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ICELAND TOURS IN NOVEMBER

With lighter traffic on the Ring Road, fewer visitors at top attractions and a major music festival in town, a trip to Iceland in November is a fantastic idea. Not to mention your chance to see the northern lights! Enjoy a winter getaway in Iceland with a tour designed by the local experts at Nordic Visitor.

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TRAVELLING TO ICELAND IN NOVEMBER

Looking for tours in Iceland in November? We’ve got you covered!

Book your travels to Iceland in November to experience the quieter side of the country. As the winter slowly sets in, you can still visit many iconic waterfalls, hot springs and more.

Nature’s biggest attraction at this time of year is, of course, the northern lights, which you may get to see dancing in the night sky.

Our Reykjavík-based Iceland experts can tailor your itinerary. You could take on a road trip, discover the country with a private guide, join a guided northern lights tour, or choose a city break with day tours to top sights.

Plus, when you book a trip to Iceland with Nordic Visitor, you get tried-and-tested accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast, and many other benefits as part of your package.

Keep browsing below to explore ideas for tours to Iceland in November.

 

— 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

Explore at your own pace with a car 

Drive the Ring Road with peace of mind. We recommend these Iceland self-drive tours, designed specially for winter.

Iceland
15% OFF IN 2020
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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

213520ISK

181492ISK

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15% OFF IN 2020
Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

213520ISK

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2020
Best seller
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

137150ISK

116578ISK

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15% OFF IN 2020
Best seller
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

137150ISK

116578ISK

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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

186320ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

186320ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

157960ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

157960ISK

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Join a guided small group

See northern lights and more in Iceland with new friends and a local guide on one of these small group tours.

Iceland
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Guided Groups
8 days / 7 nights
Sep - Mar

Northern Lights Circle Tour

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

321479ISK

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8 days / 7 nights
Sep - Mar

Northern Lights Circle Tour

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Iceland
Best seller
Guided Groups
5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Mar

Winter Highlights & Northern Lights

Ice Cave & Glacier Lagoon

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

206633ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Mar

Winter Highlights & Northern Lights

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Enjoy a city break with day tours

Spend your nights in Reykjavik and your days visiting major attractions. Check out these multi-day tours.

Iceland
10% OFF IN 2020
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Multi-Day Tours
6 days / 5 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South Iceland Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

168342ISK

151508ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South Iceland Winter

168342ISK

151508ISK

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Iceland
10% OFF IN 2020
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Multi-Day Tours
4 days / 3 nights
Sep - Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights

123127ISK

110814ISK

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4 days / 3 nights
Sep - Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

123127ISK

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Iceland
Multi-Day Tours
5 days / 4 nights
Sep - Mar

Classic South Coast - Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

154042ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Sep - Mar

Classic South Coast - Winter

154042ISK

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Multi-Day Tours
7 days / 6 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South & North Iceland - Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Lake Mývatn

246125ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South & North Iceland - Winter

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Travel with your own local guide

Experience Iceland’s winter beauty and unique culture on your terms with one of these privately guided tours.

Iceland
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Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

Winter Highlights - Private

411770ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

Winter Highlights - Private

411770ISK

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Iceland
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

795954ISK

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8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

795954ISK

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Iceland
Privately Guided
4 days / 3 nights
Oct - Apr

Golden Circle & South Coast Winter - Private

272837ISK

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4 days / 3 nights
Oct - Apr

Golden Circle & South Coast Winter - Private

272837ISK

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Iceland
Privately Guided
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic Winter - Private

1013347ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic Winter - Private

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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!

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 VISITING ICELAND IN NOVEMBER

Is November a good time to visit Iceland? Yes! What should I pack for a trip in November? What are the best things to do at that time of year? We’ve got you covered. Read on for the answers from our local travel experts to your most commonly asked questions.

How is Iceland in November?

November is a quiet month to visit Iceland as it falls during the winter, which is the off-peak season for tourism.

It is an ideal time if you want to experience the Icelandic winter, take part in snow-based activities like snowmobiling, or even hunt for the northern lights. Though the weather is colder at this time of year, you will also enjoy smaller crowds at top attractions.

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

Whether you want to enjoy an activity-filled break in Reykjavík or a cosy winter getaway in the countryside, a trip to Iceland in November is a fantastic experience.

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

  • Drive along the Ring Road
  • Discover the famous Golden Circle
  • Marvel at mighty waterfalls
  • Hunt for the northern lights
  • Dip in hot springs and pools
  • Venture along the Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • See geothermal wonders and volcanoes
  • Go horse riding or on a whale watching tour
  • Walk along unusual beaches
  • Attend the annual Iceland Airwaves Music Festival

One of the coolest things to do in Iceland in winter is ice caving in Vatnajökull – the largest glacier in Europe. The caves are naturally formed every year as the glacial meltwater freezes, creating tunnels of ice that you can walk through safely with a guide.

There are more ways to enjoy the snow and ice in winter. You could go snowmobiling on the Langjökull glacier, or try snowshoeing through white landscapes and skiing down powdery slopes.



