The best times to visit Reykjavik for ideal weather are

January 1st to December 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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Weather in Reykjavik

Temperature

Average temperatures in Reykjavik vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 34th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Reykjavik, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 56.3°F (13.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 46.1°F (7.8°C) at night.

Reykjavik Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Reykjavik Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Reykjavik Perceived Temperature (F)

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Reykjavik Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Reykjavik Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan34.730.625.9
Feb33.929.724.8
Mar36.33227.9
Apr41.635.630.3
May44.739.935.6
Jun51.746.241.8
Jul53.148.644.8
Aug52.648.244
Sep50.244.638.8
Oct42.837.832.6
Nov3832.727.1
Dec37.532.527.2

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan1.5-0.8-3.4
Feb1.1-1.3-4
Mar2.40-2.3
Apr5.32-0.9
May7.14.42
Jun10.97.95.4
Jul11.79.27.1
Aug11.496.7
Sep10.173.8
Oct63.20.3
Nov3.30.4-2.7
Dec3.10.3-2.7


 
Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Reykjavik.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Reykjavik (in).

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan0%00
Feb0%00
Mar0%00
Apr0%00
May0%00
Jun0%00
Jul0%00
Aug0%00
Sep0%00
Oct0%00
Nov0%00
Dec0%00

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan000
Feb000
Mar000
Apr000
May000
Jun000
Jul000
Aug000
Sep000
Oct000
Nov000
Dec000
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Humidity and Wind

Reykjavik has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is December (70.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (82.1%).

Wind in Reykjavik is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is January, followed by November and February. January’s average wind speed of around 15.4 knots (17.7 MPH or 28.5 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 27.1 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Reykjavik.

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan15.4Significant breeze22.8Very strong breeze
Feb14.7Significant breeze22.2Very strong breeze
Mar14.1Significant breeze20.6Very strong breeze
Apr12.3Significant breeze17Strong breeze
May11.5Significant breeze15.6Very strong breeze
Jun10.4Gentle breeze14.7Significant breeze
Jul9.8Gentle breeze13.5Very strong breeze
Aug10.1Gentle breeze13.6Significant breeze
Sep13.9Significant breeze19.7Very strong breeze
Oct14.6Significant breeze21.2Strong breeze
Nov14.8Significant breeze21.3Very strong breeze
Dec14.1Significant breeze20.3Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan75.8%
Feb74.5%
Mar75.9%
Apr73.9%
May77%
Jun76.6%
Jul82.1%
Aug79.8%
Sep73.2%
Oct76%
Nov73.1%
Dec70.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Reykjavik?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Iceland; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Reykjavik, Iceland is January, followed by December and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Reykjavik in April. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 66.7 in April means 66.7% of the tourists vs. January.


Overall Reykjavik Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 52.1°F (11.2°C) and 31.5°F (-0.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Reykjavik, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 52.1°F (11.2°C) and 34.2°F (1.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Reykjavik to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.4°F (4.7°C) and 31.5°F (-0.3°C). These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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