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Juan from Chile asked

when is better to visit iceland to explore the country by yourself?

To appreciatte the country natural atractions, when is the best period of the year (months) you recommend to visit iceland so you can see and experience the varied landscapes of the island?.

i always like to travel for myself avoiding unncesary tours, do you think iceland is a place you can visit and explore easely by yourself renting and driving a car thru the island?


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Hjörtur from Copenhagen

Hi Juan

If you want to get as much as you can of the different landscapes and scenarios in Iceland, late summer or early fall are the best months - that is July to September. Outside of that period the highland roads are closed. In July you still enjoy the midnight sun and late September you might get lucky and see the Northern Lights.

That doesn't mean though that it isn't possible to experience it at other times of the year, but then you're going to need to hire a driver in a super jeep to take you to the highland destinations and that is a bit more expensive. Doing that in the winter time though is an adventure you will never forget. Do you remember when the Top Gear guys drove to The North Pole? It's that kind of an adventure ;) Their car and team was from Iceland.

I recommend renting a 4x4 car and drive by yourself. It is relatively easy to drive in Iceland. Gravel roads and icy roads do demand extra caution though and can be quite a challenge if you are not used to driving in those conditions. There are some good tips on driving in Iceland online. 

You can still experience most of the varied landscape and destinations in Iceland in an ordinary car the year around, so don't let that stop you. You can never experience everything anyway. 

If you have any more specific follow up questions, don't hesitate to post them here. I'll be happy to help any way I can. 

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Mandy from Philadelphia

We went this past September and it was wonderful! I would recommend August or September. Most of the tourist season ends in August, so we went right before most places shut down for the winter, which starts in October.

We rented a car and spent 9 days traveling. We got to see most of the country. We started in Reykjavik, then went to Snæfellsjökull, then AkureyriHúsavíkLake MyvatnHöfnSkaftafellVíkFludirGeysir and back to Reykjavik. 

Whale watching in Husavik was wonderful, and glacier hiking at Skaftafell was beautiful. We also hiked a volcano crater near Vik from a guide at a hotel called the Volcano Hotel.

We also stayed at the Blue Lagoon for an evening, which was very luxurious.

Trip Advisor was helpful in planning our trip, as was the book DK Eyewitness Travel's "Top 10 Iceland."

Have a wonderful trip! 

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  6. Höfn (attraction)
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In case you do head that way in a more wintry month, this is a good map to have on-hand:

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Elater from Lithuania

from May to September

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