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Iceland in June | Everything You Need to Know

Iceland in June | Everything You Need to Know

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The warm glow of the midnight sun bather the iconic Reynisdrangar seastacks.

Find out everything you need to know about Iceland in June. We help you discover what to do, where to go, and what the weather in Iceland is like in June. Whether you’re chasing the midnight sun or hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, see what you can expect this month. 

Visiting Iceland in June

Is June a Good Time to Go to Iceland?

The most common question we get at Guide to Iceland is 'when is the best time to travel to Iceland?'. June is a great month to visit Iceland. It’s the first official summer month, although it may sometimes feel more like spring.

There may be snow dotting the mountain tops, but the flowers are blooming, and temperatures are comfortable (though not as warm as July and August).

Driving in Iceland in June

Improved weather conditions mean that driving in Iceland in June is very safe. The rugged roads to the Highlands are open, allowing you access to the country's vast and wild interior (just make sure you have a 4X4 vehicle).

The rich and rolling hills of Landmannalaugar.

Midnight Sun in June in Iceland

June is also the perfect time to experience the midnight sun because the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, falls between June 20-22.

The sun technically does set in Iceland during the summer solstice, but the light lingers in a sort of twilight due to the island's northern latitude. It gives you more time to enjoy the sights in the day, and it's also a unique phenomenon to witness.

There are many midnight sun tours in Iceland: you can go on a kayaking trip, hiking, or even camp to witness the sun that never sets. There’s also the Secret Solstice Festival held over the summer solstice period. It’s a music festival featuring international and local hit musicians sharing their talents with fans at Laugardalur Park in Reykjavik.

Northern Lights in Iceland in June

Longer days and friendlier temperatures in Iceland in June mean that most activities during June are accessible, but there are a few things you can't do:

  1. Ice caving season is strictly from November to March, so it's impossible to see these hidden wonders in the summer.
  2. It's also impossible to see Iceland’s northern lights in June because of the midnight sun.

Let’s get into the best things to do in Iceland in June.

The Best Things to Do in Iceland in June

Sometimes it looks like puffins can't fly but they are actually capable of beating their wings over 400 times a minute.

Are you wondering what to do in Iceland in June? As the first month of summer, June is an ideal month to visit Iceland because there are so many activities and places accessible for you to enjoy. It’ll take too long to list all the possibilities, but the following list of the most popular summer activities is a good start.

Camping in June in Iceland

Camping is great fun in May in Iceland.Photo by Ryan Shultiz

One of the top things to do in Iceland in June is camping, and there are many beautiful campsites all over the country. They will have showers and toilets close by or near local swimming pools where you can make use of the facilities.

It's highly recommended to find a legitimate campsite to ensure you have the best amenities available, especially toilet facilities. Tjalda and Camping Card are fantastic websites for locating the closest campsite and finding its available facilities.

The weather is unpredictable, so layers are always recommended, as are consistent weather forecast checks. Remember that even when the sun sets, you'll be in twilight—so it won’t hurt to bring an eye mask!

Hiking in Iceland in June

Fed up with the hustle and bustle? Escape in the Icelandic countryside.

The weather in June in Iceland is excellent for hiking, with many trails opening up. There's no better way to see the untouched natural beauty of the Icelandic countryside than exploring it by foot, breathing in the fresh air as you hear the ground crunch beneath your feet.

Better weather conditions open up remote routes that are usually inaccessible, and the possibility of camping makes longer trails possible.

The roads to the Highlands open in June, as does the Laugavegur trail, which connects the Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork nature reserve. You can find both guided and unguided hiking tours.

Another remote region great to hike is the Westfjords. It’s the oldest region of Iceland, and they tell their many stories with dramatically deep fjords and tumbling waterfalls. Within the misty mountain tops, there are some impressive trails for hikers of all levels. In some cases, you can still follow ancient cairns down the well-beaten paths. 

