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

What is Iceland like in June? What is Icelandic weather like in June? What temperature will it be in Reykjavík and elsewhere on the map? What is the best way to experience the summer solstice? Read on for your guide to Iceland in June, whatever the weather forecast.

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 is the first official summer month, although it may sometimes still feel more like late spring. There may still be speckles of snow dotting mountain tops, but flowers are in bloom and temperatures are comfortable, although not as warm as July and August. Camping is popular from this month onwards so, whether it be in a tent or camper van, why not enjoy sleeping out in nature?

Improved weather conditions mean that driving in Iceland in June is very safe and inviting. The month of June sees the rugged roads to the Highlands 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.

Iceland's National Day of Independence is held each year on the 17th of June and no matter where you are in the country, flags will be at full mast and Icelanders will be out in droves to celebrate.

June is also the perfect time to experience the midnight sun in all its glory as the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, falls between June 20-22. The sun never sets in Iceland during summer solstice due to the island's northern latitude: not only does this give you more time in the day to enjoy the sights but it genuinely is a unique phenomenon to experience.

Secret Solstice is a massive music festival held over the summer solstice featuring international and local hit music acts sharing their talents with fans who gather in their masses to Laugardalur park in Reykjavík.

Longer days and more-friendly temperatures mean that most activities in Iceland during June are accessible, it is perhaps more conducive to mention in brief what is not possible. The Ice-caving season is strictly from November to March, and so it is not possible to see these hidden wonders in the summer just as it is not possible to spot the elusive aurora borealis, as the sky never darkens.

Nature in Contrast

Vestrahorn in all of its majesty.

Iceland is a country of contrasts, and there is no better time to see this than the summer as the snowy blanket of winter thaws and nature is in blossom beneath the still frost-bitten peaks of faraway mountains.

Much of Iceland is enveloped by purple flowers called lupines. The lupine was initially introduced to assist with soil erosion, however, they have quickly spread to cover large parts of the countryside. They are considered an invasive species, in some places threatening to stifle indigenous plants such as revered and ancient moss species.


The lupines are therefore quite controversial, and a lot of locals dislike the plant for the reasons mentioned above. Contrarily, other natives and visitors alike,  consider the quilt of purple flowers extremely beautiful and do not mind their spread across the Icelandic countryside.

The lupines are out full force in June and can provide either a perfect foreground or background to the fantastic sights you will want to immortalise with your camera.
You will be able to observe contrasts especially whilst driving in Iceland as landscapes change swiftly. You can be admiring a purple lupine field one minute, a black and green mossy lava field then suddenly you are speeding through green fields, dotted with yellow buttercups and dandelions.

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.

June, as the first month of summer proper, is an ideal month to visit Iceland as there are so many activities and places accessible for you to enjoy. Although we could never list all the possibilities, the following list is intended to guide you through some of the most popular summer enterprises you can look forward to.

Camping in June in Iceland

The circle of...camping life?

The month of June generally heralds in camping season for natives and visitors alike. Camping is very popular in Iceland, and there are many beautiful campsites dotted all over the countryside. Sites will have showers and toilets close by or be in close proximity to the local swimming pool where you can make use of the facilities.

It is highly recommended to find a legitimate campsite to ensure you have the best amenities available, especially toilet facilities. Here is a fantastic website for locating the closest campsite. Wild camping is still technically allowed in Iceland but to preserve Iceland’s pristine nature there are strict regulations. Before you set up camp be sure you are following these guidelines.

The weather is still unpredictable, so layers are always recommended as are consistent weather forecast checks. Remember that the sun never sets so it won’t hurt to bring an eye mask!

Hiking Trails in June in Iceland

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

Hiking trails in the summer months are plentiful and offer a huge amount of variety in difficulty as well as landscapes to be admired. There is no better way to explore the untouched natural beauty of the Icelandic countryside than walking through it, breathing in the fresh air as you feel the ground beneath your feet. There is a range of guided and unguided hiking tours at your fingertips here.

Better weather conditions open up more remote routes that are usually inaccessible, and the possibility of camping makes longer trails conceivable. The roads to the Highlands open in June as does the possibility of completing the famous Laugavegur trail which connects the Landmannalaugar and þórsmörk nature reserves. 

Geologically, the Westfjords are 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 seriously impressive trails of varying levels, in some cases, you can still follow ancient cairns marking well-beaten trails. The mild June weather opens these breathtaking views for visitors to explore.

Fishing in June in Iceland

Catch a salmon or will they catch you!

Iceland harbours a deep relationship with this sport as well as livelihood, and most of Icelandic culture and history has revolved around fishing. Fishing in lakes and rivers is a popular leisure activity and it is no wonder when surrounded by the most gorgeous landscapes with the sound of the water immersing you in nature. That being said, all river fishing is highly moderated in Iceland, and it is well-worth making yourself familiar with the regulations.

