Weather and Climate in Iceland – The Best Time to Visit

Most people who wish to explore the otherworldly country of Iceland generally ask about the best time to visit. They also attempt to learn more about the seasons, the weather, the right moment to see the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, and the puffins. These are primarily the frequent the minds of tourists, but, of course, they mostly want to know the best time to go to Iceland. The problem is that there is no simple answer to this question due to Iceland’s varied nature, wildlife, and weather. Everything is unpredictable in Iceland, and this fact adds to the country’s beauty and alluring disposition as a tourist spot. This topic contains everything that you need to know to plan your visit.

Iceland Private ToursThe prevalent weather conditions

Even though there are four seasons in Iceland, the weather keeps on changing from time to time. When you go on Iceland Private Tours booked from, you may often hear the locals joking about the weather by asking you to wait for a few minutes if the current climatic condition doesn’t appeal to you.

Some travelers believe that the country experiences constant freezing temperatures, but it isn’t the case. You shouldn’t let the name of the nation fool you; Iceland, in reality, enjoys a much milder climate. It’s partly because of the Gulf Stream that flows along the south and west of the country. It brings warmth from the Caribbean.

However, it also means that the mild air of the Atlantic mixes with the cold air from the Arctic region from the north. This concoction causes sudden and frequent changes in the weather. It also implies that Iceland experiences a lot of wind and storm, and the southern regions of the country receive more rainfall than the northern areas.

Another reason that contributes to the warmth of the nation is the fact that Iceland stands atop one of the earth’s hottest spots. The country experiences enormous geothermal activity. During your adventure, you will encounter hundreds of geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, and mud pools. You may even run into the occasional earthquakes that frequent this part of the world.

The prevalent temperature conditions

While the temperature in Iceland is milder than what most people believe, you may feel pretty cold. Then again, it depends on where you come from. If you’re a native of a country where warm temperatures prevail, then you will undoubtedly feel cold. It also depends a bit on your luck, the time of your visit for Super Jeep Tours in Iceland, and what you’re wearing during the trip. The temperature in Reykjavik generally remains somewhere between 1 and 2-degree centigrade. It can reach up to 12-degree centigrade in summer. The temperature can also drop down to -10-degree centigrade in winter or plummet to +10-degree centigrade. During summer, the temperature keeps bouncing back and forth between 7 and 25-degree centigrade. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland is in the southern part of the country.

Super Jeep Tours in IcelandWhen you travel to the northern regions, you will experience a greater difference in temperature. Akureyri is the largest town in the north that primarily experiences warmer summer days but the temperature remains lower than Reykjavik. During winter, the days remain cold in Akureyri and snowfall is much more consistent here compared to the capital.

The four seasons of Iceland

Icelandic spring: Spring in Iceland remains between April and May. The natives celebrate the onset of summer on the first Thursday that comes after the 18th of April. It’s the official first day of summer, and it’s a public holiday. If you visit during this time, then you might see snow. The Icelanders observe it as the first summer’s day, but the weather is more like spring. Between April and May, Iceland can experience some snowfall, but snow will also be thawing in the highlands and mountains at the same time. It will vanish in a few days from Reykjavik and the coasts. Flowers will replace the bleak lands and convert specific areas into blooming gardens. It’s also the time when migratory birds, such as the highly-renowned puffins and other birds including the Loa and Golden Plovers arrive.

Icelandic summer: Summer in Iceland actually arrives in late May or early June and lasts till the end of August. It’s the perfect time for visitors. Icelandic summer brings the infamously attractive Midnight Sun with it. It means that the days would be incredibly long, and you will gain and nurture extra energy. With time, the days keep getting longer and longer. The longest day is usually on the 21st of June, but it can also be a day before or after.

Once the summer solstice passes away, the days start getting shorter, but only by a minute or two every day. The sunsets become sunrises, and people get to witness spectacular shows of color that continue for hours. As already mentioned earlier, summer is the best time for tourists, especially for photographers who wish to capture those magical moments in their cameras.

Icelandic autumn: Autumn comes right after summer that begins late in August and continues until late October. Sometimes it can remain until the early days of November. Just like summer, autumn is also a superb season for tourists because the weather remains relatively warm in late August. However, with every passing day, the temperature will continue to drop.

Super Jeep Tours in IcelandThe prices quoted by accommodation facilities in Iceland also go down during September and October. During this time, you will see how the harsh dame of Iceland dons the colorful raiment of autumn. If fortune favors you, then you may even witness the first snowfall of the year or even catch the Northern Lights in action. The only negative issue is that it may get excessively windy, wet, and cold. The temperature of Iceland in autumn resembles that of spring but seems colder due to the wind.

Icelandic winter: Finally, winter hits Iceland between November and March. These few months are the darkest in the country and the shortest day comes just before the Christmas holidays begin, on the 21st of December. Daylight doesn’t last longer than 4 or 5 hours during this day. However, it doesn’t affect the vigor of the natives, and you will witness twinkling fairy lights on every nook and corner of the nation.

Winter is Iceland is all about cuddling up indoors while having a cup of hot chocolate. Of course, you can also choose to go for a dip in one of Iceland’s innumerable hot springs and pools. While you can enjoy warm waters throughout the year, it feels especially soothing during the winter months. If you’re planning to visit Iceland in the winter, then two things deserve your attention; the Northern Lights and the naturally-formed ice caves.

Final words

Well, now you know enough about the weather and temperature of Iceland. You should plan your Icelandic vacation accordingly. Indeed, you may think that you need more information, but it would ruin the surprise! You shouldn’t worry about it though. You won’t face any uncalled-for situations. Just make sure that you pack as many woolens as you can carry if you’re planning to visit in winter and if you wish to see those unearthly lights dancing around in the sky. You will find out the rest when you get here.

To get the latest updates visit our blog and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel.