Summertime is a wonderful time to visit Iceland. July in particular, is a lovely time to plan a holiday to our little island. Music festivals from traditional to experimental across the country. Long, warm days to frolic in nature. And, of course, friendly locals to help make your Iceland vacation a trip to remember!
Your Friend in Reykjavik invites you to travel to Iceland during July to enjoy the very best our summer has to offer. You can enjoy the delights here without having to stock up on winter clothing (unless of course you want to!).
Weather in Iceland in July
We can’t stress enough how great the weather is here in the summer. Temperatures usually stay around 50-55°F (10-13°C), so no need for heavy sweaters or coats. And hitting 70°F (21°C) has been known to happen! However, July also sees more rain than other months, so you should make sure to have a waterproof jacket and boots, just in case. But the rain passes, and the sun comes out again. And in July, that can be until very late.
You can still enjoy the Midnight Sun in Iceland in July
June may have the longest summer days in Iceland, but if you visit Reykjavik in July, you’ll still get to enjoy long days! With sunsets around 11 pm and sunrises at 4 am, you may not get a full Midnight Sun experience, but you will get some of the quickest nights around. In fact, there may be nights where you may see the sunset only to blink and see it rise again seemingly as quickly.
Enjoy Iceland inside and out in July
Outdoor lovers will definitely want to try to make it to Iceland in July. Warm weather and long days means ideal conditions for camping and hiking, all over the island. You may want to try to make the Golden Circle along the southern half of the island, including a good explore of Thingvellir National Park.Experienced drysuit divers may want to check Silfra off their bucket list. Or head out northwest to the Westfjords and Hornstrandir to check out the 100-meter Dynjandi waterfalls. If you want to mix culture and the beautiful weather, join us for a walk to enjoy the many outdoor art installations in Reykjavik.
July festivals are all over Iceland
Movie lovers may recognize Sigufjörður in northern Iceland from movies like Walter Mitty, but at the beginning of July, folk music lovers congregate at the century-old Siglufjörður Folk Music Centre for a celebration of folk music from local and international artisans. For less traditional artists, back in Reykjavik, we host the Fringe Festival around the same time as well. Their website says it best: “Our artists are a mix of local and international performers, speaking, singing and screaming in a variety of languages – or none at all.” Then in mid-July, there is the Landsmot, the National Icelandic Horse Competition. It takes place in a different part of the country every year and shows off the singular skills of our equestrians and our very unique Icelandic horses.
Summertime treats to try on your July visit to Reykjavik
With the warm weather comes the urge for a cool, sweet treat. And even if our warm weather is still as little chilly for you, you should still find your way to one of our many ice cream parlors and try Iceland style ice cream! It’s not that much different from what you think, but we have some flavors that may become your favorites! Take one of our food lovers tours and find out where the best place is for salted licorice ice cream or a frozen treat featuring our beloved rye bread. And if sweets aren’t your thing, there are plenty of places to try our famous Icelandic hot dogs!
What to pack to visit Iceland in July
The warm weather may mean lighter clothing, but you should always pack prepared, including comfy walking shoes for your walk with a Viking! We did mention the rain, so you should pack some light all-weather gear. If you want to head to the great outdoors, you may need more substantial gear, but you can also rent everything you need if you don’t want to overload your luggage. Also, with the very short nights, you may want to consider bringing along something to help you sleep. And of course, chargers, battery packs, and memory cards to make sure you capture all those fabulous summer moments here.
Let Your Friend in Reykjavik show you summer fun in Iceland!
We love our home and want to make sure you have all the fun possible on your trip to Iceland, in July or whenever you get here. Our friendly, knowledgeable guides can’t wait to show you around and share their special tips and insights to help you make the most of your holiday in Reykjavik and Iceland. Find out about our many walking jaunts, from private folklore tours to pub crawls, and contact us today!