Whether you’re researching in advance or you’re planning a last-minute trip to Iceland in September, here are 10 things to know before going to Iceland that will help make your journey a smooth sailing adventure.
Last updated on August 18, 2022.
Things to Know Before Going to Iceland
From volcanoes and geysers to black sand beaches and natural hot springs, Iceland offers a wide array of extraordinary bucket list experiences. It’s no wonder it’s a top destination that is beloved by many and one that I personally cannot wait to revisit.
To make sure you have the most pleasurable experience and that you avoid making the same mistakes as me, I have compiled the ultimate list of what you need to know prior to arriving in Iceland.
1. Do I need a visa?
The great thing about being a Canadian citizen like myself is that you do NOT need a visa to visit Iceland. The same applies to U.S. passport holders. That is, of course, given that your stay is no longer than 90 days.
Nationals of EEA (European Economic Area) countries are not required to apply for a visa either. This includes all EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK) as well as Liechtenstein and Norway. Switzerland is neither a EU nor EEA member, but is also exempt from visas.
If you hold an Asian passport like my dad does from Taiwan, this is where it can get a little tricky.
As of January 11th, 2011, Taiwan passport holders no longer need a visa to enter countries of the Schengen Agreement (i.e. Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland). However, based on research and stories from family friends, we were told that we needed to provide proof of a return flight ticket. (Which isn’t a big deal at all.) We printed our e-mail confirmation, but once we arrived at customs, we were not asked to present any additional documents or proof. Regardless, I would prepare it in case.
Tip: Visit Schengen’s Visa Info website to find out more about who needs a visa and how to apply for one.
2. Is there a language barrier?
You’ll be relieved to hear that there aren’t any language barrier issues.
When we were in the more touristy areas in Reykjavík and along Golden Circle, everyone spoke perfect English. We didn’t have any problems checking into hotels or ordering food in restaurants. In fact, a lot locals were eager to help us when we fuelled up our car at gas stations.
We did notice, however, that once we reached smaller towns, things were slightly different.
Hotel staffs and restaurant employees were still rather fluent, but it was a little more challenging communicating with locals when asking for directions.
3. Icelandic orthography and its relation to Google Maps.
While we’re on the topic of language, let’s talk about those special characters you see in names like Þingvellir National Park.
If you haven’t noticed already, Iceland utilizes Latin-script alphabets. The “Þ” in Þingvellir National Park, for example, is really a “th” and not a lower case p or capital D.
Luckily, you don’t need to add an Icelandic keyboard to your phone to type out destinations on Google Maps.
With Iceland being such a popular destination, Google has done a really good job of converting Icelandic orthography to regular English alphabets and vice versa. You can simply type out “Thingvellir National Park” and it will direct you to said location.
Tip: Download offline Google Maps to save money on SIM cards or data roaming charges.
4. Load up on prepaid gas cards.
This is probably one of the most crucial Iceland tips and I cannot stress this enough… Load up on prepaid gas cards!
Comprehensive map of Iceland’s gas stations across the country on Rent.is.
Since most pumps take credit cards, the majority of gas stations in Iceland operate 24/7. (The stores do not.)
When paying with a card, all machines require you to input a four digit pin.
For context, my dad holds a Taiwanese credit card whereas I own a Canadian RBC Visa card. Our pins are longer than four digits and a lot of machines did not recognize our pins. That said, our cards only worked about 50% of the time. (N1 always took our cards, but Olís and ÓB were iffy.) The other half of the time we were forced to pay inside the stores.
It wasn’t until towards the end of our trip did we finally learn about prepaid gas cards. This seriously saved us so much time and trouble. Plus, you won’t be reliant on each store’s operating hours to get gas.
5. What’s weather in Iceland in September like?
The temperature in Iceland in September floats at around 6°C (43ºF) to 12°C (54ºF), which is relatively mild compared to its colder months.
Since it’s a transitional time between summer and winter, you can expect beautiful sunny days followed by long dark nights that are optimal for watching Northern Lights.
While it does rain a little from time to time, snow is rare. If you plan to rent a vehicle, you’ll have no problem navigating through local roads.
