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ICELAND TOURS IN AUGUST

With mild summer weather, long daylight hours and festivals galore, August is a popular time to visit Iceland. Whether you want to travel on your own or with a guided tour, Nordic Visitor will make your Iceland tour in August a one-of-a-kind experience.

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VISITING ICELAND IN AUGUST

August is a great time of year to discover Iceland.

You can experience early sunrises and late sunsets in this summer month, making the most of extra daylight hours for driving, sightseeing and outdoor activities. Marvel at Iceland's top highlights, including waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and more.

Our Reykjavík-based Iceland experts will customise your itinerary to suit you. You could explore Iceland on a small group tour or drive around the Ring Road on a self-drive adventure. You might want to enjoy a privately guided trip or choose a multi-day tour to top sights.

Plus, when you book a trip to Iceland with Nordic Visitor, you get hand-picked accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast and access to our 24/7 helpline. 

Get in touch with us and we'll happily plan your perfect Iceland adventure. You can reach us via our toll-free numbers, contact form or LiveChat.

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts
  • 24/7 emergency helpline during tour

Explore at your own pace with a car 

Enjoy the freedom of a road trip, but with a helping hand. Here are some self-drive tours in Iceland you might like.

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Iceland Full Circle Classic

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Iceland Ring Road Express

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South Iceland at Leisure

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Iceland Complete Classic

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Join a guided small group

Explore Iceland with like-minded travellers and an experienced local guide with one of these small group tours.

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Scenic South Iceland

Geysers, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon

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Highlights of the Ring Road

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Highlights of the Ring Road

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Natural Wonders of Iceland

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Natural Wonders of Iceland

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Complete Iceland

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Enjoy a city break with day tours

Stay in Reykjavik and see the countryside on planned excursions. Here are some of our favourite multi-day tours.

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Best of South Iceland

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

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Classic South Coast

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Golden Circle Express

Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon

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Active Iceland

Snowmobiling, Ice Tunnel & Golden Circle

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Travel with your own local guide

Experience Iceland’s famous sights and hidden gems on your terms with one of these privately guided tours.

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Scenic South Iceland - Private

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The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

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The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

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Highlights of the Ring Road - Private

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Local travel agency

As a travel agency with offices in Reykjavík, Edinburgh and Stockholm, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Northern Europe. Choose from a variety of carefully curated tours that include must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights.

You can also make customisations to your itinerary by adding extra nights, optional activities, or upgrades to your tour. Or ask your personal travel consultant for advice and they will tailor your itinerary. This way you get a bespoke travel experience that is perfectly suited to you. 

Your dedicated travel consultant will arrange all the local details for you. You get accommodation, activities, transport, and other services included in your package. If you need to rework your itinerary, we’ll handle it for you, so you can relax and look forward to your getaway.

Different ways you can experience Iceland

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Iceland below.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Jennifer, United States

Highlights of the Ring Road - Private, July 2021

10 out of 10 trip

Our family came with no expectations. We left with smiles and excitement. Everyone agreed the trip was 10/10.

Michael, United States

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2021

We had a great time

We had a great time. Good mixture of relaxation time, adventure, enjoying meeting new people and seeing new sites.

Lynn, United States

Scenic South Iceland, July 2021

Impressed by and thankful for quality service

My travel consultant, Thor, answered all my questions in a timely way and in as much detail as I needed. When he was on vacation, someone else checked his email and answered another question. Your travel material answered questions I didn't know to ask! Our guide, Snorri, was an Icelander and very knowledgeable about Iceland's history and culture. He was both personable and organized. I am more impressed, pleased, and thankful for the quality of service we received than I can adequately express. Perhaps most impressive was that Nordic Visitor arranged PCR tests for people on our tour who were unaware that this was needed to return home. Someone from the lab came to our hotel on the last day to test all those who needed it. That is true service.

Janis, United States

South & West Iceland Classic, July 2021

I will treasure the itinerary booklet provided

I felt we were able to see all the best of Iceland with the South and West Iceland Classic. It was wonderful having everything arranged for us and the itinerary book was so full of information that I will treasure it as I do my photos. Anita was wonderful to work with. She always answered all my questions promptly and relieved any anxiety I was feeling. I only wish I had gotten to meet her. But, due to covid, the office was not accessible.

Estelle, United States

Highlights of the Ring Road, July 2021

Our guide was the best

Our guide, Havar, was the best I've ever had. He was exceptional! It was hard for some of the passengers to reach you with some issues but he used his contacts and there was no problem.

