Iceland in September | The Ultimate Guide 2019

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Visit Iceland in September

Iceland is magnificent any time of the year and you can’t go wrong with whenever you choose to visit. However, there is something special about September. Iceland is usually thought to only have two seasons, winter and summer. Autumn and Spring seem to almost blend into the other two instead of being actual seasons themselves. Thus in September you have the opportunity to enjoy the lingering warmth of summer while experiencing the start of the colder months. Iceland is home to some of the most stunning nature in the world and its diverse landscape is able to offer each traveller something unique based on personal preference and interest. If you want to make your trip to Iceland even more memorable, how about renting your own vehicle while travelling around the island. It is a guaranteed recipe for success. Car rental Iceland are plentiful and you will be able to find rental companies equipped to provide you with everything you need for your trip. Take advantage of experts with local knowledge before heading out on the roads and make sure you have your bucket list in order. If this is the first time you are visiting the island, a few suggestions might be nice to have to get you started.

The best vehicle for you

When renting a car in Iceland there are several things you need to take into consideration. Iceland has notoriously difficult weather conditions and the roads may at times cause travellers a few headaches. However, if you rent a car you will be able to ask questions and obtain information on all things related to renting a car in Iceland from the car rental company. In September, the roads are still very easy to manoeuvre and as long as you are intending to drive on for instance the Ring Road or following the Golden Circle, you will only need a 2WD. However, if you intend to go a bit off the beaten track and opt for the F-Roads, then a 4×4 might be the better choice. You will also need to make some decisions on add-ons such as Wi-Fi and GPS. Then you should also consider the comfort level of the car, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time driving. In Iceland car insurance is mandatory and it is good to know that most petrol stations for instance are DIY. By renting a car you will be well on your way to embark on the most epic road trip you have ever experienced. Just make sure to have your travel itinerary ready.

Gems in autumn


In Iceland there is almost too much to explore. During anytime of the year. In September there are a few things that should not be missed though. Regardless of if you want to spend all your time in nature or if you also intend to spend some time in the more urban part of Iceland, a few suggestions might be cool to have. If this is your first time visiting the island, this will be a great way to start you off.

  1. The Northern Lights– this unique natural phenomenon is something that should not be missed when visiting Iceland in September as this is one of the best months to experience it to the fullest. As you have your own car, you will be able to drive to some of the best locations where you will have a spectacular view.
  2. The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon– this incredible place is located on the south coast of the island and it is one of Iceland’s most visited locations. It is just off the highway and here you will be able to find magnificent sites such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls as well as the black sand beach of Reynisfjara.
  3. Volcanoes– after the month of September it is not possible to view many of the volcanoes around the island anymore and therefore you should make the most of this opportunity.
  4. Landmannalaugar– the landscape at Landmannalaugar is one of the most diverse ones on the entire island. Here you can combine a soak in a hot spring as well as hike the stunning mountain trails.
  5. Festivals– if you have had your fill of the Icelandic nature, (if that is even possible), there are also several festivals around Iceland in September. The Night of Light Festival as well as several music festivals in and around the capital of Reykjavik will keep you thoroughly entertained.

There is an abundance of choices when it comes to visiting Iceland in September. Rent a car and spend all your time in nature, exploring to your hearts content or spend some time in the capital of Reykjavik as well, adding another dimension to the trip. Either way, this will be the trip of a lifetime. Just remember to read up on any practicalities, aside from the vehicle that is, such as Icelandic currency and current weather temperature.