Iceland is a beautiful country and is becoming an increasingly more popular tourist destination.
Popular times to travel to Iceland are in the summer, mainly late June to August.
However, the best time to travel to Iceland and get the most out of your trip is in early September. Here are three reasons why you should travel to Iceland in September.
1. Plane tickets are dirt cheap
From the US, round-trip plane tickets to Iceland in September are inexpensive. I went on a trip to Iceland in September of 2018, and my round-trip tickets were only $450.
As you may already know, Iceland is an expensive country; even a week-long trip can put a big dent in your wallet. Visiting the country in September when plane tickets are cheaper helps stretch your budget and makes your money last longer.
2. There are way less tourists visiting Iceland in September
Iceland is becoming more popular in the traveling world and draws a lot more tourists than in previous years. Being such a small country, it can feel very crowded during peak travel times. Recently, the country even had to put a limit on the number of people allowed into the Blue Lagoon each day due to the overwhelming amount of tourists.
Not many tourists opt to visit Iceland in September, making September a perfect time to visit. Lines for the hot springs will be shorter, fewer people will be hiking the Laugavegur, and car rentals will be cheaper.
3. The weather is not any worse in September than in the summer
One of the reasons that plane tickets are cheaper and fewer tourists are visiting Iceland in September is probably because people assume the weather is too cold.
While it is true that the temperatures in September are colder than in the summer, it is not too much worse than in the summer. Icelandic weather will always be unpredictable; there will be cold, rainy days no matter if it's in the summer or the fall. If you buy tickets to visit Iceland in the summer assuming that it will be nice and warm the whole time, you are in for a surprise.
Keep in mind, if you decide that you want to visit Iceland in September, make sure to visit within the first half of the month. After the first few weeks, the huts along the Laugavegur trail close and the weather gets more unpredictable.