- Planning A Trip To Iceland In June
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- Best Time To See Northern Lights In Iceland
Planning A Trip To Iceland In June – I always try my best to stay in Iceland during this warmest and most beautiful time of the year to explore Iceland and enjoy life.
In this blog post, I’ll do my best to give you a quick rundown of what to do in Iceland during the summer and everything you need to know before your holiday in Iceland in June!
Planning A Trip To Iceland In June
Not that you’ll experience our summers as very warm…but we Icelanders think it’s simply amazing! Long days, little wind and rain and of course the most sunshine!
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The average temperature in June is 9°C or 48°F – making it the third warmest month of the year after July and August.
It really doesn’t seem that warm but for Icelanders… we really aren’t complaining in June! And especially because every now and then the temperature spikes and reaches 15-20°C or 59-68°F. Additionally, this is the month with the least amount of rain!
So if you’re visiting Iceland in June, it’s best to bring shorts and a t-shirt… but also be prepared for cool ocean breezes and chilly temperatures, especially if you’re going exploring across the country.
You definitely have to prepare for summer so that if you’re lucky, you’ll be ready to enjoy it to the fullest. And Icelanders will dress as if it’s 30°C / 86°F and sunny even though it’s only 10°C / 50°F and a little sunny! You have to embrace it, you see…
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However, for general packing purposes, I recommend bringing thermals, fleece, and a good jacket. And obviously, if you have a wool sweater, you’re in for a treat!
And here’s one more thing you need to know… it’s bright all day, all night, every day!
In June, Iceland celebrates the longest days of the year. And literally, for several weeks – the sun didn’t set at all.
It’s as bright as it gets when you wake up, and when you go to sleep around midnight, she’s still there. At night it is of course less bright and we will enjoy what I can only describe as a continuous sunset for several hours… before the day is lit up again!
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Not only is this extremely refreshing, but it also gives June a huge advantage over other months for exploring the country. Because you can just drive out and explore 24/7.
As mentioned, there is no darkness in Iceland for the entire month of June so there is no chance of seeing the Northern Lights at this time.
With the above descriptions of beautiful weather, it’s clear that June is the perfect time for almost any outdoor activity. And the hours of intense sunshine create countless opportunities and make most Icelanders incredibly happy and smiling!
I believe Iceland is always fun, no matter what time of year you visit, but below is a small list of 10 of my personal recommendations for great things to do in Iceland that I believe will be especially great in June. Are you ready?
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To make the BEST of your short time in Reykjavik, why not join the #1 rated Reykjavik tour on Trip Advisor?
On the amazing Reykjavik Food Tour, you can sample one of the best home-made Icelandic ice creams I’ve ever tasted in my life, enjoy home-made lamb soup, fresh produce of the day, scoop Famous Icelandic sausages, local cheese, and more. So much more!
Personally, I think the Reykjavik Food tour is one of the best ways to explore and get to know Reykjavik firsthand.
Icelandic horses are very hairy and beautiful. You will definitely see them if you plan on driving around and exploring Iceland. But in my opinion, just seeing them from the road is not enough – and that’s why I recommend everyone to take a horseback riding tour!
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If you want to make new furry friends, learn about horses, and go on a quick horseback riding tour, I recommend going on THIS horseback riding trip. In fact, I think this is the best horseback riding in Iceland.
If you’re just taking a stroll around town or planning your day at home, grab some snacks and/or beer and spend some quality time by yourself or with friends/family. Locals often gather around Austurvöllur park or Arnarhóll hill in Reykjavik town center to enjoy a sunny afternoon.
Don’t hunt the Northern Lights, do the opposite. Bring a cozy rug, sunglasses, juicy snacks and a few beers and find a quiet, grassy spot to enjoy the Midnight Sun!
Get ready for some beautiful views but just make sure to dress warm as the temperature will drop even though the sun won’t set.
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There is no better time to explore our beautiful nature than under the sunshine and with every green mountain!
Tourists and locals alike explore Iceland all year round, but there’s no denying that conditions are no better in June – the roads are safer and the views are more beautiful than ever. You can go on all kinds of fun tours with recommended tour operators, or you can rent a car and go out and explore on your own!
It’s crazy that most people think that skiing is only possible in winter. Those are glaciers, they are cold all year round and the chances are much better if the weather is good in the summer!
Snowmobile tours are available from Reykjavik, and with some tours you can meet at basecamp at the base of the specific glacier you’ll be venturing on.
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Take a trip and drive… somewhere! Explore Iceland! Or you can even walk or bike in any direction until you find yourself alone in the world. Reykjavik is a small city so it won’t take you too much time!
Just remember to bring a warm blanket, a delicious meal or snacks & drinks and everything will be better!
…And a view like the one in the photo above would be no problem! By the way, this is Kirkjufell mountain, in Grundarfjörður in Snæfellsnes 🙂
We have TONS of geothermally heated swimming pools all over Reykjavik and in every town around Iceland. I mentioned before that we are ice cream fanatics… we had a similar situation with our swimming pool, ha! This might be the most Icelandic thing on this list!
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Last time I checked, we have 9 pools in Reykjavik alone and I highly recommend you try at least one. Pictured is Laugardalslaug, the largest in Reykjavik. You can also read about Sundhöll Reykjavikur in Reykjavik, the oldest swimming pool in town HERE.
And if not, go hunting for natural hot springs in the countryside! You can read more about that topic later in this blog!
And there are plenty of stunning hiking routes around Reykjavik and the capital area that are sure to make you sweat and give you incredible views. You can find such hikes everywhere within a 15-minute drive of downtown Reykjavik.
Two of my personal favorite hikes from Reykjavik are Mount Esja which surrounds Reykjavik in the North and the hike towards Glymur Falls approx. 1 hour drive from Reykjavik.
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Even though it’s summer, you might still want to visit any of the cool museums in town! If I had to recommend a few, here are my personal top three museum recommendations!
The only time of year to see these adorable birds is from May to August. So you’re in luck if you choose summer as the time to visit Iceland!
Seeing puffins in Iceland is something I recommend to all guests visiting Iceland as I feel it is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
I’ve been really lucky to be able to try out various puffin watching tours in Reykjavik over the past few years. I don’t really know what it is but I’ve always been the type of person who wants to experience activities in the most unique way possible. And that’s why the Puffin Rib Safari tour stood out the most for me instead of having to sit on a big slow boat packed with a crowd of other tourists. The Puffin Safari takes place on a small ribbed safari boat that has been customized to get you to the seagulls faster than any other tour, but no other seagull tour in Iceland gets you as close than with seagulls – which I think is so amazing!
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If you want to go on a Puffin adventure boat tour, I have specially partnered with the tour operator to be able to offer readers the tour at the lowest possible price.
You will find all the information and can secure your place through this link here – HAVE FUN AND ENJOY PUFFIN!
Summer is a great time for festivals and all kinds of gatherings and events in Iceland. So there’s always something fun going on