Visiting Iceland in spring is an ideal time to travel and discover all that Iceland has to offer without the crowds and at better prices. Spring in Iceland begins in March and is the time when nature and wildlife slowly come to life after winter and when the whale watching season begins. The days get longer with higher temperatures and more hours of daylight.
In April, the snow starts to melt away and make room for greenery and brighter colours. Thousands of birds return from winter at warmer latitudes. Spring is the shoulder season with lower prices and fewer tourists compared to the peak season in summer. It is also much easier to book accommodation and rental cars as there is more availability than in summer. The weather is variable, which means that you can have both rainy, windy, and sunny days with moderate temperatures. Restaurants and cafés of the cities open on terraces, and many activities and excursions open again after the winter break.
Things to see and do in spring in Iceland
You are in for a real treat if you are visiting Iceland in spring because there are plenty of things to see and activities you can do. Go river rafting, when the snow from the glaciers have started to melt, and the rivers are at their fullest. Experience the force of Iceland's rivers and see the wonders from another perspective! For wildlife enthusiasts, spring is a great time to come to Iceland as the whale watching season begins and the cute puffins return to shore.
Even if the days get longer and sunnier, you can still see snow-capped mountains in spring. You also have the chance to see the northern lights if you come before mid-April. Have you always dreamt of exploring one of those incredible bluish ice-caves inside of a glacier? Then come here in March. The ice caves in Iceland are accessible between mid-October and throughout March.
May is one of the cheapest months to rent a caravan or camper in Iceland. In May, you can explore almost the entire island before the tourist season begins. However, if you want to venture into the highlands, you have to wait till summer when the mountain roads open again when the snow has melted about mid-June. Head up north to Husavik and go on a whale safari or try your luck with deep-sea fishing. Spring is also a great time to discover Iceland on the back of an Icelandic horse. The spectacular views of mountains, waterfalls, musk-covered lava fields and rivers get so much more enhanced when riding. Experience intense emotions and relax in the middle of nature.
If you are planning to visit Iceland in spring, pack for both winter and spring activities as Iceland offers both during this time of year. And do not forget the sunglasses or the camera!