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Reykjavik Weather


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Iceland has a much milder climate than its name and location would imply. Although the country is very close to the Arctic Circle its climate is moderated by a branch of the Gulf Stream that flows along its south-west side. The warmer Atlantic air that it brought by the Gulf stream, does however, come in contact with colder Arctic air, resulting in frequent weather changes.

Current Weather

Cloudy

Cloudy

1 °C | 34 °F

(feels like
-6 °C | 21 °F)

Cloud Cover 90%

Humidity 64%

Visibility 16 km | 10 mls

Wind From NNE

Wind Conditions 22 km/h | 14 mph

5 Day Forecast

Day

Conditions

High (°C | °F)

Low (°C |°F)

Winds

Thursday

Sunrise 10:15 AM

Sunset 5:08 PM

Partly sunny
Partly sunny

1 | 34

-4 | 25

27 km/h
17 mph

Friday

Sunrise 10:12 AM

Sunset 5:11 PM

Sunny and chilly
Sunny and chilly

-2 | 28

-7 | 19

17 km/h
11 mph

Saturday

Sunrise 10:09 AM

Sunset 5:15 PM

Partly sunny and chilly; a stray flurry in the afternoon
Partly sunny and chilly; a stray flurry in the afternoon

-1 | 30

-2 | 28

11 km/h
7 mph

Sunday

Sunrise 10:06 AM

Sunset 5:18 PM

Cloudy; periods of snow in the morning followed by a rain or snow shower in spots in the afternoon
Cloudy; periods of snow in the morning followed by a rain or snow shower in spots in the afternoon

1 | 34

-3 | 27

17 km/h
11 mph

Monday

Sunrise 10:03 AM

Sunset 5:21 PM

Chilly with times of sun and clouds
Chilly with times of sun and clouds

-3 | 27

-6 | 21

19 km/h
12 mph

Iceland has a much milder climate than its name and location would imply. Although the country is very close to the Arctic Circle its climate is moderated by a branch of the Gulf Stream that flows along its south-west side. The warmer Atlantic air that it brought by the Gulf stream, does however, come in contact with colder Arctic air, resulting in frequent weather changes.

For this unique island in the middle of the Atlantic the main tourist season is from May through September. From May and until mid July Iceland has daylight for 24 hours a day. This means that around midnight you will see the sun gently set down at the horizon before it starts to rise again. Even though the sun never sets during this time it does not warm the air much and often the sky is cloudy or a slight overcast.

In high winter Iceland sees almost the opposite of its 24 hour daylight. The "shortest" day of the year is December 21st when Iceland only has around 2 hours of daylight. High winter often brings snowstorms and frost but the capital area usually has a milder weather than rest of the country.

Travelling to Iceland during summertime we suggest you bring a windbreaker, rainwear, pullover and good walking shoes (hiking shoes often come in handy).

For winter time it’s essential that you bring warm clothing such as a thick coat, mittens, warm hats etc. If you are in need of warm clothing in Reykjavik there is no need to worry. The locals have through the years developed clothing that fits their climate and can be found in local stores.

As Reykjavik is located on Iceland´s south-west corner, one of the warmest areas of the country, making it very unlikely that you will encounter heavy snow in the capital during winter. If you venture outside the capital and to other parts of the country or the highlands the snow will appear and often few feet deep.

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