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Climate and Weather

Despite its northerly location, the short summers are cool and the long winters relatively mild due to the influence of the Gulf Stream and the slightly cooler Greenland Current. Clouds, fog and precipitation (in many places in the south more than 2000 mm per year, on the glaciers up to 6000 mm, in the north between 300 and 500 mm) occur all year round. The hottest month is July (on the coast 9-11° C), the coldest January (in the south 0°C, in the north and east -2°C to -6°C). The absolute maximum is 30°C, the absolute minimum is -38°C.

Reykjavik Climate DiagramReykjavik Climate DiagramPhoto: Hedwig in Washington CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

The average annual temperature in Reykjavík is 4.3°C, on Vestmannaeyjar about 6 °C. Due to its northerly location, it is hardly or not at all dark in the summer. In November, December and January, however, it is only light for a few hours a day.


Blijderveen, W. van / IJsland

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Jansen, A. / Reishandboek IJsland

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Last updated May 2024
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