Climate and average weather in Iceland
When you think about the climate in Iceland you might think of extremely cold weather. But, contrary to what the name suggests, it is often warmer in Iceland than you think. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite its high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
The average temperature in Iceland is between -5 ° C and + 5 ° C (23-41 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter months. Iceland is close to the North Pole and for this reason there is only a few hours of daylight in this period. Most travelers do not go further than the South West in winter, but with a 4 × 4 you can still travel around the island. Striking for Iceland is often quite rough weather that fits the equally rugged landscape of the island. The many depressions that are rushed over the Iceland often result in harsh weather conditions of rain (or snow) in combination with strong winds. From December to April there is a lot of snow in Iceland.
In summer (June, July and August) Iceland has an average temperature between 10˚C and 14˚C (50-57 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the best travel period due to the best chance of clear and sunny days. If you want to avoid the summer crowds, you can also visit Iceland in the months of May, September and October. Although in the interior some hotels might already or still be closed.
Interested in more detailed information on the Weather and Climate in Iceland?
Please select the city you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.
Regions in Iceland
Popular places in Iceland
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- Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon