With a wide array of festivals throughout the month, Icelanders always have a reason to celebrate and tend to spend as many sunny hours as possible outside, soaking in all the vitamin D goodness. June begins with the Festival of the Sea, followed by the National Holiday on June 17th, the Viking Festival, the brightest day of the year with the summer solstice on June 21 and ends with the world famous Fringe Festival. June is also the time of year when Icelanders hop in their campervans or pack up their tents and “follow the weather”—the Icelandic way of visiting whichever part of the country is warmest at that particular time.
WHAT TO DO?
LANDMANNALAUGAR PEARL OF THE HIGHLANDS - HIKING & BATHING TOUR
Going out into the Icelandic highlands is a great way to take advantage of all the daylight hours you’ll have at your disposal. On the way to Landmannalaugar, you’ll delight in the serene beauty of the Icelandic countryside and once you’re there, you can revel in the amazing colours and interplay of light and shadows on the hills and mountains. Plus, you can take a dip in Landmannalaugar natural warm spring and bask in the nature of Iceland. But don't wait, the Landmannalaugar Pearl of the Highlands tour runs only during the summer months.
GOLDEN CIRCLE EVENING TOUR
Another way to make the most out of the prolonged hours of sunlight is by seeing the sites at night—except it won’t feel like night because it’s so bright. Gray Line is happy to offer the Golden Circle Evening Tour for those looking to maximise their time in Iceland all while avoiding the big crowds at some of Iceland’s most popular attractions. What better way to enjoy the Golden Circle than during the golden hour of dusk?!
INSIDE THE VOLCANO
Truly one of the most unique experiences that Iceland offers is a visit to the inner magma chambers of a dormant volcano. The tour takes you through the tunnels of the Thrihnukagigur volcano where lava flowed 4,000 years ago. Learn about the science and history behind Iceland’s volcanoes while admiring the wild shades of red, purple and yellow in Thrihnukagigur crater’s rock walls. Talk about once in a lifetime! The Inside the Volcano tour isn't one to miss.
WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?
June tends to be one of the warmest and dryest months of the year with average temperatures ranging anywhere from 9º C to 15º C ( 48º F to 59). It doesn’t get hot, per se, but in the sun, a mere 12º C can feel pretty tropical. At least that’s how Icelanders feel and dress. If the weather is warm, June is the right month to make the most of the outdoors seeing as the longest day of the year falls on June 21 with a staggering 21 hours and 8 minutes of daylight.
WHAT TO PACK?
Even though the days are warmer, you’ll still want to pack layers because temperatures can vary throughout the country and you don’t want to be caught feeling cold. Better to start with layers and take them off as you warm up, we like to say. Should you intend on visiting waterfalls, a waterproof shell is a good idea and if you plan on exploring the many mountains and trails that have opened up for the summer months, a good pair of hiking boots are a must. Also, keep in mind that long days mean lots of sunlight so sunscreen and sunglasses are a good idea and a sleep mask ensures that the brightness doesn’t interfere with your rest.
CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON
June opens with a splash at the Festival of the Sea—a celebration for the whole family that takes place the first weekend of June honouring the importance of the fishing industry within the community and all aspects of the sea. Mid-June brings the Viking Festival that attracts people from across the globe to celebrate all things Viking culture, including cuisine, handcrafted wares and battle demonstrations. June 17 celebrates Iceland’s national independence and the festivities include a parade, outdoor concerts, ice cream & hot dogs and kids with balloons. The summer solstice brings, among other things, pagan celebrations and the midnight sun music festival Secret Solstice. The summer ends with the Reykjavik Fringe Festival - a week-long festival celebrating and showcasing a wide variety of artistic fields and disciplines. Whichever celebration you decide to join in on during your stay in Iceland, be sure to post your photos and tag @GrayLineIceland.