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VISITING ICELAND IN MARCH

Iceland in March: What are the top things to do? Can you see the Northern Lights in Iceland in March? How is the weather in Iceland in March? Where to see the Northern Lights and everything you need to know!

Are you thinking about visiting Iceland in March?

I truly hope you are since it’s one of my favorite time of year here in Iceland.

This is the Ultimate Local Guide to plan your AMAZING Iceland holiday in March 2021.

Egill Fannar
Egill Fannar
Last updated: June 30, 2020

VISITING ICELAND IN MARCH

What is so special about March?

Ah, it’s the time of year when the white coat of winter begins to loosen its grip on the country and it reveals a beautiful green dress that was hiding underneath.

March in Iceland is packed full of events for visitors to experience.

It also has the perfect “Iceland weather” and is technically still in low season – meaning you might have better luck with finding cheap(er) accommodation, flights and tour bookings.

Plus, the Northern lights are still rocking it’s best!

It is also a time when improving weather conditions makes exploring the country an incredible experience.

As the Ice thaws, you begin to see the vibrancy that was hidden underneath and the country can turn from a monochrome white to a dazzling spectacle of colour almost overnight.

Arial shot of Reykjavik in march

Downtown Reykjavik. Photo by: Wake Up Reykjavik

WEATHER IN MARCH

March can definitely be seen as a turning point in the weather in and around Reykjavik.

Looking at general weather trends the average high daily temperature begins to increase and more importantly

… the number of hours of sunlight per day begins to increase dramatically!

Even the amount of snow and rain begins to decrease in March making it one of the months where the conditions in Reykjavik could be considered the most “normal”.

The average temperature in March in Iceland is 32 Fahrenheit (0°c)

Just because the temperature is rising though doesn’t mean you should leave the warm clothes at home though!

You should definitely make sure to have a waterproof coat, sturdy walking shoes as well as your hats, scarves and gloves!

average temperature and weather in Iceland

CAN YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND IN MARCH?

Northern lights outside of Reykjavik during march

Absolutely! March is a fantastic time to see the northern lights.

The beautiful Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) can very be seen right from down town Reykjavik.

… but it’s unlikely due to the light pollution of the city.

So if you’re looking to maximize your changes of seeing the magical northern lights, you might want to look into joining a Northern Lights tour.

The best time to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik (or Iceland in general) is anywhere between mid-August to mid-April.

This is usually called the ‘high season for Northern Lights’.

The Northern Lights are actually up and running, dancing and lighting up the sky all year round but conditions have to be “perfect” for them to be visible for us, looking up from planet earth. The main conditions that we follow are Northern Lights activity, level of darkness and wether the skies are clear or cloudy.

March is still a relatively dark month – and weather tends to be even better than the months before – so it is considered a brilliant time to visit Iceland if you want to experience the Northern Lights.

A little Northern Lights motivation before reading any further…

BEST TOURS IN ICELAND IN MARCH

You’re visiting Iceland during one of best time of year.

Why not add some unforgettable memories to your trip?

Here you’ll find my list of of best tours and activities to do in Iceland during March.

*Keep in mind, all of these tours are really fun (a must try in my opinion), great value for money & they take place or depart from the downtown area of Reykjavik.

1. THE REYKJAVIK FOOD WALK

Walking and food tour in Reykjavik

There is no better way to enjoy and really get to know Reykjavik than by doing the Reykjavik Food Walk tour.

You’ll meet awesome locals, see the highlights of Reykjavik and eat some of the best food found in Iceland.

The Reykjavik food tour offers all this and more. Spend some time learning to eat like a local while also learning about life in Reykjavik from a real Icelander.

Here are some of my personal highlights from my experience:

  • Explore & learn fun facts and stories about Reykjavik
  • Enjoying traditional Icelandic meat soup
  • Eating freshly caught Arctic Char
  • Visiting the famous Icelandic hot dog stand
  • Home made Ice cream

All this and much, much more awaits you!

The Reykjavik Food Walk is currently rated as the #1 Food&Drink experience in Reykjavik on Trip Advisor with over 3.000+ 5 star reviews.

You can secure your spot on the Reykjavik Food Walk tour here. or read the reviews here.

Enjoying Iceland's famous hot dogs

2. ONE OF A KIND NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE

Visitors exploring northern lights in March

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights!

