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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.

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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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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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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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Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

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Classic South Coast

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Active Iceland

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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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Local travel agency

As a local travel agency, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Iceland. We offer a variety of tours—both independent and guided—that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Icelandic travel experts. To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you—accommodations, activities, rental car (for self-drive tours) and other services.
 
Oh, and all of our itineraries can be customised! So if you decide you want to spend more than the number of days specified in the packages or add some activities, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

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.

William, Germany

Iceland Ultimate Adventure, August 2020

Excellent service!

Due to the SARS-CoVid-19 conditions, the trip was more than expected. Unfortunately for Iceland itself, not many tourist were there to help with the economy. The service and communications with Silja and the others of Nordic Visitor was excellent and could tell they were trying their best to keep us informed of the consistently changing conditions due to SArS-CoVid-19. It was a shame that we did not have time at the end of the trip to stop by the office again and discuss the trip.

Ruth, United States

Northern Lights Circle Tour, October 2019

A very well organised trip

The trip was very well organised, accommodations were good and we loved Boga! The natural beauty of your country. Amazing!

Jane, United Kingdom

Iceland Full Circle Classic, August 2020

Very well planned trip!

We would definitely recommend Nordic visitor. It was very well planned and easy for us to simply enjoy ourselves and take in what Iceland has to offer! Thanks for organising our trip! During Covid times it was touch and go about whether we could actually go, but we did get there and it was amazing! 

Marilyn, United Kingdom

Highlights of Scotland, August 2019

Great experience

I just loved the scenery and history of Scotland but Rob made the tour. Also it was lovely being in such a small group and travelling in a smaller vehicle with very friendly people. Staying in the beautiful historic places, especially the last hotel were also very special.

Cindy, Switzerland

Iceland Ultimate Adventure, July 2020

Everything went super good!

Nordic Visitor is a great company and I definitely recommend booking with them. You may pay a bit more than if you would plan your trip yourself, but in my case, booking last minute and having no time to do my researches, I was really happy with this solution. Iceland is a very big country and you need to have some information before you get there. Nordic Visitor gave me all the important information and everything went super good! 

Kay, United States

Highlights of Norway, August 2019

Superb tour experience!

Excellent accommodations, food outstanding, perfect weather! The tour was superb. I have been praising Nordic Visitor to friends since returning... with a special shoutout for Eirik, our guide. He made the trip an A+++ experience!

Judy, United States

Northern Lights Circle Tour, October 2019

We truly enjoyed each stop

This trip was very well organized, as far as time traveling each day, stops along the way, time to truly enjoy each stop, I never felt rushed. We got to see the Northern Lights! I felt like I took an Earth Science course during this week. I was truly amazed at the geology of Iceland- I have not stopped talking about the glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, tectonic plates, natural hot springs, Blue Lagoon, Icelandic horses, geothermal energy to anyone who asks me how my trip was.

Lissa and Fred, United States

Iceland Full Circle Classic, September 2019

Wonderful vacations

Hotel Magma was definitely our favorite - it was beautiful and we both loved it. And overall, this was one of our favorite vacations. We had a wonderful time, and it is a beautiful country. You made the vacation very easy for us and we were extremely happy.

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, a GPS, 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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