Icelandic weather can get quite crazy sometimes.
However, when you arrive on our little island, odds are that you’ll be greeted by a climate that you’re 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 -ever the special little flower- has to put a fun little twist on everything.
So here I am to tell you about five ways Icelandic weather will surprise you!
The weather in Iceland
You might not be familiar with the upside-down-sideways wind, a staple 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 when 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 always be blowing in your face.
Therefore, it’s extremely important that you bring a garment or rent (wink wink) 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 next to the sun/cloud/rain cloud represent the wind direction and speed.
Generally speaking, everything below 15 is just fine and dandy. Between 15 and 20, you should be careful, if you’re not used to driving in lots of wind, be mindful.
Then, above 20 is when you really should start to reconsider if you really have to travel that day. If the wind is measured at 30, it means that the gusts are higher still and they can be dangerous.
Umbrellas in Iceland?
Icelanders do not use umbrellas.
Simply because 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, the summer of 2018 was the rainiest in Icelandic history. It rained so much in Akureyri that it has only been matched once in recorded history, back in 1914.
So please, please, please, bring something waterproof!
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 Christmas snow a moment later.
The north is generally better than the south weather-wise.
The winter is colder and snowier, 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.
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.
That’s about it!
Hope I have given you an idea of how the Icelandic weather is so that when you come, you know a little bit what you’re getting yourself into.