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When is the Best Time to Visit Reykjavík?

Reykjavik is a charming city with a lot to offer visitors. From its colorful houses and lively nightlife to its stunning natural beauty, there’s something for everyone in Reykjavik. But when is the best time to visit? It depends on what you are looking for but each season and month has its pros and cons. 

Summer (June to August)

Summer is the most popular time to visit Reykjavik, and for good reason. The weather is relatively mild and sometimes sunny, with average temperatures ranging from 10 to 15 °C (50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). One thing to keep in mind regarding weather in Iceland is that there are no guarantees (we have experienced rain more or less for the whole summer in between while the summer ending now is one of the sunniest for years here). This is also the time of year for the midnight sun (late June), when the sun doesn’t set for 24 hours. This makes it a great time to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and whale watching.

However, summer is also the busiest time of year in Reykjavik, so expect crowds and higher prices. If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons (May and September).

Summer in Reykjavík
Summer in Reykjavík

Winter (November to March)

Winter in Reykjavik is dark and relatively cold, with average temperatures ranging from -6 to -1 °C (20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit). However, this is also the time of year for the Northern Lights, so if you’re hoping to see this natural phenomenon, winter is the best time to visit.

Winter is also a great time to go skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling in the nearby mountains. Just be sure to dress warmly and bring waterproof gear!

Spring (April to May) and Fall (September to October)

Spring and fall are the shoulder seasons in Reykjavik, which means that you’ll get to enjoy milder weather and fewer crowds than in the summer. The average temperatures in spring range from 4 to 10 °C (40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit), and in fall from -1 to 4 °C (30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit).

These are also good times to see the Northern Lights, as evenings and nights are dark enough for the aurora borealis to be visible.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Reykjavik, you’re sure to have a memorable experience. Just be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and plan your activities accordingly.

Here are some additional things to consider when deciding when to visit Reykjavik:

  • Budget: Summer is the most expensive time to visit Reykjavik, while the shoulder seasons and winter are more affordable.
  • Events: There are many festivals and events held in Reykjavik throughout the year. If you’re interested in attending a particular event, be sure to plan your trip accordingly.
  • Weather: The weather in Reykjavik can vary greatly depending on the time of year and even time of day (sometimes it changes a lot within the same day). Be sure to check the forecast before you go so you can pack the appropriate clothing.

We hope this blog post has helped you decide when to visit Reykjavik. If you have other questions, check out our Facebook group, drop us a line or visit our Reykjavík Tourist Info Centers.

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