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Is fall the best time to visit Iceland? Smaller crowds and the northern lights make the fall season appealing to travellers

By Matt Eliason

  • Aurora Borealis on display Starting in fall the magestic Northern Lights can be seen around Iceland. Photo/Vilhelm

According to Business Insider, the fall season is one of the best times to take your long awaited trip to the Volcanic nation of Iceland. 

Iceland is a great country to visit year-round, but heading to the Viking nation in fall will provide a few advantages in comparison to other times of the year. For starters, the northern lights become visible starting in the fall. Viewing the aurora borealis should be on every traveler's bucket list - the glowing green shimmer of the sky provides tourists with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Another advantage to coming in the fall is the smaller crowds and more reasonable prices found in the city compared to the summer months. The large majority of Iceland's tourists make the trek to the small Nordic island in the summer months of May - August. However, the temperate climate of the capital city of Reykjavik, located in the southwest corner of the country, will not make your fall trip that much colder than traveling to Iceland during the summer months. Furthermore, taking your vacation in October or November will reduce the overall price and hassle of traveling during the height of tourism season.

One of Iceland's signature events takes place at the beginning of November - Iceland Airwaves. This popular music festival attracts thousands of foreigners to Reykjavik and seems to be growing in size each year. This year's event takes place November 5 - 9 and will feature bands from all over the world. If you are looking for an excuse to take a trip, Iceland Airwaves provides a great atmosphere for music lovers of all genres. 

Lastly, the fall usually doesn't yield any snowfall, so the country roads should all have full access. Therefore, travelers should have no problem seeing all of Iceland's amazing landscapes and scenery. Take a trip down south on Highway 1 and view the beauty of south Iceland in fall.

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