June - August
Mid-June through August is the peak tourist season and for good reason, the weather is pleasant and the sun barely sets, a natural phenomenon called the Midnight Sun. If you enjoy long days to explore the outdoors, this is the season to go, with 20 hours of daylight. July is the warmest month with an average of 60°F and the weather typically stays mild until mid-September, however the weather is still unpredictable this time of year as well.
During the summer months, outdoor activities are in full swing, such as visiting the highlands, swimming and hiking, as well as many outdoor music festivals. Most tours are available in summertime and you`ll be able to see many locations in the long summer days, including mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls.
After summer solstice (June 21st) the days start to get shorter, but only by a minute or two each day. The sunsets turn into sunrises in spectacular shows of color that may last for hours. Iceland is a paradise for photographers at this time to catch the true beauty of nature in the `golden hour`.
Events and Festivals
- Art Festival (May - June)
- Secret Solstice Music Festival (June)
- Independence Day (June 17)
- Summer Solstice (June 21)
- ATP Festival- Folk Festival, North Iceland (July)
- Bræðslan Music Festival (July)
- Outdoor Festival Þjóðhátíð í Eyjum, the Westman Islands (August)
- Reykjavik Pride Festival (August)- Culture Night or `Menningarnótt` (August)
- Numerous Music Festivals (throughout the Summer months)