To be completely honest November is a cold, wet and dark month, even though it might not sound good it is no that bad to be in Iceland in November. It is the month when we usually get the first snow after the summer and with the Northern Lights dancing in the sky it is just so magical.

The average temperature in November is 1.1°C (33,9°F), the average sunshine is 39 hours and the average precipitation is 73 mm.

Be prepared for anything, snow, rain, sunshine and occasional storms or blizzards, also know that the weather can change very fast.

Driving in Iceland in November

Driving during the winter in Iceland can be difficult and dangerous as there can be ice or snow on the road and sometimes a blizzard and a complete white out.

It is important to always check road and weather conditions before driving in Iceland during the winter. In November many roads in Iceland are impassable especially in the most remote areas in the Westfjords, North and East also the mountain roads are closed.

If you are planning on renting a car during the winter you can of course do that but we recommend renting a 4WD car with good winter tires and only if you are confident and used to driving in cold weather conditions. The main roads are usually well maintained and the most popular tourist destinations around Reykjavík are accessible including the Golden Circle, the South Coast as well as Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West and the North part of Iceland.

If you are not comfortable driving multiple bus tours and private tours are available during the winter in Iceland.

If you decide to drive in Iceland here you will find useful tips and more extensive information.

What to wear

It starts to get cold again in the Fall and the average temperature in September - November is around 3°C (37°C). October can be a cold month and the weather is very unpredictable, it can rain, be sunny and windy.

We recommend to bring warm clothes and be prepared for everything, the first thing that we recommend for your trip in November is warm clothes for all kinds of weather and of course good shoes!

  • Hiking boots - If you are planning on only staying in Reykjavík then sneakers might be enough but if you will be travelling around the country and staying outside you need good hiking shoes that will keep you warm.
  • Base layer - warm layers under the clothes might be the best thing you bring to Iceland. We recommend wearing long wool or thermal underwear, you can buy it in outdoor clothing stores in Iceland.
  • Fleece or wool - The Icelandic wool sweater or fleece is a must. The Icelandic wool sweater can be bought all over the country in local stores.
  • Parka or water and windproof jacket - You want to wear the parka on cold days but it might also rain during the winter so a water and windproof jacket over the wool/fleece sweater is essential.
  • Water and windproof pants - It is windy in Iceland and it rains so bring the pants.
  • Hats, gloves and warm socks - Bring at least two sets of everything a lighter pair and a thick one as well.
  • Swimsuit - You are going to want to relax in our warm swimming pools or hot springs after a long day outside