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Best time to visit Iceland

The best time to visit Iceland depends on if you are hoping to spot the northern light, or revel in the Midnight Sun.

For summer activities, June to August is ideal as the weather is at its warmest, and from November to March is generally best for winter activities – including chasing the aurora borealis.

Climate charts for cities and places within Iceland

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Akureyri

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -130 -130 -130 337 745 1152 1254 1152 846 439 32 -130
Min temp (C)(F) -818 -719 -719 -425 32 337 541 541 134 -228 -621 -719
Sunshine hours 0 1 2 4 6 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Daylight hours 5 8 12 15 19 23 21 17 13 9 6 3
Rainfall (mm)(in) 663 542 612 462 361 472 562 632 683 793 673 673
Rainy Days 16 14 17 14 11 13 14 15 15 18 17 18
Humidity L L L L M M M M L L L L
UV 0/L 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 236 236 236 236 337 643 846 948 846 643 439 337

Borgarnes

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 32 32 134 337 745 1050 1254 1254 846 541 134 32
Min temp (C)(F) -621 -523 -523 -228 134 541 643 643 337 32 -425 -523
Sunshine hours 1 1 3 4 6 6 5 5 3 2 1 0
Daylight hours 5 9 12 15 19 5 17 16 13 10 6 4
Rainfall (mm)(in) 863 823 833 632 472 572 602 703 743 1004 863 894
Rainy Days 18 17 19 17 14 16 16 17 18 19 18 19
Humidity L L L L M M M M L L L L
UV 0/L 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 439 337 337 337 439 643 846 846 745 541 541 439

Hella

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 236 337 541 948 1254 1457 1355 1050 643 337 236
Min temp (C)(F) -425 -327 -327 32 337 643 846 745 439 236 -228 -425
Sunshine hours 0 1 3 4 6 6 6 5 4 2 1 0
Daylight hours 6 9 12 15 18 21 19 16 13 10 7 5
Rainfall (mm)(in) 984 954 954 813 653 803 803 974 964 1175 1014 1014
Rainy Days 18 17 18 17 16 17 17 18 18 19 16 19
Humidity L L L L M M M M L L L L
UV 0/L 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 745 745 745 745 846 948 1152 1254 1152 948 846 846

Hofn

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 337 337 643 948 1152 1355 1254 1050 745 439 236
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -228 -228 32 337 643 846 745 541 236 -130 -327
Sunshine hours 0 1 3 4 6 6 5 5 4 2 1 0
Daylight hours 5 9 12 15 19 21 20 16 13 10 6 4
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1636 1305 1225 954 964 883 863 1134 1205 1837 1185 1456
Rainy Days 17 14 16 13 13 14 15 16 15 18 14 16
Humidity L L L L M M M M L L L L
UV 0/L 0/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 541 643 643 643 745 846 948 1050 948 745 643 643

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 236 337 643 948 1254 1457 1355 1050 745 337 236
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 -228 32 337 643 846 745 541 236 -228 -327
Sunshine hours 0 1 3 4 6 6 6 5 4 2 1 0
Daylight hours 6 9 12 15 18 21 19 16 13 10 7 5
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1406 1255 1265 1094 1064 1185 1114 1436 1325 1707 1335 1315
Rainy Days 19 18 19 18 17 18 18 19 18 20 17 19
Humidity L L L L M M M M L L L L
UV 0/L 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 745 745 745 745 846 948 1152 1254 1152 948 846 846

Reykjavik

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 236 541 948 1152 1355 1254 948 643 236 134
Min temp (C)(F) -425 -327 -327 -130 337 643 745 745 439 134 -228 -425
Sunshine hours 1 2 3 4 6 5 6 5 4 2 1 0
Daylight hours 6 9 12 15 19 21 20 16 13 10 6 4
Rainfall (mm)(in) 994 974 994 753 602 673 663 833 863 1155 974 1004
Rainy Days 18 17 19 18 16 17 18 18 18 20 17 19
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 0/N 0/N 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/N 0/N
Sea temp (C)(F) 745 745 745 745 846 948 1152 1152 1152 948 846 745

Selfoss

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 236 541 948 1254 1457 1355 1050 643 236 134
Min temp (C)(F) -425 -327 -327 32 337 643 745 745 439 134 -228 -425
Sunshine hours 0 1 3 4 6 6 6 5 4 2 1 0
Daylight hours 6 8 12 15 18 21 19 16 13 10 6 4
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1034 1004 1014 843 673 823 803 994 1004 1205 1064 1064
Rainy Days 18 17 18 17 15 17 17 18 18 19 16 19
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 0/N 0/N 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/N 0/N
Sea temp (C)(F) 745 745 745 745 846 948 1152 1254 1152 948 846 846

Vik

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 134 236 236 541 846 1152 1355 1254 948 643 236 134
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -327 -327 -130 337 541 745 745 439 236 -228 -327
Sunshine hours 0 1 3 4 6 6 6 5 4 2 1 0
Daylight hours 6 9 12 15 18 20 19 16 13 10 7 5
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1476 1305 1325 1114 1044 1124 1084 1395 1315 1656 1416 1385
Rainy Days 18 16 18 16 14 16 17 18 17 19 18 19
Humidity L L L L M M M M L L L L
UV 0/L 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 4/M 4/M 3/M 2/L 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) 745 745 745 745 846 948 1152 1254 1152 948 846 846