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Reykjavik Weather

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Weather in Reykjavik

Situated in the country’s southwest corner, Reykjavík has a subpolar oceanic climate influenced by the North Atlantic current - this explains its wet climate with winds and rain often barging in. Equally, because of the warm current, temperatures in the city rarely drop below -15°C (5°F) in the winter despite its location is just south of the Arctic Circle.

Spring (April to May) sees temperatures warming up to 7°C (45°F) in May and flowers bloom. This is a good time for travellers who prefer lower prices.

Summer (June to August) brings the famed midnight sun and endless activities. This is peak season so hotel prices spike upward accordingly. Temperatures average 11°C (52°F) in July but it is still wise to bring waterproofs and warm clothing as the weather can be changeable.

Autumn (September to November) is a good time to visit Reykjavík and enjoy its cultural events. Join many revellers at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and party until dawn.

Winter (December to March) is long and bleak with just a few hours of sunlight on some days, making Reykjavík a perfect base for Northern Lights viewings. Skiing, snowshoeing and ice-fishing are fun-filled winter activities that draw visitors to Reykjavík too. For beer lovers, the Icelandic Beer Day on March 1 is not to be missed.

Reykjavík can be windy (there are over 150 words describing wind in the Icelandic language) – so whatever the season, pack a wind jacket with you.

Guidetype and fpcity weatherwtg_cforecast_table
Weather (day) Temp (max day) Rain (mm) Wind (mph) Humidity Pressure Visibility
Monday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
10
°C
0.2
5
sw
40-60%
1027 mb
good
Tuesday
Sunny
Sunny skies
10
°C
0.2
8
nne
0-20%
1021 mb
good
Wednesday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
7
°C
0.3
6
e
20-40%
1019 mb
good
Thursday
Cloudy
Cloudy skies
7
°C
0.7
4
ene
60-80%
1020 mb
good
Friday
Sunny
Sunny skies
7
°C
0
5
ene
20-40%
1021 mb
good
Saturday
Sunny
Sunny skies
6
°C
0
13
nne
0-20%
1024 mb
good
Sunday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
7
°C
0.2
11
ese
20-40%
1028 mb
good
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Last updated: 2019-05-06 21:16:41
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Symbols indicate the predominant weather for the day in question, calculated based on a weighting of different types of weather. So if a day is forecast to be sunny with the possibility of a brief shower, then we will see a sunny or partly cloudy symbol rather than a rain cloud.
The maximum temperature is the highest temperature forecast between dawn and dusk, and the minimum temperature is the lowest temperature expected from dusk on the day in question to dawn the next day. The temperature is in °C, or Celsius.
Wind speed and direction are the conditions expected at midday. Wind direction is based on a 16 point compass. W, SW, SSW, etc. The wind direction states where the wind originates. Wind speed is listed in MPH or miles per hour.
Humidity levels indicates how much water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum it could contain at that temperature. As a general guide:
  • 0 to 30 is very low
  • 31 to 50 is low
  • 51 to 70 is moderate to low
  • 71 to 80 is moderate
  • 81 to 90 is moderate to high
  • 91 to 100 is high
Pressure is measured in millibars (mb)
Visibility based on whether the human eye can see the following distances:
  • Very poor - less than 1km
  • Poor - between 1km and 4km
  • Moderate - between 4km and 10km
  • Good - between 10km and 20km
  • Very good - between 20km and 40km
  • Excellent - more than 40km
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Hotel Fron

With its bright blue facade, you can't miss Hotel Fron. When the runtur (pub crawl) gets underway at the weekend, a couple of rooms at the front might get a bit noisy, but most of the rooms are remarkably quiet. It's an excellent choice for leisure travellers wanting a central location at a reasonable price.

Sunna Guesthouse

Just behind Hallgrimskirkja, this guesthouse in the heart of the old town is within easy walking distance of the major attractions, shops and restaurants. The rooms are basic but clean, and the buffet breakfast is included in the rate. Accommodation options range from rooms with shared facilities to studios and apartments.

Hotel Borg

A Reykjavik institution, the grand Hotel Borg overlooks Austurvöllur and the Parliament building on the other side. Inside, rooms are comfortable and well appointed, while the split-level Tower Suite has proved a hit with visiting VIPs. Downstairs, it boasts its own gourmet restaurant, Silfur, which serves top-notch French fare.

Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel

One of the newer hotels in Reykjavik, the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel is housed in the former offices of an old Icelandic shipping line. It has been meticulously refurbished with urbane minimalist chic, so sleek dark wood furnishings cut a fashionable jib against the tastefully off-white décor. Outside it's officious, inside it's delicious.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Good for anyone in search of a quieter stay, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica sits 10 minutes from the city centre, close to the botanic gardens. Decked out in white and grey, the 284-room hotel is huge but boasts a soothing Scandinavian ambience. Along with the Vox restaurant, it also has an onsite spa.

Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Located a 20-minute walk from the city centre, close to the domestic airport, Hotel Reykjavik Naturais is run by national carrier Icelandair. A short stroll from the Perlan complex, it is good for nature fans with biking, running and walking paths and a nearby geothermal beach. Inside, rooms are comfortable and there’s an onsite spa.