Leslie, United States

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2021

Appreciated the detailed itinerary

We had a wonderful time and very much appreciated the detail itinerary provided. It provided helpful information for each day. The additional tours were also great additions. Our tour advisor was very responsive and helpful. We'd book through this company again.

Donald, United States

Natural Wonders of Iceland, July 2021

Wonderful tour

Wonderful tour. Our guide, Snorri, was superb. He was able to convey his intimate knowledge and enthusiasm for his country in an outstanding manner.

Janet, United States

Iceland Grand Tour, July 2021

We loved every minute of our trip

Nordic Visitor were a pleasure to work with! You were so responsive, listened to our requests, planned everything perfectly and ensured that we had a fantastic vacation. We loved every minute of our 17 day Grand Tour of Iceland - you did all of the work for us so all we had to do was enjoy it. Our tour gave us enough time to explore so many areas of your beautiful country. We want to return someday - and when we do, we will be calling Nordic Visitor again!

Getting to Iceland

All of Nordic Visitor’s tours of Iceland begin in Reykjavík, the capital. Keflavik International Airport is the gateway for international air travel in Iceland and is served by dozens of airlines. Furthermore, the airport serves as a hub for Icelandair’s transatlantic flights.

The following airlines fly to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) year-round: Icelandair, SAS, KLM, Norwegian, British Airways, EasyJet, Wizz Air and Finnair. Other airlines offer seasonal flights to KEF, including Delta, United Airlines, Air Canada and Lufthansa.

We recommend checking airline websites directly for flight availability and timetables. You can also use an airfare search engine, such as Skyscanner, Dohop or Kayak, for example.

Flights are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, all of our itineraries can be customised with extra nights in Reykjavík if you’d like to rest up after your flight.

Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Icelandic adventure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ICELAND IN AUGUST

Is August a good time to visit Iceland? In short, yes! Read on to find out more with these answers to commonly asked questions.

How is Iceland in August?

With long days and many cultural events taking place, August is a popular month for Iceland tours. The weather is mild, driving conditions are good, and you have more daylight hours at this time of year to enjoy outdoor activities. There are also some fantastic festivals you can attend.

What are the best things to do in Iceland in August?

There are so many exciting things to do in Iceland in August. As it’s summer and the weather is usually good, you can choose from many outdoor excursions.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Iceland in August:

  • Marvel at waterfalls
  • Hike in national parks
  • Dip in hot springs and pools
  • Look for whales and puffins
  • See geothermal wonders and volcanoes
  • Go horse riding
  • Walk along unusual beaches
  • Taste Icelandic cuisine
  • Venture off the beaten track
  • Admire glacier lagoons

Cultural events in August
Iceland in August is culturally vibrant as well, with a number of lively festivals taking place. The first weekend of August is a bank holiday, Verslunarmannahelgi, so you could go along to some of the fun-filled events held over the three days.

One famous Icelandic festival of the weekend is Þjóðhátíð (“Thjodhatid”), which is held in the Westman Islands. Expect fireworks, Icelandic music, and glorious views.

In the capital city, you could attend the Reykjavík Marathon, Culture Night, Pride, Jazz Festival and more. In Dalvík, North Iceland, you can go along to the “Great Fish Day” celebration for a seafood feast served up by the friendly locals.

Good to know: If you’re unsure about what you want to do in Iceland, don’t worry. Our Iceland experts are based in Reykjavík and know the country inside out. They’ll help you see Iceland your way, tailoring your itinerary by adding all the best excursions and experiences to suit you.



What are the best places to visit in Iceland in August?

The best places to visit in Iceland in August include waterfalls, hot springs, geothermal sites, glaciers and more. Because the weather tends to be good at this time of year, you’ll find that you can go virtually anywhere in the country – especially on a 4x4 tour.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Iceland in August:


Where you go in Iceland depends on how much time you have to spend. If you are only staying for a few days, your best bet is to explore Reykjavík and the surroundings.

Want to spend a week or longer in Iceland in August? Then you’ll have time to journey around the country in a full circle to reach its many beautiful corners. As well as the southern and western regions, you can explore the east and north of Iceland too.

You could also visit Greenland as part of your August tour with these Iceland and Greenland combination packages.



What is the weather like in Iceland in August?

August – along with June and July – is one of Iceland’s summer months, so you might experience the best weather of the year. On average there are highs of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F). There may be rainy days or very warm weather during your Iceland holiday in August.

Iceland’s climate is unpredictable, so prepare for sun, wind and rain if you’re planning a trip for August!

What is the temperature in August in Iceland?

In Reykjavík the average temperature in August is 11°C (52°F). In Akureyri it is 10°C (50°F). Generally Iceland experiences highs of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F) in August.

