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The climate of Iceland: when to go to Iceland

The Icelandic climate is oceanic cold, the position of the country near the Arctic Circle, it would be seen geographically placed in the polar climate, but the climate of Iceland, particularly along the southern coast is partly made ​​more livable and mild by the influence of the Gulf Stream.

This climatic situation results in a climate characterized by variability and frequent rainfall, often snowy especially in the interior, which are most abundant along the southern coast, where in some areas falling about 1,200 mm of rain per year, and tend to decrease toward the north, where it reaches 400 mm per year.

The northern part of the island is more influenced by air masses from the pole and its climate is more rigid. The southern regions, those where the effects of the Gulf Stream are larger, are more humid and hot, but, especially in winter very foggy. The central regions of the island are the coldest part of the country.

Winter temperatures are not too rigid, in the capital Reykjavik, located along the southwest coast, in the coldest month, January, average temperatures are around 0°C, while in the hottest month, July, average temperatures are around 10°C.


The best time for a trip to Iceland are the hottest months and with more hours of daylight, between May and August, during these months, have over 20 hours of light per day. In winter daylight hours are reduced to five hours a day.

The Meteorological Office of Iceland.


REYKJAVIK (8 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -3,0 1,9 75,6 13,3
February -2,1 2,8 71,8 12,5
March -2,0 3,2 81,8 14,4
April 0,4 5,7 58,3 12,2
May 3,6 9,4 43,8 9,8
June 6,7 11,7 50,0 10,7
July 8,3 13,3 51,8 10,0
August 7,9 13,0 61,8 11,7
September 5,0 10,1 66,5 12,4
October 2,2 6,8 85,6 14,5
November -1,3 3,4 72,5 12,5
December -2,8 2,2 78,7 13,9
YEAR 1,9 7,0 798,8 148,3



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