Mount Hafrafell
before beginning the hunt for the Northern Lights.

ATV - Black Beach Safari and the Plane Wreck

ATV - Black Beach Safari and the Plane Wreck

Ride an ATV on black lava beaches,
visit the DC3 plane wreck and cross glacier rivers!

ATV - Express

ATV - Express

Explore the black volcano
sand beaches of the South Coast

Northern Lights Tour on ATV/Quad

Northern Lights Tour on ATV/Quad

Experience the Northern Lights ATV/Quad Tour
close to Reykjavik

ATV - Midnight Sun tour

ATV - Midnight Sun tour

Midnight Sun ATV/Quad tour in the
coutryside of Reykjavik

Discover Hallormsstaður forest - 1 hour ATV tour

Discover Hallormsstaður forest

1 hour ATV Tour in the forest of Hallormsstaður

Panorama ATV Tour & Blue Lagoon

Panorama ATV Tour & Blue Lagoon

1-Hour Guided ATV Tour

ATV and Glacier Lagoon Kayak

ATV and Glacier Lagoon Kayak

ATV and Glacier Lagoon Kayak

ATV and Glacier Walk

ATV and Glacier Walk

ATV and Glacier Walk

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Whale watching

The best part of travelling to Iceland is that you can do some excellent activities there. And speaking of whale watching, most whales are” roaming” in the north during autumn. 

Before going on a tour, you must understand that bad weather conditions can reschedule or cancel the tour. Also, as you watch marine life, you have to realise that everything happens in the whales’ natural environment, and you will not be guaranteed to see many whales. Sometimes, it happens not to see any whales.

Whale-watching from Reykjavik

Whale-watching from Reykjavik

The best whale watching tour from Reykjavik

Whale-watching from Akureyri

Whale-watching from Akureyri

Relax in the Northfjords on a whale watching

Whale-watching from Hauganes

Whale-watching from Hauganes

The best whale watching tours from Hauganes

Whale-watching from Dalvik

Whale-watching from Dalvik

Memorable experiences on a boat

Whale-watching from Hjalteyri

Whale-watching from Hjalteyri

Memorable experiences in the North on a boat

Whale-watching from Húsavík

Whale-watching from Húsavík

Adventures in the whale watching capital

Whale Watching Grundarfjörður

Whale Watching Grundarfjörður

Adventures in the Snaefellsnes peninsula

Whale Watching Hólmavík

Whale Watching Hólmavík

The best tours in Hólmavík

Whale Watching Ólafsvík

Whale Watching Ólafsvík

The best tours in Snæfellsnes peninsula

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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. 

Also, book your ticket now if you plan to come to Iceland in October.

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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Ice cave exploration*

Depending on the temperatures outside, there might be changes in the operation of the Katla Ice Cave tour.

The temperatures are perfect, and the ice caves at Vatnajökull Glacier are available to explore. However, some ice caves are open for exploration all year. 

One ice cave is the Katla ice cave in South Iceland. It is located in the Kötlujökull glacier, part of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. 

And the other one is the ice cave at Langjökull Glacier. The ice cave at Langjökull is artificial, so there has been an entire process of carving into the glacier and forming the tunnel. Local authorities opened the ice cave to the public in 2015, and the tunnel inside the glacier is 550m long and goes 30 meters into the glacier. 

These are excellent options if you want to explore some ice caves. 

P.S. The Blue Ice Cave tours will be available to book in October, so check them now!

Ice Cave by Katla Volcano

Ice Cave by Katla Volcano

Visit this truly unique Ice Cave
underneath Katla volcano.

Into The Glacier - From Klaki Base Camp

Into The Glacier - From Klaki Base Camp

Your Into The Glacier Adventure
is truly a unique experience.

Katla Ice Cave | Super Jeep from Vik

Katla Ice Cave | Super Jeep from Vik

Unique Ice Cave underneath Katla volcano

Into the Glacier - From Reykjavík

Into the Glacier - From Reykjavík

Explore the inside of Langjökull
glacier on this day trip from Reykjavík

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Hunting the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

The season of hunting the northern lights started, and the weather is still calmer than in the middle of the winter.

There is a high possibility to have more days with clear skies in November than in the winter months so if you are in Iceland do not sleep, go outside and look at the sky, you might have a surprise. You can also go on a guided tour to hunt the northern lights.

Take some warm clothes because it will be cold. 

Pssst, the Northern Lights has witnessed many engagements and, at the same time, has offered the best views for such a special moment. 

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

NORTHERN LIGHTS AND STARGAZING (Guided in 10 languages)

NORTHERN LIGHTS AND STARGAZING (Guided in 10 languages)

Guided in 10 languages.

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.

Sails, Lights & Winter Nights

Sails, Lights & Winter Nights

Dancing lights in total silence — powered by wind and electricity

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.

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!

Golden Circle, Secret lagoon & Northern Lights

Golden Circle, Secret lagoon & Northern Lights

Experience Icelandic nature at its best!

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.

Northern Lights Tour

Northern Lights Tour

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

Northern Lights Hunt

Northern Lights Hunt

Nothing compares to the enigmatic light show of the Aurora Borealis

Reykjavík Whales & Northern Lights

Reykjavík Whales & Northern Lights

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

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise & Aurora Exhibition

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise & Aurora Exhibition

Northern Lights Cruise including flexible Aurora Exhibition ticket

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise

Reykjavík Northern Lights Cruise

Search for northern lights on this thrilling winter cruise

Akureyri Northern Lights Cruise

Akureyri Northern Lights Cruise

Watch the Aurora Borealis dance across the dark sky

ATV and Northern Lights

ATV and Northern Lights

Start with a full hour of ATV action on Mount Hafrafell

Northern Light tour on ATV/Quad

Northern Light tour on ATV/Quad

Experience the Northern Lights ATV/Quad Tour close to Reykjavik

Northern Lights Mystery

Northern Lights Mystery

Join us on this tour to hunt for the Northern Lights

Northern Lights Mystery Private Tour

Northern Lights Mystery Private Tour

Book a private Northern Lights tour

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.

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Man watching the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky in Iceland.
Photo by Danny Katze

October is an excellent month to visit Iceland; the weather is still pleasant, the prices are not as high as during the summer, and you can enjoy many exciting activities.

If you are coming to Iceland in October, share your adventures with us.

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