Weather in Iceland in June: travel guide

Visit Iceland in June and experience its unique charm when the sun barely sets and the weather is mild. With average temperatures around 9°C (48°F), it's a great time to explore the country's beautiful landscapes. Our local expert, Jenny, says, “In June, Iceland is perfect for relaxed sightseeing.” At Rough Guides, we specialize in creating tailor-made trips. Let us plan your June journey to Iceland, starting with a detailed guide about the weather in Iceland in June.

Visiting Iceland in June: an overview

To make the most of your summer trip to Iceland, you'd be wise to arm yourself with intel on the weather in Iceland in June, and how that affects what you might see and do.

Pros and cons of visiting Iceland in June

Visiting Iceland in June comes with upsides and downsides.

On the positive side, June is when you'll get to witness the Midnight Sun — a unique phenomenon whereby the sun barely sets, providing almost 24 hours of daylight. 

This extra light allows for extended exploration of Iceland's stunning landscapes — from its vast glaciers, to incredible geysers.

On the flip side, the extended daylight hours might disturb your sleep routine. And, while the Midnight Sun is an experience, it means you won't be able to see the Northern Lights.

Additionally, with June being peak season, expect attractions to be crowded. For the same reason, you'll need to book accommodation and tours well in advance. And remember — peak season brings peak prices.

All that said, for outdoor adventurers, June is one of the best months to visit Iceland. 

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

Is June considered high season?

June marks the start of Iceland's high tourism season. 

The extended daylight hours, Midnight Sun phenomenon, and bounty of festivals attract a huge influx of tourists. 

Not sure about when to visit Iceland? Read our guide about the best time to visit Iceland.

What is the weather like in Iceland in June?

Before travelling to the land of glaciers and geysers, arm yourself with detail on what to expect of the weather in Iceland in June...

What's the temperature range in June?

June in Iceland ushers in relatively warm days. The average low temperature in June is 48°F (9°C), and the average high is 59°F (15°C). Note that it can reach up to 68°F (20°C). 

Be aware that coastal areas — especially in the north — will be cooler due to the sea breeze. 


Hafnarfjörður, Iceland © Shutterstock

Is it sunny in June?

June in Iceland is known for its extended sunlight hours and the magical Midnight Sun phenomenon.

With anywhere from 20-24 hours of daylight, the sun remains visible for the majority of the day and night, with daylight hours peaking around the summer solstice on 21st June.

At night, the brightness decreases, rendering the light akin to a constant sunset for a few hours. This offers an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts — both the sunset and sunrise last far longer than the usual golden hour. 

Still unsure about where to go? Read up on other cool destinations to visit in June.

What about crowds and costs in June?

As the start of Iceland's peak tourist season, June sees a significant rise in visitor numbers.

Tourist attractions are generally busier, and campsites can become crowded. 

Furthermore, popular tours and accommodation see a surge in demand, meaning slots and rooms can be limited — best to book well in advance.

When it comes to costs, increased demand leads to a rise in the price of flights, accommodation and tours. 


Breidavik Beach, Iceland @ Shutterstock

Best things to do in Iceland in June

There are tonnes of incredible things to do in Iceland, but here's a breakdown of the best things to do in June.

Glacier tours and ice cave excursions

While ice caves are not accessible in June due to melting ice, glacier tours remain one of the prime attractions you shouldn't miss.

For an immersive experience, try hiking or snowmobiling across Langjökull or Vatnajökull. These tours offer the chance to explore glorious natural wonders like glacial lagoons. 

You'll also get to learn about the glacial environment and how climate change impacts it.

Whale-watching and bird-spotting

June is an ideal time for wildlife enthusiasts in Iceland, especially those keen on whale watching and puffin spotting. 

The abundant krill and fish that flock to Iceland's coastlines during summer  attract a diverse range of marine mammals and seabirds.

Whale-watching tours — available year-round — are particularly exceptional in June. Humpbacks and minke whales are a common sight, while harbor porpoises and dolphins also make regular appearances. Less frequently seen are fin whales and orcas.

At the same time, bird-watchers will want to take a puffin spotting tour. Adorable Atlantic puffins nest on the Icelandic coastline from May to August. There's nothing quite like the sight of these colourfully-beaked birds on Iceland's rugged cliffs.


The weather in Iceland in June is ideal for puffin watching  @ Shutterstock

Hiking trails and treks

With its diverse terrain and long daylight hours, Iceland is a hiker's paradise in June. 

