A week ago I wrote a post about why you should visit Iceland in the winter. Winter is when we visited, and although the icy road conditions prevented us from doing some of the things we wanted to do, we still loved it! However, we can not wait to go back to Iceland, although this time we will go during the summer months… and here are our reasons why:
Why you should visit Iceland in the summer
1) More things are open in the high season
When we visited Iceland in November we found that many things were closed because it was the low season. Many hotels were shut down, and some of the major attractions were closed as well. Even though we were able to get some really good low season deals at our accommodations, we might have been able to get better deals if some of the competition was still operating.
2) It won’t be as cold
It’s Iceland, and the weather is unpredictable, but it won’t be as cold in the summer as it is in the winter. We had to pack so many warm clothes for ourselves, which of course, takes up a lot of space in your luggage. I even had to buy new gloves and socks, as my gloves that I used in Canada and Europe just did not cut it in Iceland.
3) The roads are open and the conditions are safer
During the winter many of the secondary roads are closed, and we found that even the main ring road was in pretty bad condition in some spots. You should check out our post on the icy road conditions to see what I mean. In that post we had a short video of a snow/ wind storm we were caught in as well as a photo of ice 1 inch thick on the road. We were not able to see all the things we wanted to see because we were just too nervous to drive on the roads with our 2WD.
4) Hiking and camping
One of the main draw cards of Iceland is the natural beauty, and what better way to discover it than by camping and hiking? During the winter most (if not all) of the campgrounds are closed. And although you can still hike in the winter, it is much more pleasant in the summer. We can’t wait to get back there in summer and do a lot more hiking and camping.
5) Way more daylight!
When we visited Iceland in November the sun rose at 10 am and set between 4 and 5 pm. That didn’t leave us a lot of time to see things. Throw in the fact that we had to drive sometimes only 30 – 40 km’s an hour due to the icy roads, and you can imagine that we didn’t get to see as much each day as we were initially hoping. In the summer the situation is reversed and you get tons of daylight hours.