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 first weekend of November and a fan of music then you’re in for a treat! Icelands biggest music festival, Iceland Airwaves, is on from the 1st to 5th of November. 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. 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 more 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 on the 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.
There is just something about going to the pool in the evenings. Completely meditative. Our favourite pools are Vesturbæjarlaug and the ever charming Sundhöll Reykjavíkur (“Swimming palace”) which is 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! 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. 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.
HIKE ON A BLUE GLACIER
This time of the year is always a great time to go on a glacier hike because its in the early winter that the glaciers transform, showing their incredible bright blue colours 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.
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.