Iceland: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Get the most favorable time to visit Iceland from average weather conditions in many locations like Selfoss or Mývatn below.

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When is the best time to go to Iceland?

Iceland can be visited all year. Those wishing to discover the country during the summer can visit during peak season, which extends between June and August. During this period, tourists arrive in large masses to admire the midnight sun and the endless days. The northern summer is indeed a good time to soak up the nature or observe the migratory birds that congregate around lakes and other water sources. However, due to the large influx of tourists, it is advisable to book accommodations, activities and other places on the cruise in advance in order to enjoy the great offers. The high season observes a rising in prices and therefore, an increase in one's travel budget.

Although less popular than the northern summer, the rest of the year allows for the discovery of other Icelandic facets. Transitional seasons respectively allow for the enjoyment of nature, whether it be awakening or falling asleep. In winter, the endless twilights allow spectacular sights that compete in beauty with the aurora borealis and are visible between the months of September and March.

So, when is the best time to go to Iceland? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months to go to Reykjavik are July and August
  • , and the coldest month of the year is December
  • The rainiest months in this city are January, February, March and September

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Iceland for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
very bad Iceland in january
very bad Iceland in february
very bad Iceland in march
very bad Iceland in april
very bad to bad* Iceland in may
bad Iceland in june
bad to tolerable* Iceland in july
bad to tolerable* Iceland in august
very bad to bad* Iceland in september
very bad to bad* Iceland in october
very bad Iceland in november
very bad Iceland in december

When to go to Iceland by city

Reykjavik

Best time to go to Reykjavik

The best months to go to Reykjavik are july and august.

Akureyri

Best time to go to Akureyri

The best time to visit Akureyri is july.

Eyjafjallajökull

Best time to go to Eyjafjallajökull

The best months to go to Eyjafjallajökull are july and august.

Grindavík

Best time to go to Grindavík

The best months to go to Grindavík are july and august.

Hofn

Best time to go to Hofn

No month is ideal for visiting Hofn


Climate and Weather in Iceland

As opposed to what one would generally imagine, the temperatures in Iceland never fall very low, even if the climate remains difficult. In fact, the not-so-extreme climate of Iceland has a rather oceanic temperate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. In the end, only during the winter, or on certain inland summer nights, does the temperature drop into the negatives. Throughout the rest of the year, the general temperature is described as fresh and warm when the summertime arrives. With cool summers and relatively mild winters covering most of the territory, Iceland's weather is not half bad!

Iceland : house on the cliff

Be careful, as the climate in Iceland can change very quickly and sometimes within the same day, making it quite difficult to organize walks or hikes. In other words, the sun can peek its way through the clouds in the morning, then give way to a large rainfall or even severe fog in the following hours.

In general, the east coast of Iceland is much sunnier than the west coast, closer towards Reykjavik. The summer is warm however, it is often compromised by wind and rain. Despite such, this freshness and frequent rain is compensated by unique weather phenomenons such as the midnight summer sun in Norway, or the northern lights. In June, the entire northern coast including the city of Akureyri, knows absolutely no night - the sun actually never leaves the sky. Moreover, during the winter, when the weather is clear it is possible to admire the greater North.


Temperatures and rainfall in Iceland

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Iceland and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Reykjavik, Akureyri, Eyjafjallajökull, Grindavík and Hofn, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


Map of Iceland

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cities in Iceland (Hover over the icons for more information on the weather)

About Iceland

What can I do in Iceland?

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Culture and heritage

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Gastronomy

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Is this weather information for Iceland reliable?

Climate data for Iceland has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Iceland allows us to determine the average for each month in Reykjavik, Akureyri, Eyjafjallajökull, Grindavík, Hofn, Húsavík, Ísafjörður, Keflavík, and 12 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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