November in Iceland is pretty dark and cold, but you’ll find this shoulder season has some perks for travelers. A vast majority of travelers visit this unearthly island during the summer months of June, July, and August. This three-month period is when temperatures are the most welcoming, and daylight lasts for nearly 24 hours everyday. Of course this sounds appealing, that’s why Iceland’s tourism swells during the bright summer. Instead of getting lost in the crowds of tourists exploring this gem we opted for another season entirely. November called our names for the chance to see northern lights, a dusting of snow, and plenty of personal space from the lack of tour groups. As luck would have it we were 30,000 feet up in the air as we watched ribbons of emerald green dance across the sky as we neared the Keflavik International Airport. With November average temperatures sit right around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, we welcomed the chance to don our new winter coats.
Two places that will keep you toasty & warm include hot delicious soup and hot healing waters.
Soak into the Warm Waters of Blue Lagoon
Before you get too far away from Keflavik International Airport, make sure to head to Blue Lagoon before driving the 45 minutes into Reykjavik. Your body will thank you later! There is nothing better than relaxing your tired body in the warm 100-degree waters right from the airport. We checked into Blue Lagoon as they were opening for the day, directly following our red eye flight. What says “welcome to Iceland” more than 100-degree geothermal water! There are plenty of other hot spring options, both natural and human-made, throughout Iceland. The most iconic is certainly Blue Lagoon, and during a November visit you mustn’t worry about feeling too cramped. Timed tickets are required, and help to spread out any concerns for crowding.
Warm Up with a Bottomless Bowl of Soup
Every chilly day deserves a hot bowl of tomato soup. But the soup is far more than just delicious at Friðheimar Tomato Farm, it’s the entire dining experience that makes your taste buds perk up with life. Toss any memory of canned soup from your mind; this flavorful tomato soup is made fresh from their greenhouses. On a brisk November afternoon, your taste buds will be shocked to have the vine fresh flavor of a ripped tomato. This buffet style set-up encourages you to test the bottomless limits of each variety of warm soup. Just go easy on the homemade breads to ensure you have plenty of room to enjoy the main attraction. If you’re really looking to send your taste buds over the edge, order yourself one of their freshly made Bloody Mary’s. This sustainable operation is the farm of the future, and I sincerely hope the dinning experience of the future as well. Next time you think of Iceland, make sure to think of fresh tomatoes too.
While the barren month of November might not seem like the idyllic time to fly north near the Arctic Circle, you might be warmly surprised with what awaits you.