Weather

Climate

Iceland has a much warmer climate than it's name suggests, you can thank those Norse explorers, aka Vikings for that trickery (supposedly). The present climate is also much different to those that arrived here over a millennia ago. 
The climate and weather here is mostly affected by the East Greenland and North Atlantic Currents which cause Arctic and Atlantic air to mix above Iceland. In addition, on land the diverse landscapes from mountains, glaciers to valleys create microclimates producing often 'four seasons in a day'.

We're located in the south east of Iceland which is home to Vatnajökull National Park. Our trips are set between the coast and the ice cap and that brings about variable conditions all year round. This means in comparison with the north, it is warmer, wetter and windier. So it's important to dress and pack correctly, even for a day trip check our FAQs for more advice on this. 

The seasons and expected air temperatures* are typically as follows;

  • Spring (April to May), 5 - 10°C, 15-19 hours of daylight

  • Summer (June to September), 7 - 18°C, 13-20 hours of daylight

  • Autumn (October to November), -5 - 10°C, 7-10 hours of daylight 

  • Winter (December to March), -10 - 5°C, 5-12 hours of daylight

*Note that wind chill needs to be taken into account, which frequently drops the temperature felt.

We've compiled data from local weather stations below to show mean average annual temperatures as well as total annual precipitation in the area. 

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Data plotted from local station data sourced from the Icelandic Meteorological Office 

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