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:

High Low
January  35 27
February 37 29
March 37 29
April 41 33
May 47 39
June 52 44
July 55 47
August 54 46
September 49 41
October 44 36
November 38 31
December 36 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. Layers are key to surviving your time in Iceland, and in particular you need wind-resistant clothing. Just assume you’re going to be cold. After all, you are in ICEland. Don’t expect balmy weather. In short? It’s cold, but it’s totally worth it.

Notice the 15 different directions our hair is going… Icelandic winds, baby. They are no joke.


Can’t even see past the hair that got pulled out of my ponytail from the wind, and it.was.freezing.








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