Fishing in June in Iceland

Fishing is popular in Iceland's seas and lakes.Photo from Kayak Fishing Adventure by Mount Kirkjufell

Iceland has a deep relationship with fishing, with much of Icelandic history revolving around it. Fishing in lakes and rivers is a popular leisure activity. You’ll need a permit to fish in any river or lake in Iceland and permission from the landowner.

This can be tricky, and the permits are expensive. Read more about fishing in Iceland to plan your trip. The easiest approach for experienced anglers and beginners is to book a guided fishing tour.

Sea-angling is more straightforward, and some tours combine it with whale-watching expeditions. In some cases, the tours will even help you gut your fish for cooking.

The cheapest route to catching a fish in Iceland is harbor fishing—some companies offer rod rental so you can cast your line, relax, and let your feet dangle over the pier.

Visiting Hot Springs & Swimming Pools

Laugardalslaug, Reykjavík's largest pool is well worth a visit!Photo from Reykjavik City Card | 24 Hours

Icelanders love to be in the water, and there's no city or town in Iceland without a pool nearby. You can often find hot springs and geothermal pools in the most surprising and remote places!

The geothermal energy in Iceland is intertwined with the people's history and culture, and meeting in the water is a common pastime to catch up.

Although these spots are nearly always outside, they're frequented year-round. And Iceland’s June weather is an excellent time of year for those who wish to discover Icelandic pool culture.

Reykjadalur has a geothermal river.Photo from Hot Spring Hike of Reykjadalur Valley

Natural hot springs are less likely to have changing rooms, let alone heated ones, so the June weather in Iceland opens up the possibility of enjoying a dip. Beware that some hot springs may be on private property, and you need to get the landowner's permission. It may be easier to take a hot spring tour.

The endless sunlight hours of June give you all day and night to enjoy these natural wonders. There’s nothing like experiencing the long shadows and colorful sunset glow from a hot spring in the middle of nowhere.

Most towns and villages will have a swimming pool, and Reykjavik has many. No matter the location, there's always one rule to follow: you must wash thoroughly without your swimsuit before entering the pool. It's one way that the pools are kept clean and lightly chlorinated.

In Reykjavik, the swimming pools are large and often come with extra comforts such as saunas and steam rooms. Laugardalslaug, the largest in Reykjavik, even offers massages and spa-like treatments.

Sundhollin swimming pool in downtown Reykjavik has recently reopened after renovations and is a favorite among locals and visitors for its central location and social atmosphere. 

Horse Riding in June in Iceland

Bums to the wind!

The Icelandic horse has been bred in isolation in Iceland for over 1,000 years. It’s famous for its intelligent and calm nature. It has faithfully served as a transport and agricultural companion in the past but is now primarily used for leisure and competitive riding.

June offers excellent weather for horseback riding—a chance to experience the beauty of the countryside. Furthermore, the longer hours of sunlight give you more flexibility on what time of day and how long you can take your trip.

The Icelandic horse is famous for its short, stocky build, and they're closer in size to ponies than horses and friendly in temperament. These qualities make the horses ideal for both children and beginners, so going on a horse riding tour to explore Iceland is also a fantastic family activity.

Whale & Puffin Watching in June in Iceland

Having a whale of a time!Photo from Whale Watching Tour off Reykjavik's Faxafloi Bay

The shores off of Iceland’s coasts are rich in krill and fish, attracting whales and birds to its dramatic coastline. Whale watching and puffin spotting tours are often combined as a boat trip.

The Atlantic puffin only nests on the Icelandic coastline between May and August, so June is a prime month to spot the adorable bird. It’s regarded by many as the unofficial bird of Iceland, and you won’t want to miss your chance to spot these colorfully beaked fellows.

A charming puffin nesting in the grass

Both whale and puffin spotting make for excellent family adventures. Even though whale watching tours are available all year round, setting sail in the summer months makes for a much more pleasant experience at sea, with lower winds and kinder temperatures. 