You will need a permit to fish in any river or lake in Iceland as well as permission from the landowner; this can be tricky and permits, expensive. The most straightforward approach for experienced anglers and beginners alike is to book a guided fishing tour here.

Sea-angling is a lot more straightforward and often offered in conjunction with whale-watching expedition such as this tour. In some cases, the tours offer you to prepare your catch for feasting upon.

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

Hot Springs & Swimming Pools in June in Iceland

Laugardalslaug, Reykjavík's largest pool is well worth a visit!

Icelanders love to be in the water, and there is no populated place in Iceland you cannot find at least one hot spring or a pool nearby. In fact, you can often find hidden hot spring gems in the most surprising and remote places!

The abundance of geothermal energy in Iceland is intertwined with the history and culture of the people, and meeting in the water is a common pastime to catch up and discuss current affairs as well as gossip.

Despite these spots nearly always being outside, they are frequented all year round, no matter the weather. June, however, is an excellent time of year for those who wish to discover the Icelandic pool culture but maybe not harsher weather while exposed in a swimsuit.

Landmannalaugar natural hot springs.
Wild hot springs are less likely to have changing rooms, let alone heated ones, so June definitely opens up the possibility to savour a dip without freezing in the nip first. Do beware that some hot springs may lie on private property and therefore should not be entered without the permission of the landowner.

The everlasting sunlight hours of June really gives you all day and night to enjoy these natural wonders: there is nothing like experiencing the long shadows, and colourful glow of sunset from a hot spring in the middle of nowhere.

Most towns and villages will have their own swimming pool, and Reykjavík has many. No matter the location there is always one rule to follow: you must wash thoroughly without your swimsuit before entering the pool. This prerequisite is how the pools are kept clean as they are lightly chlorinated for a more natural experience.
In Reykjavík especially, the swimming pools are large and often boast extra comforts such as saunas and steam rooms. Laugardalslaug, the largest in Reykjavík, even offers massages and spa-like treatments.

Sundhöllin in downtown Reykjavík has recently just reopened after renovations and is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike for its central location and social atmosphere. 

Horseriding in June in Iceland

Bums to the wind!

The Icelandic horse is one of the rarest and purest breeds of horse in the world, and it has bred in isolation here in Iceland for over 1000-years. It is famous for its intelligent and calm nature and has faithfully served as a transport and agricultural companion for a millennium although nowadays they are used mostly for leisure and competitive riding.

June and the summer months offer better weather to experience the beauty of the countryside from horseback. Furthermore, the greater hours of sunlight afford you more flexibility on what time of day and for how long you can take your trip.

The Icelandic horse is famed for its short, stocky build and they are closer in size to ponies than horses and friendly in temperament. These qualities combined present the Icelandic horse as a perfect riding experience for children and beginners alike, therefore, saddling up to explore Iceland is also a fantastic family activity.

There are populations of Icelandic horse all the way around the country, and you are able to explore most popular areas and tours from the comfort of a saddle atop a trusty steed.

Whale & Puffin Watching in June in Iceland

Having a whale of a time!

The shores off of Iceland’s coasts are rich in krill and fish bringing abundant marine and bird life to its dramatic coastline. Whale watching and puffin spotting tours both operate on boat trips usually lasting up to three hours, sometimes offering you to see both on the same 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 which is often dubbed the clown of the sea. Regarded by many as the unofficial bird of Iceland, you won’t want to miss your chance to spot these colourful beaked fellows.

A charming puffin nesting in the grass

Both whale and puffin spotting make for excellent family time adventures ensuring children and animal lovers cherish an unforgettable experience. Whale watching tours are available all year round, however, setting sail in the summer months makes for a much more pleasant experience at sea with lower winds and kinder temperatures.

  • Find Whale Watching & Puffin Watching Tours here

Whales are not the only mammals you can hope to see, and although humpback and minke whales are common, you may also see harbour porpoises and short-beaked dolphins. Less common species that reside offshore are fin whales and orcas (killer whales), and you can also look forward to spotting more birdlife such as gulls, fulmars, gannets and guillemots. 

Once on board, you will be taken to the prime spotting locations where your expert guide will bring your attention to any wildlife in the area and provide informative and fun facts about all curious creatures.

Lava Caving in June in Iceland

Tunnel to the middle of the earthCredit: Leidarendi Lava Cave Exploration Tour

June is a perfect month to discover the lava caves and tubes of Iceland. Many lava caves that were inaccessible in the winter due to ice are thawed and ready to be explored. Get beneath the surface to experience first hand the powerful volcanism that created and continues to shape Iceland.

