Reykjavík weather in December (Capital Region, Iceland)

People don't tend to visit Reykjavík in December since it is known as a chilly month. The average maximum daytime temperature in Reykjavík in December lies at 2.0°C (35.6°F). Usually it is the coldest month of the year. The average minimum temperature goes down to around -3.7°C (25.34°F) (often the minimum temperature is noted at night).

Rainfall during December is high with an average of 102mm (4.0 inchec). There are generally around 17 snowy days. You will hardly see any sun, with only 20 hours of sunshine during the entire month.


Reykjavík, monthly averages in December

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Min Temperature 25 °F  
Max Temperature 35 °F  
Water Temperature 44 °F *  
Chance of Rain 58%  
Precipitation 4 in  
Rainy days 17 days  
Humidity 79% *  
Sunshine 20 hrs *  
Percentage Sunshine 15% *  

Where to stay in Reykjavík

Where to go in Iceland in December

Find out more about the weather in Iceland in December and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inches a month).

So what to wear in December? Visitors traveling to Reykjavík should plan on bringing a totally waterproof coat since it will often be raining. You can also expect some days or nights with snow. So bring gloves or mittens and wear a warm hat. With a water temperature of around 7.0°C (44.6°F), there is no need to bring your swimwear.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in December.

Outdoor sports

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