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Spring usually arrives in May, but it can still snow even though there is daylight almost around the clock. There is no better place to enjoy the beauty of the midnight sun than in North Iceland and the country is bursting to life. Birds, whales, horses and seals can be seen all around North Iceland. 


Temp 6°C / 42.8F

Average high 10°C / 50F

Average low 2°C / 35.6F

Precipitation 19mm/day

Daylight hours 19

What to expect

It is still necessary to keep up with the weather forecast and driving conditions, especially when traveling on mountain roads. In the countryside, lambing season is in full swing so you should bear in mind that sheep can be close to, or on roads near farms. It can be both windy and rainy so be sure to pack appropriate outerwear.

What to pack?

  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm layers (wool sweater, down/primaloft jacket, warm socks etc.)
  • Ice cleats/ice grips/anti-slip soles (even if you are only staying in town)
  • Light layers (long sleeve tops, soft shells etc.)
  • Fleece jacket/lightweight wool sweater
  • Rainproof/windproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Sunglasses (during spring/summer it’s bright 24/7 and during winter the sun rises low an reflects from the snow, if there is any).
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hat (toque/beanie)
  • Thermal underwear (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Waterproof hiking boots (specifically for highland travel/activities)
  • Warm socks (specifically for winter and highland travel/activities)
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick-dry towel (for visiting pools and hot springs - towels are available for rent at swimming facilities)
  • Eyeshades (some find it hard to sleep when there’s daylight up to 24/7)
  • Sunscreen



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