Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Iceland Travel: Requirements and Documentation

Traveling is usually synonymous with pleasant activities. You’ve got free time, relaxation, discovering other cultures and doing everything you've always dreamed of. Travel is a big item on many people’s bucket lists. There are also more practical considerations to keep in mind, however. We want you to have all the information you need for your trip, not just a list of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland or the best things to do. Bureaucracy crops up in almost every aspect of life, and travel is no different. Depending on the country you come from, there will be certain requirements and documentation to travel to Iceland. So let's talk a little about it.

Passport and visa requirements for Iceland travel

Borders exist; this is a fact. And we have to abide by the norms and laws of each country; this is another fact. So, if we want to have a stress-free trip without worries or problems at Border Control, we need to have everything in order. Normally, all the paperwork and requirements can be confusing and even tedious, so I’ll try to provide this information in the simplest, clearest way possible.

Required ID for Travel to Iceland

Let’s start with the most basic things: they need to be able to identify us at the borders. The requirements change depending on where you come from. The two main groups are travelers from the EU and travelers outside of the EU.

Travelers From the EU 

If you are a citizen of a member country of the European Union or you reside legally in any country of the Schengen area, then you can travel with your ID card or residence card. Of course, it must be valid and not expired when traveling to Iceland or during your stay.

It’s important to check the expiration date of your identification documents. In some places, it takes a long time to schedule an appointment for renewal. We want to start the trip off on a good foot and not run into any problems too early! If your ID is old, unusable or missing, don’t worry. You still have an option B. Your passport is also valid for travel to Iceland. But again, please verify that it has not passed the expiration date and that it will be valid during the entirety of your trip to Iceland.

Travelers from Areas Outside the EU 

For our friends from more distant borders, I am afraid that ID cards or driver’s licenses are not valid means of identification at the Icelandic border. But that’s perfectly fine. Do you have a valid passport valid? Well, then you’ve already completed the first step.

Passport and visa requirements for Iceland

Travel to Iceland - Visas 

As many of you already know, there are certain countries that require special permission to enter. This happens for thousands of reasons, and to be honest, we don’t want this article to turn into an encyclopedia-length tome. In short, let's just say that much of it has to do with treaties between nations. The visa issue is very important because it is one of the keys (although not the only one) as to whether or not you can cross the border, and for how long. But what exactly is a visa?

If it's the first time you’re traveling, this term may be foreign to you. Do not worry, that's why we're here. For the uninitiated, a visa is an official document issued by the country you want to travel to which authorizes entry. Normally it is a special sticker that is placed in your passport. The thing is, not all countries require it for everyone. In the specific case that concerns us, Iceland, the following distinctions are usually made:

Travelers from the EU 

Thanks to the treaties between the European nations and the so-called Schengen area, if you come from a country in the European Union or one attached to that treaty, you do not need a visa.

Travelers to Iceland from Other Countries (Non-EU) 

This is when it gets a little more complicated, simply because there are so many countries outside of the European Union. Many of our readers come from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. With the exception of South Africa, none of these countries need a visa.

And here is a full list of the countries that require a visa in Iceland.

Visa Requirements For Travel to Iceland 

For those who do need a visa, it is necessary to present the following documents to the Icelandic authorities:

  • A filled-out application form
  • A passport-sized photograph (35x45mm)
  • A valid passport with an expiration date at least three months after the date of return from Iceland. That is, if you travel on July 20, 2019, the passport must expire on October 20, 2019 at the earliest.
  • Proof of financial means. This is usually the balance of the bank account, your salary, savings or the income obtained in the previous fiscal year.
  • Proof that the traveler intends to return to their country of origin. This means some sort of obligation to return to the country of origin, such as a work contract, proof of being enrolled in a university with a plan to return to continue with your studies, etc.
  • Medical insurance that covers up to 2,000,000 ISK (around $16,500 or 14,600€)
  • Documents that prove the purpose of the trip. For example, if it’s for leisure, the accommodation reservations, the reservations for the places that you are going to visit, and of course, roundtrip flights.

Some countires require a visa for Iceland

Travel to Iceland - Length of Stay 

Now we’ve gone through the most rigorous and strictest part, we can talk about your stay in Iceland and how much we will be able to enjoy the country. As a general rule, anyone who doesn’t need a visa and those who have a tourist visa can stay in the country for up to 90 days.