6. What to pack for Iceland in September?
Although September is one of the best months to visit Iceland in terms of weather, it can still get rather cold and windy this time of the year. Not to mention, Iceland weather is known to be unpredictable.
You can literally be enjoying the gorgeous sunshine only to drive five minutes down the road to experience pouring rain and freezing cold.
For warmer days, I suggest bringing
- Long sleeve t-shirts or henley tops
- Denim or plaid shirts that are great for layering
- Thick wool cardigans
- Leggings or jeans – whichever you feel comfortable in
- Sunglasses (especially if you plan on driving)
- Optional blanket scarf in case it gets windy
As for colder, wetter days, remember to pack a raincoat with thicker padding and insulation. (Yes, raincoat, not an umbrella because the wind will destroy it within seconds.)
It’s great to layer up with Uniqlo’s HEATTECH Thermal Base Layers and I recommend getting some HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmers as well.
7. Information centers are your new best friend.
Not just because they provide helpful Iceland travel tips, but because they have free washrooms.
It’s not uncommon for European countries to charge for restroom use. Public bathrooms in Iceland actually have turnstile doors for you to insert coins and make payment if you wish to enter.
With gas stations and restaurants only offering washroom usage for paid customers, you’ll want to take note of these tourist information centers in their respective areas:
8. Watch out for birds.
And I’m not talking about flashers. Thank goodness!
Not something you might expect on a things to know about Iceland list, but do pay attention to birds when driving.
Icelandic birds – seagulls in particular – aren’t exactly the brightest. They like to sit in the middle of the road or off to the side. Usually by the time you spot them, it’s either too late for them to get out of the way, or they’ll try to flee by crashing into your windshield.
Not only did we hit one ourselves, we saw countless carcasses along the road.
As gruesome as this sounds, it’s extremely dangerous to brake for a bird while driving at a high speed. Sometimes you just gotta do whatchu gotta do.
9. Can you see Northern Lights in Iceland in September?
The answer is yes and no.
Activity level of 2 on a clear day.
September to April is said to be the best months for when to see Northern Lights.
Nonetheless, whether you can see them or not largely depends on how cloudy the skies are and your lucky really. Despite activity being high, cloudy skies can still decrease your chances. On the contrary, if the activity level is low, you won’t see a thing even on a clear day.
Tip: check Icelandic Met Office’s Northern Lights forecast guide and plan accordingly.
10. Should I join a tour?
To answer this question, you must first determine what you want to see.
The “cool” tours versus the “boring” tours.
Cool tours are ones like whale watching, puffin spotting, ice cave explorations, and volcano visits. (Most of these outdoor excursions can only be done with a licensed tour guide and not on your own.)
The boring tours are those that take you to basic tourist attractions.
I personally don’t think the latter are worth the money nor time and would much prefer to explore on my own at my own pace.
For our trip, we spent exactly one week in Iceland. We did a DIY tour of the Golden Circle then drove along the Ring Road. In hindsight, this was a little ambitious, but we did manage to see majority of the popular sights.
Driving in Iceland is also fairly straightforward and rental cars are readily available.
Bottom line is if you don’t feel like being a social butterfly and mingling with 100 other tourists whilst getting photobombed by them, don’t join a regular day tour. If you want to venture off into ice caves and lava fields, sign up for one with Extreme Iceland.
Where do I rent a car?
If you’re like me and would much rather adventure on your own, you’ll have to rent a car.
Discovercars.com is a vehicle rental platform with more than 10,000 locations in 145,000 countries, including Iceland. They work with major agencies such as Enterprise and Sixt to provide reliable services at competitive rates.
The booking process is quick and straightforward, and they provide helpful local tips on driver license requirements, most popular vehicle to rent, where to visit, and best driving routes around Iceland.
BMW X1 from Geysir car rental. Total for seven days was $841.49 CAD + $124.18 for full-coverage insurance. We did not specify for a luxury car and were assigned this model.