That said, you might be lucky enough to visit during a heatwave and enjoy a really warm day in Iceland at 20°C (68°F). The highest recorded temperature in August in Iceland was 28°C (82°F), in 2017.



What to wear in Iceland in August?

When packing for your August trip to Iceland, remember that the weather can change quickly. That’s why we recommend bringing layers so that you can adapt to the wind, sun or rain.

For Iceland summer tours, it’s important to pack SPF lotion, sunglasses and a sun hat. You might also want to bring an eye mask as the nights can be quite bright, due to the midnight sun.

Here is a list of packing essentials for your Iceland trip in August:

  • Fleece jacket or lightweight wool sweater
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good grip
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Warm hat
  • Cap
  • Thermal underwear and socks

We also recommend packing a swimsuit, quick-dry towel and flip-flops if you’re planning on visiting some of Iceland’s hot springs or geothermal pools.

What are the daylight hours in Iceland in August?

Iceland enjoys long daylight hours in August, thanks to the midnight sun. You can expect around 15-18 hours of daylight at this time of year.

At the beginning of August, the sun rises at approximately 4:30 AM and sets at around 10:30 PM in Reykjavík. In Akureyri the sun rises even earlier, at 4 AM, and doesn’t set until 10:30 PM.

By the end of August, daylight hours in Iceland are shorter. In Reykjavík the sunrise takes place at about 6:10 AM and sunset at 8:40 PM. In Akureyri the sunrise occurs at around 5:50 AM and sunset at 8:30 PM.

Can I see the northern nights in Iceland in August?

Want to go on a northern lights tour? It is almost impossible to see the aurora borealis in August because the long days mean the sky is too light at night. Visit in winter, between October and April, when the nights are longer and darker than in summer.

However, if you visit Iceland in August and want a taste of the northern lights, there is a way you can do just that.

Head to the Perlan in Reykjavík, where you’ll be able to witness a version of the “northern lights” in the planetarium. What’s more, you could enter the “Wonders of Iceland” exhibition centre. Experience volcanoes, earthquakes, and even a 100-metre-long ice cave that you can walk through.



How to tour Iceland in August?

There are various ways to travel on your Iceland tour in August. Depending on your personal tastes, you could either go for a guided or self-guided vacation.

Road trips in August
For a self-guided journey through Iceland, you could opt for a road trip adventure. There are many self-drive tour routes to choose from in August. For shorter stays we recommend driving the Golden Circle in South Iceland or exploring the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West.

If you have a week or more to spend in Iceland, drive around the Ring Road for a full loop of the country. This way you can visit virtually all the stunning corners of Iceland in one trip!

That’s just the start though. You could go off the beaten path in the Westfjords or the Westman Islands. Or discover the highlands in a 4x4, where you’ll find extraordinary landscapes accessible only in summer.

When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, your car rental comes with collision damage waiver, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a hand-marked map of your route. You also get two named drivers on the insurance policy so you can share the driving with a travel companion.



Multi-day tours in August
Another way to see Iceland on an independent tour is to base yourself in one or two locations, such as Reykjavík and Akureyri. You can then explore Iceland’s highlights on day trips.

A multi-day tour of Iceland is a great way to combine solo travel with guided excursions. You can fill your itinerary with as many tour-led activities as you wish!



Privately guided tours in August
On the other hand, you might prefer to be accompanied by a local expert throughout your Iceland experience.

A privately guided tour is one of the most exclusive ways to see Iceland. You’ll have your own personal guide to show you the best locations and sites. August is a great month for a private tour as you can visit remote places like the highlands.



Small group tours in August
Or you could discover Iceland with like-minded visitors as part of a small group tour. You’ll get to meet people from around the world and learn from the expertise of a local guide, who will show you the most beautiful and fascinating parts of Iceland.

Our small group tours of Iceland in August range from 5 to 14 days in duration, taking you to various locations in the country. You could visit the popular south coast or travel around the Iceland Ring Road for an in-depth tour.



Good to know: Whichever of these travel styles you choose, you’ll get all the signature Nordic Visitor benefits. These include access to our 24/7 helpline, a detailed personal itinerary, helpful travel guide and daily breakfast.

Nordic Visitor will book all your accommodation, and you can add extra nights and activities to your itinerary too.



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Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalised service with a designated travel consultant, tailor-made quality travel documents, and our self-drive clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines their route, overnight stays and highlights along the way. Furthermore, Nordic Visitor has long-standing professional relationships with local tour operators, which are carefully selected by our staff and are recognized for consistent, quality service.

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  • Enjoy personal service from Iceland-based travel experts.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • As a local agency, we work closely with trusted suppliers.
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