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ICELAND TOURS IN MAY

Get ahead of the peak travel season by visiting Iceland in May. You’ll benefit from longer daylight hours for maximum sightseeing, abundant outdoor activities, mild weather and lighter Ring Road traffic. Take your pick of tours in Iceland in May, all planned by the local experts at Nordic Visitor.

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VISITING ICELAND IN MAY

Looking for tours in Iceland in May? You’re in the right place!

May is a good time of year to travel to Iceland. As the summer season is only starting, you’ll experience a quieter side of the country, with fewer visitors at popular attractions. This, paired with long daylight hours and mild weather, makes it ideal for sightseeing.

In May, visit Iceland by taking a road trip, joining a small group tour, touring with a private guide, or exploring with a multi-day tour. Whichever way you choose, you’ll be amazed by all the natural wonders you can see on a holiday to Iceland in May.

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 and we'll happily plan your May adventure. 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.

Iceland
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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

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147440ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

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Iceland
20% OFF IN 2021
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Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Ring Road Express

136600ISK

109280ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Ring Road Express

136600ISK

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Iceland
20% OFF IN 2021
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Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Sep

South Iceland at Leisure

136600ISK

109280ISK

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20% OFF IN 2021
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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Sep

South Iceland at Leisure

136600ISK

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Iceland
20% OFF IN 2021
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Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Complete Classic

262588ISK

210070ISK

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14 days / 13 nights
May - Sep

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.

Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
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Guided Groups
5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Sep

Scenic South Iceland

Geysers, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

204234ISK

173599ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Sep

Scenic South Iceland

204234ISK

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
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Guided Groups
7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of the Ring Road

Pace Level Level 3 (Express)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

290433ISK

246868ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of the Ring Road

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
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Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Sep

Natural Wonders of Iceland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

484744ISK

412032ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Sep

Natural Wonders of 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.

Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
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Multi-Day Tours
6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of South Iceland

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

167661ISK

142512ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
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Best of South Iceland

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
Multi-Day Tours
4 days / 3 nights
Apr - Sep

Golden Circle Classic

Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon

117646ISK

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4 days / 3 nights
Apr - Sep

Golden Circle Classic

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
Multi-Day Tours
5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Sep

Classic South Coast

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

150961ISK

128317ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
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Classic South Coast

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
Multi-Day Tours
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of South & North Iceland

Golden Circle, South Coast & Mývatn

248986ISK

211638ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of South & North 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.

Iceland
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Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
May - Sep

Scenic South Iceland - Private

425870ISK

361990ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
May - Sep

Scenic South Iceland - Private

425870ISK

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Luxury Adventure – Summer

Glaciers, Geysir & Blue Lagoon Retreat

729354ISK

619951ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Luxury Adventure – Summer

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Luxury Escape – Summer

Best of South Iceland & Blue Lagoon Retreat

1086258ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Luxury Escape – Summer

1086258ISK

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021
Privately Guided
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

1044765ISK

888050ISK

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15% OFF IN 2021
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

1044765ISK

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Explore neighbouring Scotland

Charming accommodations, a weaker Pound and gorgeous Highland scenery make road trips in this Nordic neighbour a great value.

Scotland
20% OFF IN 2021
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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1293GBP

1034GBP

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

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Scotland
20% OFF IN 2021
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Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2410GBP

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17 days / 16 nights
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Grand Tour of Scotland

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Scotland
15% OFF IN 2021
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Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

3300GBP

2805GBP

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

3300GBP

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Scotland
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7 days / 6 nights
Apr – Oct

Outlander Experience

2702GBP

2297GBP

Eur

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Apr – Oct

Outlander Experience

2702GBP

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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.

Ann Bragg

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2019

The trip was excellent!

Overall the trip was excellent! I am glad to have come across Nordic Visitor online. Aside from the time savings, we had a much better travel experience than we would have if we'd tried to plan everything for ourselves.

Geoffrey Rosevear

South & West Iceland at Leisure, May 2019

Extremely happy

We were extremely happy with Nordic Visitor with our pretour communication with Perla and the information we received on arrival. All drivers were very good with airport pickup and hotel transfers to the rental car agency.

Cait Foss

South Iceland Classic, June 2019

Nordic Visitor made it so easy!

