Iceland in October - Is It Too Cold?

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1. Posted by sarahleeds (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Im planning to go to Iceland for a week in october. I ideally want to do a fly drive and see as much as possible.

What is the weather like at this time of year? should I avoid going to the north, is it still driveable in october?

Any advice on where to go and what to do wold be much appreciated.

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey there

Iv only been to Rekjavik (sp) twice....but in October and January and its not that cold. January is just really windy. Besides go to the Blue Lagoon if its cold - its amazing when your body is in 85+ degree (f) water and outside is freezing! really worth it.

3. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It'll be cold, but Iceland is probably warmer than a lot of people imagine. That's not to say it's warm (far from it) but if you compare winter temperatures there to other places particularly known for cold weather (like Moscow) it's occasionally warmer. The average temperature in October in Reykjavik is about 4 degrees celsius.

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable so you could have snow, rain, wind, sun and almost everything in between.
The roads should be driveable though, so I wouldn‘t worry about that unless your driving a tiny car..
I would recommend you stay on the main ring road, which takes you around the country. It‘s about 1339 km so you should make it in a week. All or most of the main sights are close to the ring road and well marked.

Have a look at Visit for a lot of useful info about visiting Iceland.