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ICELAND IN NOVEMBER

Are you thinking about visiting Iceland in November?

If so, you’er in luck!

November is a wonderful time to visit Iceland!

… and not only because my birthday is in November (hah!)

November is super cozy as it is getting darker outside, the music scene is booming, the Northern Lights are dancing and we usually also start getting our first sights of snow!

Read on to find out what a local would do in Reykjavik during November!

Egill Fannar
Egill Fannar
Last updated: June 12, 2020

NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NOVEMBER

If you’re asking yourself…

Is November a good time to see the Nothern lights in Iceland?

Yes. It’s one of the best months of the year to see them!

Here is a little Northern Lights motivation before reading any further:

Pretty amazing, right?!

It is possible to see the northern lights from the downtown area of Reykjavik.

But it’s really unlikely due to the light polution of the city.

You will definitely want to get out of the city / downtown area to see the lights.

For that, you’ll have two options:

1.GO ON A SELF-DRIVE NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNT

This can be a lot of fun and something I would definitely recommend if you’ve rented a car in Iceland.

It can be a bit tricky to decide on the perfect day of the week, time of night and area to explore.

But no worries,

We’ve written a really in depth guide to seeing the northern lights on your own.

You can find it here :)

2. JOIN A SMALL GROUP NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR

This can be a great option for travelers that really want to see the northern lights without the hassle of renting a car, driving on icy winter roads and tracking down the lights.

There are many different northern lights tours to chose from.

I have one special tour that I recommend to all my friends visiting Iceland and that is this one here :)

I’ve personally been on this tour a few times throughout the years.

I love the fact that the tour consists of local experts that monitor the weather and decide on the best spot each particular night with the highest chances of seeing the lights.

They also have really fun guides, that provide hot chocolate, biscuits and quick photography lessons on how to best capture the lights on film.

+ if you don’t see the lights you’re able to reschedule as many times as you’d like :)

You can read all about and secure your spot on the tour here.

northern lights over waterfall in november

WEATHER IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER

The average weather temperature in Reykjavik in November is 1,3 °C.

But it can lurks anywhere between -1°C and up to 4°C.

This is approx. 30-39 F.

Note that the °C or °F don’t take in account the cold arctic breeze.

average temperature and weather in iceland during winter

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE dressing up warm and smell the beautiful scent of autumn around me.

Bringing something with you that can shield you from RAIN and cold temperature is a very good idea and almost necessary for your Iceland trip.

But also remember to bring layers of other clothing to put on too & warm hats and gloves.

You can also read our blog on what to wear in Iceland during winter here!

TOP THINGS TO DO IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER 2019

Here are a few ideas for awesome things to do in Iceland in November!

We hope it inspires you or helps you in making your Iceland holiday unforgettable!

We have also handpicked the best day tours from Reykjavik and you can see the list here.

1.GO ON A NATURAL HOT SPRING ADVENTURE

Is there anything cosier then relaxing in a super unique warm natural hot spring in cold snowy weather?

Not really.

It really is a must while in Iceland so I really hope you find a spot on your itinerary for this.

November is the perfect time to go on a natural hot spring hunt and you also have high chances of catching glimpses of them northern lights while in the water!

I don’t know if you know this but …

Iceland has countless different hot springs all around Iceland.

If this is something that you’d enjoy then I’ve written a special blog post just for YOU.

You can read our special Natural Hot Springs in Iceland blog for my absolute favorite how springs in Iceland – and where to find them!

secret lagoon in iceland

2. CHECK OUT THE ICELAND AIRWAVES MUSIC FESTIVAL IN REYKJAVIK

If you are in Iceland from 6th-9th. of November 2019, 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 four days and three nights, almost every single bar, venue and stage in Reykjavik is filled with all kinds of music and musicians from Iceland and artists from all over the world!!

In 2019, there are over 200 artists confirmed for the festival.

Last year I saw Björk, Of Monsters and Men and Úlfur Úlfur.

Find the Iceland airwaves website here for more info!

sónar music festival

3. VISIT THE BEST LOCAL BARS & ENJOY ICELANDIC CRAFT BEER

A dream that finally became true!

We at the Wake Up Reykjavik team have been exploring the legendary Reykjavik nightlife with fun travellers through our Reykjavik Bar Crawl – and Iceland’s local food scene with our Reykjavik Food Tour for a few years now.

But for a long time we’d been itching to put together a perfect evening 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 January 2017 – The Reykjavik Beer tour was ready, and we couldn’t be more happy with the outcome – Cheers and we hope to see you there!

You can fly straight to our Reykjavik Beer Tour page here!

beer tasting in Iceland

4. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN ICELAND

Christmas is just around the corner!

And 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!

Pro tip: If you are in Reykjavik on a Saturday or Sunday it might be wise to visit the fun Reykjavik flea market.

It is called Kolaportið and it is located right next to the famous Icelandic hot dog stand. You can google “Kolaportið” or ask our guides to show you the exact location in any of our local tours. In Kolaportið flea market you will find all kinds of interesting stuff, but the highlights are a great quality of wool-sweaters (normally better prices than anywhere else), Icelandic lava jewelry & a nice food market!

Reykjavik covered in snow during christmas

5. ENJOY SEASONAL ICELANDIC FOOD

Icelandic food has remained a mystery to the world until very recently. Make sure that you get to know our true local cuisine during your stay in Iceland. As Reykjavik is the cultural hub of Iceland, that’s where you will find the best selection of restaurants.

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 an friendly foodie expert?

Make the most of your stay and Join our Reykjavik Food walk to explore the city in the funnest way possible while enjoying the best food found in Iceland.

You can find more info about the Reykjavik Food Walk tour here.

Did you know? The Reykjavik Food Walk is currently the no.1 Food & Drink activity in all Iceland on Trip Advisor!

iceland food tasting

FAQ

CAN YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER?

Absolutely! The sunset in November is rather early, around 4:30pm. Which makes November one of the best times of year to see the Northern Lights.

IS NOVEMBER A GOOD TIME TO GO TO ICELAND?

November is a great time to visit Iceland. The pricing on accommodations, flights and tours tends to be less expensive then the peak summer season. November is also one of the best times for music festivals, northern lights and much more.

HOW COLD IS IT IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER?

The weather in November in Iceland ranges from 30-39 fahrenheit. Iceland is a lot warmer then a lot of travelers expect due to the warm gulfstreim.

IS THERE SNOW IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER?

It is rather common for Iceland to get it’s first snowfall towards the end of November. But it really does differ from year to year. The first snowfall can arrive anywhere from early October to late December.

CAN YOU DRIVE IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER?

Definitely. To be on the safe side, I always recommend getting a 4×4 vehicle if you’re planning on renting a car in Iceland during the winter months. But it’s usually not until January-March when Iceland experiences large snow storms.

WHAT TIME IS SUNSET IN ICELAND IN NOVEMBER?

The sun sets at 5:00pm in the beginning of November. Towards the end of the month the sun will set around 4:00pm.

TO SUM IT UP …

November is simply a WONDERFUL month in Iceland 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!

You can find more helpful blogs here.
And here you can find our personally best recommended day tours from Reykjavik.

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