Driving in Iceland: Travel tips for September

Summer is coming to an end and autumn is just around the corner. Well at least that´s what the calendar tells us. In Iceland the weather is however not always according to the seasons.

Autumn is a very interesting time in Iceland and September might just be the best time to visit.

The weather is still nice, and the summer high season is at its end. There are usually less people around and cheaper travel options available. Meaning more chance of exclusive and less expensive trips.

Driving in Iceland.
On the roads of Iceland in September.

Where to go? - The roads of Iceland in September

Having a rental car is without a doubt the best way to explore Iceland. September is a great time for a road trip in Iceland. Road conditions on the Ring Road are good and it´s highly unlikely you run into snow and ice.

Places such as Vik, Vatnajökull Glacier National Park and Akureyri should be easy to reach and are just a few hours’ drive from Reykjavik.

The Ring Road is not the only options in September. You can still reach other parts interesting parts of Iceland. For example, Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Westfjords, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon.

F-roads and traveling in the Highland

Many of the F-roads are still open in September. But it is depending on weather and road conditions. Some areas might be hard to pass, due to heavy rain. Making river crossing impossible. The weather up there is also quite different from the coast.

However, if the road and weather conditions are good it is possible getting to places like Landmannalaugar on a large 4x4.

We recommend checking road conditions daily before traveling. Staying safe should always be your top priority.


Roads in Iceland.
Clear autumn road in Iceland.

What to do? - Outdoor activities in September

So now you know you can travel around Iceland in September. The next question is, what can you do in Iceland in September?

The great thing about being in Iceland in September is that everything is still open. Just like it is during the summer, but with less people around. Meaning you can have a more exclusive experience on your vacation.

September is also a great time for outdoor activities in Iceland. Hiking is among the top attraction. No wonder, as Iceland is a hiking paradise with its was raw and beautiful nature. There are unique scenery just waiting to be explored.

Remember. Iceland is full of amazing mountains, glaciers and canyons as well as incredible waterfalls, geothermal pools and other natural wonders.

All of which you can see and what better time to experience it than in the beautiful fall colors? It is absolutely incredible!


Hiking in Iceland.
Iceland is a ture hiking paradise.

See the Northern lights in September

Speaking of witnessing something incredible in September. Did you know that it is possible to see the auroras in September. That´s right. The Northern lights, or Aurora borealis, are visible in September.

On top of that, the day is still rather long. Although you cannot see the midnight sun in September, daylight still lasts late into the evening. So, you can get the midnight sun feeling in the evenings.

If you´re lucky you get to experience both the midnight sun and the northern lights at the same night.

How´s the weather in September?

Although the weather can be good it will most likely rain at some point. The weather is changeable so it is best to prepared for anything. Average temperature in September is around 9°C or 48°F. With temperature dropping late in the day.

It is very important to always check the weather forecast before heading out to your next adventure in Iceland. This especially important in September as the weather can change completely in a very short time.

Fortunately, the Icelandic Met office has a very reliable weather forecast and we recommend checking the forecast daily when traveling. This will make all the difference for your trip. Whether you are going hiking or on a road trip. If there is one thing we guarantee, the weather will affect your trip

Northern lights in Iceland.
The Northern lights in Iceland.

Our top travel tips of Iceland in September

We recommend packing your raincoat along with other warm outdoor clothes and boots. When in Iceland it is at most importance to always keep dry and warm.

The most ideal outwear is a traditional Icelandic wool sweater. It will keep you warm and you will fit right in with the locals.

Another, and more exciting way, to keep warm in Iceland is visiting one of our many hot springs.

In Iceland you can find geothermal pools all over the island. From luxuries spa retreats to natural hot spring and local swimming pools. All great in their own unique way and perfect to warm up while traveling in Iceland I September.

This concludes our travel tips for driving in Iceland in September. For more advice we recommend our many blogs about traveling in Iceland, Iceland´s culture and more. 

All that is left is to select the perfect rental car from Blue Car Rental for your September trip in Iceland.






Panorama ATV tour

Panorama ATV tour

Iceland is the perfect place to ride an ATV in. The Panorama ATV tour will take you up between Húsafell and Fiskidalsfjall mountains along beautiful lava and black volcanic sand. After that, your guide takes you up mount Hagafell, where you´ll have the perfect view over the Blue Lagoon and the Eldey island.