Best time to go to Iceland for a perfect weather and where to go?
Get the most favorable time to visit Iceland from average weather conditions in many locations like Selfoss or Mývatn below.
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 weather is good across more than 0% of the territory of Iceland throughout the year
- The best months to go to Reykjavik are July and August
- On average, the warmest months in Reykjavik are July and August, and the coldest month of the year is December
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|
|January||25°F to 41°F||
|February||25°F to 41°F||
|March||27°F to 40°F||
|April||31°F to 43°F||
|May||40°F to 47°F||
|June||47°F to 52°F||
|July||49°F to 56°F||
|bad to tolerable*|
|August||47°F to 54°F||
|bad to tolerable*|
|September||43°F to 50°F||
|very bad to bad*|
|October||34°F to 47°F||
|November||27°F to 43°F||
|December||23°F to 40°F||
Best time to travel to Iceland by cities
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!
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.
Where to go in Iceland?
This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).
|Vestmannaeyjar (Vestmann island)||43°F||43°F||41°F||45°F||47°F||52°F||56°F||56°F||52°F||49°F||45°F||41°F|
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Map of Iceland
Click over cities for information about the weather.
What can I do in Iceland?
Beaches / swimming
Nature and countryside
Culture and heritage
Crafts / shopping
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.