Weather in Iceland


Reykjavik steet lifeIceland isn’t as cold as its name implies but it’s not exactly a tropical paradise, either. Iceland’s weather can fluctuate wildly and a warm sunny day can quickly become chilly and wet. You‘ll need sturdy gear for outdoor activities, and yet, Reykjavík is known for its forward-thinking fashionistas, so packing for a trip to Iceland can be quite daunting.  The following pages give you a bit of advice:

It doesn't snow as much in Iceland as you may think, especially in Reykjavík where there is hardly any snow, even in winter. In some parts of Iceland – the north, east, and Westfjords, there is some snow and nice skiing areas where you can take advantage of it. 

one of the windy days in IcelandThe climate in Iceland - Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a moderate maritime climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. It is an island in the North Atlantic, nestled against the Arctic Circle, so the weather is very changeable and visitors should be prepared for the unexpected.  Normal summer day temperatures range between 5-8 °C (41 – 47 F) for lows and 12 -18 °C (54 – 64 °F).  The interior highlands are often colder than that — close to 0°C (32°F) even in summer. Normal winter temperatures range between 0-5 °C (32 – 41 °F). When it comes to Iceland’s weather — the one thing you can count on is unpredictability. You never know what is going to happen next! A beautiful sunny day can suddenly turn windy and rainy – then it can all change again in a moment. You may experience every weather imaginable over the course of a few days, especially in late autumn and early spring.  Important to remember when packing: Iceland is a very windy place! The best plan is to be prepared for anything and everything AND always dress in layers. The Icelanders have a saying: "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing." 

Average Temperatures in Iceland

 Location

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

 Reykjavik in °C

0

0,5

2

4

7

10

12

11

9

5

2

0

 Reykjavik in °F

32

33

35

38

45

49

53

52

47

41

36

32

 

Daylight (sunrise / sunset)

 Location

Jan 1st

Feb 1st

March 1st

Apr 1st

May 1st

June 1st

 Reykjavík

11:19/15:43

10:10/17:14

08:34/18:48

06:44/20:20

04:58/21:53

03:21/23:32

 Ísafjörður

12:02/15:10

10:31/17:02

08:44/18:47

06:45/20:30

04:47/22:15

02:39/00:26

 Akureyri

11:33/14:59

10:07/16:46

08:23/18:28

06:26/20:09

04:31/21:51

02:32/23:52

 Location

July 1st

Aug 1st

Sept 1st

Oct 1st

Nov 1st

Dec 1st

 Reykjavík

03:06/23:56

04:35/22:30

06:11/20:42

07:37/18:56

09:12/17:10

10:46/15:47

 Ísafjörður

00:00/01:21

04:18/22:56

06:08/20:54

07:44/18:58

09:29/17:02

11:21/15:21

 Akureyri

01:59/00:30

04:03/22:32

05:50/20:33

07:23/18:39

09:06/16:45

10:54/15:08


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