I am willing to travel to Iceland, renting a car and making a trip across the country. What I expect seeing the most is viewing the "winter" scenery of Iceland: snow, glaciers, frozen waterfalls, ice caves, northern lights and maybe a little ski.

Will those still be present at mid-April across Iceland? Or only in certain areas?

Should I travel in other dates?

Will car accessibility be a big issue in that time? (due to road blocks).

Some have described April as "spring" in Iceland, though spring probably has a different meaning in Iceland, therefore I am not sure what to expect from the scenery.

  • Skiing is possible in March, haven't heard of skiing in April though. I would move your trip to early March if you want to ski.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 6:11
  • Thanks for the advice, about the rest: can I expect winter scenery in April?
    – Taru
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 8:31
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    Possible duplicate of Is there a website with historical temperatures and weather data?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 9:34
  • No, I do not think April is the right month for what you're after. But that's based on my trips passing through Greenland, not Iceland.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 11:35
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    Northern lights are harder to see, not because they do not happen but because the days are already longer.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 19:27

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I went to Iceland for 10 days in March-April 2009. You can see my photos from the trip.

  1. Winter sights will be present, but probably only in certain areas. One day we drove through a blizzard, Gullfoss was very cold and windy, but other days were dry and clear. In Akureyri, skiing was available.

  2. Since I have a sample size of one trip, it's hard to suggest what dates might be best for you.

  3. Our hired car was a 4WD Škoda wagon with studded tyres. It did very well for the conditions at that time of year. The main ring road is kept clear as much as possible because it's the only land route from one place to another. Many side roads were closed so it's a good idea to keep an eye on the Iceland road conditions - check that site every day before you set out.

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