That is more than enough time for you to enjoy all the beauty that a country like Iceland has to offer. The truth is that the average traveler usually spends between five to ten days in the country, an amount that is far less than what the generous amount the visa permit actually grants. So you’ll be just fine.

Iceland Travel: Requirements and Documentation 

I hope that all this information has been helpful. It is important to point out that this information is valid as of March 2019. The requirements may change over time, so it’s important that you double check everything with the Icelandic authorities to make sure it’s all up-to-date.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Iceland's Active, Unpredictable Volcanoes

There are many natural attractions in Iceland that attract thousands of visitors every year. You’ll find impressive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, steaming geysers, and of course, fiery volcanoes. The island lays on top of the meeting point of the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. These massive plates have slowly been spreading apart for centuries. Because of Iceland’s geographical location, the land holds a high concentration of volcanoes, many of which are still active. There are about 30 active volcano systems in Iceland, but only 13 have erupted since the island’s discovery a little over a thousand years ago. Today, you can easily and safely approach many of these incredible volcanoes. Volcanoes have become one of Iceland's favorite tourist attractions due to the imminent threat of them erupting at any time. Some eruptions will cause small damage and may be a perfect chance to witness magma or ash clouds if you’re nearby.

Hekla is one of Iceland's active volcanoes

Here are some of the most famous, iconic active volcanoes you can visit while in Iceland.

Hekla Volcano 

I present to you one of the largest and yet most active volcanoes in Iceland. This mountain has registered more than 20 eruptions since the settlement of the island in 874 AD. It is hard to believe the area surrounding Hekla was once green, as it looks widely eroded today due to the volcano's destructive power. You will find Hekla about 1.5 hours by car from Reykjavik city as you travel east. The most interesting activity by far is to walk the trail all the way to the summit of the volcano. The hike usually lasts about four hours depending on your pace. Always check with the Hekla Center staff before you begin climbing. Remember that this volcano is still active, so you should understand the risks involved and heed all warnings.

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and Volcano 

This is another famous volcano in Iceland not only because of its tongue-twisting name but also due to its eruption in 2010. This eruption caused an enormous disruption, which led to a halt in air traffic all over Europe for nearly a week. Most Icelanders believe that due to that eruption, a tourism boom happened in the country. Some say that people became more and more interested in seeing such unusual and exotic scenery. Eyjafjallajökull is considered one of the tallest glacier volcanoes in the south of Iceland. It holds a record of being 1,651 meters (5,427 feet) tall.

You can join several Super Jeep tours in the area. They usually depart from Reykjavik. My advice is to get to the top of the volcano as you can enjoy a memorable view from above. If you take it easy and at a relaxed pace, it will take about three hours to climb to the summit. At the base of the volcano, there is a visitors center (Þorvaldseyri) where you can see an exhibition about the 2010 eruption with some unique footage.

Eyjafjallajökull is an active volcano in Iceland under a glacier

Snæfell Volcano 

Meet another famous volcano in Iceland that is located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of the country. It’s considered a stratovolcano because it was formed as the result of intense volcanic activities over many years. You will easily recognize it from a distance because of its ice-covered crown, the Snaefellsjökull glacier. Snæfell is about 1,446 meters (4,774 feet) tall. Even though its last eruption took place around the 3rd century AD, Snæfell volcano remains active today. Travelers are still able to hike up this volcano, rent bikes and join Super Jeep tours as there are several routes to take in the area. Always follow the designated trails and roads to help preserve this unique landscape. This location is also the home to unusual flora and fauna that you see as you walk close to this iconic volcano.

Grímsvötn Volcano 

Let's discover one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland due to its proximity to the center of the rift zone of the tectonic plates. The last eruption took place in May 2011 and originated with bursts of water into the air. Grímsvötn contains several calderas which hold intense geothermal heat inside. The fact that the majority of this volcano is hidden or submerged under the pristine Vatnajökull glacier makes it extremely interesting yet quite dangerous. Imagine when the core of the caldera increases its temperature, the pressure towards the surface is so strong that it could lift the enormous glacier within a few minutes. An entire glacier! Such activity would cause devastating floods and deep holes in the ice.