It is never advisable to enter a cave in Iceland without an expert, and there are many guided tours to take you into these mysterious recesses of the earth’s crust.

The flexibility of the summer months really means you can mix stuff up to get the most out of your time. Why not combine multiple adventure activities such as visiting Leiðarendi lava cave as well as horseback riding past beautiful hillsides and peaceful lakes through this wonderful tour.

What's Going on in June in Iceland?

Catch the epic Secret Solstice music festival in JuneCredit: Secret Solstice Festival

Although just a small country of 350,000 people, Iceland's annual calendar is characterised by a number of national holidays as well as music and arts festivals and June is no exception. Here are the cultural events that you can witness and partake in the month of June in Iceland.

Fisherman's Day

Misty harbour on the coast where people love to celebrate Fisherman's day.

A public holiday, Fisherman's Day occurs on the first Sunday of June although it’s really a weekend-long celebration, especially in the countryside. Iceland’s history, culture and survival have long been intertwined with the fortunes it reaps at sea, and there is no figure more revered than the brave and hardy Icelandic fisherman.

Fisherman’s Day was established in 1938 to celebrate all those who risk their lives at sea past and present, including those who have tragically perished.

If you’re in Reykjavík for this holiday, you can take a gander at the old fish-packing district, now the cosmopolitan Grandi, only a 15-minute walk from the downtown area. Here you’ll be able to observe native fish put on ice in fish crates, featuring weird space-like creatures from the deep. Some restaurants will offer free seafood soup, and there may be outdoor vendors tempting you with fishy treats and barbequed tidbits.

Fisherman’s Day (or 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 harbour to familiarise yourself with local festivities. There are always activities for children too making this a perfect family day out if you find yourself in Iceland over this weekend.

Iceland's National Day, 17th of June

The Icelandic flag waving in defiance against Danish rule.

The 17th of June marks the anniversary of the Republic of Iceland formed in 1944, and it is an annual holiday throughout the country. Flags fly at full mast, and everyone has the day off (unless people work shifts but then they get paid extra!).

In Reykjavík, there is a parade through the downtown area featuring people in traditional Icelandic dress, people on Icelandic horseback and the flag-wielding scouts. People flock 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 fierce character and spirit of the Icelandic nation.

In the past couple of years, the Fjallkonan has been appointed to a trans woman as well as a drag queen illuminating the fiercely progressive nature of accepting Icelandic attitudes.

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

Secret Solstice Music Festival

The sun is out and the crowd is heaving at Secret Solstice festival.Credit: Secret Solstice Festival

Secret Solstice is an annual musical festival held over 3-4 days in central Reykjavík over or close to the summer solstice weekend. Since the first festival in 2014, the festival has seen an exciting mix of well-known established artists as well as fresh up and coming talent from all over the world.

Big names to mention are Radiohead, Die Antwoord, Foo Fighters, Wu-Tan Clan Busta Rhymes, Deftones, Kelis, The Prodigy, Stormzy and Chaka Khan as well as many more.

As well as a loyal local population of attendees, people come from all over to attend the festival where the sun never sets, and hostels and hotels swell during this time (as well as car hires so book ahead). There is also a camping site for those that want the authentic festival feel.

Book for Secret Solstice and expect all your average music festival has to offer and more, just don't forget sunglasses and a waterproof!

Lobster Festival, Höfn

Enjoy the pride of Höfn's local cuisine, the tasty langoustine.

To celebrate Höfn’s birthday as an anniversary, there is an annual lobster festival at the end of June. Höfn is famous for its lobster, or langoustine as it is called elsewhere in the world as it is heavily processed and eaten there. The festival is a weekend celebration with live music concerts and of course, lots and lots of lobster.

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Weather in June in Iceland

Beautiful fever flowers litter the rolling green hills of Landmannalaugar.

June is truly a remarkable time to come to Iceland and certainly is one of the most popular months of the year that people choose to visit. It is not difficult to understand why as the prolonged hours of daylight bring warmer temperatures as well as increased flexibility to cram in everything you want to see.

The amber glow of the midnight sun creates the perfect opportunities for photography enthusiasts, sunset and sunrise last for far longer than just one golden hour and you could spend them all behind the camera lens.

This is not to say that June is guaranteed sunshine, nothing of the sort. Weather in Iceland is consistently inconsistent and can change rapidly within the cycle of a day. Although you are extremely unlikely to experience and ice or snow in the lowlands, you can expect rain or shine - it really is impossible to say how much of either.

The midnight sun setting over Reykjavík in all its glory.

If you are planning outdoor activities and especially if you are planning to camp, be sure to dress in layers as these will keep you warm in cold conditions and give you the option to shed layers when the sun comes out (fingers crossed!). Find out about the weather here.

Whatever the weather, the number of activities and places to go in June are boundless 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: