Icelandic Culture
18 November 2020

What do Icelanders do in November?

It's November and the days in Iceland are getting shorter and shorter. It is starting to snow, which is good since the white snow brightens the days just a little bit. 

So, what do Icelanders do in November? 

We enjoy the season and all its opportunities. From snow activities to swimming in geothermal water, there are a lot of things Icelanders do in November. For example, check out our list of awesome swimming pools here.

Seljavallalaug pool in Iceland
Image: BiT, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hot springs are a great option in November

If there is anything Icelanders love to do it's going in a hot tub during cold weather and soaking in the warm water. Sometimes, it is worth it to step up your game and go to a hot spring in the middle of nature. It’s going to be a mix of hot and cold but almost guaranteed to be a fun little adventure. Might we suggest a visit to Reykjadalur or Seljavallalaug for your geothermal adventure?

The Iceland airwaves music festival

The Iceland Airwaves music festival is held every year in early November. The festival has a special place in every music-loving Icelandic heart. When the festival is live, almost every bar, cafe, and art gallery in Reykjavík hosts some events with musicians large and small. Iceland Airwaves is a great festival if you want to see some new musicians or keep up with your favorite bands. If you plan a trip to Iceland in November, why not stop by and hear some great artists while you're here?

Northern Lights in Iceland

Northern lights make the short November days a little better

The northern lights are one of the main tourist attractions in Iceland, and for a good reason. Their beautiful colors light up the night sky and dance around wild as if there is no tomorrow. A dark November night is the perfect night to go hunting for the aurora. Take a drive to the countryside far from Reykjavík's lights and noise and see if the night sky is in your favor. You might even take a hot thermos with cocoa and some snacks and have a lovely evening during your trip to Iceland. 

Even if you don't have any luck finding them, at least you´ll have a fun night out in the wilderness. If you decide to go, see our favorite Northern lights viewing spots first!