Reykjavik - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

Summers usually 60-65 degrees F and unlimited daylight. Very pleasant. Winters not as bad as you think because of warm currents. Chicago and NE USA actually worse. Wind can be brutal any time of year. People exercise and socialize regardless of weather - just find the right clothes! - Sep 2021

Not warm but not bitter cold. Summers are in the 60s and winter is in the 30s with strong winds. Not much snow. - Nov 2017

Variations on cold. Summer months (with the very long days) mean up to the 50's or even 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter brings the darkness and a wide variety of weather patterns: snow, sleet, ice, rain, and winds strong enough to knock you over. - Jun 2015

When I told people I was going to Iceland, many of them cringed. But the weather is nowhere near as bad as people think. Just about every city on the northeast part of the US got more snow that we have so far this winter. The temperature always hovers around freezing, sometimes above, sometimes below, so snow never stays around long. - Feb 2013

Iceland does not have extremes like you see in the northeastern US.Winter temperatures generally stay between 20F-30F and summer days are somewhere between 55F-60F.It's the light (or lack thereof) that is more troubling to many people. December and January are the darkest months of the year - you have daylight from about 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Late May through end of July the sun never really sets at all. March/early May and August/September are the equinoxes where there are equal amounts of light and day, similar to what you see in the US at that time of year. Winters tend to be rainy. snowy and extremely windy. Summers are warm (never hot) and pleasant. - Jul 2011


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