We often get asked for how long it’s bright outside in Iceland in the winter time. In the darkest time, which is November to January, we only get a few hours of daylight. So, if you’re traveling here during that time, use your daylight hours wisely!
We don’t mean that negatively at all. We love winter in Iceland! There’s nothing quite like waking up to freshly fallen snow outside, fresh air and clear skies. Even during winter storms, we love feeling the forces of nature, preferably while sitting inside drinking hot chocolate. Since it’s so dark, we get to see more of the Northern lights as well.
Daylight during fall and winter months in Iceland
Please note that these times are on average over the month, so it’s +/- a few minutes depending on the date.
- September: 07:00 – 20:00
- October: 08:20 – 18:00
- November: 10 – 16:20
- December: 11:15 – 15:30
- January: 10:50 – 16:30
- February: 09:20 – 18:00
- March: 07:45 – 19:30
- April: 06:00 – 09:00
How to make the most out of the daylight hours in Iceland
What we usually recommend is: plan ahead. The natural wonders of Iceland aren’t lit up with floodlights or anything like that. So, if you’re driving to see one of them, check Google maps and make note of the driving distance. You should consider that winter driving conditions might make your journey a little longer than what Google suggests. Use the above information about daylight times and schedule accordingly. You might need to wake up early and start driving if you want to get to your destination in daylight. Lucky for you, our cars are well equipped for winter driving! Check out our article about driving during winter in Iceland.
There’s plenty to do while it’s dark outside. Visit a museum, stroll downtown, check out the bars or go for a swim!