Living in a country with only one season the past year (Bali), it's refreshing to be back to the four crazy Icelandic seasons. I'm enjoying it more now than ever, with a bunch of tea, fluffy sweaters and candles. The winter season here is one of the longest one, so making the best out of the cold and dark is crucial for any person living in similar surroundings.
Today I'm sharing with you my favorite things to do in Iceland in autumn!
Ok, let's start with the basics. Sometimes it's the simple things! Being comforted by a hot drink, whether it's coffee, tea or hot chocolate, is a given on a cold day. So in addition to coffee beans, we bought 3 different kinds of tea to have around last weekend. It's good to have something to look forward to when you're waking up and it's still dark (during fall and winter we get less light).
Go enjoy nature
While you can! The autumn colors are amazing now. Beautiful destinations are all around to enjoy them in! If you're looking for a place to spend the day at close to the capital, I recommend Þingvellir or Heiðmörk.
Watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
The best time to see them here is in the fall or winter. Anyone coming here or living here should check out Norðurljósaspá and monitor the Aurora forecast! I didn't even know there was a forecast for it until the other day, which makes it so more easier to plan a little drive outside town to watch this little glimpses of heaven.
A few weeks ago we were so lucky to witness the most amazing northern lights we've ever seen yet! Green and purple lights dancing in the sky in the middle of the illuminated city! That's how bright they were. We jumped into the car and drove outside town to explore it further. We didn't catch the big one's on camera since we just laid there gasping, but we got a few good one's in the end. Here are a few of my favorites from that night.
Go to a concert
The music scene here is amazing. But if you're in that cozy autumn mood, I recommend Café Rósenberg in downtown Reykjavík. It's a super chill pub, with relaxed lighting (candles everywhere) and old instruments on the wooden walls. They have a concert each night (except Sundays) with different artists. We've been there twice this month, and listened to Árstíðir and Þóra Gísla. You can see their weekly program here.
Soak in hot tubs or hot springs
Enjoy one of Iceland's hot tubs while feeling the cold wind blowing at your face. Our lovely cold island is actually covered with geothermally heated swimming pools all around. You can look at different locations here.
This obviously might apply to all seasons, but when it gets darker and colder it's an important factor. Do whatever makes you happy more often. Eat good and healthy food and meet up with friends. Light up aroma candles in the dark and read a book.
Hope you are enjoying this season. What are your favorite things to do in the fall? I'd love to read them in the comment section below!