Since our trip was a little last-minute, we went with the cheapest available vehicle with Geysir. (Once we arrived at Keflavík International Airport, we took a free shuttle bus to Geysir’s office. Shuttle buses came every 15 minutes and the ride was no more than 5 minutes.)
The whole process went smoothly and we got our car without delay.
Do I need car insurance?
Another key Iceland travel advice is picking the right insurance for your vehicle.
Purchasing insurance directly from car rental companies is almost always the most expensive.
While it is cheaper going with a third-party insurer, the downside is that if anything were to happen, you would have to pay the car rental company up front. You’ll then of course file a claim with your insurer and get the money reimbursed, but it’s a longer process.
No matter which you pick, do not make the mistake of purchasing from a third-party insurer and buying insurance again from the rental company at the pick-up counter.
I’ve done this before when I was unfamiliar with car rental processes and it was a complete waste of money. If you’ve purchased coverage from Rentalcars.com, for instance, tell the rental car sales rep no when they ask if you need insurance. One insurance is enough!
When it comes to which type of insurance to get, I always go with the full-coverage one. It’s better to be safe than sorry and it’s good knowing you can just walk away from everything if anything unfortunate were to happen.
This is especially important for Iceland because there are tons of gravel roads. It’s very likely that you rental will get rock chips and paint scratches.
A lot of Geysir reviews I read online were bad ones, but only because renters didn’t purchase the right insurance and had to pay for the resulting damage.
There you have it! Top 10 things you should know when visiting Iceland in September.
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Gorgeous photos of Iceland, thanks! I went there last 2014. It is a must-see destination.
Thanks so much Carol! It’s a muse-see for sure and my photos don’t even do this beautiful country justice!
Jas, thanks SO much for getting this post out so quickly and pushing back your schedule. I leave in 1.5 wks for Iceland and I can’t WAIT! Our trip is mixed. Tours and days on our own. I have the same concerns as you do for tours so we hopefully did a good mix of them plus on our own. We’ll see. The most helpful tip you have on there is packing for winter and more winter! This has been the hardest thing for me to figure out so thank you!! I will now order hand warmers (wasn’t going to before). Now I just hope those Northern Lights cooperate!
Aww you’re most welcome, Heather! You’re totally gonna have a blast and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you to see them Northern Lights. Stay warm! 😉
Thank you! I will be there in a week and this was super helpful!
Whoohoo I’m excited for you! HAVE FUNNNNNN!!!
I have always dreamed of visiting Iceland. It is in fact on top of my bucket list. Unfortunately, getting a visit is a challenge for us since I hold an Asian passport. Hope to find more information on how I can successfully get one.
It’s challenging, but it’s still doable! Hope you’ll be able to apply for one successfully so you can visit!
I hope to visit Iceland, too, someday. Seeing beautiful photos of landscapes, seascapes and the Northern lights always bring spark to my wanderlust. This will be a great resource for those traveling to Iceland for the first time.
I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you to cross Iceland off your bucket list, Jing!
I don’t think I have ever read such a detailed, informative, practical TIPS article for any country! Bravo. Keep them coming. I’m an older traveler but I still prefer to go it on my own rather than an organized tour. However, I wouldn’t mind a few short tours as a supplement to my trip. Thanks again!
You’re most welcome Tess! So glad you enjoyed the guide and hope this will inspire you to visit Iceland sometime soon 🙂
Wow wow and wow, incredible photos! Excellent guide for visiting in September, I did not know that there is a chance of seeing the northern lights. How frustrating that toilets cost! I have heard that Iceland is quite expensive but did not know that they charge you to use the bathroom!
Hahaa it’s quite common in Europe actually!!! And yes, Iceland is expensive. It’s such a beautiful country though and the $$ shouldn’t stop you from visiting 😉
Love your photos! I would love to see your itinerary for this trip as I am heading to Iceland soon and there is so much I want to do there.
Thank you Brianna! I’ll definitely be drafting one up for Golden Circle as well as the Ring Road. Stay tuned!
This is the most useful post before visiting Iceland I’ve found so far. Not sure when we will go, but I am so pin this. Thank you very much!