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


To keep occupied whilst in the capital, 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


What is the weather like in Iceland in November?

When you travel to Iceland in November, the average temperatures are between 1°C (34°F) to 5°C (41°F).

At this time of year, you can expect some rain and strong northerly winds. In the mountains, it is likely to start snowing as well. For this reason, we recommend an insulated or down jacket for winter visits.

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

What is the temperature in November?

In Reykjavík, the average temperature is 3°C (37°F) in March. In Akureyri, in the north, it is 1°C (34°F).

Does it snow in Iceland in November?

In November, the winter is starting to set in and so you can expect snow, but most likely rain.

Outside of the higher altitudes or parts of North Iceland, snowfall rarely stays on the ground longer than a few days. However, thanks to this, you may be able to admire the enchanting snow-covered peaks and countryside.



How are the driving conditions in Iceland in November?

Driving in Iceland is likely to be different than what you’re used to back home, especially in winter. Even if you’ve experienced snowy, icy conditions before, it’s best to be ready when taking on an Icelandic November road trip.

Winter storms can bring high winds, poor visibility and slippery surfaces. Driving over mountain passes can also require extra caution at this time of year. It’s best to slow down and be careful.

As the weather in Iceland is known to change rapidly, it's vital you monitor weather conditions regularly over the course of the day. It’s also good to check on road conditions before setting off each day.

For road trips in November, we would strongly suggest renting a 4-wheel drive as these vehicles handle the wintry conditions better.



What to pack for a trip to Iceland in November?

Iceland is famous for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. As November is a winter month, we recommend bringing warm layers to be ready for the cooler temperatures. That way you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country regardless of the weather.

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

  • An insulated jacket (it’s best if it is also waterproof)
  • Fleece jumpers
  • Lightweight wool underlayers
  • Waterproof or winter 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. Also, if you’re keen to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, remember to pack your swimwear and sandals.

What to wear in Iceland in November?

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

In November, you can expect colder weather, rain, northerly winds and even some snow. For that reason, you should dress with warm layers to be ready for anything. That way you can enjoy the beautiful sights without worrying about the temperatures and conditions.

Make sure to be dressed with an insulated winter jacket and warm under layers, as well as good sturdy boots.

It’s good to know that some outdoor excursions will provide the necessary winter clothing, such as warm overalls. But if you’d like to go snowmobiling, or on hiking or ice caving tours, make sure you’ve brought the clothing essentials with you, such as snow boots.

What are the daylight hours in Iceland in November?

In November, the days are growing shorter and shorter. At the beginning of the month, in Reykjavík, the sun rises around 9:12 AM and sets by 5:10 PM. In the north, in Akureyri, daylight hours are between 9:05 AM and 4:45 PM on average.

By the end of November, the capital sees daylight hours between 10:45 AM and 3:45 PM. In Akureyri, sunrise is around 10:55 AM and sunset at 3:05 PM.

Can I see the northern lights in Iceland in November?

The best time to see the northern lights in Iceland is between the months of October and March, so you’re in luck!

However, for the best visibility, you’ll need the right solar activity, a clear, dark night with few or no clouds, and low light pollution. You can check the Iceland Met Office’s aurora forecast page.

In November, you can book one of the many dedicated northern lights tours available in Iceland. These allow you to go to quieter and more remote areas to (hopefully) enjoy the spectacle. Or, you can always add a guided northern lights tour to the first night of another winter package.



How to tour Iceland in November?

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

Road trips in November
Why not take a November self-drive tour around Iceland? At this time of the year, you can still travel to some of the most famous sites of the country. Pick up your rental car and follow an itinerary tailored to your tastes.

For shorter stays, we recommend driving the Golden Circle or discovering South Iceland. 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!

If you book with Nordic Visitor, you’ll benefit from collision damage waiver, a GPS, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 helpline for emergencies. You also get two named drivers on the insurance policy so you can share the driving with a travel companion.



Small group tours in November
In November, you can choose from three small group tours specifically aimed at giving you the best chances to see the northern lights.

You could discover the south coast with a 5-day winter highlights package, or explore the country on an epic northern lights circle tour.

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 16 people at most, so the trip is still personal for you.

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

A privately guided tour is one of the most exclusive ways to see Iceland. With these packages, you’ll enjoy the undivided attention of your own local guide. They’ll also act as your personal driver and give you a unique insight into Icelandic culture and history. Sit back, relax and take in the view.

You could discover the highlights of the south coast, take a specific northern lights adventure, or head on a tour of the country along the Ring Road. You can also add fun excursions along the way, such as visiting ice caves or going on glacier walks.

Multi-day tours in November
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 with expert guides.

For your time in Iceland’s capital, we recommend that you:

  • Go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Take a dip at a local swimming pool
  • Walk along the coast
  • Visit the Einar Jónsson Art Museum

Good to know: Most of our itineraries aren’t set in stone. Our Reykjavík-based Iceland experts know the country inside out and put their knowledge into planning your trip so it fits you. They’ll help you see Iceland your way, tailoring your itinerary and adding the best excursions to suit you.



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Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalized 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.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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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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