Learn what to expect when traveling to Iceland in April. That includes road conditions, what to wear/pack, what makes it worth it to visit during this month, some tips on driving during this time, top activities, and events that happen annually during this month.
Weather in Iceland in April
April marks the transition from winter to spring in Iceland. The weather can be unpredictable, with varying temperatures and frequent changes. The average high temperature is 44 F (6.8 C), and the low temperature is 39 F (3 C).
I always recommend that you pack layers and be prepared for sudden weather shifts, including rain, snow, wind, and occasional sunshine.
One of the major advantages of visiting Iceland in April is the lengthening of daylight hours. During the early part of the month, you can enjoy approximately:
April 1st – 13 hours and 31 minutes
On April 15th there are 15 hours and 03 minutes
April 30th - 16 hours and 43 minutes
Road Conditions & Driving in Iceland
Because April is a transitional month road conditions can vary. While main roads are generally accessible, some secondary roads in remote areas may still be closed or have limited access due to lingering snow and ice.
It's crucial to stay updated on road conditions and weather forecasts by checking reliable sources like the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration's website. If you plan on driving, renting a 4x4 vehicle with studded winter tires is recommended for added safety.
It's a Great Time to Explore in a Car or Campervan
Go Car Rental Iceland is a local Icelandic car rental company that has great customer service, a large variety of cars and very competitive prices. Use my code Iceland10 to save 10% off the entire cost of your rental car.
I personally use them for when I go on adventures, and I’m so glad to hear that many of my listeners and subscribers are also having a great experience with them. I mentioned in a previous episode that one of my listeners switched to Go Car Rental Iceland from one of the internationally known rental car companies here and she saved $400! That was for a rental during the summer when prices can sometimes double due to demand.
If you plan to use a campervan, use my code Iceland7 to save 7% and get two free duvets with your GO Campers van rental. Also, I have a great episode coming up soon about how to choose the right camper van for your travels in Iceland, so keep an eye out for that.
What to Wear in Iceland in April
To stay comfortable during your visit in April, it's essential to dress in layers. Start with a base layer of thermal clothing, followed by a sweater or fleece, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer. Don't forget to bring a hat, gloves, and a sturdy pair of waterproof boots for outdoor activities. It's also wise to have a waterproof backpack to protect your belongings from unexpected showers.
If you want more specific help with what to pack, grab my FREE ultimate packing checklist for Iceland.
Why You Should Visit Iceland in April
April offers a unique blend of winter and spring experiences. Here are a few reasons why it's an excellent time to visit Iceland:
Fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season, allowing for a more intimate experience.
Witness the transition of landscapes from snow-covered winter wonderlands to budding greenery.
Increased chances of viewing the Northern Lights due to extended darkness during the evenings.
Opportunity to enjoy activities like glacier hiking, ice caving, and snowmobiling before they become inaccessible during the warmer months.
Often slightly warmer
Iceland Events in April
Aldrei Fór Ég Suður - this is a music festival in the Westfjords that takes place over the long Easter weekend.
Children’s Culture Festival - A lovely festival that's fun for the whole family.
Top Activities to Do in April
Glacier Tours – hiking & climbing
Fun Road Trips around the country
Iceland in April – Weather, Things to Do, & What to Expect