First, a little information on what kind of weather to expect in Iceland during the spring months. In Iceland, April marks the beginning of summer. This is according to the old Norse calendar which divided the year into summer and winter. But don’t expect summer-like temperatures. The average temperatures in April ranges from 32-42 degrees Fahrenheit. Not very warm, but these are just averages. And, you can expect the weather to be capricious, but that’s almost always the case in Iceland anyways. You can get lucky and have nice clear days with above average temperatures. When this happens, Iceland is truly spectacular with amazing visibility and clean air. But to be on the safe side, bring a warm jacket, sturdy boots and clothing you can layer.
The days will already be long with the average sunrise in April at 5:37 am and sunset at 8:38 pm. That’s 15 hours of daylight. Because of all this sunlight and warmer temps, the trees will be blooming and the grass green; the flowers may even be blooming. All in all a lovely time.
Spring is a great time to visit Iceland as there are fewer crowds. Plus, this time of year is still considered off-season so you’ll save money on everything from flights to accommodations to tours. Good for your wallet.
Road conditions in spring are generally very good. By that I mean the main city roads and main highway, called the ring road, will all be clear. The only exception to this would be in the highland areas which will most likely be closed to non-4wd vehicles.
The other nice thing about Iceland in Spring is that Icelanders like to celebrate the coming of summer with parties, parades, music, festivals, sporting events and more. So, it’s also a lively time to be in the country.
Some fun Iceland tour ideas in spring, for those who are interested, I recommend the following:
Glacier walks, like the Blue Ice Adventure tour, a day tour that takes you on the Solheimajokull Glacier in South Iceland trekking tours , like the Landmannalaugur to Thorsmork tour, a five day trekking tour. Or, the 3-day Thorsmork to Skogar trek.
Super jeep tours, like Essential Iceland which features some of Iceland top tourist destinations like Thingvellir National park, Langjokull Glacier, hot springs, waterfalls and more. If you want to experience Iceland glaciers, look into the Thorsmork Glacier Valley tour, which will take you near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Another jeep tour option is the Iceland Hot Springs and Highlands tour, a 6-day jeep tour that focuses on enjoying Iceland’s numerous natural hot springs.
If you want a tamer tour experience, I would recommend an Iceland bus tour. There’s lots of choices and they’re very affordable and comfortable.
Last but not least, if you want to see the “big” picture, look into and Iceland airplane tour. The link provides is to a company that has a great selection of airplane tours.