Seasons in Iceland
The contrasts between seasons are not very big in Iceland. Even in the summer, the temperatures average around 15 degrees Celsius. The winters are mild and especially around Reykjavik, snowless. In Northern-Iceland it snows, and the temperature is around five degrees minus.
The summers are cool and light. In the warmest months of the year the average temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius. Twenty degrees Celsius is considered a heat wave and is rarely reached in Iceland.
June to August is summer and the time for the Midnight Sun. Mountain hikes and long safaris with Icelandic horses are best done in the summer. The first week in August is one of the busiest of the year with the Weekend of the Merchants (Verslunnamannahelgi). Prepare for parties, fireworks and congestions on the roads.
September to November is fall: the day gets shorter and rainfall increases. September in Iceland is beautiful and vivid with fall colors.
December to February are winter months, when the days are short, and winds build up to storms. The New Years fireworks in the center of Reykjavik are impressive and great fun. Short horse safaris and for example glacier hikes are arranged also in the winter, however, travel planning should include some flexibility due to fast changing weather conditions.
March to May is the start of spring. Nature awakes from its winter nap and snow melts away. Easter symbolizes the start of the “cabin season” when all locals head out to the countryside.