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The weather guide for Iceland (Reykjavik) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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When is the best time to go to Iceland?

The best time to go to Iceland (Reykjavik) is May and July based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 1°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Iceland (Reykjavik)1
  • 2°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Iceland (Reykjavik)2
  • 2°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Iceland (Reykjavik)2
  • 5°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Iceland (Reykjavik)5
  • 9°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Iceland (Reykjavik)9
  • 11°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Iceland (Reykjavik)11
  • 13°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Iceland (Reykjavik)13
  • 12°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Iceland (Reykjavik)12
  • 9°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Iceland (Reykjavik)9
  • 6°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Iceland (Reykjavik)6
  • 2°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Iceland (Reykjavik)2
  • 1°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Iceland (Reykjavik)1

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Iceland weather overview

In Iceland you can have fun but it is almost always in spite of the weather; not surprising when you consider that Iceland lies at the heart of the Atlantic's stormiest region. The warm Gulf Stream keeps winters mild on lower ground but the island lies right in the path of Atlantic depressions.

Be prepared for anything here especially strong winds: a day can start sunny, turn drizzly, revert back to brilliant sunshine and end with snow.

What to pack for Iceland weather

Your best bet is to layer up with light clothing which can be supplemented with woollens. Take heavier clothes for the winter, and always go prepared for rain.

More about Iceland

Which is the warmest month in Iceland?

The warmest time of year in Reykjavik, Iceland is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 13°C.

Which month has the most rain in Iceland?

In terms of rainfall, October is usually the wettest month in Reykjavik, Iceland with 115mm on average. There are normally 20 days in October with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Iceland?

The sunniest time of year in Reykjavik, Iceland is normally May with bright sunshine on average for 32% of daylight hours; that's 6 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Iceland?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Reykjavik, Iceland in August when the water temperature reaches 11°C.

Compare Iceland weather with the USA

Below the Iceland weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Iceland (Reykjavik) and the USA (Washington).

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