This seems to be really attractive for those avid tourists that look for the perfect photo of such a magnificent spectacle. If you are one of those, book a helicopter tour to fly over the glacier and enjoy a one of a kind view from above. You can also find several Super Jeep tours that will take you fairly close to those eruption sites. Remember to follow the safety tips from the guides as it may be dangerous to stand too close at times.

Mýrdalsjökull glacier covers active Katla volcano in Iceland

Katla Volcano

Katla volcano is known as the most powerful volcano in the world, and it erupts every 50 to 100 years. The last event was registered in 1918, where it caused massive destruction to the adjacent valleys and villages. This is a sub-glacial volcano, similar to Grímsvötn. You'll find Katla volcano buried below the Mýrdalsjökull glacier (ice cap) near the south coast of Iceland. This volcano constantly has small earthquakes in its caldera, which could mean an imminent unrest state. Experts say that statistically, we should expect an eruption of this volcano soon. But as you know, these natural events are very difficult to predict.

There are transcendent activities to do while in the area, such as to visit the incredible Katla Ice Cave. You’ll be immersed within the black and blue core of this massive volcano. If you are looking for something more adventurous, what about a nice hike to Skogafóss waterfall, where incredible views await you along one of the most visited trails on the southern side of the island. Lastly, if you are an avid hiker, there are some tours that will help you reach the top of Katla (1,512 m or 4,961 ft). If that’s too tall for you to hike, don't worry. There are also helicopter tours too!

Iceland's Active, Unpredictable Volcanoes 

Today we have discovered the world of volcanoes which are a very important piece of the many natural wonders found in Iceland. We have seen that many touristic activities include volcanoes, which show us that we could interact with these massive friends even if some of them are still active. I encourage you to try these adventures but always following the safety instructions given by your tour guide or local authorities.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Íslendingabók - The Book of the Icelanders

The past is something which human beings are all subject to. Everything we are and wherever we are from, has to do with all the decisions, histories and needs of our ancestors. That is why it is not uncommon that there is some interest and curiosity to know where we come from. In this case, we Icelanders are very lucky to have the Íslendingabók. Have you heard of it? Well, stay with us because today Iceland's Viking past takes center stage.

The Íslendingabók is the Book of Icelanders, which traces genealogy from the Vikings

If you are a bit hooked on the internet, you will have seen that one of the latest trends is the issue of genealogy. The truth is that I was equally surprised and pleased. Normally we are used to silly videos and meaningless challenges. And for once, something was tremendously interesting to me. I really enjoy watching hundreds of videos of people reading their genetic results. I don’t even know them! In short, everyone wastes time in the best way they see fit. The truth is that linking science and technology with something as basic and existential as knowing where we come from is pretty neat.

Now, as an Icelander, I must tell you that we did not have to wait for the genealogical studies to arrive to know where we came from. We have the great fortune of being such a small and sparsely inhabited island, that all migratory movements are registered. This includes the clans that colonized the island and all of their descendants. And all this we owe to the Íslendingabók. In English, it roughly translates to "the book of the Icelanders".

Íslendingabók - The Family Tree of a People

Iceland is a small nation, far away from the rest of the world. This includes its closest neighbors, Scandinavia and continental Europe. Because of this, the island had no indigenous inhabitants before the arrival of the first settlers. So all of us who are Icelanders know with certainty that we are descendants of people from outside the borders of our island. I guess that's where the curiosity comes from. When your whole family has lived in the same town for centuries, maybe you don’t think about your origins too much. Now, when you know that your ancestors were not from your land, questions arise. Where were they from? Why did they come? How did they do it?

In the case of Iceland, we have another problem that complicates things. Many of you read our Iceland travel blog from the United States, Canada, Australia, or the UK. In your countries, you inherit your father’s last name, who, in turn, inherited it from your grandfather and so on. Maybe you see it as natural, and you have not thought about it. But this fact allows you to have a marked genealogical line and a kind of thread that can easily be traced from generation to generation. In Iceland, it is not like that.