Yay! So glad my guide is helpful for you and I’m excited for you to visit, Umiko!
First of all, your photos look amazing! It is good to know that as a Dutch I don’t need a visa and that most of the people speak English well. The gas prepaid card sounds like a relief and good thing to know about. Your tips about seeing the Northern Lights and clothing are useful to! Can’t wait to visit Iceland one day!
Aww thanks so much Daphne! Great thing about travelling within Europe for you is that you really don’t need a visa for anywhere. Hope you’ll get to make it out to Iceland soon 😀
Iceland has been on my list for a while but I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle the cold! But of course I want to see the northern lights so summer is out. Great tip about the prepaid gas card!
The views are definitely worth the freezing in the cold. I’ll keep my fingers for you to cross this off your bucket list, Annick!
Wow, great tips on Iceland and thanks for sharing it. It is great that there is no language barrier and also Google has converted all those Icelandic alphabets into English on their maps. I would also love to have prepaid Gas Card and would try my chance for Northern Lights in September.
You’re most welcome, Yukti! You can see aurora borealis during other times of the month as well, not just September 😉
I love Iceland, and think that September is actually a good time to go. It’s not yet cold (I went in November), and the days are still longer. They speak excellent English, and I never knew about the prepaid gas card when I was there! A tour was good for us, as we didn’t take a car, but may not suit everyone!
I thought it was pretty cold already during September and I couldn’t begin to imagine what November/December would be like!
Wow! What stunning photos, Jasmine! Loved them all. Iceland has been on the top of my list for some time now and hopefully, we will get there soon. Thanks for sharing your tips.
So glad you like them, Deeptha! Let me know if you ever have any questions planning for your future trip!
Hi Jaschen, the pictures are epic in your blog. The prepaid gas card advice is really great. I am heading to Iceland this December and the first thing I would do is get that card. It would save a lot of chaos as we are going to rent a car. From which company, have you rented your car? We have to get an SUV and we are thinking to get it from SixT. Let me know your thoughts on about it. Thanks.
Thanks so much Shreya! That’s so awesome that you’ll be there in a few months and I’m excited for you! I actually updated the post with more information about rental cars after seeing your commment.)
We rented with Geysir car rental and despite some mixed reviews online, we had absolutely zero trouble with our car. Everything was smooth sailing and I would actually rent with them again in the future too. I’d say the insurance is more important than which company you rent from. Just make sure you purchase full coverage insurance so that you can walk away completely if anywhere were to happen. Our insurance was from a third-party as booked through rentalcars.com. That’s generally cheaper than purchasing directly from your car rental. Hope this helps!
Wow! These are really great tips and tricks. Iceland is on my bucket list for so long and your amazing pictures have motivated me to plan my visit soon. Those Northern Lights are truly hypnotic and I’m dying to see them for real. Thanks for sharing this helpful information – you’ve covered it all from visa requirement to language barrier to the tour breakup.
You’re welcome, Shaily! Glad to have motivated you to want to visit sooner!
First let me say your dress was dope! and so was that pic!
I loved the picures all the way thru. iceland is such a beautiful place. I hope I can go one day. This article defiinitely increased my desire to go there. And I’ll be stocking up on the prepaid gas cards for sure! Thanks again for sharing.
Hahaa thanks Kenan! I definitely got a few stares from tourists who thought I was crazy. Happy to hear I could inspire you to visit and let me know if you ever have any questions planning for your future trip 🙂
I just got back from Norway and agree that, in the northern latitudes, there is only winter, especially for those of us that come from warmer climes. Even though the temperature ranged between 8 and 16 degrees C, it felt like much lower on our Northern Lights chase and we had to wear the thermo suits to stay warm. That said, Iceland looks amazing! I’m always envious of those who manage to go there, but it seems too rugged and hard a trip for the likes of me.
Norway, how fun! I’ve been wanting to visit myself! Also, I definitely think the winds make it colder than weather forecast says otherwise. Iceland roads, like I mentioned in the post, are actually fairly easy to navigate through. Plus, we didn’t really have time to go on any hikes, but everywhere was pretty much flat ground and easy to walk on. Don’t let the rawness of nature discourage you from paying a visit!
