ICELAND IN MARCH 2024
In this post I'll show you why I love March in Iceland!
Below, I'll answer all your questions on:
- What to expect when visiting Iceland in March
- How, when & where to see the magical Northern Lights
- Average weather and temperature in March
- Best tour, things to do and activities
This is the Ultimate Local Guide to plan your AMAZING March 2023 holiday in Iceland.
Let's get started!
ICELAND IN MARCH QUICK FACTS:
March in Iceland is packed full of events for visitors to experience.
It's the time of year when improving weather conditions make exploring the country an incredible experience and is technically still in low season – meaning you might have better luck with finding cheap(er) accommodation, flights and tour bookings.
- Average temperature: 32 Fahrenheit
- Sunrise 07:42am / Sunset 19:28pm
- Less crowded / touristy: More availability on tours, hotels etc.
- Good time for northern lights: Yes! (Great time actually)
- Best things to do: View our recommendations for local activities below!
WEATHER / Average temperature IN MARCH
March can definitely be seen as a turning point in the weather in and around Reykjavik. Althouth the average temperature is similar to January and February, the number of hours of sunlight per day begins to increase dramatically!
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 all the warm clothes at home!
You should definitely make sure to have a waterproof coat, sturdy walking shoes as well as a warm hat, scarf and gloves!
CAN YOU SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND IN MARCH?
Absolutely! March is a fantastic time to see the northern lights.
The beautiful Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) can 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 small group Northern Lights tour.
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is anywhere between mid-August to mid-April.
This is usually called the high season for northern lights.
The northern lights are actually always up there, running, dancing and lighting up the sky, all year round but the conditions have to be “perfect” for them to be visible to us - looking up from our planet Earth. These conditions that affect the visibility are electro magnetic activity, light conditions (how dark it is, the darker the better) and how cloudy ut us.
March is still a relatively dark month and weather tends to be even better than the months before – so it's considered a brilliant time to visit Iceland if you want to experience the northern lights in all their glory.
A little Northern Lights motivation before reading any further…
BEST TOURS IN ICELAND IN MARCH
You’re visiting Iceland at a fantastic time of the 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 and they either take place or depart from the central Reykjavik area.
1. THE REYKJAVIK FOOD WALK
There is no better way to enjoy and really get to know Reykjavik than by joining the Reykjavik Food Walk tour.
You’ll meet awesome locals, see the highlights of Reykjavik and eat some of the best food you can find 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 more awaits you!
The Reykjavik Food Walk is currently rated as the #1 Food&Drink experience in Reykjavik on Trip Advisor, with over 4,000+ 5 star reviews.
2. ONE OF A KIND NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE
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 best 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 (The Gold 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 takes you to three ultra-special locations in the south part of Iceland.
- Þingvellir: (Thingvellir) national park, where the world’s first parliament was formed.
- 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. SOUTH COAST TOUR
This tour is so fantastic that I have this to say about it:
If you have only one day in Iceland - do THIS! The South Coast small group tour combines the most exciting and stunning sightseeing spots in Iceland, all in one, fun-packed day of adventure.
Powerful waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beach & so much more! Book this tour, get your camera ready & get excited for the unforgettable day ahead!
5. GOLDEN CIRCLE & NATURAL HOT SPRING COMBO TOUR
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. GLACIER SNOWMOBILING & ICE CAVE TOUR
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!