Icelanders do not inherit our father's or mother's surname. We simply form it by using the name of our father plus a suffix. It's -son if you're a man and -dottir if you're a woman. If you are a boy and your father is called Hálldor Thorsson, your last name would be Hálldorsson (or Hálldorsdottir in case of being a girl). It is a very logical and simple way to form last names. The problem? That you will not have the same family name of your parents, and your children will not have yours. So each generation of your family has completely different surnames, and they do not have a commonly identifiable line. This complicates the creation of a family tree for people like Icelanders. Fortunately, the Íslendingabók entered our lives to shed a little light.

The Íslendingabók is the family tree for Icelanders

Íslendingabók - An Old-Fashioned Icelandic Genealogical Database

The Book of Icelanders is a historical compendium that tells the most important facts of the history of Iceland in the form of prose. The book dates from the XII century AD, and its author was Ari Þorgilsson, an Icelandic monk. There were originally two volumes of this book, but only the newest version survived to this day. In spite of its antiquity, modern historians consider it a magnificent work of documentation and great precision. The supernatural and fanciful parts are put aside, and the facts of the history of Iceland are explored.

The importance of the book is that it narrates the process of colonization of Iceland, including first names and last names. From Ingólfur Arnarson, the first settler who settled on the island, to the formation of the government and laws in the country. At the end of the book, even the genealogical history of the Scandinavian kings known as the Langfedgatal is detailed. The fact that Íslendingabók has survived allows us to have a solid genealogical foundation for each Icelander. And with the help of great modern historians and technology, we have the genealogical map of Iceland already plotted. It’s something of vital importance in our nation, and that is part of our day-to-day.

Íslendingabók - From Historical Books to Modern Apps and Websites

As I told you initially, Iceland is a nation of only 300,000 people. Your town or city probably has more people than all of Iceland together. We Icelanders essentially descended from the Vikings and a few Celtic settlers from the British Isles. The island has remained isolated given its remote location for many centuries. What is the problem with this? That having a small number of new people entering and having so few inhabitants, two Icelanders could be related and not know. And that's where the Íslendingabók comes into play.

The next step for moving from the twelfth century to the twenty-first was the creation of an app with a database of almost 810,000 files that trace the origin up to 1200 years ago. Awesome, right? This app has become quite popular in Iceland, as it is used to know if someone is a close relative or not. We jokingly call it the "incest alarm" because if you meet someone new, it will tell you if you have the green light to go for it or if on the contrary, you are close or distant relatives.

Many friends from abroad have asked me if it’s true. Do I really fire up the Íslendingabók website or app before going to bar and flirting? In my specific case, no. It can simply be used at home or at another more appropriate time to look up their name and see if we were related. Anyway, the app is not only to avoid possible uncomfortable situations when it comes to flirting. It also serves to make friends, and have a common theme if it turns out that there's something more than personality compatibility, etc. Genealogy is something very present in Icelandic society and we should thank the hard work embodied in the Íslendingabók.

The Íslendingabók website and app help Icelanders trace their genealogy

Íslendingabók - The Book of the Icelanders

As you have seen, we Icelanders are very lucky to have the possibility of knowing who all of our ancestors are. I guess we can save a few euros on genetic tests that say where we are from. And because we already have the answer to one of the most common questions of human beings (where we come from), do you think that an app will come out that tells us where we are going?

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss on Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Iceland has so much to offer. From giant glaciers like Vatnajökull and Skaftafell to breathtaking waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Godafoss to inspiring landscapes like Landmannalaugar. This remote island is without a doubt a precious gift from Mother Nature. It’s quite hard to find what Iceland has in other parts of the world. I mean, in how many other places do fire and ice coexist? Could it be any more magical? Today we will head to western Iceland. More specifically, to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It’s located about two and a half hours from our capital, Reykjavik. So whether you're visiting for a few hours as part of a day trip or are or taking a road trip around Iceland, you shouldn’t miss this wonderfully stunning waterfall and its mighty companion, Kirkjufell mountain.

Kirkjufell is the famous mountain from Game of Thrones

When Should You Come to Kirkjufell? 