I am really fascinated by visiting Iceland but I’d love to go there with my young kids. Watching the Northern Lights would be a huge plus so I am looking forward to reading your post about it.
Aww that sounds like the perfect family trip! Can’t wait to share my northern lights experience with you! 🙂
My sister had been to Iceland twice and said she would go a third 🙂 These are great answers for people who want to visit in September. People often ask her if September is a good time, so now we’ll just direct them to read your post.
That’s so sweet of you Candy! And ughh I’m so jealous she’s gotten to visit so many times!
Great practical advice! You hear so much about what to see in Iceland, but this info is so helpful to reducing stress on the trip. Hoping to get there someday…
I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you to visit, Kristie 😉
Gorgeous photos of Iceland Jas!! My Mom visited Iceland in January this year and it’s very high on my wish list 🙂
Thanks so much Richa! Hope you’ll get to visit soon!!
Super helpful information about traveling to Iceland. Very true! We spent a week camping around the country and can’t wait to get back to see more!
Camping!? How fun! I kinda wish I’d done that now.
So much helpful information here. I haven’t been to Iceland but whenever I do, I’m going to remember every single point you mentioned here. Thanks for sharing all these details, September is definitely a great time to visit
You’re most welcome, Suma. Glad to hear you enjoyed the guide! 😀
This is so useful. The prepaid gas cards are entirely new for me, I have a lot of friends from the UK who have been to Iceland and said it was amazing. I worry about the cost so I may head there when I feel flush with cash!
The prepaid gas cards are a must and hope that happens soon for ya!
You have shared such a helpful article about Iceland . I have always wanted to visit Iceland but couldn’t travel because of my son who is too young to travel abroad specially to a place like Iceland.But I do have plans in future so am saving this post for my future use.
You’ll have to tell me all about your trip if you do end up going!
Iceland is definitely happening for me in 2019 (I have to make sure that it does) and since the main purpose is to see the Northern Lights, I will try to make it in October since, like you said, you’re to be really lucky to be able to see them in September! Good to know that there aren’t any language issues except maybe a little in the smaller towns (which is quite normal anywhere else in the world as well), and that google maps have adapted well to their letters! I’d love to rent a car and drive around for a week or even more!
It actually really is more about luck than which month you decide to visit. I heard from others who saw Northern Lights in as early as August so it all comes down to the weather and how cloudy the skies are. I’m excited for you to visit next year though! This was a bucket list item for me for 2018 and it’s for sure worth the trip and $$!
Great tips! The aurora borealis is on my to-do list so I will be sure to look out for that article. It’s clever that Google has accounted for the difference in spelling between English and Icelandic languages, that seems like it would take a lot of frustrations out of finding the right location.
It really does! Amazing how technology has transformed travelling!
Iceland looks magical! I’ve always wanted to check out the northern lights 🙂
Sounds like you’ll have to plan a trip over 😉
I’ve been wanting to visit Iceland for years! Your photos are truly incredible. I cannot wait to plan my trip!
Thanks Jenny! I’m excited for you to visit. You’d love it!
You covered a lot of good tips in this post. We visited for a week 2 years back in the summer and did the same roadtrip as you in 7 days. Luckily we were able to survive without a gas card but will keep that in mind for the next time.
Fun! I actually think if I ever go back, it’ll probably be during summer when it’s a little warmer and the days are longer. Must’ve been a memorable trip for you!
Thank you for a great, informative post. Iceland is high up on our bucket list, so these hints will come in handy. I like the idea of having prepaid gas cards. I did not know that as U.S. citizens we would not need a visa. I loved a whale-watching tour I took in Newfoundland, and would really enjoy taking another tour for whales and puffins. in Iceland.
Oh wow! As a Canadian gal myself, I have yet to really explore the east coast. Plus, whale-watching is high up on my list too so I guess Newfoundland awaits and so does Iceland for you 🙂
I normally recommend people to visit Iceland in autumn for northern lights. Not cold and you can actually see them. Nice to see Northern lights pics from september.
