When is the best time to go to Reykjavik?

When is the best time to go to Reykjavik? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

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

Annual weather in Reykjavik

For full information about the climate and weather in Reykjavik a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 32°F/38°F
February 32°F/38°F
March 32°F/38°F
April 36°F/43°F
May 41°F/49°F
June 49°F/54°F
July 52°F/58°F
August 50°F/58°F
September 47°F/52°F
October 41°F/45°F
November 36°F/40°F
December 32°F/36°F

Weather and climate in Reykjavik

Reykjavik enjoys a subpolar oceanic climate (with cool summer) in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Reykjavik is 45°F (ranging from 36°F in december to 58°F in july). Annual rainfall is 49.6in, with a minimum of 2.9in in june and a maximum of 5.4in in january.
  • Between the months of january and may the climate is very bad. The record temperature this month is 59°F and, in may, 7 days of rain are expected.
  • In june the climate is not good. At lunchtime, it's 54°F in average and it rains about 17% of the time in june.
  • From july to august the climate is okay. At lunchtime, it's 56°F in average and, in august, 7 days of rain are expected.
  • In september the climate is unfavorable. The record temperature this month is 61°F.
  • Between october and december the climate is very bad. By early evening, the temperature averages 32°F and, in december, 8 days of rain are expected.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Reykjavik

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Reykjavik: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Reykjavik

Find out when Reykjavik has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Reykjavik

  • Very low season in Reykjavik
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: January, February and November.
  • Low season in Reykjavik
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May, October and December.
  • High season in Reykjavik
    The number of visitors to Reykjavik is high in: June and September.
  • Peak season in Reykjavik
    The largest number of tourists visiting Reykjavik is during: July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Reykjavik month by month

Best time for low prices in Reykjavik

Average prices of hotels in Reykjavik month by month

Generally, November is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Reykjavik. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, August is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Reykjavik

A return flight between London and Reykjavik is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 91 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 87 more for your airline ticket to Reykjavik if you go in july.

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Average price of hiring a car in Reykjavik

On average, it costs $ 27 per day to hire a car in Reykjavik. This price varies by $ 23 depending on the month. In april, hiring a car costs an average of $ 18 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in july is $ 41.

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