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Weather in October in Iceland

Are you planning a trip to Iceland in October and wondering what kind of weather to expect? This page has all the details you need.

What is the weather like in Iceland in October?

October in Iceland generally has cold temperatures, with precipitation levels ranging from moderate to heavy.

The average maximum temperatures are cold and range from 3°C in Eyjafjaroarsveit to 10°C in Vestmannaeyjar. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 6°C in Vestmannaeyjar and -3°C in Eyjafjaroarsveit.

In October, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate rainfall in Raufarhöfn with an average of 99 mm to heavy rainfall in Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with 299 mm. The city Reykjavík usually sees around 92 hours of sunlight, indicating fewer sunny days.

For specific regional insights in Iceland for October, refer to the map provided below. For an in-depth overview of the yearly weather conditions, do visit our Iceland climate page.

Where to go in Iceland in October

Find more information for the most popular destinations in the Iceland on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailes.

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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).

Popular destinations

What is the weather like in October for the 5 most popular destinations in Iceland?

Reykjavík

In October Reykjavík generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 8°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Reykjavík
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
12°C 
6°C 
121 hours 
145 mm 
18 days 
poor 
8°C 
2°C 
92 hours 
122 mm 
19 days 
poor 
5°C 
-0°C 
42 hours 
124 mm 
17 days 
poor 
Climate in Reykjavík

Akureyri

In October Akureyri generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -2°C and high monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Akureyri
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
9°C 
3°C 
85 hours 
123 mm 
15 days 
poor 
4°C 
-2°C 
50 hours 
146 mm 
18 days 
poor 
1°C 
-5°C 
15 hours 
127 mm 
17 days 
poor 
Climate in Akureyri

Keflavík

In October Keflavík generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 8°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 4°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Keflavík
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
12°C 
8°C 
121 hours 
149 mm 
18 days 
poor 
8°C 
4°C 
92 hours 
129 mm 
20 days 
poor 
6°C 
2°C 
42 hours 
134 mm 
18 days 
poor 
Climate in Keflavík

Höfn

In October Höfn generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 7°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 3°C and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Höfn
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
10°C 
6°C 
114 hours 
227 mm 
16 days 
poor 
7°C 
3°C 
78 hours 
237 mm 
17 days 
poor 
5°C 
1°C 
47 hours 
212 mm 
14 days 
poor 
Climate in Höfn

Selfoss

In October Selfoss generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 8°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 3°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Selfoss
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
12°C 
7°C 
121 hours 
177 mm 
18 days 
poor 
8°C 
3°C 
92 hours 
151 mm 
19 days 
poor 
5°C 
0°C 
42 hours 
148 mm 
17 days 
poor 
Climate in Selfoss

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Iceland.

Is October the best time to visit Iceland?

In our opinion, October may not be the ideal time to visit Iceland due to the typically poor weather in Reykjavík.

Generally speaking, June and July provide tolerable weather in Reykjavík. The weather in January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December, on the other hand, tends to be poor.

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