Not cold? I thought September was freezing! I heard from others who have seen Northern Lights in August too actually. Guess it all depends on luck!
This is probably the most informative and detailed article about Iceland I have ever read. Your pictures look amazing and I am totally inspired to visit. I’ll definitely refer to your post more than once. Thank you!
Thank you so very much, Anya! You just made my day <3
These are such great tips! I’m hoping to visit Iceland soon, so definitely bookmarking this for later. And I’m totally with you on the tours! I’d much rather rent a car and DIY my way around than be tied up to the schedule of a guided tour. And those photos! Great post.
Thanks Erica! Can’t wait to hear all about your Iceland adventures 😀
Iceland is such an amazing country and so beautiful, I can’t believe I still haven’t visited yet! Those tips all sounds amazing, thanks for sharing them. I had no idea you could possibly see the northern lights so early in the year, it’s good to know!
I can’t believe you haven’t visited yet either! Now with my tips, surely you got to plan a trip for next year 😉
It is definitely good to know that we would not need visas. We were surprised with that one time. It is also nice to hear that there isn’t a language barrier as that can be a “barrier” to travel somewhere. We will definitely rent a car when we go so the gas card is great advice.
Happy to hear you found the gas card advice useful. Happy adventuring!
This is such an informative guide! Iceland is on top of my bucket list! I have bookmarked it, it will really help me planning my journey there. Thank you!
You’re most welcome, Anjali! Hope you’ll get to cross it off soon!!
I have always dreamed of going to Iceland, but my budget seems it would be a little small for Iceland. I love the information you have given, especially about Visas and the weather! Ver well thought out and informative post!
Thanks Amber! While I agree that Iceland isn’t the cheapest country to travel to, it is worth each and every penny. You should for sure save up and treat yourself to an adventure in the future!
Your photos are amazing – I saved a couple to my Pinterest, love the way you edit them 🙂 Also, one of those locations really looks like the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, I never knew Iceland had those rock formations too!
Thanks so much Bekah! <3 Happy you like the pin, as I always second guess myself with what fonts or colors to use, etc. etc. etc. And I haven't been to Ireland yet, but I just might need to visit now!
Iceland is in every travel enthusiast’s list. Good to know you struck it of your wish list. I dunno if I’ll get to have go so thanks for this virtual tour. I hold an Asian passport so its better for me to check if I plan to go at all. Good to know they speak good English as well.
Aww well my dad holds a Taiwan passport and did not need a visa. It’s worth looking into and who knows, you might not even need one!
Hooray for not needing a VISA! That’s always good to know. I am sending this straight away to my friend who is leaving for Iceland in a few days! I wish I was going with her 😉 LOVE your photos by the way!
Thank you Carmen! Hehee glad you could help spread the word and give tips to other fellow travellers. So, when are YOU visiting Iceland? Hahaa.
Oh you make me book my flights like NOW 😀 Iceland has been on my list for ages and I cannot wait to go.. like your images too 🙂
GO GO GO! You will not regret it, Anna! Book that trip now!!!!! 😉
This is a great comprehensive guide for those travelling to Iceland for the first time. I hope to visit Iceland, too, someday. Seeing your beautiful photos of landscapes, seascapes and the Northern lights make me book my tickets soon.
Thanks Anwesha! Feel free to let me know if you ever have any other questions regarding your future trip to Iceland!
I love it, always brace for the cold! Iceland is beautiful and so are your photos. Agree about the car insurance as well.
Thanks so much Nicole! Hope you enjoy your weekend ahead <3
Iceland is so on my travel wish list. Trying to decide whether we go in summer or winter. September might be a good time after the crowds thin out. I am glad to know that as a Canadian I don’t need a visa. Always makes it easier for spontaneous visits. Good to know that the Google guy has visited and mapped the names so we can type them! I would never have thought of getting prepaid gas cards. Thanks for the tip about free bathrooms at the visitor’s centre! I sure hope I get lucky and can see the Northern Lights. Thanks for this good set of practical tips.
