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Climate & Weather

Climate

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool temperate ocean climate: cool in summer and fairly mild in winter. However, the weather is very changeable and tourists should be prepared for the unexpected. 

Average temperature in Reykjavik:

  • January 0°C/35 F
  • April 6°C/42 F
  • July 13°C/56 F
  • October 7°C/44 F

Weather You can find the weather forecast in English on www.vedur.is/english. If you will be driving in Iceland, you can read the road conditions in English on www.vegagerdin.is/english.

Clothing

When traveling to Iceland in winter you should bring along clothing similar to what you would wear at the same time of year in the US northeast. Summer weather won’t require shorts; bring clothing similar to what you wear in spring in the US northeast. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are always handy; it doesn’t usually get hot enough for sandals without socks. Whatever the season, always bring a bathing suit – you’ll need it for all the beautiful thermal pools!

At A Glance

  • Location: North Atlantic, 180 miles east of Greenland and 600 miles west of Norway.
  • Size: 39,750 sq miles
  • Population: 300,000
  • Language: Icelandic, a virtually pure derivative of Old Norse. Now most similar to Faroese and Norwegian.
  • Government: Iceland is a republic, with a written constitution and a parliamentary form of government. The president is elected by direct popular vote for a term of four years, with no term limit. The position of president is largely ceremonial. Most executive power rests with the Government, which is elected separately from the presidential elections every four years. President: Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. Prime Minister: Geir H. Haarde
  • Capital: Reykjavik
  • Currency: Icelandic krona (plural kronur). (ISK)
  • Country Code: 354
  • Religions: Over 90% Lutheran (Protestant). The state religion is Lutheranism, but religious freedom is guaranteed under the constitution.
  • Climate: Temperate. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and south-westerly winds, which give it an average winter temperature of 31°F (.5°C) and a summer temperature of 52°F (11°C).
  • Chief Industries: Tourism, services, fish and fish processing

Iceland is about the size of Ohio, so it’s a reasonable size for exploring, yet has contrasting regions and environments. Each area of the country has something different to offer.