Going to visit a different country that you have never been to can be overwhelming. Nordic Visitor made it so easy for my husband and I to travel to Iceland and have a wonderful time! Everything was mapped out for us and we could do what we wanted, but with guidance, so we were not scrambling around with no direction. What a beautiful place! You guys made our anniversary so special!!!! Thank you so very much!

Gerlinde Pelinka

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2019

As always, it was fantastic!

This is my third tour with Nordic Visitor. As always, it was fantastic. Many thanks, I will be back for sure!

Danielle Walker

South Iceland Classic, May 2019

This was the easiest trip I have ever gone on!

I absolutely loved the travel documents. It made the trip so easy and smooth. The packet was so informative and I loved the map to be able to see what was along our route so we could plan our stops along the route before hand. This was the easiest trip I have ever gone on. I've booked many trips through different travel agencies and none have ever gone this smooth. I wish you were everywhere so I'd never have to use another agency. (More of Europe, Africa, Australia South America, ect).

Henry Rosas

South & West Iceland Classic, May 2019

We love the service!

Please keep the high standard. We love the service, the details for our Anniversary, the recommendations, the quick replies. You are one of the best tour operators in Europe. Thanks!

Francis Hughes

South & West Iceland Classic, July 2019

Unforgettable family holiday

Iceland is an extraordinary country & one we are so pleased we have visited. Nordic Visitor were invaluable in taking all the hassle out of the selecting an itinerary and ensuring we got the most out of the trip. We had a fantastic and unforgettable family holiday - Thank You Nordic Visitor

Jack Ziesing

South & West Iceland Classic, June 2019

Amazing time on our Nordic Visitor tour!

We had such an amazing time on our Nordic Visitor tour. Hilmar was extremely helpful and accomodating. We loved our tour package and all its suggestions on activities and cuisine. The in car wifi was essential to the tour and we were glad to have it. We can't recommend Nordic Visitor enough to our friends and family! We loved the experience and would absolutely book through Nordic Visitor again in the future!

Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Icelandic adventure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ICELAND IN MAY

Whatever you’re wondering about visiting Iceland in May, we’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions. Is May a good time to visit Iceland? Definitely! What can you visit during this time of year? Read below to find out all the details from our local travel experts.

How is Iceland in May?

May is the start of the summer travel season in Iceland. This means it is a quieter month that falls before the popular period of June to August.

Known as the shoulder season, it’s the ideal time of year for those who want to still enjoy decent weather but avoid larger crowds. The temperatures are generally mild, and there are long daylight hours as we approach the summer solstice.

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

There are plenty of things you can do during your trip to Iceland. May is one of the best times to visit the Land of Fire and Ice, as there is a wide variety of experiences to enjoy.

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

  • Marvel at waterfalls
  • Hike in national parks
  • Dip in hot springs and pools
  • Go whale and puffin watching
  • See geothermal wonders and volcanoes
  • Roam the countryside on an Icelandic horse
  • Walk along black sand beaches
  • Venture off the beaten track
  • Admire glacier lagoons
  • Taste Icelandic cuisine

In May, you could also attend the Reykjavík Arts Festival. It is one of the country’s biggest cultural events and attracts artists from all over the world.



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

May is a great month to travel to Iceland and see its top natural attractions. More so, you’ll enjoy long daylight hours and fair weather, ideal conditions for exploring.

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


For rainy days, you may want to explore some of these fun indoor attractions too:

  • Learn about volcanoes at the Lava Centre
  • Try a flight simulation experience with FlyOver Iceland
  • Experience earthquakes and visit the planetarium at Perlan
  • Venture “into the glacier” at Langjökull


What is the weather like in Iceland in May?

As May is a transitional month between spring and summer, you can expect mild and changing weather in Iceland at this time. On average, there are highs of 10°C (50°F) and lows of 4°C (40°F).

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

What is the temperature in May?

In the capital, the average temperature is 6°C (43°F) in May. In Akureyri, in the north, it is 4°C (40°F).

Does it snow in Iceland in May?

It is unlikely to snow in Iceland in May. On rare occasions, it may snow in the north at the beginning of the month. At this time, you’ll also still be able to admire the snow-topped mountains.



What are the driving conditions in Iceland in May?