You’re most welcome, Linda! Excited for you to cross Iceland off your wish list and you’ll have to let me know how you like it when you do end up going!
Great read and gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for such pertinent detailed info. Especially the gas card tip. I have so often had the worst luck of being in some remote location and a useless card (usually my own poor planning). And I think this is the first blog I’ve read that included a gas station map. Super helpful. Please tell your adventurous dad that his daughter makes me laugh with her gas station maps and iceland evening dress. I bet he had an absolute blast traveling with you. I’m looking forward to your next adventures! 😀
Thank you Vanessa and you’re most welcome! Happy to hear you found my guide helpful and I was able to make you laugh. Hope this will inspire you to book a trip to Iceland soon 😉
Thanks for sharing these top 10 tips! Which of your Iceland trip is your most memorable experience?
You’re welcome, Blair! And gosh, that’s such a difficult question! I think the winner goes to seeing Northern Lights for the first time. The activity level wasn’t super high, but it was such a breathtaking experience and I’m happy to have checked it off my bucket list!
Those photos are so beautiful! They make me want to go to Iceland tomorrow. I m actually planning a trip to Iceland next year, so I m glad to have come across your post to give me some inspiration.
Aww thanks Barbara! Gahhh I’m so excited for you!!!!!!!! Feel free to let me know if you ever have any other questions 🙂
What a helpful and interesting outline about what to see, do and how to do it well in Iceland. I’m so lucky to have a US Passport first, would definitely rent a car and load up on those cards and would take a tour of the more experiential spots. Helpful too is knowing what clothes to bring. It’s so hard to pack well when you mentally know about the conditions but live in a totally different climate!
Right!? I remember hearing how September in Iceland is a fall month, but their fall is so different from the fall here in North America. I mean, obviously not comparing it to LA’s (fake) fall, but it surely doesn’t get that cold in the autumn months here hahaa.
Your photos are truly incredible! Thanks so much for a really informative write up about Iceland in September. I’ve always wanted to visit there and of course see the Northern Lights. I’ve tried in other parts of Canada, but never lucked out.
I would definitely self-tour like you did, looks like such a cool drive.
Thanks Kathryn! Glad to hear you found the guide helpful and I’m excited for you to visit!!! 😀
WOW! I love absolutely everything about this post! Especially the pictures, ofcourse! Just STUNNING!! I’m so glad that Google Maps helps us out because I don’t think I’d adjust to Þ being “th”. Overall, this post is filled with so much value! And one last thing – the Northern Lights!!! Incredible!
Aww thanks Lisa! That makes me so happy to hear and hope this will inspire you to pay Iceland a visit!
Eeshk if it was that cold in September, I can only imagine what I’m in for when I go in November this year! I’ve been going back and forth about renting a car vs joining tours (don’t normally drive at home but I have a license) — do you have a sense for how the main roads would be in bad weather? I’m just a bit nervous about snow.
Yikes! I’m getting chills just thinking about how cold it must be in November. I’m excited for you to visit though! You’re gonna have such an amazing time and I think you should join a tour instead. If you don’t normally drive at home, it may be safer to join a tour just in case the roads are a little harder to navigate in the ice/snow. Enjoy your trip and let me know how it goes 😀
I have been in the winter and have said so many times i want to return when I do not have to crawl on my hands and knees up to the waterfalls — the ice is CRAZY. September looks perfect! Everything is green, there is no ice and the Northern lights were out! Great info on such an amazing country
Omg that’s INSANE!!!!! Honestly even without the snow, I was slipping all over in the rain hahaa. You should revisit again in the summer months next. I hear the lupines are gorgeous!
Iceland is definitely on my bucket list – even more so now after seeing your gorgeous pics! I think coping with the weather will be the hardest thing for me – a good jacket is the most important thing for sure, although I hadn’t thought about sunglasses, thanks for the reminder!
You’er welcome, Claire! Hope you’ll get to cross it off your list soon and let me know if you ever have any other questions for your future visit!
It is Such an in-depth guide. Thanks for sharing it. All the places are really attract me.Bookmarking this guide right away.
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