Weather & Travel Season

Current weather report & best Travel Season

Climate and Weather Conditions

The climate of Iceland can be classified as cold oceanic. Due to Iceland’s climate being influenced by the Gulf Stream, climate and weather is much more moderate than expected compared to other similar regions close to its latitude on the Arctic Circle. Between June and August the temperature is the highest. The daily temperature varies between 0 to 3°C in winter and 12 to 15 °C in summer. In the centre highlands the temperature can be much lower, in some regions the temperature also can be higher than 20 °C. The lowest rainfall can be expected in the beginning of the summer, but there are strong local differences. It is drier in the northeast as much of the rain falls on the 8.100 km² of the Glacier Vatnajökull.

Climate in Reykjavík

Max. Temp. (°C)1,92,83,25,79,411,713,31310,16,83,42,27
Min. Temp. (°C)-3,0-2,1-2,00,43,66,78,37,95,02,2-1,3-2,81,9
Rainfall (mm)896462564242505667947879798,8
Hours of Sunshine (h/Tag)0,81,93,64,76,25,25,55,04,22,71,30,33,5
Rainy days (Tage)13,312,514,412,29,810,71011,712,414,512,513,9148,3
Ocean Temp. (°C)4446891011108647

Source: Icelandic Met Office

Travel Time & Clothing

Travel Time: The main travel season is in June, July and August. Most tourists leave Iceland at the beginning of September. As a result the first two weeks of September are also a good time to travel to Iceland. Winter officially begins in September (sometimes earlier). If you are searching for the Northern Lights, the best time to visit is between mid-September and the end of February.

Clothing: Due to fast changing weather conditions, especially in the highlands it is recommended to prepare for all kinds of weather. Recommended clothing: Warm underclothing, wind and water resistant clothing, hat and gloves, good hiking boots, sun cream, sunglasses etc.

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