Iceland Weather Guide

If you’re looking to get a tan, Iceland is not the holiday destination for you. But the summers are warmer than you think and the days are long and sometimes endless in midsummer when the sun never sets. The winters are bitterly cold, but there are plenty of exciting activities that make it worth the journey during this season – dog sledding for one.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer is high season all over Iceland, so expect price hikes for the warmer weather. But, hey, it’s totally worth it. In July, the southern part of the island hovers between 10 to 13 degrees Celsius, while warmer days can reach between 20 and 25 degrees. This is the time of year to come if you love arts and cultural festivals too.

Autumn: September to November

Reykjavik tends to have its festivals in autumn (and spring too), after the tourists have cleared out. Autumn is quite a nice time to visit with its colourful landscapes and smaller crowds. It does rain a fair bit in September and a whole lot in October, so pack your raincoat! In the Icelandic countryside, there are celebrations all over as farmers (assisted by locals and tourists) round up the sheep and horses.

Winter: December to February

It’s not called Iceland for any old reason. But considering its latitude, winters are pretty mild here. In the south, daily averages hover around zero, while the highlands are around -10 degrees Celsius. The lowest temps are in the far north where it’s a freezing -30 degrees Celsius. Pack your giant padded coat! But also pack your camera, because this is the time of year to see the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis.

Spring: March to May

In the beginning of spring in Iceland, it’s wet and cold, but by the end it’s warm enough to get out and about. In March, temps are only around 3 degrees and there’s loads of rain and snow, but by May, the temps are higher at around 9 degrees Celsius and there’s very little rain. If you want to travel through the hinterlands, just note the roads are closed until mid-May.