16 Dec

Iceland Weather – What To Expect

Icelandic weather is not what one would typically expect considering its location on the globe. Iceland, which closely borders the Arctic, would be expected to be freezing and maybe the coldest inhabited island on earth. This is not the case though. On a good day in Iceland’s temperatures can hit over 20 degrees however the average temperature in Iceland during summer is not much more then 12-13 degrees.

Iceland Seasons

The Icelandic weather will change very rapidly and it is often said that Iceland has a four season all year round.

Iceland Summer: 

Iceland in summer  runs from late May to early September. During this period; many tourists visit the island or come for tours of Iceland due to its favorable weather conditions. In early summer (First half of summer: May-July), the sun is always above the horizon for almost the entire day and night – 24 hours. Only light shadows are viewed by the mountains, creating a romantic scenery throughout the entire month or so. This is what is loved most by some of the tourists. At mid-summer; it is often cloudy and so the sun doesn’t warm the atmosphere as such; this gives a cool breeze during the day whereas the nights are very cold.

Iceland Winter:

Iceland in winter temperatures in January may hit as low as -10 degrees Centigrade with highs of +20 degrees Centigrade while summer on the other hand may hit highs of +30 degrees Centigrade and lows of up to +10 degrees Centigrade; considerably the month of October is the peak of summer.

An amazing thing about Iceland weather is that apart from the direct sunlight heating during summer; day and night temperatures do not vary widely.

Iceland Weather and Climatic Fluctuations

Iceland weather conditions in the northern part are far different from the southern part though their geographical distances may not be that wide. Along the Northern strip as Iceland borders the Arctic, temperatures and air humidity fluctuate from time to time and stabilize as one moves south. One tributary of the great Gulf Stream runs down along the South West Coast. This stream moderates the climate of the zones it passes through. Though, this mild Atlantic air; when it comes in contact with the colder air from the Arctic, marks frequent changes in weather leading to storms. As a result; the southern part records more rainfall as compared to the northern part of Iceland.


Appropriate Attire viewing the Iceland Weather:

If you happen to visit Iceland or come for Iceland tour during summer (between May and late October), ensure to carry along clothes that will suite a windy climate.  Tourists are advised to bring along wind-breakers, thick pullovers – fleece or wool, walking shoes (sturdy) and rain coats if possible. At this particular time of the year; expect drizzles and a humid atmosphere.

During winter, do not expect much of a change in this Arctic island, rather dress for rainy and very chilly weather. Bring heavy clothes, snow boots and for those who like camping, expect a very cold environment and Iceland weather.

In Iceland during any season it is better to wear layers of clothes instead of one big piece or little clothing.

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