A road trip in Iceland in May has its advantages. As it’s not yet the peak season, there's lighter traffic for driving around the Ring Road. This is one of the great things about exploring Iceland in the shoulder season – fewer visitors!

Since the weather is changeable in Iceland, it is important to come prepared. Make yourself aware of road safety precautions before you travel.

During your trip check weather and road conditions regularly. For your peace of mind, our team is on hand 24/7 should you need to get in touch at any point.

When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, car rentals come 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.

What to pack for a trip to Iceland in May?

Iceland is famous for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. As May follows the cold Icelandic spring, we recommend bringing warmer layers to be ready for the cooler temperatures. That way, come rain or shine, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country.

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

  • Fleece and lightweight wool jumpers
  • Fleece jumpers
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket or shell layers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Warm hat
  • Thermal underwear and socks

As well as these essentials, be sure to bring good sturdy walking or hiking boots depending on what activities you may want to enjoy. And, if you’re keen to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, remember to pack your swimwear.

What to wear in Iceland in May?

Icelanders have a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.

As the weather is expected to be mild but unpredictable in May, we recommend layers. That way you can remove or add clothes depending on the day’s weather.

Make sure to bring some warm under layers as well as water and windproof outer layers. If you plan on visiting beaches, going for coastal walks and exploring national parks, you should wear some good hiking shoes or boots.

What are the daylight hours in Iceland in May?

In May, the daylight hours are still growing longer as we slowly approach the summer solstice. This means you’ll enjoy plenty of daytime brightness to explore Iceland to your heart’s content. You can expect daylight hours between 5 AM and 10 PM on average.

By June, Iceland experiences around 19-21 hours of daylight thanks to the midnight sun.

Can I see the northern lights in Iceland in May?

In May, it is unlikely you’ll see the northern lights. This is because during the summer months there are few hours of proper darkness.

Visit between October and March to go on one of the northern lights tours available in Iceland. These allow you to go to quieter and more remote areas to (hopefully) enjoy the spectacle.



How to tour Iceland in May?

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

Visit the capital with a city break
If you’re looking for a fun but short getaway, come explore Reykjavík. There is much to discover within the capital and nearby.

Here are some of the best things to do in May in Iceland’s capital:

  • Go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Take a dip at a local swimming pool
  • See Grótta Lighthouse
  • Walk along the coast
  • Visit the Einar Jónsson Art Museum
  • Attend the Reykjavík Arts Festival

You could also join day tours to discover beyond Reykjavík, including the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Golden Circle.

Take the wheel for an epic road trip
May is an excellent month for those who want to tour Iceland at their own pace. Pick up your rental car and journey around the island along the Ring Road (Route 1).

At this time of year, the road conditions are good for touring, and you can enjoy long daylight hours to drive and explore. Stop whenever you want to admire the black sands of the South Coast, high mountains, and the jagged landscape of lava fields.

Driving in Iceland is an adventure that you won’t regret! Especially if you book with Nordic Visitor, as we offer collision damage waiver, a GPS, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 helpline for emergencies.



Join a small guided group tour
In May, you could opt to join a small group tour of the natural wonders of Iceland. Explore the scenic South Coast or tour around the country to see the best island.

A small group tour offers an enriching experience, allowing you to get the most out of your trip thanks to the expertise of a local guide. What’s more, you’ll be travelling alongside 15 people at most, so the trip is still personal for you.

Book a private tour
With these packages, you’ll enjoy the undivided attention of your own expert guide who will also act as your personal driver. Sit back, relax and take in the view as your local guide gives you a deeper insight into the Icelandic history and beauty.

As well as a personal itinerary, your private guide will be able to tailor the tour even more to your preferences. You get to stop where you want to see what interests you specifically. Ask all the questions you want, get unique insight and relax in the comfortable vehicle.

Good to know: Our Iceland itineraries aren’t set in stone. Our Reykjavík-based Iceland experts know the country inside out. They’ll help you see Iceland your way, tailoring your itinerary and adding all the best excursions to suit you.



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Our services

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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  • Your money & plans are safe with our flexible booking terms  .
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • 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.
  • We’re a fully licensed and insured company in Iceland.

Contact us

Whether you have queries about our tours or want to add activities to existing bookings, we’re here to help. Get in touch with our friendly team for any of your travel questions.

 

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