How is the weather in Iceland in June?
This is probably one of the most difficult questions there is! It is entirely impossible to predict the weather in Iceland. No year is the same. Still, one only has to look back on the last few years to find out that it rains a lot. I can promise you that it will rain. And that it will be more than one rainy day. The summer of 2018 was one of the wettest summers in decades. There were two dry days in June. But before last year the weather has been all sorts. But always fairly wet.
The highlands still have a considerable amount of snow, but things are already getting dryer up there a couple of weeks into the month. Today, June has become like a spring month. It‘s like the Icelandic year has been pushed back a month. June has become like May used to be. Snow is disappearing, everything is getting greener and more alive and all the fun bugs and flies are out and about. This is probably one of the loveliest months of the year because it‘s so impressive to see everything come to live after the winter. You see birds with their young and lamb up on the highlands. The temperature in June is about 10-15 degrees Celsius or 50-59F. The longest day of the year is June 21st. That‘s the day of summer solstice.
So if you‘re wondering what to wear, bring something warm, but not a parka though, that‘s totally unnecessary. Rather bring a warm sweater and something waterproof. Don‘t show up in sneakers or loafers – bring proper hiking boots. Something that can get wet. Bring your fancy shoes for a night out but don‘t expect to be able to wear them for days on end. You‘re coming to Iceland after all.
You still could get so incredibly lucky to get sunny days and be able to wear shorts. But I‘d still be prepared for EVERYTHING in Iceland. Iceland can‘t promise anything except a unique and enjoyable experience.
The nights in Iceland in June can be cold, or somewhere around 5 degrees C. So if you‘re sleeping in a tent, we recommend bringing a warm sleeping bag and wear warm pyjamas for sleeping. The Icelandic weather always seems to surprise tourists. Visitors never seem to be prepared enough. So this is my advice to you. Warm socks and a few pairs to spare because they will get wet. I promise. Rain pants.
If you book a tour with Reykjavik Outventure you‘ll get a discount on Icewear products which is an Icelandic brand. They have all the outdoor clothing and gear you‘ll need as well as a lot of other cool clothing. I definitely recommend checking it out. Check in with us if you want to take advantage of the discount there.
Raincoat and a sweater and shirt to change out of because it will rain. Another promise.
If you‘re going mountain hiking and are carrying a backpack bring waterproof protection to cover it with. And bring a waterproof tent if you‘re camping. Be prepared for anything.