Rangá Recommends: October in Iceland - Hotel Rangá

Rangá Recommends: October in Iceland

Where to go, what to do and how to dress for the Icelandic weather in October.

It’s October in Iceland! In the US that means it’s time for pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween decorations but Iceland has neither of those things. So if you are looking to escape it all, head on over! What we do have in Iceland in October: northern lights, fall vibes and starry skies.

A picture from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in south Iceland.
A picture from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Dressing up

While Icelanders think tourists look kind of silly in their winter parkas in the summer months, now is the time to start digging into your closet for your warmest clothes.

If you are adventuring outside, a hat or a beanie plus mittens or gloves are a necessity. So is a good winter jacket and maybe even a warm sweater underneath. Of course, you also need good waterproof shoes and warm socks.

Remember that the weather in Iceland can change very quickly but this adventurous aspect of life on the island is something to enjoy rather than fear. Just make sure you are prepared.

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Get cozy

When you have the right gear on, we recommend using the cold as an excuse for cuddles. Snuggle up with a good book and a hot drink on one of the couches in our upstairs bar area, and listen to the weather beating at the window.

Two onlookers admire the pink and green northern lights shimmering above Skógafoss.
An epic shot of northern lights dancing above Skógafoss. Photograph by Stefan Liebermann.

October in Iceland: Love under the northern lights

Or better yet, if the weather conditions are right you can take a special someone on an evening walk. Lying down next to each other in the Icelandic tundra and looking up at the night sky is a beautiful experience the two of you will never forget. It’s October in Iceland, after all – you might even see some northern lights.

If you are interested in photography we recommend our guide to photograph the northern lights.

Green and purple northern lights swirl above Hotel Rangá in south Iceland.
Swirling green and purple northern lights above Hotel Rangá. Photo by Sævar Helgi Bragason.

Native eats

While Icelanders pride themselves on exotic food items such as fermented shark and smoked sheep’s head, very few people eat them on a day to day basis. For a truly Icelandic experience, try the typical packed lunch for children and adults alike: flatkökur and kókómjólk.

Flatkökur og kókómjólk

Flatkökur are Icelandic flatbread, most commonly served with butter and slices of smoked lamb. What’s more, they also taste delicious with cheese or even hummus. Flatkökur also goes perfectly with kókómjólk – Iceland’s version of chocolate milk. In fact, this combination is a great treat to bring along for some extra energy on your adventures on the south coast.

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