Dandelion fluff and a field of lupines in Iceland in June

What is Iceland like in June? What is Icelandic weather like in June? Find out what the Icelandic summer looks like in pictures.

The most common question we get at Guide to Iceland is 'when is the best time to travel to Iceland?' We wrote an article about the weather in Iceland & best time to visit Iceland - but we've also made a few articles about what Iceland is like in each month, based on pictures that some of Iceland's travellers have sent us.

The Arctic Tern, Kría, in Icelandic June sky

In June 2016, Indian traveller Arunima Ghosh came to Iceland. She took hundreds of pictures of Iceland (there are almost 400 pictures in her photo album!) and from all over the country, so it was hard to choose just a few.

But these photos are taken all over the country and should give you a great idea of what Iceland is like in June :)

All photo credit goes to Arunima Ghosh.

Vestrahorn mountain in southeast Iceland

Arunima went travelling along the south coast of Iceland, with a fellow photographer Dagur Jónsson. Here you can see Dagur in the foreground, and the mountain Vestrahorn in the background.



Mountain on Iceland's south coast

What I really liked about Arunima's pictures is that she often takes pictures of the beautiful anonymous Icelandic landscape, that aren't typical tourist attractions. The scenery along the way driving in Iceland can often provide stunning photographic opportunities!



Ice floating in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland

No trip to Iceland is complete without visiting the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the crown jewel of Iceland!



Lupine field in south Iceland

Much of Iceland is covered by purple flowers (that are actually weed) called lupines. Seeing as it is imported weed and spreads all over and can stifle the growth of other plants, many people don't like the lupine. Many others find it beautiful. This lupine field is by the village of Vík in south Iceland.



Lava moss field in south Iceland

The landscape in Iceland changes swiftly. This lava field that's covered in moss is also from the south coast of Iceland, and the picture is taken around 3 o'clock in the morning!



View towards Dyrhólaey in south Iceland

Getting closer to Reykjavík but still on the south coast is Dyrhólaey, here seen from a distance over a grassy, green and yellow field. From the top of Dyrhólaey you'll have a view over the blue sea, black sands, green, yellow and purple fields towards the white glaciers!



Black sands of Reynisfjara in south Iceland

Reynisfjara is a black sandy beach on the south coast of Iceland, and one of Iceland's most dangerous locations. From this spot you can just about see the hole in the arch of Dyrhólaey in the distance!



Basalt columns by Reynisfjara beach in south Iceland

These wonderful stacks of basalt columns can be found by Reynisfjara beach. This type of rock is called 'stuðlaberg' in Icelandic, and can be found in many places around the country, mostly near the sea or glaciers as they are formed when hot lava suddenly cools down (such as when it hits the sea or the ice of the glaciers).



The view from top of Dyrhólaey towards Reynisdrangar

Sitting on top of Dyrhólaey gives you great views in every direction! Here's what it looks like towards Reynisdrangar cliffs on a nice summer's day in June.

Turf house in south Iceland

Here's another typical Icelandic countryside view, of a rather modern house (likely a farm) and an old turf house, on the south coast of Iceland.



Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland in June

The majestic waterfall Skógafoss is one of the most popular attractions on the south coast of Iceland - and it's easy to see why!



Behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland in June

Not far from Skógafoss is another popular waterfall, the one you can walk behind - Seljalandsfoss. Arunima said she spent a long while here relaxing behind the waterfall and then got a fellow traveller to take this picture for her.



Gljúfrabúi waterfall in Iceland in June

A short walk from Seljalandsfoss is another, hidden waterfall called Gljúfrabúi. To get to it you'll need to walk into a crack in the mountain and into an open cave.

Stunning mountains in Iceland in June

Beautiful and dramatic mountain view in the south coast of Iceland.

Reykjavík graffiti in Iceland in June

After spending some time on the south coast of Iceland, Arunima got to spend some time in Reykjavík. She took a few pictures of some of the great street art in Reykjavík, and spent her evenings at Secret Solstice Festival, but the days exploring the Icelandic countryside.



