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A seasonal guide to Reykjavik

Travellers may flock to Iceland's capital during the short but sweet summer, but Reykjavik has something to offer every season of the year. The kick off of festival season in the spring, fjord exploring in the summer, the first appearance of the northern lights in the fall, and a trip to the geothermal pool in the winter, you'll find no shortage of new experiences with each season.

The winter months are the best time of year to see the northern lights

The winter months are the best time of year to see the northern lights

Winter

Contrary to popular belief, winter is a fantastic time to visit Iceland, and its capital Reykjavik is a true gem. While it’s undeniably chilly, temperatures rarely fall below freezing and the cool conditions simply mean you’ve got some equally cool activities to enjoy. Take on glacial hiking, explore the majestic Golden Circle and watch geysers erupt in an awe-inspiring natural spectacle. And speaking of hot water, your Reykjavik experience won’t be complete without a visit to a geothermal pool. Winter really is the best time to dive in!

As the snow on Mount Esja recedes, colour returns to the city

As the snow on Mount Esja recedes, colour returns to the city

Spring

As the snow on the slopes of Mount Esja begins to recede, Reykjavik shrugs off the torpor of winter to make way for the hustle and bustle of spring. Colour and life doesn’t just return to the city’s trees and plants, either – the spring also sees many festivals and events kicking off in the Icelandic capital. Though the season’s pretty short it manages to pack in celebrations of music, design and even the country’s beloved horses. And of course, it goes without saying that an exploration of the enchanting volcanic landscapes around the city is all the more magical in the fresh air and dazzling light of spring.

With summer comes the mightnight sun, giving you more hours to explore the city

With summer comes the mightnight sun, giving you more hours to explore the city

Summer

The city of Reykjavik is simply glorious in summer. When the sun shines, it shines in a bright and open sky. The air is clean and icy fresh, and the city is never busier. It won’t take long for you to feel energised, which is pretty handy considering there’s so much to enjoy! You could take a boat trip to an island in the middle of a fjord, explore some stunning lave tube caves or even go whale watching. And of course, the height of summer means the haunting midnight sun, which means even more hours of daylight for new and amazing experiences!

Fall days may be shorter, but there's no shortage of things to do in the city

Fall days may be shorter, but there's no shortage of things to do in the city

Fall

As the sun lowers in the sky and the days begin to shorten, Reykjavik is bathed in a subtle golden light. The autumn is a beautiful time to see both Iceland and its capital city, and even the notoriously unpredictable weather won’t stop you from having a good time. Explore Reykjavik’s autumn music and film festivals, tour some of its fantastic national galleries or soothe away your stress in a geothermal pool. But that’s not the best bit. From September onwards, you can catch one of the most spectacular natural wonders known to man – the Aurora Borealis, which turns the sky into an intricate, other-worldly maelstrom of colourful light.