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Green northern lights in a starry night sky above the Hotel Rangá Observatory.

Iceland in October

October has arrived at Hotel Rangá! Fall is in full swing—the landscape is dotted with colors of gold, orange and red, and the days are getting cooler. As the temperature drops, we are enjoying the excuse to get cozy indoors—sipping hot drinks by candlelight, wearing comfy sweaters and diving deep into our favorite books. Even better, the season ?s earlier sunsets mean better chances to spot the Northern Lights dancing across the horizon.

October in Iceland means outdoor adventures, northern lights and inspiring artwork. Keep reading to learn more about visiting Iceland in October.

Northern Lights at Hotel Rangá.
See the northern lights in Iceland at Hotel Rangá.


  • Average low temperatures approx. 3°C (37°F).
  • Average high temperatures 7°C (45°F).
  • October is our wettest month, so expect rain.


  • October 1st: Approx. 11 hours of daylight.
  • The days shorten by an average of approximately 6 and a half minutes every day.

Iceland in October: Dress for the Weather

Fall weather in Iceland can change very quickly, but this adventurous aspect of life on our island is something to enjoy rather than fear. Just make sure you are prepared with warm clothes, waterproof shoes and a good water-resistant jacket. A hat and mittens or gloves are also a necessity.

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Iceland in October: Super Jeep Adventures in Þórsmörk


A couple in Þórsmörk Valley in Iceland.
Þórsmörk Valley is a great place to visit in Iceland in October. Picture by Tanja Ýr og Egill.

October in Iceland is an excellent time to visit the Þórsmörk (“Thor’s Valley”) nature reserve, one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. An oasis in the highlands, Þórsmörk is nestled among the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull. Exploring by Super Jeep is the best way to experience the valley’s phenomenal sights. The 4×4 jeep can cross rugged terrain and un-bridged rivers, and local guides will take you off the beaten path to see natural wonders.

Iceland in October: Northern Lights and Stargazing


Hotel Rangá's Observatory in south Iceland in October with the northern lights overhead.
Northern lights season is in full swing in Iceland in October.

The Hotel Rangá observatory is open for the season! With a roll-off roof and two high-quality astronomical telescopes, our observatory allows guests to experience a detailed view of distant planets and stars. If we are lucky, fall’s darker nights will bring not only starry skies but also northern lights. Check out this blog post for tips about how to best photograph the aurora borealis.

Imagine Peace on October 9

The Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. Each year, the tower projects a vertical beam of light over 4000 m into the sky on October 9, Lennon’s birthday. Watch this year’s lighting ceremony on Viðey Island, just outside Reykjavík.



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