Car Rental Tips: Is Spring a Good Time to Visit Iceland?

women in a rental car from blue car rental in spring.

Are you planning a trip to Iceland and wondering if spring is good time to visit the land of Ice and Fire? Well, you’re in luck! Here I will not only tell you why it’s a great time to visit Iceland but also why you should always rent a car in spring as well.

Let’s dive into the hot springs and waterfalls of Iceland as we uncover the magical mystery of the Icelandic spring by a rental car.


When is Spring in Iceland?

Spring in Iceland is a very special time in Iceland. It is when winter and summer merge into one amazing season. A time when you can expect the best of both worlds like the northern lights and the early stages of the midnight sun.

Spring in Iceland is a wonderful time where the land rises from its icy cover and into a new area of where light and life returns to our island.

So, when is Spring in Iceland? That is debatable. There are usually a few stages spring in Iceland. Such as fake spring and second spring. This is due to Iceland’s unpredictable spring weather where it is sunny and warm one day but cold and dark the next.

But generally speaking, spring arrives in late March and last until June. During that time Icelander celebrate the first day of summer in April.

jökulsárlón, glacier lagoon in iceland
Jökulsárlón, Glacier lagoon is amazing to see in spring. 

Why rent a car during Spring in Iceland?

Having a rental car in Iceland is always the best travel options. This is especially true in Spring. The rental car allows you to travel at your own pace and to destination of your choosing.

With the unpredictable Spring weather in Iceland the rental car offers a much-needed flexibility to your travel schedule. Allowing you to alter plans when needed and offer comfort which no other transport can provide.

Whether you’re planning on venturing off to the Golden Circle or the South Coast, having a rental car in Iceland is your best option. Allowing you to stop at any time to check out some of Iceland’s most amazing sites such as Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón.

On that note let’s go over where you can and must go when visiting Iceland in Spring.

Must see Spring wonders in Iceland:

Golden Cricle: The Golden Circle is the most famous route in Iceland. Known for its unique natural wonders and stunning features. This route is consists of three verry different but yet equally fascinating stops. It is only a short drive from Reykjavik, and there is no better time to explore these iconic marbles then Spring.

First is Thingvellir National Park. A world heritage site where the American and Eurasian tetanic plates meet. A great place for hiking and exploring Iceland’s most loved national park.

Second stop is Geysir. A geothermal area full of hot springs and geysers. There you will walk in the steamy land of Geysir as you pass the boiling hot pools on the ground. The main geyser Strokkur erupts every hour or so, shooting boiling hot water high towards the sky. A must see in Iceland!

The last stop on the Golden Circle Route is Gullfoss Waterfall. It is one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls. There is a great visitor center from where you can walk to the waterfall. When standing on the edge of the cliff you will feel the impressive power of nature first hand.

strokkur geyser at geysir geothermal area.
Strokkur geyser at Geysir geothermal area in spring.

Reynisfjara: Reynisfjara is Iceland’s most visited black sand beach and Spring is the perfect time for driving down the south coast. Along the way you can stop at such sites as Seljalandsfoss or Skógafoss.

Just be careful, Reynisfjara can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. Read the signs and follow the instructions and you should be able to enjoy this most famous black sand beach to the fullest.

Jökulsárlón: As the snow and ice starts to melt the icebergs in Jökulsárlón start to pile up and make there way to the Atlantic Ocean. Making Spring the best time of the year to visit this world famous glacier lagoon.

As the icebergs of Jökulsárlón float from the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier you can see the magical blue color of this accent glacier ice appear. This also means that Diamond Beach, which is just right next to Jökulsárlón is also full of amazing crystal-clear ice in all sizes.

Reykjavik: If you’re coming to Iceland in spring, you need a rental car. Especially if you’re planning on staying in Reykjavik, the nations capital.

Reykjavik is built for car owners and it is much more comfortable to drive from one place to another. Even when staying in downtown Reykjavik, I highly recommend having a rental car. The Icelandic weather also makes walking these long and often steep paths hard.

By having a rental car in Iceland, you’ll be able to see and enjoy all that Reykjavik has to offer.

Solfar, the sun voyager under the northern lights in Reykjavik.
Solfar, the sun voyager under the northern lights in Reykjavik.

Spring road and weather conditions in Iceland

As mention, spring can offer all kinds of weather. But that is also a part the Icelandic springs charm. Not knowing exactly what today will bring makes coming to Iceland an even more of an adventure. As well as highlighting the importance of having a rental car in Iceland.

Road conditions in spring are usually fine. With some exceptions of course. There might be some snow or icy roads in remote areas. That usually doesn’t last long and should for the most part does not interfere with your road trip in Iceland.

With that being said I do recommend checking both road and weather conditions daily when travelling in Iceland. Not just during spring but the whole year round.


Rent a car from Keflavik Airport

Renting a car from Keflavik Airport has never been easier. With Blue Car Rental you can check-in online and skip all waiting time at the office when opting for full coverage insurances.

In spring I recommend renting a 4x4 in Iceland, as you might still encounter any type of weather. A 4x4/AWD will also allow you to explore more of the island. Getting off the beaten path and discover hidden gems.  


So, is spring a good time to visit Iceland? The answer is yes. Spring is a great time to rent a car in Iceland and explore the land of Ice and Fire. Popular sites are both easily accessible and less crowed.

With more daylight and better weather, conditions improve daily, allowing for more adventures. Just make a booking with Blue Car Rental and you’ll have the best spring in Iceland!

If you like to learn more Practical Info about traveling in Iceland or Driving in Iceland, feel free to check out our blogs.








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