Most visitors to Iceland consider this country to be a summertime destination.  The weather is comfortable, the snow has melted (or is melting), and the days are much longer than during the winter months. However some destinations are quite crowded so be sure to book your accomodation well in advance.

            The climate in Iceland is oceanic temperate, meaning that there are distinct seasons.  The temperatures in the summertime are warm, and during the wintertime are cold.  However, travelers to Iceland should be prepared for the unexpected, usually towards the colder and wetter side of things.  Weather is always changing and very unpredictable.  During the winter months make sure to bring warm winter clothing, but even during the summertime one should be prepared with warm layers. 

            Whatever time of year, make sure to bring a bathing suit, as there are many geothermal pools throughout the country. Good shoes are a must since most walkways are not paved. In winter bring boots (hiking/snow) with a good sole. Yoy can get walking spikes in many locations in iceland.

            Another consideration about planning a trip to Iceland is the length of the days.  During the summer months it will never get truly dark, and in the middle of winter there will only be around four to five hours of sunlight.  However, during the winter months there is a chance of seeing the Aurora borealis , which is quite the sight. 

           One major consideration is if you are looking at going as a driver on self guided tours/holiday or as a passenger in guided tours. If you are not used to driving in the snow, but want a self-drive holiday then summer would be a much safer period to travel in.You would need to seriously think about your level of snow driving experience if you want a self-drive winter holiday.

            For current weather conditions in some of Iceland’s major cities, check out Weather Underground’s Iceland Page. or Official Icelandic Met Office