FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISITING ICELAND IN SEPTEMBER
Whatever you’re wondering about visiting Iceland in September, we’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions. Is September 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 September?
September is a quieter month that falls after the popular Iceland summertime. 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 – although the weather can be a bit more unpredictable than in summer – and there are still ample daylight hours for sightseeing.
There is also a slight possibility of seeing early northern lights in September as night-time darkness returns.
What are the best things to do in Iceland in September?
There are plenty of things you can do and visit during your trip to Iceland. September 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 September:
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
There is a slight possibility you may even be able to spot the northern lights.
What are the best places to visit in Iceland in September?
September 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 September:
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 September?
As September is a transitional month, you can expect some autumn-like weather in Iceland at this time, with mild temperatures and some wind. On average, there are highs of 10°C (50°F) and lows of 6°C (43°F).
You can expect more rain than in the summer, however October is the wettest month of the year. In September, you can enjoy the remnants of nice summer weather and long daylight hours.
Iceland’s climate is unpredictable, so prepare for sun, wind and rain if you’re planning a trip for September.
What is the temperature in September?
In the capital, the average temperature is 8°C (46°F) in September. In Akureyri, in the north, it is 7°C (45°F).
What to pack for Iceland in September?
Iceland is famous for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. As September follows the Icelandic summer, 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 September:
Fleece and lightweight wool jumpers
Waterproof and windproof jacket or shell layers
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 September?
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 September, 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 September?
While daylight hours are starting to reduce in September, you can still enjoy plenty of daytime brightness to explore Iceland at your heart’s content. You can expect daylight hours between 6 AM and 8:30 PM on average.
Earlier in the summer, Iceland experiences around 18-20 hours of daylight thanks to the midnight sun. By October the days are much shorter, with the sun rising around 7:30 AM and setting around 7 PM.
Can I see the northern lights in Iceland in September?
In September, it is possible, but rare.
From October to March, you could 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.
Do you need a 4x4 in Iceland in September?
The short answer is no. The road conditions in Iceland are generally good at this time of year and during the summer. So, it is not necessary for you to book such a vehicle.
Of course, you may want to head off the beaten path. If you would like to explore the highlands, the F-roads absolutely require a 4x4 drive.
How to tour Iceland in September?
There are various ways to travel on your Iceland tour in September. 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 September 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 International Film 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
September 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 still good for touring, and you can enjoy long daylight hours to drive and explore.
Driving in Iceland is an adventure that you won’t regret! Especially if you book with Nordic Visitor, as we offer collision damage waiver, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 helpline for emergencies.
Join a small guided group tour
At the tail end of the high tourist season, in September you can decide to join a group tour of the natural wonders of Iceland, or a specific northern lights safari.
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.
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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