Whales are not the only mammals you can hope to see. Although humpback and minke whales are common, you may also see harbor porpoises and short-beaked dolphins. Less common species are fin whales and orcas (killer whales). You can also look forward to spotting Iceland's birdlife: gulls, fulmars, gannets, and guillemots. 

Once onboard, you'll be taken to the prime spotting locations. Your expert guide will tell you and show you any wildlife in the area and provide informative and fun facts about all curious creatures.

Lupine Fields in Iceland in June

Vestrahorn in all of its majesty.

With the Iceland weather in June becoming warm, the country is enveloped in purple flowers called lupines. Lupine was initially introduced to help with soil erosion. 

However, they've quickly spread to cover large parts of the countryside. In some places, they're considered invasive species that threaten indigenous plants, such as revered and ancient moss species.

Lupines are quite controversial. But, many consider the quilt of purple flowers stunning and don't mind their spread across the Icelandic countryside.

The lupines are out in full force at the start of summer and one of the top things to see in Iceland in June.

If you drive around Iceland, you'll get a taste of its contrasts even a short distance because the landscapes change so swiftly. Within a few miles, you'll see purple lupine fields, mossy green lava fields, and lush pastures dotted with yellow buttercups and dandelions.

Lava Caving in June in Iceland

Tunnel to the middle of the earthPhoto from Leidarendi Lava Cave Exploration

June is a perfect month to discover Iceland’s lava caves and tubes. Many lava caves inaccessible in the winter due to ice have now thawed and are ready to be explored. Get beneath the surface to experience firsthand the powerful volcanism that created and continues to shape Iceland.

It’s never advisable to enter a cave in Iceland without an expert, and there are many guided lava cave tours near and far to Reykjavik.

The flexibility of the summer months means you can mix and match to get the most out of your time. For example, you can visit the Leidarendilava cave and horseback riding past beautiful hillsides and peaceful lakes.

What's Going on in June in Iceland?

Catch the epic Secret Solstice music festival in JunePhoto from Katrín Ásta Sigurjónsdóttir 

What to see in Iceland in June? Although Iceland is just a tiny country with fewer than 350,000 residents, there are many wonderful national holidays and music and arts festivals. And June is no exception.

If you are traveling to Iceland in June, here are the cultural events that you can take advantage of.

Fisherman's Day

Fishing is a celebrated pastime in Iceland.Photo from Scenic 3 Hour Catch & Cook Fishing in the Westfjords with Transfer from Bildudalur

Fisherman's Day is a public holiday on the first Sunday of June. Iceland’s history, culture, and survival have long been intertwined with fishing and fishermen. It’s a weekend-long celebration, especially in the countryside.

It was established in 1938 to celebrate all those who risked their lives at sea past and present. This remembrance includes those who have tragically died.

The weekend is enthusiastically celebrated in coastal towns, so if you find yourself in a little village by the sea, make sure you get down to the harbor to see the local festivities. There are always activities, especially for kids, making Fisherman's Day a perfect family outing.

Lobster Festival in Hofn

Enjoy the pride of Höfn's local cuisine, the tasty langoustine.Photo by Lois Hansel

Hofn is one of the best places to visit in Iceland in June. They host an annual lobster festival at the end of June to celebrate its birthday. Hofn is famous for its lobster and langoustine. The festival is a weekend celebration with live music concerts and, of course, lots and lots of lobster.

Things to do in Reykjavik in June

The Reykjavik weather in June brings people out and about on the streets. Some of the public holidays are more spectacular in the capital. If you’re wondering what to do in Reykjavik in June, you can’t go wrong with the two national holidays and one of the year’s biggest festivals. 

Fisherman’s Day in Reykjavik

If you’re in Reykjavik for this holiday, you can visit the old fish-packing district, now the cosmopolitan Grandi, about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the downtown area.

