Iceland in November???

Old Sep 10th, 2018, 08:28 AM
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Iceland in November???

my husband and myself (late 70ies) are thinking of Iceland in mid November

Questions:
  • How likely is it that weather would be an impediment to our travel there in mid November? What is the weather like? Will it be miserable?
  • If you had a full 4-6 days to hit the highlights, how would you plan your 4-6 days? (I haven't done a lot of research yet, but glaciers, the blue lagoon, and the NORTHERN LIGHT -one of my top interest.)
  • Do tours to see things like Ring Road, glaciers, the blue lagoon, etc even operate in November, which I'm assuming is the off-season? What I the best deal or way to enjoy the Blue Lagoon's thermal baths?
Bottom line: I'm look for opinions on whether it's even worth it to make a quick trip to Iceland in the off-season to hit the highlights, or would other months be give us a better chance to see the NLights?
I appreciate your help!
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Old Sep 10th, 2018, 08:38 AM
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I haven't been in Nov but assumed it would be bad time to visit. However when I was researching a trip I came across this https://adventures.is/blog/november-in-iceland/

I personally would not plan on driving.
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If you really want to see the NL then Iceland is probably one of the worst high latitude locations to do so.

Iceland is on the warm air conveyor belt that is the North Atlantic drift and enjoys no protection from the continental highs which form over Russia, Norway and Sweden. As a result the weather is a total lottery with many days of cloud cover which destroy chances of seeing the Aurora. In winter strong (severe storm force) winds are an issue.

We visited 18 months ago and got very wet in the process, a week later it snowed very, very heavily.

Can cannot not assume that winter will bring many still clear nights with lying snow on the ground.
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Janis posts not to plan driving.

Personally, if you visit in November I wouldn’t plan anything. Just look at the forecast a week before and have ideas of what you want to do. Organised tours, which offer refunds in the event of poor weather, may be an idea.

Basing yourself in Reykjavic is also a very good idea as there is plenty to do if travel isn’t possible.

Also be aware of the comparative costs of almost everything, it’s now probably one of the most expensive countries in the world. Some items are simply shockingly expensive.
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