Visiting Iceland is always a good idea – with countless waterfalls, epic hiking, gorgeous glaciers, unique beaches, and let’s not forget, the crazy geothermal activity (hello volcanoes & hot springs)! But, autumn in Iceland is an extra special time. It has lots of bonus benefits you won’t find at other times. Just check out these four reasons to visit Iceland in fall:
The entire island of Iceland is insanely gorgeous. But there is something extra special about South Iceland. Maybe because it is jam-packed with beauty at every turn. Or maybe because there is such a variety of unique experiences to be had. Either way, we could have easily spent our entire two weeks in this area. If you are doing a stopover in Iceland, this is the perfect area to focus on.
On the fourth day of our Iceland road trip, we awoke in beautiful Kirkjubæjarklaustur still riding the high we got from Day 3. After a quick breakfast of microwaved oatmeal (an upgrade from our usual granola bars), we backtracked a little to spend the morning exploring and photographing Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. I had fallen in love with this place during my Iceland research and HAD to check out! But the real highlight of this part of our trip was Iceland’s Glacier Lagoon.
We have officially returned to the real world after two weeks of exploring some of the most breathtaking places we’ve ever seen. I spent months creating our Iceland camper van road trip itinerary and drooling over pictures. But nothing could have prepared me for what we experienced while we were there. And since our return, I have been struggling with answering one seemingly simple & inevitable question: “How was your trip?”
We saw waterfalls, canyons, glaciers and cliffs. We hiked a haunted mountain path, drove on terrifying dirt roads with steep inclines, almost got blown away by insane wind, saw where a troll-man used to live, experienced Reykjavik on a Saturday night and laughed hysterically while being herded by a sheep dog … plus so much more! So, when I blurt out “great” or “amazing” when I’m posed with this deceptively difficult question I feel extremely guilty, like all the Icelanders in the world are collectively shaking their heads at my verbal inadequacy.