February in Iceland; What you need to know.

image is from a whale watching tour in Iceland, the landscape is covered in snow, the whale is breathing in the ocean.

February in Iceland is peaceful and beautiful. The nights are long and dark enough that we frequently see the Northern Lights light up the sky, but by the end of the month the days are long enough to explore the stunning countryside that is often covered in snow. Winter activities like visiting Ice Caves and snowmobiling are available, but without the crowds you might encounter over Christmas and new years.

What’s the weather like in February in Iceland?

February in Iceland is definitely cold. The average temperature is below freezing, and there is normally ice and snow underfoot. The daylight hours start to get noticeably longer by the end of the month, but even if it is sunny it will be cold. Definitely pack your thermals. Why not have a look at our guide of What to pack for Iceland.

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Weather in Iceland from Meteobox

Can you see the Northern Lights in February in Iceland?

The short answer is; YES!

The nights are long in February so we have the chance to see the aurora. In order to see the Northern Lights you need three things; Clear skies, lots of solar energy, and night time. In the middle of summer we don’t get all three! We have had some fantastic displays of aurora in Reykjavik in February, and although if they are really strong you can sometimes see them in the city itself, your best chance to see them is to go on a tour. At SeaTrips we study the skies carefully, so we know when to head out and where to look! Plus you get to relax on a gorgeous yacht.

Time and date chart from icelandcloseup

Can you see puffins in February in Iceland?

No, in February the puffins are out at sea, they are ocean birds after all and only come here to breed in the summer months. Learn more about puffins here. You can visit them on in Reykjavik harbour on our brilliant tours with our passionate crew.

Can you see whales and dolphins in February in Iceland?

Yes! You can see many different species of whales and dolphins all year round in Iceland, however many adults go to warm waters to breed during the winter so there are fewer here. You can come whale watching with us on our yachts!


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