March in Iceland | All you need to know
Weather in March in Iceland
March is the last month that you should see a decent amount of snow BUT like with anything weather related in Iceland you simply never know. During March you are likely to experience all sorts of weather. Prepare for some rain and wind and dress warmly since the average temperature is between -2 °c (about 28 Fahrenheit) and 3.3°c (about 38 Fahrenheit). Don’t let the sun play tricks on you, as you can see by the numbers it’s still cold! Also, don’t forget to check out the Iceland weather forecast for the whole year.
Daylight: This is when you really start to notice that the darkness will soon be behind us and daylight takes over. At the beginning of the month 10 hours pass between sunrise and sunset but in the end of the month, it’s about 13 hours.
Good to know before visiting Iceland in March
- Prices might be lower as it is the only real “off-season” month in Iceland.
- Shops and restaurants openings can be affected by Easter, check the calendar to see if Easter is in March this year.
- Dressing warmly is still very important, Iceland doesn’t have spring.
- Roads might be closed due to weather check www.road.is for info if planning on road-trippin’.
Best things to do in Reykjavík in March
Take a walk
The winter sun might be showing you more dust than usually inside but it makes everything having to do with outdoors even more pretty. Take a stroll, you don’t have to have a location or a destination to go to. Just let it be a surprise and if you get lost you can always just walk back to the “big church” Hallgrímskirkja.
Have a beer
If not on the national beer day then because of the winter sun that is shining and tricking you into thinking it’s a little warm outside. Also, Easter beers are starting to show their “face” at the liquor stores, restaurants and bars. SKÁL!
Visit a local swimming pool
Take in that long waited vitamin D with the locals. March is the perfect time to spend soaking your travel tired body in a hot tub, pool or sauna. Here you can find info on the one closest to you.
Splurge on food at the Food and Fun Festival
It might be a little more pricey than you were planning but it’s so worth it. Make a booking sooner than later, getting a table at this time can be more difficult than you might think as many Icelanders have the tradition of going out at because of the festival with the whole family!
Driving in March in Iceland
March is less snow heavy but you will still need to keep an open mind to the fact that roads might close and you might need to alter your itinerary accordingly. Websites that will help and are best used as a “believe everything they say” guides through road tripping in Iceland in March:
You will still need to be on the lookout for icey spots on the roads but the South Coast is much easier during this time than for example Eastfjords, Westfjords or far North. Reykjavík should be mainly snow empty by this point but like mentioned before you never know with Icelandic weather. It just might be in a mood.
Events in Iceland in March
National Beer Day
Icelanders celebrate annually the day their Beer Ban was lifted. This was on the 1st of March 1989 and on that day beer is at a special price in most restaurants and bars. In recent years a beer festival has ever started around it lasting for 2 weeks leading up to the day itself. Check out more info on the Beer Festival on Kex Hostel Facebook page they are always up to date.
Food and Fun
If you ask anyone who has visited Iceland what makes it special they will always mention the quality of food. A restaurant made meal in Iceland is 98% of the time exceptional as the ingredients are mainly fish and meat which has not had to travel far to make it to your plate. The chefs are given the absolute best material to work with, add talent to the mix and you are in for a delicious adventure.
Every year Icelanders celebrate their love for food for a whole week and call it the Food and Fun Festival. Most restaurants will have a special menu and guest chef’s come in from all over the world to try their skills out on the Icelandic ingredients. Join the party – it’s well worth it!
Reykjavik Dance festival
Iceland has brought up an abundance of artists, any platform any stage, Icelanders are truly not lacking talent and the dance scene is no exception. Find out more about times, dates and location here.
Mottu Mars e. Moustache March
If you visit Iceland in March you might notice that a lot of men have mustaches, this is not the custom for Icelandic men, they are just showing their support. What are they supporting? one might ask and understandably but during the last years in Iceland March has been dedicated to men, cancer and to raise awareness of the symptoms. You can support by buying the good for sale at www.mottumars.is or buy the specially made socks at any of these shops during the 5th to the 19th of March.
- Lyf og heilsa
Go local and buy yourself an easter egg, visit any grocery shop during the weeks leading up to it and you will see them everywhere. You will have to choose a company darkness of chocolate and on Easter Sunday hid the egg for each other and do an Easter egg hunt. Inside the egg is a ton of candy and a “saying” written on a piece of paper in Icelandic this is called a “málsháttur” and is for many the most important part of the “Egg Eating”.
One of the numerous festivals going on in Iceland in March. The Design festival might be the one that captures the widest interest group. Anything from blankets to chairs, anything for the home or daily life. Harpa music festival will have showrooms and most “nicer” shops selling design will do something about it. Read more about it here. The Festival opening night is on the 15th of March at Hafnarhúsið and will last until the 1st of April.
Best tours to do in March in Iceland
This is the month the glacial ice gets extremely blue and the vision of it is unbelievably beautiful. Be it on Langjökull, Sólheimajökull or any of the outlet glaciers found at Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe you are in for a treat!
This the last whole month with a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights – at this time they will be best around 11:30 pm to around 01:00 am.
Whale Watching in the North
This is for many the ultimate favorite time to go exploring the Royalty of the Sea. The range of different whales that you might spot is very wide at this time of year and there are a lot fewer people, so basically fewer people more whales. Drive or fly North to meet them out from Dalvík or join Arctic Adventures for a Road trip around the country with a stop for the show!
Many of the guides say that this is their favorite month to snowmobile. The winter snow is still there but the summer sun is out and the views are greater than ever before. Also, the ice cave on Langjökull is still accessible so basically March is just the perfect month to visit!
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