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Best time to visit Reykjavik, Iceland

Our verdict

The best time to visit Reykjavik is June-August

Reykjavik can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, June-August is the best time to go.

The very hottest temperatures in Reykjavik get to around 15℃ (59℉) in the height of summer. The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Reykjavik is around -6℃ (22℉).

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Reykjavik, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around August. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Reykjavik in January – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Learn more about when to travel to Reykjavik, the monthly weather breakdown, FAQs and much more below. Once you’ve decided when you want to go, use our handy tools to find the best prices to suit your budget on flights, transport/transfers, places to stay, and loads more!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

June

Most daylight

August

Reykjavik seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Reykjavik as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Reykjavik is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

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

Average temperatures in Reykjavik

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Reykjavik for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Reykjavik climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Reykjavik for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Reykjavik in January

  • Average temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 47mm (2") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in February

  • Average temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in March

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in April

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in May

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 16 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in May, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in June

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 15 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Reykjavik in July

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 17 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Reykjavik in August

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 14 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Reykjavik in September

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 18 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Reykjavik in October

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in November

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Reykjavik in December

  • Average temperature: -0℃ (31℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 35mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Reykjavik in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Reykjavik is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 14℃ (57℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Reykjavik is generally around June. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in June first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Reykjavik is generally around January, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of January too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Reykjavik, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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