You are probably aware of how infamous Iceland’s climate is. It’s no surprise that our country has some of the most unpredictable weather you’ll ever encounter. This is largely due to the wind. It can be very dangerous if you don’t take it seriously or if you decide to ignore it. I am not trying to scare you though! We are very well prepared, and there are many sites like Vedur website where you can get alerts about the wind/weather conditions.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula can be visited all year round since the roads to get there from pretty much anywhere are very well maintained. You don't even need a 4x4 to drive in this area. You could actually rent a car from Reykjavik and get there in a small sedan.

So when should you come? Well, this depends on your preferences. If you prefer to enjoy Iceland in warmer (or not-so-cold) weather, then you should come in June, July, or August.

I personally suggest you come any time from September to March. Why? Simply because one of the most beautiful things you can witness is the Aurora Borealis dancing behind this imposing peak. The Northern Lights are not visible in the summer, so you’ll need to come at a different time of year to see them.

The Northern Lights over Kirkjufell mountain

The Perfect Photo of Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss 

Now, I am not a photographer of any kind. In fact, I just press the shutter button, and that's about it. But I am sure many of you can do a lot better! If you enjoy photography, then you absolutely cannot overlook this special location. Church mountain (that is what Kirkjufell means) is the most photographed landscape in Iceland, along with its loyal buddy, Kirkjufellsfoss. When you see the juxtaposition of the elements, you’ll understand why.

This 463 meter (1,519 ft) high mountain has a very unique shape. In fact, whenever I look at it, I see an upside down ice cream cone. From the right angle, the cascades of Kirkjufellsfoss could be like some ice cream melting down. I might be a bit of a gelato lover though, so I always have ice cream on the brain. Seriously though, this place is a real delight to your eyes. That is why you should contemplate it and take it all in. Just enjoy it without taking your camera out at first. This charming place deserves all of your attention, no distractions.

Regardless of the type of photography equipment you have, be it your own professional camera, a regular camera, even your smartphone, I assure you, those pictures will amaze whoever you show them to. Especially to any Game of Thrones fans you might know. This mountain was featured in season seven of the popular HBO series.

If you want to go a little further, there are also photography tours of the area. These are in very high demand, due to Snaefellsnes’ proximity to Reykjavik. It’s not a long trip, and they usually take you in a Jeep. You will be shown the best shots from the best angles, with the best exposure, and all that good stuff.

Can You Climb Kirkjufell Mountain? 

So, what about some action after taking delightful pictures? You are probably wondering if it is possible to go up that sugar cone. Well, the simple answer is yes, but to honest, I don’t recommend it. You can climb up the Kirkjufell, but because it’s quite difficult, steep, and windy, it’s a bit dangerous. It’s definitely for only the most experienced climbers. There have been three fatal accidents on Kirkjufell; one from a local and two from tourists. That is why it is only recommended for experienced hikers and ideally accompanied by a guide.

The climb should also only be done when the weather conditions are optimal. A non-windy day in summer is the perfect time to do it. It gets very slippery during winter/ fall, and it could be quite perilous. It takes about an hour and a half to get to the peak at a normal pace. Those brave few who have attempted the climb say that the effort is totally worth it, as the view is unparalleled.

Kirkjufell's steep, rocky incline is not suitable for climbing

The Nearby Town of Grundarfjörður 

Before leaving the peninsula on your Iceland road trip, you should consider visiting this picturesque little harbor town. It is quite small, with a population of almost 900. Located in the middle of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Grundarfjörður is the perfect stop to get some rest, a warm cup of coffee, or a delicious meal before heading out to see Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss.

There is more to do though. In fact, you might like it so much that you will probably want to stay longer if your travel itinerary allows for it.

Boat tours depart during summer so that you can go deep sea fishing. And if you are lucky, you could even spot a few Icelandic whales. This particular zone of Iceland is well known for its orca population. Also, the famous and adorable puffins can be seen close by. And you can also go horseback riding.

Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss on Snaefellsnes Peninsula 

As you can see, this area will give you plenty of rewarding experiences that you will never forget, and who knows? Perhaps you will come again, and you will be just as astonished as the first time.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Iceland's Weather in March

For travelers planning a late winter/early spring vacation, March is a great month to visit Iceland. Average temperatures are relatively quite low, but you’ve still got the Northern Lights, snowy landscapes, and plenty of things to do. Iceland in March means savings on everything from car rental to accommodation. We’re still technically in Iceland’s winter, which means off-season prices and discounts on basic tourist necessities. If you’re preparing a trip to Iceland in March, you’ll need to know not only the weather and how much snowfall to expect, but average temperatures, what to pack, and more practical advice like winter driving tips and things to do during your visit. We’ve compiled some useful info to get you starting for your Iceland trip in March. Here’s Iceland’s weather in March and other helpful advice and things to know.

