Top 5 Reasons to Visit Iceland in the Summer

Posted by Admin on 10 Jul 2017

Planning to visit Iceland this summer? Excellent. It’s a special year round destination, however, here are just some of the reasons why summer in Iceland is special.

1. Long summer days and midnight sun

During summer in Iceland, the days will be long, and in high summer it seems like they don’t end – thanks to Iceland’s northerly position. If you’re not used to that, then it’s quite an experience – the sun goes down to the horizon, then is straight back up again. It also means you feel like you’re getting more time on holiday, as it makes it easier to stay out later, and enjoy the sights late into the evening.


In Iceland, summer days almost never end.

2. Warmer weather

The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable – so you might still get some clouds and rain during your trip, but there will be sun too, and it will also be much warmer here than during other times of the year. It’s thanks to this unpredictable and changeable weather that Iceland looks so green and lush.


Beautiful blue skies and sunshine at Vestmannaeyjar (or the Westman Islands in #Iceland).

3. More access to the sights

You’ll be able to more easily access other parts of the country during the summer season. Some parts of the Highlands aren’t accessibly until June or July, so visiting in summer means that you’ll have more scope to see other parts of our landscape.


Þórufoss – a Game of Thrones filming location. Summer in Iceland means more access to more of the countryside.

4. Celebrations and festivals

During summer in Iceland, there are lots of festivals taking place, so you’ll hopefully be able to experience some of these during your visit.  Maybe it’s because we love to make the most of summer, and the light, but you’ll find lots happening on the cultural scene. For instance, on 17 June we celebrate our national day. There’s also a solstice music festival, and a Viking festival in June. There are several music festivals taking place in July across Iceland, as well as a medieval festival. There’s also Gay Pride in Reykjavík in August, as well as the summer games, and theatre and dance festivals.


Summer is a time when there are plenty of festivals going on in Iceland – like this one here in Reykjavik.

5. Wildlife

You’ll be able to see puffins on some parts of our coastline during summer – they visit us from April through to September. Then there’s the possibility for whale watching from Reykjavik. In fact, Iceland is one of the best places in the world to watch whales – it’s possible to see over 20 species of whale and dolphin. It’s summer when they migrate to feed in our rich waters, so this is a great time to see them.


Iceland is one of the world’s best whale watching destinations – over 20 species frequent our waters.

Iceland is a destination for all seasons – both summer and winter offer a unique experience.

Experience an Icelandic summer for yourself.

Gray Line Iceland is the sightseeing expert here in Iceland and we run regular tours of Iceland – all over the country. Find out more on our website

You can also check out what our other guests have said about us via our TripAdvisor page, like Craig C from Manchester who said recently: “These guys are very well organized and run some awesome trips and pick ups. Efficient and friendly service.”

Come and visit us soon. The Gray Line Iceland team looks forward to welcoming you.

Bless. Bless.

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