Summer in Iceland

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Iceland is one of the world's truly unique destinations. Summer in Iceland is a great time to visit when the weather is mild and there are more opportunities for outdoor activities. Iceland's rolling lava fields and thermal baths offer a mix of wild scenery and luxury. You'll embark on a real adventure as you explore rugged landscapes on horseback or see the sights of the capital, Reykjavik.

Why should I visit Iceland in the summer?

Summer is an excellent time to see Iceland's famed natural wonders. The weather is pleasantly mild, making it an ideal time to visit the countryside. Take a guided glacier tour or indulge in pampering spa sessions, and you'll return home feeling truly revived. Evaneos has a great network of local English-speaking expert guides who know all the best spots for making the most of summer in Iceland

The best things to do in Iceland in the summer

Summer in Iceland is a marvelous time to explore, especially if you want to see the great outdoors. Whether on horseback or by hiking, you'll enjoy mild weather and little rain.

  • Visit the magnificent Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a large, well-known geothermal bath complex close to Reykjavik. Splash out on a VIP entry ticket and get access to a private changing area and lounge, and enjoy complimentary spa products to take home with you. Relax with a massage or just sit back and make the most of the lagoon's steamy warm waters.

  • Go horseback riding through lava fields

Icelandic horses are unique, with small but stocky frames, although the locals will remind you they're certainly not ponies! Even beginners will love riding them, which offers an exhilarating way to make the most of the country's striking scenery.

  • Visit Reykjavik's rocket ship and big pearl

Reykjavik is a small capital city but has plenty of intriguing sights to explore. Hallgrimskirkja church is known locally as the "rocket ship" because of its distinctive shape. For dinner in town, Perlan is a pearl-shaped fine dining restaurant, with superb views across the city.

  • Take an excursion to Europe's largest glacier

Vatnajökull is the name of Iceland's best-known glacier, part of a huge and unique national park. This is a land of nature's extremes, and home to Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Take a hiking tour and get some magnificent photo opportunities in this rugged landscape.

  • Witness the great Geysir's eruptions

Geysir is the world's most famous geyser and the one that gave rise to the word. Watching its eruptions is one of Iceland's most unforgettable experiences and another prime example of this country's endless natural beauty.

What's the weather like in Iceland in the summer?

Icelandic summers are pleasantly mild. Expect temperatures of around 60°F, perfect for excursions through the country or trips to the thermal baths. A light jacket is normally fine for city visits in summer. Bring coats and good walking shoes for glacier hikes. The local stores in Reykjavik sell excellent quality outdoor gear if you need more, but you can plan your packing list ahead of time by reading our advice on the best times to travel in Iceland

When to go in Iceland?


The best time to go to Iceland is in the summer: the temperatures are pleasant and the days are long. Depending on the region you are going to, you can also go in May or September, when there are fewer tourists and the climate is still pleasant, but be warned: some trips and sites are closed during these months. Between October and April, the country is nearly always in darkness, but you can see the magnificent aurora borealis if you are ready to brave the cold and the night.

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