Iceland's March weather is a transition from winter to spring. Semi-frozen Gullfoss waterfall

Average Temperature in Iceland in March 

Iceland’s weather in March is still quite cold even though it’s the beginning of the thaw into spring. We’re still experiencing what’s considered Iceland’s winter. Average high temperatures only reach about 38 ºF (3.3 ºC). Brrrr!!! And lows can give you a bit of frostbite if you don’t dress correctly and with the right amount and combination of layers. The mercury reading on the thermometer dips down to 28 ºF (-2.2 ºC). Not exactly bikini weather. A nice long soak in a geothermally-heated hot spring sounds pretty appealing right now, doesn’t it? Blue Lagoon, here we come!

Average High Temperature in Iceland in March: 38 ºF (3.3 ºC)
Average Low Temperature in Iceland in March: 28 ºF (-2.2 ºC)

Iceland’s March Precipitation and Snowfall

Because March is still considered winter in Iceland, you’ve got quite a bit of snow and ice on the ground. In fact, the snowy season in Iceland continues through April, when temperatures finally leave the freezing range. And due to the high amount of precipitation (March is one of the wettest months in Iceland), much of what you’ll encounter is freezing rain, sleet, snow, and even hail. You’ll need to make sure that you dress warmly and pack well for Iceland in March. The average rainfall in Reykjavik is 3.2 inches (8.2 cm) during the month of March. How much snowfall you encounter depends largely upon where you go. The South Coast, for example, is the warmest, wettest place on the whole island.

Average Rainfall in Iceland in March: 3.2 inches (8.2 cm)

Iceland's weather in March is cold, so you will still find snow on the ground on Vik's beaches

What to Wear in Iceland in March - A Packing List 

There are some basic rules for dressing in Iceland in March and the winter. Follow the four-layer rule, and you can’t go wrong.

First Layer of What to Wear in Iceland 

Your base layer needs to wick moisture from the skin (to keep you dry) and trap body heat (to keep you warm). Merino wool is the perfect choice for your base layer as it absorbs perspiration and water. Invest in a good pair of thermal underwear, wool socks, a wool hat, and other items.

Second Layer of What to Wear in Iceland 

Your middle layer should also retain body heat and absorb moisture and perspiration. You can select another layer of natural fibers like merino wool or use warm, synthetic materials like fleece.

Third Layer of What to Wear in Iceland 

The third layer for dressing in Iceland is your insulating layer. This layer’s sole purpose is to keep in as much warmth as possible. Parkas and jackets with goose down or other types of insulation are useful as your third layer on our Iceland packing list.

Fourth Layer of What to Wear in Iceland 

Our final, outer layer is the shell layer. This layer needs to protect you from wind and water by keeping them out. Your shell layer should consist of a high-quality rain jacket and windbreaker, waterproof boots, etc.

Things to Do in Iceland in March - The Northern Lights and Glacier Hikes

March weather in Iceland means you can still take part in plenty of winter weather activities like glacier hikes in Vatnajökull National Park, Langjökull, and other hotspots. One of the biggest tourism draws in Iceland are the country’s spectacular Northern Lights. The month of March is a great time for viewing the Northern Lights in Iceland because of clear conditions on cold nights. Just make sure you get out of major urban areas in order to have the best view and check the aurora forecast beforehand. You can go it alone or sign up for a Northern Lights excursion with a local tour operator.

Iceland's weather in March make the Northern Lights a popular thing to do

Iceland's Weather in March 

March is a great month to visit Iceland. If you’re driving in Iceland in March and plan on taking a road trip, it’s important to know what to expect weather wise. Planning for the island’s unusual climate and knowing what to put on your Iceland packing list can go a long way in enjoying your trip. Have a great time and let us know if you spot the Northern Lights.

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