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What to Do in Iceland in the Summer

When considering a trip to Iceland, you are probably planning on snow and ice, but you could be discounting one of the busiest travel times the country sees every year - Summer. Iceland’s summer starts in late May to early June and lasts through August with temperatures well above freezing. The daylight never ends, so exploration can take place at any time, day or night. So, pack your sunglasses and sunscreen, and let’s plan your summer itinerary to Iceland.


If wildlife is what you hope to see, plan to catch glimpses of the puffins as they flock to Iceland, making it the largest puffin colony in all of Europe. It is also a great time to do some whale watching or ride an Icelandic horse. Icelandic horses tend to look quite different in the summer months because they shed their long winter coat. We’ve said it before, but we’ll remind you again - Icelandic HORSE, not Icelandic PONY. This is an important differentiation to Icelanders and their horses.


In between catching all of the wildlife of Iceland, other activities to seek during Iceland’s summer months can be found on the road. Between the constant daylight and the greenery surrounding you, the summer is the best time to drive in Iceland. The roads are not covered in ice and are much safer for travel. There is so much to see and so many places to stop that every adventurer in your group will be satisfied. You can visit glaciers that are formed out of the melted snow, go hiking for some pretty spectacular views of the greenery of Iceland, and enjoy a dip in a natural hot spring. It’s even possible to go snorkeling or scuba diving in Iceland.


The weather can still be unpredictable, so be willing to move your plans around accordingly. No matter your level of adventure or activity, Iceland has something to offer explorers and sightseers during its summer months. We can customize your trip to include all of the things you are going to love about our little country at Polar Front Adventure Company.




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