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Reykjavík weather in January (Capital Region, Iceland)

Looking to travel to Reykjavík in January? Here's what the weather might have in store during this month.

Temperatures

In January, Reykjavík generally has low temperatures and high snow/rainfall. January falls within the winter season. Throughout the daytime, temperatures often hover around 3°C. However, as the sun sets and evening approaches, there's a noticeable cool-down, with temperatures gently dropping to a more temperate -3°C. Typically, it's the chilliest month of the year. Ensure you're prepared by packing appropriate winter gear.

Precipitation

Reykjavík in January usually receives high snow/rainfall, averaging around 138 mm for the month. Delving into the climate records from the past 30 years, one can predict that nearly 18 days of the month will see snow/rainfall.

Average sunshine

The area experiences limited sunny days, amounting to roughly 20 hours of sunshine. This makes it perfect for those who lean towards cooler, cloudier settings rather than intense sunlit days

If you prefer dry days with pleasant temperatures, January may not be the ideal month to visit Reykjavík. June and July typically offer the most optimal weather. In contrast, January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December tend to have less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Reykjavík climate page with graphs.

 

Reykjavík, monthly averages in January

Min TemperatureMin Temperature -3°C  
Max TemperatureMax Temperature 3°C  
Water TemperatureWater Temperature 6°C  
Chance of RainChance of Rain 61%  
PrecipitationPrecipitation 138 mm  
Rainy daysRainy days 18 days  
HumidityHumidity 78%  
WindspeedWindspeed 22 km/h  
SunshineSunshine 20 hours  
Percentage SunshinePercentage Sunshine 12%  

Where to go in Iceland in January

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

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in this month?

Wear a base layer in cold weather; this is the #1 thing you can do to increase your overall body temperature. With a water temperature of around 6°C 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.

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

Interested in more climate information?

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