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Best time to visit Iceland

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The best time to visit Iceland is June-August

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Iceland? Look no further! June-August is the best time to go to Iceland due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

The very hottest temperatures in Reykjavík, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland, tend to reach around 15℃ (59℉) in the height of summer. The temperature at night in the winter can drop to as low as -6℃ (22℉), although this can differ at other destinations across Iceland depending on the geography.

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Iceland when the days are longest, you should visit in August. The wet season in Iceland falls around January, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in June instead.

For more information about when to travel to Iceland, the monthly weather breakdown for the top travel destinations, and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

June

Most daylight

August

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Iceland seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Iceland is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Iceland

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
ReykjavikJune-August
2℃
-1℃
2℃
-2℃
2℃
-1℃
5℃
1℃
8℃
4℃
12℃
8℃
14℃
9℃
13℃
8℃
10℃
6℃
6℃
3℃
3℃
1℃
1℃
-2℃
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Top FAQs

Iceland is in Europe.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Iceland:

The warmest month of the year in Reykjavík, one of the most popular places to visit in Iceland, is July.
The driest month of the year in Reykjavík, Iceland, is usually around June each year.

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