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7 must-see places to visit in the off-season

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 21, 2012, 5:10 p.m.
Thingvellir, Iceland

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Iceland generally has a short tourist season. Most people come in June or July, with tourist numbers dropping drastically after August. While summer might be the most comfortable time to visit this rugged, scenic land in the North Atlantic, it is certainly not the only option. During the spring and early fall, the weather is reasonably pleasant, and there is still enough daylight to enjoy the island's outdoor attractions (as with other far-north nations, Iceland sees only a few short hours of sunlight during midwinter days). Prices are noticeably lower after the summertime tourist peak, and there might be more to do: Many local people take the summer off, so a lot more cultural performances and events take place in the autumn and even winter. Also, despite its name and location just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland, especially in its southern areas near the capital of Reykjavik, is relatively mild, even in the wintertime (thanks to warm air delivered by the Gulf Stream).