If you’re lucky enough to be in Iceland during the winter season – I think you’d be crazy not to experience this one of a kind natural phenomenon.

The reasons why I personally recommend you to book a northern lights tour are countless.

But here are a few:

You’ll need to drive outside of the downtown Reykjavik area to really see the lights. You can see green glimpses of lights in the city – but that’s very dull and to be honest, nothing special. With the Northern Lights tour, you’ll be picked up at your accommodation. So there will be no need to rent a car – or drive yourself on the sometimes icy and slippery roads. It’s best to leave that to the professionals.

This particular tour that I recommend (my favorite one) is operated by absolute experts when it comes to the Northern Lights. They have a team of weather experts that monitor the forecast – and will take the tour to the particular spot each night that has the highest chances of seeing the lights.

If you don’t see any Northern Lights – you’ll be able to reschedule the tour or get a full refund.

I could go on – but you get the idea!

You can find more information and secure your spot on the Northern Lights tour that I recommend to all my friends on their way to Iceland right here.

3. GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR

Gullfoss (golden) waterfall

Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall)

The Golden Circle is a very special tour – for many reasons.

This day tour combines stunning nature with a tremendously rich history. It will all come alive in front of you as you journey from location to location.

The Golden Circle will take you to three ultra-special locations in the Southern part of Iceland.

Thingvellir national park, where the world’s first parliament was formed.

The Great Geysir, the exploding hot spring which gives us the English word Geyser.

Gullfoss, the golden waterfall that originates from the nearby Langjokull glacier.

For those who want to experience the Golden Circle then I will highly recommend this Golden Circle tour here.

I highly enjoyed it plus it is the no.1 rated Golden Circle tour on Trip Advisor and it’s a small-group tour.

4. REYKJAVIK BEER TOUR

Craft beer tasting in Reykjavik

… that’s me! (on the left, having a great time) on my 3rd beer (7 more to go) on the Reykjavik Beer Tour.

Did you know:

That Beer in Iceland wasn’t legal until 1989?

Pretty crazy, right?

The beer history in Iceland is pretty bizarre.

Two of my favorite highlights from the Reykjavik Beer Tour:

– You’ll learn really fun stories about the Iceland beer culture & history

– You’ll enjoy 10 different Icelandic beers along with the traditional Icelandic Brennivín ‘Black Death’

Whether you’re a beer enthusiast – or just like having fun. This is a fantastic tour to meet new friends, share laughs and enjoy great Icelandic beer.

You can learn more about the Reykjavik Beer tour here.

5. GOLDEN CIRCLE & NATURAL HOT SPRING COMBO TOUR

secret lagoon in Iceland

The Secret Lagoon, Iceland

I mentioned the Golden Circle earlier.

Simply because it’s awesome and includes some truly incredible & unique sights to see.

If you’re interested in experiencing the Golden Circle with a twist – then I highly recommend taking a look at the combo tour that includes a visit to the Secret Lagoon, natural hot spring.

It includes all the amazing sights of the Golden Circle but also a stop at Secret Lagoon. Where you’ll bath and relax in a natural hot spring.

This is the perfect way to combine incredible sightseeing with relaxation in a hidden natural hot spring.

You can read more and secure tickets to this awesome experience here.

6. SNOWMOBILE ON A GLACIER

Snowmobile riding on Langjökull glacier

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier, Iceland.

This activity is has been a favorite of mine throughout the years for a few reasons:

Driving a powerful snowmobile is incredibly fun

The sights and scenery on the Glacier are breathtaking

I always bring my GoPro (the helmets have mounts) to capture some incredible footage and memories on film.

I recently did this with my entire family – and it was a blast.

My mother was a bit hesitant at first (she had never driven a snowmobile before) but at the end of it – I think she had the most fun out of us all.

As you already know – the nature here in Iceland is incredible as well so the sights and scenery on your way to the glacier are quite spectacular as well.

You can find more info and secure your spots for the snowmobile tour here.

Also!

It’s possible to combine this tour with the Golden Circle for a full day PACKED with awesome sightseeing and adventure – you can find that here.

Geysir, Golden Circle.

IN CONCLUSION

March is a fantastic time to visit Reykjavik.

You are guaranteed to be absolutely blown away by the sheer amount of things to do. We may have covered quite a lot already but believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg!

I hope to see you soon!