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ICELAND IN APRIL 2021

In this post I'll show you why April is one of my most favourite months to be in Iceland!

I know you have a ton of questions regarding Iceland in April:

'How is the weather in April?'

'It is possible to see the Northern Lights in April?'

'What are the best things to do and see?'

'Are there any special events that you won't want to miss in Reykjavik in April?'

In the post below, I'll answer all of these questions and give you my very best local insight and tips to have an unforgettable trip to Iceland in April!

Let's dive in!

Egill Fannar
Egill Fannar
Last updated: April 01, 2020
Seljalandsfoss waterfall during April

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WEATHER IN ICELAND IN APRIL

Even though we start celebrating summer in April, it can still be a bit chilly here in Iceland which is why I recommend all travelers to bring along their winter coat which will ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy your trip in the warmest/coziest way possible!

The temperature hovers on average between 0-5 degrees celsius (32-41 fahrenheit.)

One of the things that I love most about April in Iceland is that day and night finally return back to normal.

Meaning that we have sunrise around 6m and sunset around 9pm, unlike the 3 hour December daylight. After months of intense darkness, this is PURE HEAVEN!

Average temperature in Iceland (°C)

weather graph showing temperatures in Iceland

IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND IN APRIL?

I’m happy to tell you: YES … sort of!

Here is the thing,

In order to see the northern lights, you’ll need 3 factors:

  • High northern lights activity
  • Clear skies
  • Pitch black darkness (no day-light)

You can experience the three factors all year round, except the pitch black darkness. Here in Iceland, the sun will set later and later during the evening the closer we get to the 21st of June. Which is when we have our summer solstice (24 hours of daylight.)

By the end of April, the sun will set around 10:00pm. Which is why most northern lights tour operator stop hosting tours on the 15th of April.

But I’ve got good news for you!

Even though April has a late sunset (especially towards the end of the month), it has still been the month that I’ve personally seen the most amount of vibrant northern lights in the past years! I don’t really know why that is – but that’s really good news for you if you’re here during April!

BEST WAY TO SEE THE NORTHERTN LIGHTS IN APRIL

If you’re eager to see the magical lights. Then my best recommendation to you is to book a tour (if you’ll be visiting anytime between 1-15th of April.)

This option is great since these tours have a weather professional that monitors the weather forecast and northern lights activity like crazy – and will take you to the exact spots that have the highest possible chance of seeing the lights.

Exploring the northern lights is one of my favourite things to do here in Iceland and I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to try out a variety of different tour versions of the northern lights (via boat, bus, super jeep truck etc.)

Out of all the tours that I’ve been able to try out, there was one that really stood out, which is why I recommend it to all my friends and guests coming to Iceland.

It's a small group experience (which I really enjoyed, since big groups tend to give activities a touristy feel). The guides were great, we had wifi on the mini bus, it's inexpensive compared to other northern lights tour.

... and lastly and most importantly, they took us to a brilliant spot outside the city with low cloud coverage to see amazing northern lights!

If you’re interested in joining a northern lights tour then I’ve made a special collaboration with the tour operator to be able to offer my readers the tour at the lowest possible price.

You’ll find all the info and be able to secure your spot right through this link here.

Have fun and enjoy the magical lights!

northern lights in april

WHAT TO WEAR IN ICELAND IN APRIL?

April is a month of spring so be prepared for some chilly atmosphere. April is not a windy month but it could be quite a wet one so bring your raincoat! A nice warm jacket is definitely a must-pack item along with hat and gloves!

I always recommend people to bring layers of clothing as the weather here is quite schizophrenic, especially during winters, spring, and autumn.

Iceland in April packing list:

  • Base Layers – A few pars of underwear, socks & t-shirts
  • Warm sweater – Fleece or wool. This can work great as a layer underneath a warm jacket or parka if the weather gets cold. And on the other hand, if the weather god’s bless us with a warm day – you would just simply leave your parka/jacket at home and enjoy your day, rocking your awesome sweater :)
  • Pants – Jeans do work fine. But if you’re planning on doing an outdoor activity (Glacier hiking & Ice climbing or Whale Watching for example) then it can be a smart move to bring a par of lightweight outdoor pants.
  • Weatherproof jacket or parka – If you end up in rainy or windy weather, then this can be a solid addition to your outfit here in Iceland.

And then, of course, bring your bathing suit as Iceland is filled with hot springs, swimming pools and natural wonders worth exploring!

Nothing beats a nice warm geothermal bath on a chilly spring morning!

If you’re considering embarking on a natural hot spring adventure – then my simple suggestions is to DO IT. You won’t regret it. And if you do, then check out our Natural Hot Spring blog which we’ve filled with our all time favourite hot springs in Iceland.
Enjoy – and have FUN!

*** This is the part of the blog where I usually post a fun photo. I couldn’t choose between the two below. So… I hope you’ll enjoy them both!

hiking scenery outside of Reykjavik in april
Hiking trails in Iceland during summer

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

THE ABSOLUTE BEST TOURS AND ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN ICELAND

There are a lot of activities to choose from when visiting Iceland.

But there are a few must-do that I recommend to all my non-Icelandic friends and travellers on their way to Iceland!

1. THE REYKJAVIK FOOD WALK

Cheese and meat tasting from Reykjavik Food Walk

This is the single best thing to do in Reykjavik (in both my opinion and 2000+ other travellers on Trip Advisor.)

