Southeast Iceland in detail

When to go and weather

  • Summer (June to August) is the most popular time for visitors to the southeast, but winter tourism is booming, with travellers lured by the chance to visit ice caves that form under the glacier edges (generally accessible via guided tour from around November to March).
  • Activities such as glacier walks and snowmobiling are generally available year-round (weather permitting), while an ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur has a limited season (around April to early June).
  • Access roads to Lakagígar are only generally open from around mid-June through to mid-September.
  • Boat trips are scheduled on Jökulsárlón from May to October, while puffins visit Ingólfshöfði from about May to early August.