Wondering what to do in Iceland in November? We’ve got you covered! November is often considered to be the best time of year to catch a glance of the magnificent Northern Lights, and if you’re a fan of music, don’t let Icelandic Airwaves music festival slip by.
ICELAND AIRWAVES MUSIC FESTIVAL
If you’re in Reykjavík over the second weekend of November and are into music then you’re in for a real treat! Iceland’s biggest music festival, Iceland Airwaves, takes place from the 7st to 10th of November, waking up the entire city with live music performances starting with off venue concerts all the way into the night. This year with over 200 artist confirmed for the festival, Reykjavík puts on its best, filling almost every single bar, venue and stage with musicians from all over the world!
Visit Iceland Airwaves website for more information.
Yes, we never get bored of the Northern Lights. They are a must see while in Iceland and is one of the top reasons why people make a visit to Iceland in winter. However, please be aware that this natural phenomenal cannot be controlled or guaranteed. I personally love getting away from the city lights and buzz to catch a glance.
Learn all about the northern lights or find our top spots for seeing them. If you don’t want to drive in Iceland during winter then I recommend our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon tour for an adventure packed two days along the entire South Coast, which stays in a prime spot for a glance at those dancing green lights.
Reard more about our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Tour here.
GO FOR A DIP!
There is just something about going to one of the local geothermal heated pools in the evenings after a day of activities. It’s completely meditative and relaxing. Especially recommended when traveling with kids! Our favourite pools are Vesturbæjarlaug and the ever charming Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, literally translating to swimming palace and completely lives up to it’s name being the oldest public bath spot in Iceland, designed by the noted architect Guðjón Samúelsson. Don’t forget to stop for ice cream on the way back to your accommodation! Perfect end to the night.
ENJOY SEASONAL ICELANDIC FOOD
Icelandic food scene has really emerged recently with passionate chefs opening world class restaurants at affordable prices – what can be better! Make sure you get to know our true local cuisine during your stay in Iceland and with Reykjavík being the cultural hub, that’s where you’ll find the best selection of restaurants to choose from. Be it making your way to Grandi to taste Flateys mouth watering Napoli inspired pizzas, visiting Hlemmur Food Hall for a selection of delicious street food be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or even playing it safe by going for the ever reliable Icelandic fish and lamb. You can enjoy the best seafood, lamb soup and other local delights with a friendly foodie expert on the Reykjavík Food Walk. What better way to warm up in the cold November nights than in our favourite restaurants in Reykjavík for dinner.
HIKE ON A THE BLUE GLACIER OR EXPLORE IT’S INNER WORKINGS
This time of the year is always a fantastic time to go on a glacier hike. This early in the winter that the glaciers are transforming with the season, showing their incredible bright blue colours again with the approaching cold weather. Come with Hidden Iceland on a glacier hike to explore these blue wonderlands on our South Coast Fire & Ice tour or Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon two day tour.
Alternatively opt to explore the depths of one of Iceland’s largest ice caves with us on our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave Discovery 2 Day tour for a once in a lifetime experience inside Iceland’s largest glacier. Read all about the trip here.
To sum up, November is a wonderful time to visit Iceland with a heap of activities to choose from in Reykjavík as well as outside of the city. Have a browse through our tours if you want to leave the city buzz behind for a day or two and experience the beauty of the country side in the calmer winter months.
Hi I’m Dagný Björg, a twenty-something Reykjavík-dweller, mother, designer and freelance journalist who loves getting lost in nature, coffee and easy Sunday mornings.