Autumn in Reykjavík

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Reykjavík. Icelandic nature is amazingly beautiful and colourful at this time of year, with rainbows, red and gold leaves against a dazzling blue sky, wild mushrooms, and abundance of tasty berries that sweeten up our daily lives. And although there is no frost yet, there is definitely a shiver of crispness in the air with great opportunities to see the dances of the elusive Northern Lights.

One of the best things to do in the autumn is to go swimming. The thermal pools in Reykjavík are heated with geothermal water and are always nice and warm, even if it's freezing outside. They are not only a great source of natural therapy, but also an important part of our culture and a good way to meet the locals. So if you plan on going swimming you will have 17 thermal pools in the capital area to choose from.

Autumn is also the time when you’ll be able to go mushroom or berry-picking and you can even do it within the capital area, such as in Heiðmörk. Wild blueberries and crowberries are the most common wild berries in Iceland but you can also find strawberries and redcurrants in some places, although they are mainly planted and found in people’s gardens.

In September and the beginning of October, Icelanders and a fair number of tourists head off to the countryside and take part in Réttir, the annual sheep round-up. This activity is one of the country’s oldest cultural traditions where Icelandic sheep farmers invite family, friends and anyone who’s interested, to help out with rounding-up the sheep from their summer grazing period in the mountains and valleys.

Autumn is also the time of produce and the ultimate time for harvesting anything that grows in Iceland. This is the time to eat Icelandic potatoes, carrots, kale, broccoli and more. Autumn is also the time of fresh lamb meat from sheep that have feed on the rich and nourishing vegetation in the mountains of Iceland.   

Hope to see you soon in Reykjavík.

Kindest regards,
Ashildur Bragadottir Director of Visit Reykjavík