The delicious Reykjavik Food Tour is a 3 hour walking tour through Reykjavik with a local. You’ll learn useful tips and fun stories about the city while visiting the best local restaurants and hidden gems to enjoy some of the very best Icelandic food available.

You will taste one of the very best home made Icelandic ice creams I have ever tasted in my life, get home made lamb soup, fresh catch of the day, the famous Icelandic hot dog, local cheese and so, so, so much more!

Personally, I think the Reykjavik Food tour is one of the single most funnest ways to explore and get to know Reykjavik first hand.

Find the Reykjavik Food tour here.

2. WHALE WATCHING SEASON IN ICELAND!

whale jump sighting in Iceland

Hurray, the whales are here!

There are quite a few reason why I really enjoy whale watching in Iceland (especially during April!)

Why?

Well, you can see whales all year round in Iceland – but the PEAK SEASON for highest chance of seeing the majestic whales starts in April!

Also!

Most tours in Iceland take place outside the city, where you’ll need to be picked up from downtown Reykjavik – and driven to your tour destination.

This Whale Watching tour departs from the old harbour (centre of downtown Reykjavik) which is just a few minutes walking distance from most hotels in Reykjavik.

Whale Watching is a popular, cheap and fun activity to do in Iceland. Seeing those beasts in all their glory is a magnificent experience which I can’t recommend highly enough.

Yes, its 100% cruelty-free safe and definitely worth your while. It’s not every day you can be so up and close to these gentle giants in their natural environment, so if you’re traveling to Iceland, make sure get yourself on one of them boats!

3. VISIT THE PUFFINS!

puffins in Iceland

Fun fact of the day:

Iceland is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of puffins. Over half of the world’s population of the Atlantic Puffin breeds in Iceland. The total population of puffins in Iceland is estimated to be between 8 and 10 million birds. HOLY PUFFIN THAT’S A LOT OF BIRDS!

‘Puffin Season’ is from early April to September. These little guys spend most of their time on the sea as they are big time ocean creatures. A big reason for this is because they are fantastic swimmers and can stroke their wings underwater down to 60 meters! … And once a year they come to land to breed.

So, if you ever want to see this colourful creature sometime in your life then visit Iceland sometime between April and September – and hop on a rib safari puffin tour!

4. GO SNOWMOBILING ON A GLACIER!

couples riding snowmobiles on langjökull glacier

An insanely fun and unique way of exploring the Icelandic glaciers!

It’s crazy that most people think snowmobiling in Iceland is only possible during the winter. It’s glaciers, they are cold all year round and the chances are just that much better of decent weather and beautiful visibility during April!

This snowmobiling tours is available with a super convenient pickup and drop off from almost every hotel in downtown Reykjavik.

P.S.
Bring your GoPro if you have one! Most of the helmets have mounts where you can attach your GoPro to capture some fun footage to show your friends back home. (It’s a great way to make friends and family members jealous of your super cool trip to Iceland.) Just kidding, but really – bring a camera if you have one!

Find our best Snowmobile tour here!

5. EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THE SOUTH COAST

Arial shot of the black sand beach in Iceland

I can not say enough great things about this wonderful tour.

It’s in my opinion – one of the best ‘see it all / do it all’ tour if you want to explore as much as possible in on day.

You’ll visit my two favourite waterfalls in Iceland (Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss.)
Not only that, but you’ll also explore the absolutely stunning black sand beach – it’s really something else!

You can check out and secure your spots on my most recommend south coast tour here.

APRIL SPECIAL DATES IN ICELAND

There is a lot of fun going on here in Iceland during April.

Which is why, again, I recommend all travellers to pick it as their month of choice for visiting. Here below, you’ll find the main special dates with a little practical info. You won’t have to worry too much about opening hours as our Easter won’t affect them too much.

But you can check out the page of Visit Reykjavik where they’ve listed up opening hours here in the city.

APRIL FOOLS IN ICELAND | 1st of April

Icelanders are pranksters, we truly appreciate a good laugh! So if there is any nation that LOVES April fools, it’s Iceland! Stay on your toes if you are ever in Iceland on this day as chances are that we will pull a prank on you! Also, if you get a glimpse of one of the Icelandic newspapers (‘Fréttablaðið’ or ‘Morgunblaðið’.) You’ll notice that the front page will usually have a large bizarre story that both makes no sense at all and is a complete lie.

EASTER IN ICELAND | 9th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th of April

Like other parts of the world, we too celebrate easter. This usually involves eating an extremely unhealthy amounts of Icelandic chocolate eggs while staying at home over a five day weekend.

THE ‘FIRST DAY OF SUMMER’ | 20th of April

Yes, yes & YES! The 20th of April is when we can start celebrating SUMMER in Iceland! What a great feeling! From here, the world only spins in pure bliss with over 15 hours of sunlight. The whole vibe of the island lifts and our bodies start feeling fresh again from all that vitamin D!

TO WRAP IT UP!

April is when we say goodbye to winter and greet summer with a big smile on our faces! This truly wonderful spring month is absolutely fantastic for fun outdoor activities and things to do and see here in Iceland! The perfect opportunity to catch the best of Iceland, with chance of getting the best of each season.

If you are coming to Iceland in April then I truly hope you’re excited and that this blog inspired you to make the most of your stay!