Some restaurants will offer free seafood soup, and there may be outdoor vendors tempting you with seafood treats. You can even watch the fisherman put the fish (and alien-like creatures of the deep) on ice!

Iceland's Independence Day (June 17)

The Icelandic flag waving in defiance against Danish rule.Photo by Simon Schmitt

June 17 marks Iceland's independence and the famous independence fighter Jon Sigurdsson's birthday. Flags fly at full mast, and everyone has the day off if they want it.

There's a parade through the downtown area in Reykjavik featuring people in traditional Icelandic dress, people on horseback, and flag-wielding scouts. People head to the central area to watch the show and hear a speech from the annually appointed Fjallkonan, the ‘woman of the mountain,’ who represents the Icelandic nation's fierce character and spirit.

In recent years, the title of Fjallkonan was awarded to a trans woman and a drag queen, another one of the many ways Iceland is showing its support to the LGBTQ communities.

People celebrate in central Reykjavik no matter the weather, and there are fireworks in the evening. Similar celebrations happen all over the country, varying in scale, so be sure to join in wherever you are.

Secret Solstice Music Festival

For those looking to travel to Iceland in June, you might want to time it so you can attend the Secret Solstice. It’s an annual musical festival held over three to four days in central Reykjavik over the summer solstice weekend. Since the first festival in 2014, the festival has seen an exciting mix of established artists and up-and-coming talent from all over the world.

In the past, groups like Radiohead, Die Antwoord, Foo Fighters, Wu-Tang Clan Busta Rhymes, Deftones, Kelis, The Prodigy, Stormzy, and Chaka Khan, among others, have attended.

People come from all over to attend the festival where the sun never sets, and hostels and hotels are busy during this time (as well as car rentals, so book ahead). There’s also a camping site for those that want the authentic festival experience.

Book for Secret Solstice well ahead of time—just don't forget sunglasses and a waterproof jacket! As nice as the Iceland weather in June is, it can still be unpredictable.

Viking Festival in Hafnarfjordur

Vikings at the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjordur in Iceland in June

Hafnarfjordur is a small town 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Iceland and home to Iceland’s oldest running Viking Festival. It takes place on the second weekend of June in Vidistadatun Park and the Viking Village.

It lasts for four days with a medieval market that sells leather goods, fur, silver jewelry, and swords. There are also Viking reenactment battles which are great to watch even for non-history buffs.

Weather in Iceland in June

Beautiful fever flowers litter the rolling green hills of Landmannalaugar.

June is a wonderful time to come to Iceland and is one of the most popular months to visit. And it's not difficult to understand why. The June Iceland weather brings prolonged daylight hours and warmer temperatures and gives you enough time to cram in everything you want to see.

But the weather in Iceland is consistently inconsistent and can change rapidly within the cycle of a day. Although you're extremely unlikely to experience ice or snow in the lowlands, you'll have a mix of gray, rainy days and clear blue skies.

For those only visiting the capital, the Reykjavik weather in June tends to be warmer than the rest of the country. But you should still pack some rain gear.

How Long is Daylight in Iceland in June

The midnight sun's amber glow creates perfect opportunities for photography enthusiasts since sunset and sunrise last far longer than just one golden hour. That is not to say that June is guaranteed sunshine.

But with 20-24 hours of daylight, which peaks around the summer solstice on June 21, you’re sure to have plenty of sunlight.

Iceland’s Temperature in June

In June, the average low temperature is 48 F (9 C), and the average high temperature is 59 F (15 C). 

If you are planning outdoor activities, especially if you're planning to camp, it’s best to dress in layers because they will keep you warm in cold conditions and give you the option to take off layers when the sun comes out (fingers crossed!).

Whatever the weather, the number of activities and places to go in June are endless, so visit Iceland in June and leave with unforgettable memories and stories to share.

What was your time in June in Iceland like? What kind of things did you enjoy doing? Would you visit again at this time of year? How was the weather in June for you? Feel free to leave your comments or questions below: