Iceland is not a considered a warm country as it is in the far North of our globe. You would think it would be freezing here all the time but thanks to the Gulf Stream the temperatures are normally quite mild all year round. During summer, the average temperature is 12°C in the capital and usually warmer in the North and East, but these areas are more likely to be snowy during winter.

One of the things that people prepare for during summer is the 24 hours daylight. The sun only sets for 3 hours and leaves enough light for there to be effective daylight during these hours. In mid-winter, the effective daylight goes down to 5 hours, but at least, we get the Northern Lights during that time.

It is a popular saying that if you don’t like the Icelandic weather, just wait a second. This saying is also true as the Icelandic weather can change very quickly and should never be underrated. A beautiful day can suddenly turn windy and rainy (or vice versa). You might see every type of weather imaginable over a couple of days. This is why it’s important to be prepared for everything and to check the weather forecast before all travels, especially when going on the highlands and during winter.


Weather forecasts, monitored by the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Please see their website for any information on the weather.


If you are here during the winter, there is a good chance you can see some Northern Lights. On this website, you can follow the forecast for visible Northern Lights each day, but clear skies and cold air are the best conditions to see them.