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 in 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, what is the best time to go in Iceland? Here is some more information to help you in your decision:

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

For all 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 weather Iceland in january
very bad weather Iceland in february
very bad weather Iceland in march
very bad weather Iceland in april
bad weather Iceland in may
bad weather Iceland in june
partially okay weather Iceland in july
partially okay weather Iceland in august
bad weather Iceland in september
bad weather Iceland in october
very bad weather Iceland in november
very bad weather Iceland in december

When to go in Iceland by cities

Reykjavik

Best time to visit Reykjavik

The best months to visit Reykjavik are july et august.

Akureyri

Best time to visit Akureyri

The best time to go to Akureyri is july.

Eyjafjallajökull

Best time to visit Eyjafjallajökull

The best months to visit Eyjafjallajökull are july et august.

Grindavík

Best time to visit Grindavík

The best months to visit Grindavík are july et august.

Hofn

Best time to visit Hofn

No month is conducive to visit Hofn.


Climate and Weather of 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 rainfall month by month for the cities of of Reykjavik, of Akureyri, of Eyjafjallajökull, of Grindavík et of Hofn, as well as the sea temperature months by month for the coastal cities..


Legend:

okay weather
bad weather
very bad weather

Map of Iceland

Hover on cities to obtain information about weather.


About of Iceland

What to do in Iceland ?

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Culture and heritage

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Crafts / shopping

Food

Night life

Are these weather information for Iceland reliable?

Climate data for Iceland are raised every day since January 2009.Also, 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, Mývatn et Selfoss.

So yes: these data are reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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