Best Time To Arrange A Campervan Tour of Iceland
Ten percent of Iceland is covered in glaciers that are just waiting to be explored, while the rest of the island nation is made up of fjords, lava fields, highlands and mountains. It has a number of famous hot spots, including the therapeutic Blue Lagoon, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and the beautiful Thingvellir National Park, as well as the colourful capital city of Reykjavík that is home to the majority of the country’s population.
Despite its name, Iceland has a fairly mild climate and can be visited year round. Still, summertime is the most favoured time to explore the country and is the best time to arrange an Icelandic campervan holiday. After September a number of hinterland roads close and remain that way until mid-May. It is also the warmest time of the year and the most ideal time to explore the lava fields and the mountains, and to discover the island’s surrounding marine life.
Though much less popular, winter is also a good time to visit Iceland and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy winter sports, such as skiing and ice climbing. When visiting Iceland in the winter it is best to use Reykjavík as a base, which offers easy access to the popular southwest region of the country as well as both the Vatnajökull National Park and Thingvellir National Park.
The spring time is best for activities such as hiking, fishing and horseback riding as well as being stunning with its bright green grass and beautiful flowers. It is also the best time for bird watching and there are over 200 species that nest throughout the country. Anglers flock around the lakes and rivers, while puffins hang around in extremely large groups.
In Autumn visitors can see the green vegetation turn to picturesque shades of yellow, brown and red, resulting in stunning landscapes. Photographers often favour this time of year, though amateurs can also snap some fantastic photographs.
West Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a great place for a road trip throughout any time of the year, with its marvellous retreats, fabulous hot springs, the stunning Dalirnir valleys and magnificent mountains. It is also the gateway to the islands of Breiðafjörður and home to the famous Snæfellsjökull National Park. Iceland is a fantastic destination year round, with every season having its own unique charm, and all will leave visitors with lasting memories.