Best time to visit the Golden Circle
Iceland is notorious for its unpredictable weather so it is advisable to take warm clothes and waterproofs with you regardless of when you choose to go. It also important to note that it is often much colder out in the countryside than it is in Reykjavik. Each season will offer a completely unique experience so plan your trip according to what kind of scenery you want to see and whether you prefer a warm or cold climate.
Visiting Iceland's Golden Circle in winter
Winter in Iceland poses one fundamental challenge – a lack of daylight hours. While this isn’t a problem for those seeking the Northern Lights, it can be frustrating for nature-lovers who want to explore the country’s rugged wilderness and take photos as they go. However, winter is beautiful and the blankets of white snow that cover the land are unfathomably stunning but travelling during this time means you will have limited time to admire the land each day, meaning you might need longer to see everything on your itinerary. It can also get really, really cold!
Visiting Iceland's Golden Circle in summer
On the other hand, summers in Iceland are bathed in eternal daylight as the midnight sun phenomenon comes into effect. The weather improves dramatically during this time of the year and you're less likely to get frozen by a bitter wind or caught in a sudden downpour. When it comes to exploring the great outdoors, summer is probably the best time to travel, though the months of July and August can get pretty crowded. It is also a good idea to take an eye mask with you as the constant light can make it hard to sleep at night.
Visiting Iceland's Golden Circle in spring and autumn
Spring and autumn are equally as pleasant for visiting the Golden Circle. Temperatures will be drastically warmer than winter but the summer crowds won’t be there obscuring your view and making noise. Coincidentally, these seasons are also decent for viewing the Northern Lights so if you are hoping to combine your Golden Circle trip with an evening of aurora searching then spring and autumn are ideal. If you want a white landscape, there is usually some leftover snow in early spring and a few pre-winter flakes in late autumn.