Iceland in November: Things to do in and around Reykjavik

Iceland in November: Things to do in and around Reykjavik

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Text by: April Harpa Smáradóttir

How is Iceland in November? What is the weather like and what to do in Reykjavik during this time of the year?

To answer your questions, November is a wonderful time to visit Iceland!

Don’t let the darkness and the rain scare you because this is a great time to be alive in Reykjavik! Not only because my birthday is in November (hah!) But November is super cozy as it is getting darker outside, the music scene is booming and also we start getting our first sights of snow!  If you’re in Iceland during November, consider yourself lucky because this month is one of my favorites as there are so many things to see and do! Read on to find out what a local would do in Reykjavik during November!

Weather in Iceland in November


Yes, November is a cold and chances are … a  wet month!  The average weather temperature in Reykjavik lurks somewhere between 1-8°C (33-46°F) with the occasional cold winter breeze. I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE dressing up warm and smell the beautiful scent of autumn around me. Bringing something that can shield you from RAIN is a very good idea but also remember to bring layers and layers of other clothing to put on too.


BONUS: If you plan to purchase your warm layers in Iceland, my best recommendation for an Icelandic outdoor clothing brand is Cintamani! You can visit the their Cintamani Website here. 

What to do in Iceland during November?




If you are in Iceland from 2nd-6th. of November, then you are definitely in for a treat as the biggest and most awesome music festival is ON during this time! I am of course talking about the Iceland Airwaves music festival! For three days and three nights, almost every single bar, venue and stage is filled with all kinds of music and musicians from Iceland and all over the world!! The ones I am definitely not going to miss this  year is Björk, Of Monsters and Men and Úlfur Úlfur.






I personally LOVE visiting natural hot springs and prefer to do it in the winter rather in the summer since it’s just so nice to chill in the warm water with cold surroundings.

November is the perfect time to go on a natural hot spring mission because the roads should still be good for driving (not so much ice on the roads) and you also have high chances of catching glimpses of them northern lights while in the water! WOW!


READ NEXT: 6 Must Visit Natural Hot Springs in Iceland





Northern Lights

… Talking about the northern lights! Yes. Northern Lights. Hit the road to escape the city lights and witness these natural phenomena away from the fuzz and the buzz of the city. Join an operated tour, go on a boat or simply rent a car yourself, it really doesn’t matter how you do it because you are going to forget where you are anyway when you see these lights!


READ NEXT: Everything you’ll need to know about the Northern lights 



Northern Lights in Iceland





A dream that finally became true! We at the Wake Up Reykjavik team have been exploring the Reykjavik nightlife with fun travelers through our Reykjavik Bar Crawl – and Iceland’s incredible food scene with our Reykjavik Food Tour for quite some time. But for a long time we’d been itching to put together a tour that combines the absolute best local beer venues in Reykjavik, Iceland’s fascinating beer history and the most premium beers found in Iceland. We didn’t take putting this tour together light-heartedly, so we really took our time to make sure everything was perfect – and as of October 2016 – The Reykjavik Beer tour was ready, and we couldn’t be more happy with the outcome – Cheers and we hope to see you there!



friends drinking beer



Reykjavik is filled with beautiful shops to get a hold of some really unique Christmas decorations and gifts that are hard to find elsewhere in the world. Reserve an evening entirely for shopping little Santa Claus statues and Christmas tree decorations to bring back home to your country!

ALSO! Since you’re here already… you should definitely stock up with some stylish and super warm outdoor clothing! One of the hottest Icelandic brands out there right now is Cintamani … pay them a visit and you’ll see.


Icelandic Christmas Ornament

Go Surfing!


For all ocean lovers, November is great for surfing. Yes, of course it’s cold, but these waves are simply too good to miss out on.


Swell picks up during autumn in Iceland so if you are here in November, make sure to bring your board or hire one and hit those empty waves with INCREDIBLE scenery! The absolute PERFECT way to spend time in nature in the most memorable way!

If you would like to take surfing classes or need to hire a board, then I highly recommend my friends at Adventure Vikings. They have a whole garage filled with boards of all sizes and levels. You can hire really good wetsuits from them too.  They are also the first surfing school in Iceland with super knowledgeable teachers and great customer service, so if you have always wanted to learn surfing, do it here!

Still need inspiration? Here is a short little clip of my friend Heiðar. If this doesn’t inspire you to get on that board then nothing will.



Enjoy our seasonal cuisines


As it’s getting colder and darker outside, what’s better than enjoying the warmth of our traditional lamb soup or the best seafood soup in town with a friendly local foodie? Join our Reykjavik Food walk to explore the city in the funnest way possible while enjoying the best food found in Iceland.


lobster soup in iceland


November is simply WONDERFUL and I hope you will love it here. I do also hope that this small little blog post of mine helped you with your planning and/or gives you a better idea for what’s coming!

Also, if I can help you with anything else – Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions in the comments below :)


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