Radiohead performs at Secret Solstice in Iceland in June

Iceland has a number of festivals taking place in the country each year, and one of the biggest ones is The Secret Solstice Festival that takes place each year in June, around the 21st of June when the solstice takes place - the longest day of the year.

In 2016 Radiohead was one of the headline acts, and you can see that Arunima got a space right at the front to snap this great picture!



Midnight sunset in Reykjavík in June

There was an especially stunning sunset right after the Radiohead concert in June, which Arunima captured perfectly in the reflection on this glassy building, and with the moon included, in Laugardalur recreational area in Reykjavík at around 2 AM.

Hraunfossar waterfalls in Iceland in June

The following day she went on a day tour of west Iceland, where she visited the remarkable Hraunfossar waterfalls, that come straight out of the lava.

With the endless daylight in summertime, it's remarkable how much sightseeing you can fit into one day!

Icelandic landscape in June

Even though you're travelling in Iceland in June, you can still encounter some snow at the top of mountains (that are not glaciers). Most mountains don't become completely snow-free until July (which is also why the highlands in Iceland don't open until late June or early July).

Steamy, hot river in Iceland in June

It's not unusual to see steam rising from the ground, or from rivers all over Iceland - all year round. Here you can see some geothermal activity near Reykholt in the west part of Iceland.

Hvalfjörður fjord in Iceland in June

Hvalfjörður is one of Iceland's prettiest fjords, and even though it's very close to Reykjavík, it doesn't get that much traffic because of a tunnel that goes underneath it shortens the distance between the south and north by an hour. But if you do decide to drive Hvalfjörður, then we recommend hiking up to the gorgeous Glymur waterfall - Iceland's tallest waterfall.



Of Monsters and Men play in Reykjavík in June

Back in Reykjavík the Secret Solstice Festival continues, and above you can see one of Iceland's most famous bands, Of Monsters and Men, perform live.



Die Antwoord performs in Iceland in June

Closing off the Secret Solstice Festival was Die Antwoord, that had a spectacular performance late on the Sunday night at the end of the solstice weekend.

Reykjavík is known for its fun nightlife and you'll never have any trouble finding concerts, gigs or fun events in Reykjavík all year round, although in summertime (June, July and August) there are even more events to choose from!



Þingvellir in Iceland in June

The most popular tour to go on in Iceland is the Golden Circle, which is an absolute Must Do while you're on holiday in Iceland. Here's a picture from the crystal clear waters at Þingvellir national park, the only place where it is acceptable to throw coins in (please don't throw coins into any other places around Iceland - you'd be spoiling the nature!)



Öxarárfoss waterfall in Þingvellir in Iceland in June

The gorgeous waterfall Öxarárfoss can also be found in Þingvellir national park, one of the three destinations that make up the beautiful and historic Golden Circle.



Akureyri church in Iceland in June

Lastly, lets take a look at a few pictures from north Iceland in June - where the sun stays up even longer than it does in Reykjavík and on the south coast!

Akureyri is Iceland's second biggest town, and has a lot of things to offer on its own, and in the beautiful nature surrounding it.



Whale watching in north Iceland in June

Here's a gorgeous picture taken from a midnight sun whale watching tour, this picture is taken at around midnight or 1 am!



Foggy Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland in June

Even in summertime the weather conditions can change rapidly, as you can see from the blue sky during the whale watching and here you can see the foggy mist over Dettifoss waterfall just a few hours later. Always prepare for all types of weather when packing for Iceland!



Foggy Lake Mývatn in Iceland in June

Here's another glimpse of what the stunning Lake Mývatn looks like when the mysterious fog is lying on top of it...

Sunny Lake Mývatn in Iceland in June

And what Lake Mývatn looks like a few hours later when the sun is shining!



It looks like Arunima had a great holiday in Iceland and we want to thank her for sharing her wonderful pictures and stories with us, and for giving Guide to Iceland great feedback and reviews!

Arunima Ghosh by Hraunfossar waterfalls in Iceland in June

Takk Arunima!

If you want to share your pictures from your holiday in Iceland with us, feel free to do so :)