The climate of Iceland is cold, oceanic near the southern coastal area and tundra inland in the highlands. The island lies in the path of the North Atlantic Current, which makes the climate of the island more temperate than would be expected for its latitude just south of the Arctic Circle. This effect is aided by the Gulf Stream, which also helps to moderate the island’s temperature.
The weather in Iceland can be notoriously variable. This is why we always have to be prepared for everything –weather vice.
The Icelandic winter is relatively mild given the latitude. The temperature in the southerly lowlands of the island hoovers around 0 °C /32 °F in winter, while the highlands tend to average around −10 °C /14 °F.
Summers in Iceland are considered to be cool summers and the average July temperature in the southern part of the island is around 13 °C / 55 °F.
Warm summer days can reach up to 20 °C / 77 °F.
In Iceland that is considered to be a “HEAT WAVE!” and everyone is happy
The prevailing winds and storms direction is easterly. Westerly winds are rather rare. Generally speaking, wind speeds tend to be higher in the highlands, however wind speed frequently reaches 18 m/s / 59 ft/s in the lowlands and near or under the mountains.
THE FABRIC OF LIFE IN ICELAND ALWAYS REVOLVES AROUND THE WEATHER –SO WE HAVE TWO VERY SIMPLE RULES:
- Weather is a state of mind!
- There is no such thing as “BAD” weather only “BAD” clothing!
SO…HOW TO DRESS AND PREPARE FOR AN ICELAND VISIT:
IT IS VERY SIMPLE, YOU COME PREPARED AND DRESS UP IN GENERAL WARM OUT DOOR CLOTHING:
- Thermal underwear
- Wool socks
- Fleece jacket or wool sweater is a must. Jeans/cotton clothing is not recommended
- Water- and wind proof trousers and jacket
- Sturdy shoes/hiking boots
- Mittens or ski gloves
- Warm hat
DRESS CODE FOR DINING IS SIMPLE AND COMFORTABLE:
- Smart casual works everywhere.
- If you like to dress up more then smart casual that is ok also, what ever makes you comfortable!
There are not strict dress code rules in restaurants here; the Icelanders are extremely relaxed in this manner. So kick up your heals and enjoy Iceland!