Iceland Average Temperature

The best and worst thing about Icelandic weather is its remarkable variability. We experienced snow, wind, rain, hail, a light breeze, raging winds, warm sunshine, and surprising heat, sometimes all in the course of one day of travel. As you might expect, the temperature varies based on what part of the country you are in. Here are some average temperatures from past years in Fahrenheit, almanac style:

January –> H 35 L 27
February –> H 37 L 29
March –> H 37 L 29
April –> H 41 L 33
May –> H 47 L 39
June –> H 52 L 44
July –> H 55 L 47
August –> H 54 L 46
September –> H 49 L 41
October –> H 44 L 36
November –> H 38 L 31
December –> H 36 L 28

Keep in mind that variability is the key word regarding temperatures in Iceland – a July average high temperature of 55 F may seem chilly, but keep in mind that with the hot sun beaming down on you, it doesn’t feel as cool as 55 F normally would. In the same breath, April’s high of 41 F may feel substantially colder than that if the sun is hidden behind the clouds as it often is in April. Also, these are averages- there are spikes and drops that will make your visit more pleasant than a temperature of 55 F would suggest. I’m a data person, so here is a particularly helpful graph depicting average precipitation in Reykjavik.

Average Precipitation in Reykjavik – click on the picture to link directly to a pretty neat world weather site called ‘El Dorado Weather.’

In short, it may be cold, but it’s totally worth it.


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