When you come to Iceland, odds are that you’re coming to a climate that your familiar with, but have never experienced before. What do I mean by that?
Well, we obviously have all the different kinds of weather you know and love but Iceland seems to put a fun little twist on everything. So here I am to tell you about the five ways Icelandic weather will surprise you
1. The upside down sideways wind
Ahh yes, the upside-down-sideways wind, a stable of Icelandic weather. We’ve all experienced lots of wind before, you might even be from a country that’s windier than Iceland!
The wind here changes quite fast and is always by our side. The days of the year where we have little to no wind are rare and always welcome. Our little island gust will be your ever present companion while you travel our country. It will come at you from all sides and you best believe that it will somehow always be blowing in your face. Therefore it’s extremely important that you bring a garment or rent a garment that is windproof.
The Icelandic weather website is a good site to visit daily to stay up to date on the wind.
If you click the link you’ll see a map of Iceland, the little arrows on the side of the sun/cloud/rain is the wind. Generally speaking, everything below 20 is just fine and dandy. Above 20 and you should be careful, it’s nothing serious but if you’re not used to driving in lots of wind, be mindful. Then above 30 is when you really should start to reconsider if you can wait to travel to your destination. If the wind is measured at 30, it means that the gusts are higher still and they can be dangerous.
2. Leave the umbrella at home
Icelanders do not use umbrellas. Simply for the fact that the wind doesn’t allow us to use them. In Iceland the rain and the wind form an unholy bond, the rain will come at you from all sides and will sometimes feel more like hail stinging your face. It’s imperative that you bring a waterproof garment to Iceland. For example, last summer was the rainiest in Icelandic history. It rained so much in Akureyri last July that it has only been matched once in recorded history, back in 1914.
So please, please, please, bring something waterproof!
3. All the seasons in 30 minutes
Yes it is quite normal to experience all the seasons in a single day, and if you stay long enough, you can be lucky enough to catch them in 30 minutes. During spring and fall, the weather doesn’t know what it wants to be, so it chooses to be everything at the same time. It’s beautiful and annoying at the same time. It is common to be relaxing in the Blue Lagoon on a sunny day, only to be experiencing a christmas snow a moment later.
4. The North
The north is generally better than the south weather wise. The winter is colder and more snowy, while the summers tend to be hotter. If you’re looking for the best weather in Iceland, in this writer’s experience, the north has the best weather in the summertime and you should absolutely explore every nook and cranny.
5. The endless summer nights
When you live in Iceland, the winter is something you endure so that you can experience the summer. With its endless days and the midnight sun that lasts for hours. It truly transforms our little island into a paradise. Sure, the wind and the rain are still there, but usually they die down in the evening and Iceland lets you enjoy many “nights” with clouds in the sky that are painted yellow, orange and red for a couple of hours. Coming to Iceland in the summertime is something everyone should experience and I recommend it.
Well, that’s about it! Hope I gave an idea of how the Icelandic weather is so that when you come, you know a little bit what you’re getting yourself into