After a lovely summer in Iceland, with quite some good weather conditions this year, time has come to move forward with the colder months coming. September being the first one of those, we are going to tell you more about it. Is it a good period to travel? How is the weather in Iceland? What can I do here? We are going to answer all your questions right now!
It is the end of the summer season.
The flow of tourists in summer is quite important since the weather is way nicer than during the winter time and there is much more daylight with the midnight sun. However, tourist attractions are usually packed, the prices of accommodations and car rentals are at their peak. For this reason, September is an option to avoid all of this as the summer season ends. Indeed, starting from September, there are less travellers in Iceland, which allows you to enjoy all the most famous places of Iceland a bit less crowded.
The weather is still rather warm.
During the first half of September, the weather is still quite nice. Of course, the temperatures are a bit cooler than during the summertime but you will still have some sunny days awaiting for you. However, in between those sunny days you would have some rainy ones as September is the most rainy month in Iceland. The temperatures are usually still positive, between 3 and 12°C depending on where you are in the country. Hence, there is usually no snow during this month. In any case, we recommend you to bring warm, windproof and waterproof clothes when visiting this month.
The daylight is still “normal”.
You might not have the midnight sun anymore, but in September, you can still enjoy an average of 13h per day of daylight. Even though the days get shorter and shorter with the winter coming, you will still be able to enjoy a so-called “normal” daylight.
The autumn colors arrive!
In Iceland, the seasons are a bit different from other countries since there are only two seasons: winter and summer. However, in September, you will start seeing the landscapes changing colors and switching from the bright green landscapes to golden and red landscapes. It is highly appreciable for the photography lovers to catch stunning landscapes in their transition to the wintertime.
Most of the roads are still open.
In summer, all the roads in Iceland are open and accessible with small cars or with 4×4 while during the winter time, due to the snow for instance, many roads are closed such as the roads to go to the Highlands. In September, luckily, almost all the roads are still open since the weather is still nice.
There are some celebrations and festivities awaiting.
In normal times, September is the occasion for you to experience some traditional events. Ljósanótt is one of those festivities that celebrates the lights with the arrival of the winter season with darker days. There is also the Oktoberfest, coming from Germany and the Reykjavik Film Festival where you can even experience projections from many places across the capital, even from swimming pools!
You can experience some traditional customs such as berries picking & réttir.
The land of Iceland is a quite rough environment for any organisms to grow. The first settlers were farmers and you can still see farms a bit everywhere here. In September, it will be for you the occasion to experience some of the traditions coming from back then such as Réttir. We did a whole article about it here if you are curious. This tradition aim to gather all the sheep roaming freely during the summer across the country and gather them back into the farms they belong to for the wintertime. Also, September is the time of the year where you can pick local wild berries, berjamó. It is allowed to pick those berries freely in all the uncultivated lands you will find in Iceland.
The season for Northern Lights starts!
Starting from September, as the nights get longer, it is finally time for Northern Lights to show up and, for you, to enjoy the show! The Northern Lights season starts from September and lasts until April. September and March being the months with the highest activity due to the equinox happening during those months. The optimum time to see them is between 9.30pm and 1am.
Luckily for you, we offer tours to bring you to bring you to them when the weather conditions allow it! You can find our small group tour here and our private tour here. We promise you, your mind will be blown away!