Average weather in January in Reykjavík (Capital Region), Iceland

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Reykjavík in January is -1.8°C (28.76°F). The amount of rain/snow in January is normal with an average of 79mm (3.1in). It rains on average a total of 13 days. Most people don't tend to visit Reykjavík during this period since it is known as a chilly month. The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 3.0°C (37.4°F). This makes January the coldest month of the year. You will hardly see any sun with 20 hours of sunshine during the whole month.


So what to wear in January? Visitors traveling to Reykjavík should plan on bringing a totally waterproof rain jacket 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 6.0°C (42.8°F), there is no need to bring your swimwear.

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For other monthly average weather and what to do in January look at the numbers below.

Monthly Averages in January

Show in Fahrenheit

Min Temperature -1 °C
Max Temperature 3 °C
Water Temperature 6 °C
Chance of Rain 45%
Precipitation 79mm
Rainy Days 14
Sunshine Hours 20

Where to stay in Reykjavík

What To Do

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

Swimming
4/10
Cycling
3/10
Walking
3/10
Camping
1/10
Outdoor sports
3/10

Weather Forecasts for Reykjavík (Capital Region)

FRI Jan 28
2°C | -6°C
Blizzard

Blizzard

SAT Jan 29
3°C | -6°C
Moderate or heavy snow showers

Moderate or heavy snow showers

SUN Jan 30
3°C | -3°C
Blizzard

Blizzard

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