This is when the majority of Iceland's highland roads and mountain paths become accessible, allowing adventure-seekers to witness some of the country's most awe-inspiring landscapes.

The Laugavegur Trek is highly recommended. Linking two majestic nature reserves — Porsmork and Landmannalaugar — the trail features a stunning array of geological features. These include sizzling geothermal valleys, multicoloured rhyolite mountains, and sparkling glacial rivers.

Other worthy hikes include the Glymur Waterfall Trail that leads to Iceland's second-highest waterfall, and the Mount Esja Trail. The latter offers a fantastic view of Reykjavik.

Meanwhile, the scenic Landmannalaugar Trail showcases lava fields and geothermal hot springs.

Can you see the Northern Light in June?

If you're visiting Iceland in June, you won't see the Northern Lights. The Midnight Sun phenomenon has serious impact.

If seeing the Northern Lights is a priority, visit during the darker months, as detailed below.

Best months to see the Northern Light

The best time to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealisis) is during Iceland's winter months — from late September through March.

Autumn and early spring also offer great chances to view the spectacle, especially during the equinoxes in September and March when solar activity tends to increase.

For more info, read our guide to the best places and times to see the Northern Lights.

Typical Icelandic landscape with houses against mountains in small village of Stykkisholmur, Western Iceland

Stykkisholmur, Western Iceland © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Iceland itineraries

Our tailor-made trip service will see you enjoying Iceland in June without the hassle of planning.

All our itineraries are created by local Iceland travel experts, and can be tailored to your exact needs and interests.

  • All of Iceland (15 days): visit the spectacular Dettifoss waterfall on the diamond circle route, and one of the most remote regions in Iceland —  Strandir. This itinerary is best for those looking to explore Iceland at a leisurely pace.
  • Incredible Iceland (12 days): this road trip takes you to some of Iceland's most incredible natural wonders. Drive through glacial valleys and towering mountains while admiring rugged landscapes of marbled lava fields.
  • Westfjords Circle and Strandir (6 days): the Wild Westfjords are a stunning landscape of towering mountains, deep blue fjords, thundering waterfalls, sea cliffs teeming with birds and rejuvenating hot springs. You'll also take a detour to remote Strandir to drive along the coastline.

Discover all our Iceland itineraries.

Still looking for options for your summer trip? Explore our list of the best destinations for holidays in June.


Read on for the answers to common questions about visiting Iceland in June.

What to wear in Iceland in June

In short, prepare for a variety of conditions. Though mild and sunny, the weather in Iceland in June can be unpredictable. Here's a checklist to help you pack.

  • Short-sleeved shirts and lightweight layers: having layers can help you adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • Fleeces or lightweight wool jumpers: to keep you warm during cooler evenings.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers: sudden rain showers can come at any time of the year. 
  • Gloves, scarf, and warm hat: essential for those chillier mornings and nights.
  • Sturdy walking or hiking boots: necessary if you plan to explore Iceland's rugged landscapes.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses: the June sun can be strong.
  • Swimwear and towel: you'll want these for dips in hot springs.
  • Eye mask: to help you sleep during the long daylight hours.

Overpacking isn't generally advised, but in Iceland, it's better to be safe than sorry. Remember — layering is key.

Woman swimming in natural thermal pool in Fludir Secret Lagoon © Shutterstock

Natural thermal pool in Fludir Secret Lagoon © Shutterstock

Do you need to book ahead in June?

Definitely. Due to the rise in tourist numbers in June, it's advisable to book flights, accommodation, car rental, and tours well ahead of your visit. 

This will improve your chance of staying in your preferred accommodation, and your chance of securing a better rate.

Tip from Rough Guides: also learn about the best ways to get to Iceland.

Is it crowded in June?

Yes — due to the favourable weather, festivals, and Midnight Sun phenomenon, June is one of the busiest months in Iceland.

The influx of visitors brings a lively vibe, especially in Reykjavik, which hosts several summer events and festivals.

If you prefer it quieter, consider visiting off-peak, or plan to visit off-the-beaten-path attractions.

Thinking of visiting Iceland? You'll find inspiration in our customisable Iceland itineraries, or contact our local experts to kick-start your perfect trip.

Olga Sitnitsa

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Olga Sitnitsa

updated 13.06.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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