June has the first official days of summer, with warmer and much longer days. Visit Iceland in June for the excellent weather conditions, but also for the many celebrations as it is also when we celebrate all things Iceland with our National Day!
Your Friend in Reykjavik loves summer for so many reasons, from enjoying the Midnight Sun to its fullest to embracing our inner Viking! And we want to share them with you, in this article and when you come and visit us for a walking tour!
So much to celebrate across Iceland in June
Pretty much any time you visit Iceland in June, you will find us celebrating! The first weekend is the Festival of the Sea, when we honor our fishing and sea-going heritage with entertainments, highlighting everything from sailing to mermaids. Then, depending on the year, we have the biennial Reykjavik Arts Festival, with exhibits, installations, and events all over the city (a perfect time for a walking tour, don’t you think?). For more interactive cultural fun, our neighbors in Hafnarfjörður hosts the annual Viking Festival during the second week of June. See vikings in action from fabulous feasts and parties to markets selling leather and fur, swords and horns.
If you are traveling to Iceland in the summer, you should try to make it for 17 June, Icelandic National Day. Everyone across the country celebrates our independence from Denmark, but we really know how to party in Reykjavik. Parades, circus acts, street fairs, and more make our capital the place to be on 17 June!
Then for music lovers who want to party all day long, there’s the Secret Solstice Festival, usually occurring at the end of June. It’s all day long because the sun will hardly set over these three days when local musicians welcome international acts and you can join in truly unique events like a rave in a cave.
June in Iceland is ideal for Midnight Sun fun
The sun never sets in Iceland during the summer. Well, technically it does, but not for very long. And in June, this is even more true as our longest day usually occurs around June 21. With the sun setting around midnight and rising around 3 am, the sky turns a brilliant red and yellow, then brightens again. This means no chance of catching the Northern Lights, but this is spectacular in its own special way.
Enjoy the great outdoors in Iceland in June
Fantastic weather, daylong daylight — summertime is ideal for discovering the gorgeous Icelandic countryside. For your outdoorsy types, we have got fabulous campsites all over the island, from the adorably quaint Grenivik in the north to the rugged Skaftafell in the south. Even if you are not one for sleeping in tents, there are also so many hiking trails for all over to breathe in that fresh Iceland air and snap some stunning pics to send home. You don’t even have to travel far; we’ve got a lot of nature here in Reykjavik. With all these hours in a day, you may want to head to the harbor and do some whale watching too!
Best things to do in Reykjavik in June
With all the celebrations in and around Reykjavik in June, there is plenty to see and do everyday you are here. Head down to the harbor during the Festival of the Sea, enjoy all the arts and culture and fun for the Reykjavik Arts Festival as well as for the celebrations for our National Day. And if you cannot make it to Hafnarfjörður for the Viking Festival, you can always Walk with a Viking with us! Or if you want some help navigating the many local favorites snacks and dishes, we got the perfect Reykjavik food lovers tour to help you out!
Weather in Iceland in June
Not only do you get the long days in June with daylight lasting around 20 hours or so, but you get warm weather with very little rainfall in Iceland. Temperatures are usually around 48.97°F (9.43°C), with a little fluctuation. That’s t-shirt and short weather for us!
What to pack to visit Iceland in June
We may be happy frolicking around Reykjavik in shorts in June, but you may want to pack a sweater and jacket. Layers are always the key! Since this is a great time for the great outdoors, consider a windbreaker, boots, and gloves — it may be warm out, but if you spend a lot of time outside, you may start getting chilly! Also, remember what we said about the long days? If you are not used to sleeping while the sun is out, you should pack some sleep aids so that you are well rested when you venture out to explore.
Your Friend in Reykjavik can’t wait to see you in June!
Or anytime really — we want to take you to all our favorite spots in Reykjavik. And with all the festivals and summer fun in June, it should be a fantastic time to take to streets! Now that the days are soooo long, you might want to try one of our private walking tours or Reykjavik so you can see our beautiful capital on your own time.