Cheapest time to visit Iceland

 A serene waterfall in Iceland, with a stream in the foreground and a dramatic sky with hues of pink and blue

The land of fire and ice is a rugged and diverse landscape filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities; a bucket list destination for some; and a regular vacation for others. There is, however, a misconception that Iceland is a destination for more affluent travellers only. Fortunately, Iceland does not have to be expensive if you go at the right time of year. If you are smart about it, you can still experience the extensive activities available on the island - at a reduced price!  

What is the Best Month to Visit Iceland on a Budget?

If you are looking to visit Iceland on a budget, it is recommended to go during the off-season, which is from early autumn to late spring. During late spring, there are fewer tourists and the weather is starting to get warmer. It is also good for people who want to explore Iceland and see its beautiful nature, as April is the last month you have the chance to see the Northern Lights until September. 

Flights, car rentals, and accommodation are also discounted due to the off-season, so getting to and from the island and staying in your ideal location is likely to be at its lowest price point of the year.

Those who want to experience Iceland’s delicious cuisine can do so for a reduced cost while still enjoying the full experience. Guided tours and thrilling activities to explore Iceland’s extensive experiences are also discounted for those who are thrill-seekers and adventurers wanting to see the stunning sights. Find more inspiration on what to do in spring in Iceland.

 An explorer crouches on a snowy path, marvelling at the ethereal blue glow of an ice cave's arching ceiling

What Else You Can Do in April in Iceland?

Warmer weather in April means that outdoor activities, such as hiking and visiting Iceland’s natural phenomena may be a more enjoyable experience. You may be also lucky to spot the return of wildlife, such as puffins. It is also the last month where you can partake in various winter activities, such as visiting ice caves or seeing the beautiful Northern Lights. Longer sunlight hours mean you have more time for daytime excursions and greater opportunities to visit the stunning landscapes of Iceland while there are fewer tourists, creating a more tranquil experience at popular sites. 

Another opportunity available in April, thanks to the warmer weather, is diving at the Silfra fissure, found in the Thingvellir National Park. This is the only place in the world where you can dive between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which is a sensational attraction for those who are fearless. 


Other Ways to Stick to a Budget

Choosing the time of your visit wisely can have a huge impact on your budget, but there are plenty of other things you can do to make your visit to Iceland as cheap as possible.

Reykjavík cityscape with colourful buildings and snowy mountains in the background.

Stick to Reykjavík 

If you want to avoid the cost of car rentals and organised tours, then you could simply spend your time in the capital city - which can be travelled on foot or by public transport. There is an abundance of sights to see and plenty of cultural experiences on offer, especially with all the museums. You could also take advantage of a free walking tour. 

Travel with Friends

Another great way to save money when visiting Iceland is to plan your trip with friends. By doing so, you can split costs such as car hire and accommodation, which can make it much more affordable. 

Fill up at Breakfast

Many hotels will provide an impressive spread of breakfast foods from cooked items to various breads, cheese, meats, yoghurts, and fruit. By making the most of this delicious meal, you will be able to stay full until much later in the day, without needing to purchase snacks or even lunch. 

Don’t Buy Bottled Water

Bottled water is an unnecessary purchase in Iceland, where tap water is of the highest quality. Simply bring your reusable bottle and fill it up whenever you have the chance. This is also a great way to make sure you are limiting your impact on the environment during your visit.

If you want the experience of a lifetime for a low price, Iceland in April is certainly the place to visit for an unforgettable time. Are you looking for somewhere affordable to stay in the heart of Iceland, Reykjavík? Fosshotel Rauðará is in the perfect spot, browse our accommodation options today!