FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ICELAND IN JUNE
Whatever you’re wondering about visiting Iceland in June, we’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions. Is June a good time to visit Iceland? Definitely! What can you visit during this time of year? Read below to find out all the details from our local travel experts.
How is Iceland in June?
Visiting Iceland during this summer month has many advantages.
Marking the start of summer holidays, June is a popular month to travel to Iceland. Not only that, but you get some of the best weather of the year as well as the longest days. Driving conditions are good and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
What are the best things to do in Iceland in June?
There are so many exciting things to do in Iceland in June. As it’s summer and the weather is usually good, you can choose from many outdoor excursions.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Iceland in June:
Drive the Ring Road around the island
Marvel at waterfalls
Hike in national parks
Dip in hot springs and pools
Go whale and puffin watching
See geothermal wonders and volcanoes
Roam the countryside on an Icelandic horse
Walk along black sand beaches
Venture off the beaten track
Admire glacier lagoons
Cultural events in June
June is a busy month when it comes to events and festivals in Iceland, meaning it is one of the best times to visit.
On the first weekend of the month, fishing villages across the country celebrate Seafarers’ Day (Sjómannadagurinn). You can also join locals in their national day, marked on the 17 June every year.
It is followed by a celebration of midsummer with solstice parties and bonfires. You could even attend the Secret Solstice music festival held yearly in Reykjavík.
Good to know: If you’re unsure about what you want to do in Iceland, don’t worry. Our Iceland experts are based in Reykjavík and know the country inside out. They’ll help you see Iceland your way, tailoring your itinerary by adding all the best excursions and experiences to suit you.
What are the best places to visit in Iceland in June?
The best places to visit in Iceland in June include waterfalls, hot springs, geothermal sites, glaciers and more. Because the weather tends to be good at this time of year, you’ll find that you can adventure yourself to remote corners of the country too.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Iceland in June:
You could also visit Greenland as part of your June tour with these Iceland and Greenland combination packages.
What is the weather like in Iceland in June?
As June is one of Iceland’s summer months, you might experience the best weather of the year. On average there are highs of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F). There may be rainy and windy days.
Icelandic weather is unpredictable, so prepare for sun, wind and rain if you’re planning a trip for June!
What is the temperature in June?
The average temperature in Iceland in June is 11°C (52°F). The country can experience highs of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F) at this time of year.
Does it snow in Iceland in June?
It is unlikely to snow in Iceland in June.
What are the driving conditions in Iceland in June?
A road trip in Iceland in June has its advantages. The roads are generally in good condition and there are plenty of daylight hours to explore. This means you could have long drive days to get from one destination to the next, or to make more stops along the way.
Since the weather is changeable in Iceland, it is important to come prepared. Make yourself aware of road safety precautions before you travel.
During your trip check weather and road conditions regularly. For your peace of mind, our team is on hand 24/7 should you need to get in touch at any point.
When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, car rentals come with collision damage waiver, a GPS, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a hand-marked map of your route. You also get two named drivers on the insurance policy so you can share the driving with a travel companion.
What to pack for a trip to Iceland in June?
Iceland is famous for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. Even though June is a summer month, we recommend bringing warm and cooler layers to be ready for the different temperatures.
That way, come rain or shine, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country.
Here is a list of packing essentials for your Iceland trip in June:
Short-sleeved shirts and lightweight layers
Fleece and lightweight wool jumpers
Waterproof and windproof jacket or shell layers
Thermal underwear and socks
As well as these essentials, be sure to bring good sturdy walking or hiking boots depending on what activities you may want to enjoy. And, if you’re keen to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, remember to pack your swimwear.
What to wear in Iceland in June?
Icelanders have a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.
As the weather is expected to be mild in June, we recommend layers. That way you can remove or add clothes depending on the day’s weather.
Make sure to bring some warm under layers as well as water and windproof outer layers. If you plan on visiting beaches, going for coastal walks and exploring national parks, you should wear some good hiking shoes or boots.
What are the daylight hours in Iceland in June?
In late June, as Iceland experiences the summer solstice, the sun barely sets over the horizon. This is a phenomenon called the midnight sun. This means you can expect around 20-22 hours of daylight at this time of year.
At the beginning of June, the sun rises at approximately 3:20 AM and sets at around 11:30 PM in Reykjavík. In Akureyri, in the north of Iceland, the sun rises even earlier, at 2:30 AM, and sets around 11:30 PM.
By the end of June, daylight hours in Iceland are even longer. In Reykjavík the sunrise takes place at about 3 AM and sunset at midnight. In Akureyri the sunrise occurs at around 2 AM and doesn’t set until well past midnight.
Can I see northern nights in Iceland in June?
In June, it is unlikely you’ll see the aurora borealis. This is because during the summer months there are few hours of proper darkness.
Visit between October and March to go on one of the northern lights tours available in Iceland. These allow you to go to quieter and more remote areas to (hopefully) enjoy the spectacle.
How to tour Iceland in June?
There are various ways to travel on your Iceland tour in June. Depending on your personal tastes, you could either go for a guided or self-guided vacation.
Take the wheel
For a self-guided journey through Iceland, you could opt for a road trip. There are many self-drive tour routes to choose from in June. For shorter stays we recommend driving along the South Coast or exploring the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west.
If you have a week or more to spend in Iceland, drive around the Ring Road for a full loop of the country. This way you can visit virtually all the stunning corners of Iceland in one trip! You could even go off the beaten path in the Westfjords.
When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, your car rental comes with collision damage waiver, a GPS, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, and a hand-marked map of your route. You also get two named drivers on the insurance policy so you can share the driving with a travel companion.
Join a small group tour
Discover Iceland with like-minded visitors as part of a small guided group tour. You’ll get to meet people from around the world and learn from the expertise of a local guide, who will show you the most beautiful and fascinating parts of Iceland.
Our small group tours of Iceland in June range from 5 to 14 days in duration, taking you to various locations in the country. You could visit the popular south coast or travel around the Iceland Ring Road for an in-depth tour.
Book a private guide
On the other hand, you might prefer to be accompanied by your very own local expert throughout your Iceland experience.
A privately guided tour is one of the most exclusive ways to see Iceland. You’ll have your own personal guide to show you the best locations and sites.
Go on a city break with day tours
If you prefer to be more independent, a great way to combine solo travel with guided excursions is a multi-day tour of Iceland.
Base yourself in one or two locations, such as Reykjavík and Akureyri, to explore Iceland’s highlights on day trips. You can fill your itinerary with as many tour-led activities as you wish!
Good to know: Whichever of these travel styles you choose, you’ll get all the signature Nordic Visitor benefits. These include access to our 24/7 helpline, a detailed personal itinerary, helpful travel guide and daily breakfast.
Nordic Visitor will book all your accommodation, and you can add extra nights and activities to your itinerary too.
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