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In October, the whale watching season is still strong in North Iceland, our beautiful horses welcome you, the Northern lights season is in full swing and hiking in autumn colors is still an option. But this month can have all kinds of weather so please monitor the weather forecast closely as the conditions can change rapidly.


Temp 3°C / 37.4F

Average high 6°C / 42.8F

Average low -1°C / 30.2F

Precipitation 58mm/day

Snow days 11

Daylight hours 10

What to expect

Drivers should keep in mind that as the days shorten the sun is low in the sky so driving conditions can be challenging. Icelanders welcome The First Day of Winter at the end of October.

What to pack? 

  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm layers (wool sweater, down/primaloft jacket, warm socks etc.)
  • Ice cleats/ice grips/anti-slip soles (even if you are only staying in town)
  • Light layers (long sleeve tops, soft shells etc.)
  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Sunglasses (during spring/summer it’s bright 24/7 and during winter the sun rises low an reflects from the snow, if there is any).
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat (toque/beanie)
  • Thermal underwear (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Waterproof hiking boots (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Warm socks (specifically for winter and highland travel/activities)
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-dry towel (for visiting pools and hot springs - towels are available for rent at swimming facilities)
  • Eyeshades (some find it hard to sleep when there’s daylight up to 24/7)


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