July in Iceland; What you need to know.

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July in Iceland is the height of summer. Most Icelanders would say it is their favourite month, with endless days full of festivals, hiking, roadtrips, and camping. It is a truly stunning time of year in Iceland.

What’s the weather like in July in Iceland?

In July in Iceland is glorious. Average temperatures are about 11°C or 51°F but very occasionally we reach 20°C! That for us is incredibly hot and everyone lays around sunbathing and appreciating it. There can still be cold winds though, and although it is bright at nighttime it can still be cool, so be sure to pack your coat along with your sunglasses. 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 July in Iceland?

The short answer is; no, sorry, but there are plenty of other awesome things to do. The days are so long that you can go for a night time hike and have favourite tourist spots to yourself! People often think that the midnight sun will keep them awake in a bad way – that they will feel tired and grumpy, but the opposite is true. You are truly awake and able to enjoy the wonderful, ethereal world under the midnight sun!

Why aren’t there Northern Lights trips on?

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 the dark skies we need to give you a great display of the aurora.

Most northern lights tours will end in mid-April because that is when the true night is over for the year.

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Can you see puffins in July in Iceland?

Yes! These gorgeous birds are back from their winter at sea. They come to Iceland to breed, and by July their beaks and feet are at their brightest! 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 July in Iceland?

Yes! You can see many different species of whales and dolphins all year round, but definitely in July in Iceland, and this is during of the high whale season, with breeding adults returning from their mating grounds. You can come whale watching with us on our yachts!


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