Iceland weather, climate and best time to visit

Best time to visit Iceland

The best time to visit in Iceland is from June until September, when you will have a very cold temperature, but limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in in Iceland is 14°C in July and the lowest is 1°C in December. The water temperature is between -3°C and 19°C.

Iceland has the tundra climate prevailing. If you want to know what the average temperature is in in Iceland or when most precipitation (rain or snow) falls, you can find a quick overview below. This way, you are well prepared. Our average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

Average weather South Iceland by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 2 2 2 5 8 12 14 13 10 6 3 1
Water temp. (°C) -3 7 8 16 18 19 17 18 12 8 6 6
Precipitation (mm) 37 28 31 23 20 17 19 24 26 36 25 27

Average weather North Iceland by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) -3 -3 -2 0 4 9 11 10 7 2 -1 -4
Water temp. (°C) 6 4 4 6 7 8 11 11 9 7 6 6
Precipitation (mm) 60 54 61 47 51 40 54 60 70 77 87 71
Climate data from city: Akureyri

Average weather East Iceland by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) -1 0 0 2 6 10 12 11 8 4 1 -1
Precipitation (mm) 87 77 79 57 59 35 43 46 51 76 108 96

Average weather West Iceland by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) -1 -1 -1 1 4 8 10 9 7 3 1 -1
Water temp. (°C) -1 2 2 2 10 9 10 10 8 6 6 5
Precipitation (mm) 60 59 53 50 35 13 20 25 38 50 41 59

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14 day weather forecast Iceland

The weather for in Iceland will be 6° till 2° degrees in the next 14 days with several days chance of light rain showers till heavy rain.

The weather forecast for Iceland is based on the weather conditions in the city of Reykjavík.

Weather forecast this week

Sunday 28 Nov Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
0 cm 18.5 mm 95% 3 m/s 0
Monday 29 Nov Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
12.2 cm 11.3 mm 100% 2 m/s 0
Tuesday 30 Nov Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
0 cm 2.0 mm 65% 4 m/s 0
Wednesday 1 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-3°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 4 m/s 0
Thursday 2 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-2°
12.0 cm 19.3 mm 100% 8 m/s 0
Friday 3 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
9.1 cm 18.6 mm 95% 7 m/s 0
Saturday 4 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-3°
2.4 cm 7.1 mm 90% 6 m/s 0

Weather forecast next week

Sunday 5 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-3°
0 cm 1.1 mm 55% 14 m/s 0
Monday 6 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
0 cm 16.3 mm 95% 6 m/s 0
Tuesday 7 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
0 cm 19.1 mm 95% 16 m/s 0
Wednesday 8 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
1.6 cm 1.8 mm 85% 16 m/s 0
Thursday 9 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
0 cm 28.8 mm 95% 14 m/s 0
Friday 10 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
0 cm 15.1 mm 95% 8 m/s 0
Saturday 11 Dec Water Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-1°
1.4 cm 3.6 mm 85% 10 m/s 0

Climate Iceland

Click on a region of Iceland to view the climate:

Climate table of South Iceland (Reykjavík)

South Iceland has the tundra climate prevailing. The average annual temperature for South Iceland is 6° degrees and there is about 312 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 140 days a year with an average humidity of 80% and an UV-index of 2.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 2 2 2 5 8 12 14 13 10 6 3 1
Night temp. (°C) -1 -1 -1 1 4 8 9 8 6 3 1 -2
Water temp. (°C) -3 7 8 16 18 19 17 18 12 8 6 6
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 37 28 31 23 20 17 19 24 26 36 25 27
Days with rain 13 11 11 14 14 15 17 14 17 14 12 10
Days with snow 6 6 9 6 1 - - - - - 4 6
Dry days 12 11 11 10 16 15 14 17 13 17 14 15
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 2 3 4 5 7 4 7 8 5 4 3 3
Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
UV-index 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 3 2 2 1 2
Climate data from city: Reykjavík

Climate table of North Iceland (Akureyri)

North Iceland has the tundra climate prevailing. The average annual temperature for North Iceland is 2° degrees and there is about 731 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 82 days a year with an average humidity of 88% and an UV-index of 1.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) -3 -3 -2 0 4 9 11 10 7 2 -1 -4
Night temp. (°C) -8 -8 -8 -6 -1 4 6 5 2 -2 -5 -9
Water temp. (°C) 6 4 4 6 7 8 11 11 9 7 6 6
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 60 54 61 47 51 40 54 60 70 77 87 71
Days with rain 12 8 9 11 17 18 22 22 21 17 12 10
Days with snow 17 17 21 15 6 1 - - 2 9 14 18
Dry days 2 3 1 4 8 11 9 9 7 5 4 3
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 2 3 4 5 7 1 5 7 5 4 2 1
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3
UV-index 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Climate data from city: Akureyri

Climate table of East Iceland (Egilsstaðir)

East Iceland has the tundra climate prevailing. The average annual temperature for East Iceland is 4° degrees and there is about 813 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 76 days a year with an average humidity of 85% and an UV-index of 2.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) -1 0 0 2 6 10 12 11 8 4 1 -1
Night temp. (°C) -5 -5 -5 -3 1 5 7 6 4 1 -3 -6
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 87 77 79 57 59 35 43 46 51 76 108 96
Days with rain 16 14 13 15 18 17 19 18 18 19 16 15
Days with snow 17 16 19 14 6 1 - - 1 8 13 17
Dry days - - - 1 7 12 12 13 11 4 1 -
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 2 3 4 5 7 4 7 6 5 4 2 1
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 1 1 1 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1
Climate data from city: Egilsstaðir

Climate table of West Iceland (Ísafjörður)

West Iceland has the tundra climate prevailing. The average annual temperature for West Iceland is 3° degrees and there is about 503 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 138 days a year with an average humidity of 86% and an UV-index of 2.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) -1 -1 -1 1 4 8 10 9 7 3 1 -1
Night temp. (°C) -4 -4 -4 -2 1 5 6 6 4 1 -2 -4
Water temp. (°C) -1 2 2 2 10 9 10 10 8 6 6 5
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 60 59 53 50 35 13 20 25 38 50 41 59
Days with rain 8 7 8 10 12 9 12 11 17 12 8 7
Days with snow 12 13 17 15 6 - - - 1 8 9 11
Dry days 11 8 6 5 13 21 19 20 12 11 13 13
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 1 2 3 4 5 0 3 6 4 3 2 1
Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4
UV-index 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 1
Climate data from city: Ísafjörður

Iceland weather by month

What is the average weather like in a given month for Iceland? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Iceland?

Iceland lies in a straight line about 11,465 km from New Zealand (Cape Town → Reykjavík).

How long is the flight to Iceland?

The flight time from Cape Town International Airport to Iceland is approximately 14 h. 30 min.

What are the largest airports in Iceland?

These are the largest airports in Iceland:

How many inhabitants are there in Iceland?

Iceland has approximately 350,710 inhabitants.

How big is Iceland?

The area of Iceland is around 103,000 km². It is 12x smaller than New Zealand.

What is the capital of Iceland?

The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík.

What is the currency of Iceland?

In Iceland the Icelandic króna (ISK) is used to pay.

Exchange rates on 28 November 2021

  • 1 Icelandic króna = 8.81 South African rand
  • 1 South African rand = 0.11 Icelandic króna
  • 10 Icelandic króna = 88.09 South African rand
  • 10 South African rand = 1.14 Icelandic króna
  • 100 Icelandic króna = 880.88 South African rand
  • 100 South African rand = 11.36 Icelandic króna

What is the area code of Iceland?

The area code to call Iceland is +354.